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.
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.”
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
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”
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
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.