Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this month at Omaha Performing Arts. We hope you’ll join us for these exciting shows and events!

We’ve got the blues

We’re delighted to welcome two incredible female jazz artists to the Holland Center this month.  

“Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” Thornetta Davis performs in the 1200 Club on May 10. Davis commands with stage with powerful vocals and has performed with many R&B greats in her career including Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and Etta James.  

Lizz Wright joins us May 16. She infuses jazz with blues, soul and the gospel music of her youth. I think the Holland Center’s Kiewit Hall is the perfect venue to experience her talent. The excellent acoustics will make you feel like you’re the only one in the room.


Soaring into summer with MISS SAIGON

If you’re looking for an epic way to kick off summer break, you should join us for the revival of Broadway’s MISS SAIGON at the Orpheum Theater starting May 28 through June 2.

The show features extravagant sets, larger-than-life musical numbers and inventive stagecraft. Most notable among the special effects is the landing of a helicopter on stage. If you haven’t seen the show, prepare to be amazed. Learn more on


Cheering on our state’s theater students

We’ll celebrate the sixth year of our Nebraska High School Theater Academy on June 7. Hosted by Broadway star Q. Smith, the Tony Awards®-inspired showcase at the Orpheum Theater will recognize the impressive work of high school students from across the state. 

More than 350 students will perform at the event, which is open to the public. Tickets are $10. You’ll save $5 by ordering your tickets early on

We hope to see you soon,


Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts