‘Phantom,’ Boston Pops, Royal Winnipeg Ballet among Lied’s 2019-20 highlights

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‘Phantom,’ Boston Pops, Royal Winnipeg Ballet among Lied’s 2019-20 highlights

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will bring a reimagining of "Wizard of Oz" to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on March 28-29.
Courtesy photo | David Cooper
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will bring a reimagining of "Wizard of Oz" to the Lied Center for Performing Arts from March 28-29.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 2019-20 season will feature a 12-day run of the musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” the Boston Pops playing the music of John Williams, Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s reimagining of “Wizard of Oz,” the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, comedian Brian Regan, pianist Murray Perahia, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara.

The 30th-anniversary season will open with a performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stéphane Denève, on Sept. 19. Learn more about the Lied's classical offerings.

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera" makes its highly anticipated premiere in Lincoln from Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. With reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of “Phantom” is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making it one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

The 2019-20 Glenn Korff Broadway Series also includes national tours of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Bandstand,” Blue Man Group, “An American in Paris,” “Waitress” and “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.” Learn more about the Broadway series.

The Boston Pops is not only America’s orchestra; it was Williams’ orchestra before he passed the baton to Keith Lockhart. The legendary ensemble returns to the Lied stage April 5 to celebrate 60 years of movie-magic music.

Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara

O’Hara takes the Lied stage March 20 as the Glenn Korff Platinum Artist. One of Broadway’s biggest stars, she won a 2015 Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway revival of “The King and I.” She has also co-starred with Matthew Broderick in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and with Harry Connick Jr. in “The Pajama Game.”

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Marsalis swings in to Lincoln on Dec. 6. Featuring soulful, big-band versions of holiday classics, as well as special guest vocalists, “Big Band Holidays” is a fun, one-of-a-kind extravaganza. Marsalis has won nine Grammy awards.

After performing to a capacity Lied Center audience in 2012, Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to reinvent one of the greatest stories of all time in a dazzling new production of the “Wizard of Oz” March 28-29. Brought to life by choreographer Septime Webre, the performance was described by Dance International as “visually akin to a Cirque du Soleil spectacular, with stunning scenic design.”

“The Lied Center’s 30th-anniversary season is another milestone year of bringing the greatest artists in the world to Nebraska. We are so pleased to offer one of our biggest Broadway lineups in our history,” said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied Center. “The season will feature amazing classical programs, top dance performances and a diverse array of programs, providing something for everyone.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

The full 2019-20 season is:

  • Sept. 19: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

  • Oct. 2-13: “The Legend of Georgia McBride” (Nebraska Repertory Theatre)

  • Oct. 3: Brooklyn Rider Ensemble

  • Oct. 6: In the Mood

  • Oct. 12: A Night of Chinese Arts

  • Oct. 13: The Texas Tenors

  • Oct. 15: Get the Led Out

  • Oct. 18: Stefon Harris and Blackout

"The Phantom of the Opera"

  • Oct. 23-Nov. 3: “The Phantom of the Opera”

  • Nov. 6-17: “The Glass Menagerie”

  • Nov. 11-13: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”

  • Nov. 18: Brian Regan

  • Dec. 6: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

  • Dec. 17: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

  • Jan. 17-19: “Bandstand”

  • Jan. 23: “Martha Redbone Presents Bone Hill: The Concert”

Blue Man Group

  • Jan. 29-Feb. 2: Blue Man Group

  • Feb. 8-9: “An American in Paris”

  • Feb. 18: Aquila Theatre in George Orwell’s “1984”

  • Feb. 27: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

  • Feb. 29: The Second City

  • March 1: Murray Perahia

  • March 6-8: “Waitress”

  • March 13: Super Diamond, The Neil Diamond Tribute

  • March 17: Michael Londra and the Celtic Fire

  • March 20: Kelli O’Hara

  • March 22: “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!”

  • March 28-29: Royal Winnipeg Ballet's “The Wizard of Oz”

  • April 1-12: “Pippin”

  • April 2: A Capella Live!

  • April 5: Boston Pops on Tour

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet with Joyce Yang

  • April 11: “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: An Evening with Pianist Joyce Yang”

  • April 14: Air Play

  • April 23-25: “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical”

  • May 10: Michael Feinstein

Beginning at 11 a.m. May 13, patrons can purchase a season subscription by ordering four or more events. Orders can be placed online, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the box office, 301 N. 12th St. Members of the general public will receive a 10% discount for orders of four to seven events. Orders of eight or more events will receive a 20% discount. University of Nebraska–Lincoln students can receive those discounts in addition to the 50% student discount.

If the performances are not sold out through season-ticket orders, remaining tickets will be available for single-ticket purchase starting in early August.