Lied’s Broadway series to feature ‘Bandstand,’ ‘Waitress,’ Carole King musical
National tours of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” “Bandstand,” Blue Man Group, “An American in Paris,” “Waitress” and “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” are coming to the Lied Center for Performing Arts as part of the 2019-20 Glenn Korff Broadway Series.
“This stellar season celebrates the 150th anniversary of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and rings in our 30th season at the Lied,” said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied. “‘The Phantom of the Opera’ kicks off next year’s Glenn Korff Broadway series, bringing the most popular Broadway show in history to Lincoln, and six of next year’s incredible Broadway productions make their debut Lied Center performance in 2019-2020.”
Broadway season-ticket packages start at $196 and are on sale starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 25. The packages include the same seats to all five Broadway productions, as well as the first opportunity to purchase tickets for two add-on productions — Blue Man Group and “An American in Paris.”
Tickets are available here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. University of Nebraska–Lincoln students can purchase tickets at a 50-percent discount with a valid NCard.
The Lied Center’s entire 2019-20 season will be announced in May.
Broadway presentations are made possible in part with support by the Glenn Korff Broadway Endowment.
The 2019-20 Glenn Korff Broadway Series:
“The Phantom of the Opera,” Oct. 23-Nov. 3 — Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical comes to Lincoln as part of a new North American tour. The production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score of the original, boasts exciting new special effects, staging, choreography, and scenic and lighting designs.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” Nov. 11-13 — This timeless tale of joy and goodwill is full of classic Berlin songs, glorious dancing and lots of snow. Adapted from the cherished movie, “White Christmas” is a lavish new production that The New York Times says to “put on your wish list.”
“Bandstand,” Jan. 17-19, 2020 — Three-time Tony Award winner and “Hamilton” choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler’s inspiring new American musical explodes with infectious big-band music and high-octane dancing. It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has seen.
Blue Man Group, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2020 — The popular performance art company, which has been seen by millions of people worldwide, returns to the Lied Center in 2020. Three curious, bald, blue men will explore the world around them, helping the audience discover music, comedy and surprises at every turn.
“An American in Paris,” Feb. 8-9, 2020 — In post-war Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. George Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breathtaking production. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this production features Gershwin classics such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “'S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me” and “Stairway to Paradise.”
“Waitress,” March 6-8, 2020 — Inspired by the film, “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest and the town’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength to rebuild her own life. This uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie features music by Sara Bareilles.
“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” April 23-25, 2020 — King made more than beautiful music. She wrote the soundtrack to a generation. This musical is the true story of her remarkable rise to stardom. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Beautiful” took home two 2014 Tony Awards and the 2015 Grammy Award for best musical-theater album.