President's Message

Joan_Portrait_150x200Dear Omaha Performing Arts patrons,

We recently unveiled our 2017/2018 Season on April 4 with a special event at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Thank you to everyone who attended and followed along on social media – and for your posts and tweets!

This year’s reveal showcased the extraordinary artists and productions we will be bringing to Omaha.  We’re pleased to present an incredible season that offers a wide variety of performances from the more popular performers we know and love as well as fresh, new works by innovative artists.

We’ll see legendary entertainers such as Wynonna & The Big Noise, Kenny G and William Shatner and rising stars like Minneapolis-based band Davina and the Vagabonds and bluesman Jack Broadbent, a master of the slide guitar.

The Hot Sardines return for the Jazz Series after a sold-out show in the 1200 Club two years ago. And New York City’s Jessica Lang Dance is coming to the Orpheum Theater for the first time. Led by choreographer Jessica Lang, the company presents absolutely beautiful pieces combining modern and classical elements. 

Extraordinary programming continues in the Broadway Series, which features five shows all new to our series:  FINDING NEVERLAND, AN AMERICAN IN PARISDisney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, WAITRESS and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I. Plus, WICKED returns for three weeks as a Broadway Special.

I’m especially excited to see WAITRESS on the Orpheum stage! Produced by Broadway’s first all-female creative team, this uplifting show features music from six-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles and it’s a big hit on Broadway. You may not know this, but I’ve been a huge fan of Bareilles for years. I even had the opportunity to attend a working rehearsal of WAITRESS in New York and was able to meet Sara Bareilles at a special conference. I can’t wait for you to see it!

I’m sure you’ve heard our big news, and it's true – HAMILTON is headed to Omaha in 2018/2019. We’re happy to be able to bring this phenomenal show to our community. Broadway subscribers from 2017/2018 will have first access to tickets, so we encourage you to order your season tickets now and start enjoying great benefits.

Next season will be one of celebration! In the fall of 2017, the Orpheum Theater will celebrate its 90th Anniversary and will host a free open house event on October 22. Omaha Performing Arts assumed management of the venue in 2002, and since that time, we’ve invested nearly $20 million to preserve its beauty. Look for even more improvements next season.

We look forward to spending the 2017/2018 Season with you!

Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts



Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts