LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraskans will get to enjoy a lineup of Broadway shows making their way to Lincoln next season.
Bill Stephan is the executive director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts. He stopped by 10/11 This Morning with a look at what people can expect when they go to The Lied thanks to The Glenn Korff Broadway Series.
You can catch "The Book of Mormon" in December. The New York Times has praised the show as "the best new musical of the 21st century." "The Book of Mormon" was created by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Music is by Robert Lopez, co-creator of Broadway's Avenue Q. The musical is a nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical and the winner of four Olivier Awards in the UK.
"The King and I" will make its way to The Lied in February 2019. It's the story of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as by a love to which neither can admit. "The King and I" features beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful." The play was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It's the 1952 Tony winner for Best Musical and also won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Be sure to check out "Rent" in March. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece will be in its 20th anniversary production. "Rent" has an inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear. This timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters- love. It's the first time it's been at The Lied in over a decade.
"Something Rotten" stops in Lincoln for the first time in April. Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare. The New York Post praises the hilarious smash as "Broadway's big, fat hit." It has 10 Tony nominations including Best Musical.
Monty Python’s "Spamalot" returns to the Lied after a sold out engagement in 2010. It will be in Lincoln in November. The comedy has 3 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and received 14 Tony Award nominations. The musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
And one event that you won't want to miss, Leslie Odom Jr., will be stopping in Lincoln on October 5, 2018 for one performance. Odom is best known for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton. He won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor. Odom made his Broadway debut in "Rent."
Season tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 20. More information can be found at the link on the right side of your screen.