Omaha Playhouse Announces 90th Season

The Omaha Community Playhouse announced with upcoming 90th season on Tuesday with a variety of shows old and new.

The Hawks Mainstage will feature five productions in total, starting in September with the Five-Time Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a musical taking the audience inside the narrator’s favorite shows of years past. Following that in January will be a musical adaptation of the classic tale Little Women. The show will be in partnership with the Playhouse's professional touring wing The Nebraska Theatre Caravan. In March, the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that has entertained audiences for the last 40 years Jesus Christ Superstar will find its way to the Playhouse Mainstage. The Mainstage will take a break from musicals in April as the contemporary comedy I Hate Hamlet is presented. The show follows and an aspiring actor taking on the iconic role of Hamlet, while dealing with the ghost of acting legend John Barrymore. The Hawks Mainstage season will close out in May with the Tony Award-winning, Monty Python-inspired musical Spamalot.

The Playhouse’s second stage, The Howard Drew Theatre, will feature 4 productions overall, beginning in August with a play featured in last year 21 & Over series, Enron. The show takes a heightened and comedic look at the corporate corruption behind the collapse of Enron in 2001. Following in October is the play The Whipping Man, a tale about a Jewish Confederate Soldier returning to his desolated home after the Civil War. After learning his family has fled, the main character Caleb attempts to connect with two of his family's former slaves. In February, the Playhouse will feature the musical Hands on a Hardbody about a group of Texans trying to win a competition with one simple rule, don’t take your hands off of the truck. Finally, the Howard Drew season will conclude in May with the Edward Albee classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play centers around George and Martha, whose marriage is falling apart, as they play cruel mind games with their new friends Nick and Honey.

Along with the new seasons, the two winter Playhouse traditions will continue on each stage, with A Christmas Carol once again taking Holiday spot on the Hawks Mainstage and the Beatles Tribute show Yesterday and Today being featured on the Howard Drew.

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

posted at 09:02 pm
on Sunday, March 02nd, 2014

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