September 8, 2017

Kids Night On Broadway In Omaha

Every year, Omaha Performing Arts has one show in its Broadway Season that has a Kids Night On Broadway event. This season, the show is “Finding Neverland,” and Kids Night On Broadway is Wednesday, Oct. 11. That’s opening night for the show, so there’s an extra buzz of excitement in the theater.

I love Kids Night On Broadway because the premise is all about making Broadway performances affordable and accessible to families. So, for the 7:30 p.m. performance on Oct. 11, tickets in PL2 are buy one, get one FREE for one adult and one child up to 18 years of age! BOGO tickets for Broadway. It’s rare to find a discount on Broadway tickets, so hop on this deal.

You’ll want to arrive early to the show for giveaways on Oct. 11. The first 100 children to the performance that night receive a surprise treat (first come, first served). There will also be kid-friendly activities in the lobby before the show starts.

To get the Kids Night On Broadway BOGO deal to attend “Finding Neverland,” use promo code FNLKIDS when purchasing tickets at TicketOmaha.com or calling 402-345-0606. Please note: The promo code only works for PL2 tickets for the Oct. 11 performance.

What’s “Find Neverland” about?

The Broadway touring production of “Finding Neverland” is in Omaha Oct. 11-15, 2017. Photo courtesy Jeremy Daniel

Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers.

With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Christine Dwyer plays Syvia Llewelyn Davis in the Broadway touring production of “Finding Neverland.” The musical is at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater from Oct. 11 through Oct. 15, 2017. Photo courtesy Jeremy Daniel

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

And when NPR says something is “far and away the best musical of the year!”, as it did for “Finding Neverland,” I’m going to believe it and go see it.

Think your kid isn’t ready for a full Broadway production? Here’s my guide to raising a theater-goer.

If you go

“Finding Neverland”

When: Oct. 11-15; performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Kids Night On Broadway is Oct. 11.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 419 S. 16th St.

Tickets: Tickets start at $35. Purchase tickets here. Use the Kids Night On Broadway promo code FNLKIDS to get one free kids PL2 ticket with an adult ticket to the Oct. 11 performance. Child must be under 18 years of age.

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets to “Finding Neverland” for writing this post. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

 

Love theater so much, you want to take your family to more shows? Here’s my list of 10 shows to see this fall!

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February 9, 2016

10 Fun Facts About ‘Disney’s Newsies’

In celebration of “Disney’s Newsies” opening Tuesday in Omaha at the Orpheum Theater, I’m giving you my 10 favorite fun facts about the show.

I’m no Fansie, but I’ve been waiting for this show to open since seeing a sneak peek of the show during Omaha Performing Arts’ season announce last year.

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Omaha Performing Arts presents “Disney’s Newsies” as part of its Broadway Series. I’m no longer an employee there, but they have invited me to tell you all about the show and have compensated me with complimentary tickets (so I can keep telling you about it next week).

So, before we jump into the facts, I’ll start by saying you have never seen choreography like you’ll see in this show. I’ve been to dozens of Broadway musicals throughout my career and the “Newsies” preview was a showstopper. I can’t wait to see the full show on Tuesday!

It’s a Disney production so you can feel comfortable about the content – but what will draw them in is the exciting choreography! However, note that it is a full-length musical (so pretty long for really young children). I’d recommend ages 8 and older, but you know your child best.

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10 fun facts about Disney’s Newsies

10. “Newsies” is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” which began when newspaper publishers raised the price for newsies, charging a dime more per hundred papers. The strike was led by a charismatic young newsboy Kid Blink, who rallied orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Pulitzer did finally concede and agree to the exact deal that Harvey Fierstein’s book dramatizes. As a result, not only were the boys considerably better off, it was in many ways the beginning of child labor movement.  

9. Christopher Gattelli’s Tony® award-winning choreography steals the show each night with 31 backflips, and countless spins, leaps and tap steps.

8.The Broadway production was originally scheduled for limited 12-week run of 105 performances, however, due to popular demand, “Newsies” went on to run for 1,005 performances.

7. During the song “Seize the Day,” the 16 newspapers that feature in the dance break are torn in advance to separate down the middle easily and consistently. There are 42 sheets of paper danced on or torn during the riot sequence each night. These single-use sheets are either recycled or given to audience members during the performance.

6. For the song “King of New York,” the newsboys each have two pairs of identical shoes—one for the majority of the performance, and a pair for this number with taps attached. There are five microphones lining the edge of the stage, with three additional microphones attached to the Deli tables, so that all of the tap dancing is heard.

5. The antique Chandler & Price printing press used in the show was manufactured in the early 1900s and is 1,200 pounds of solid steel. It is fully capable of printing, and an expert printer, who specializes in vintage machines, was brought in to train staff and actors in its intricate workings.

4. The three-level set rises over 24 feet high and features three completely automated towers. The three towers move 40 times, traveling a cumulative 676.5 feet per performance, or more than 47 miles a year.

3. There are approximately 150 newspapers used every performance, specifically printed with the headline “Trolley Strike Enters Third Week.” These papers are carefully cared for, to avoid tearing, so they can be used for multiple performances.

2. Jess Goldstein has designed 150 costumes to evoke the NYC populace of 1899, from the poorest newsies to the richest publishing titan. The actor with the most costume changes plays seven characters, including a cop, Nunzio the barber, a photographer and Governor Roosevelt. The fastest full-body quick change is the character of Darcy switching to the “Newsies” character Jo Jo during “Carrying the Banner.” The change is 56 seconds and requires two dressers to assist.

1. “Newsies” was nominated for 23 major theatrical awards, and won many big ones, including two Tony® Awards (Best Choreography and Best Original Score)

 

If you go

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“Disney’s Newsies”

When: Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 21; performances are at 7:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 16-18; 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20; and 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Where: Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Purchase tickets at TicketOmaha.com  

Tip: Save on ticketing fees by going to the box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Your best chance at getting a great seat would be to consider weeknight performances.   

 

November 27, 2015

5 Reasons To See The Wizard Of Oz In Omaha

Since its premiere in 1939, “The Wizard of Oz” has enchanted generations of children – mine included.

So I was pretty excited when I heard the North American touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” was coming to Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. It opens Dec. 8, and I’m taking my family to it!

"The Wizard of Oz" will run at Omaha's Orpheum Theater December 8-13, 2015. Photo by Luk Monsaert

“The Wizard of Oz” will run at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater December 8-13, 2015. Photo by Luk Monsaert

Omaha Performing Arts invited me and some fellow bloggers to write about our favorite scenes from the movie. (Disclaimer: I’m an employee at Omaha Performing Arts, but this post is not for my job but as a local blogger.)

Why write about a movie?

Because this theatrical production is the closest ever to the movie. With that in mind, I’m sharing my favorite scenes and moments from the original Judy Garland movie in hopes I’ll see it all brought to life in live theater next week.

Could you narrow down your favorite moments or scenes in the movie "The Wizard of Oz"? Photo by Luk M

Could you narrow down your favorite moments or scenes in the movie “The Wizard of Oz”? Photo by Luk Monsaert

Here are my Top 5 moments in “The Wizard of Oz”

1. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” – It’s arguably one of the best movie songs ever. I’ll be waiting to hear that first note of the song.

2. Munchkinland – I remember seeing the colorful Land of Oz for the first time as a child. It was magical, just that cinematic switch from black and white to color. I’m curious how they’ll accomplish this feat live

3. The horse of a different color – This four-legged guy in the movie enchants my kids as much as did me back in the day. Let’s see how the horse in the Emerald City is brought to life in this production.

4. The Cowardly Lion – Of the three friends who join Dorothy on the yellow brick road, I loved the Cowardly Lion the most. There’s no deep meaning behind it, though. I just always thought he was the funniest, especially after his makeover in the Emerald City. That part cracks my kids up, too.

5. Toto – My second favorite friend of Dorothy’s is actually her little dog, Toto. Because of the nature of my job, I know way more about the dog playing Toto in this show than most. Nigel is a rescue dog who’s treated like a cast member – he even has a bio in the program book (as does his understudy). The first time Toto runs out on stage, you can bet there will be some “ahhhs” from the audience.

 

If you go

Photo by Luk Monsaert

Photo by Luk Monsaert

Omaha Performing Arts presents “The Wizard of Oz”

When: Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 12

Where: Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Get tickets here: Hurry and you might be able to get the Black Friday 40% off discount on tickets! The sale ends Monday, Nov. 30, while supplies last.

 

What do you love about the movie? What from the movie are you excited to see live on stage?

Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary tickets to the performance from Omaha Performing Arts in exchange for promoting the production. All opinions are my own, and do not represent Omaha Performing Arts.

November 6, 2015

Dirty Dancing In Omaha

Every so often, a show comes to Omaha that has Girls Night Out stamped all over it.

The latest show to fall into this category is “Dirty Dancing.”

Johnny and Baby in the touring production of "Dirty Dancing." I have heard that Johnny is not shirtless the entire show. Sorry.

Johnny and Baby in the touring production of “Dirty Dancing.” I have heard that Johnny is not shirtless the entire show. Sorry.

I can say “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” to Mr. Wonderful and all I get in return is a blank stare.

Say the same thing to a girlfriend? Knowing smiles all around.

Which is why I’m excited that I’ll be making a Girls Night Out of seeing “Dirty Dancing” when it opens at the Orpheum Theater on Nov. 17. There will be singing along to the music with my group. I will have no problem belting out “Hungry Eyes” with fellow fans of the movie.

 

What’s it about

“Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage” really doesn’t need a description. If you’ve seen the movie, you know the plot. You know the characters – Johnny, Baby, Penny… they’re all there.

The staged production of "Dirty Dancing" was written by the same screenwriter who wrote the film.

The staged production of “Dirty Dancing” was written by the same screenwriter who wrote the film.

And you know the music and the dance scenes.

And you can quote every line from the movie.

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It’s pretty faithfully recreated for the stage. The same person who wrote the screenplay wrote this adaptation for the stage. The only difference, I’ve been told (Disclaimer: I work for Omaha Performing Arts, who is presenting this touring production, and thus, I have co-workers who’ve already seen the show and spilled the beans), is that there are added songs that the screenwriter couldn’t get into the movie but could get into this stage show.

"Dirty Dancing" is at Omaha's Orpheum Theater Nov. 17-22, 2015.

“Dirty Dancing” is at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater Nov. 17-22, 2015.

So, basically, if you didn’t like the movie (ahem, Mr. Wonderful), then you might want to pass on this show. If you did like the movie – if you obsessed about this movie – then you’ll want to snag a ticket soon.

Follow #DirtyDancingGNO on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on Nov. 17 – I’ll be sharing fun Girls Night Out  moments throughout the evening along with some other fellow bloggers thanks to Omaha Performing Arts!

 

If you go

“Dirty Dancing”

When: Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 22 (various times)

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409. S. 16th St.

Tickets: Get your tickets here.

Tip: Bring canned and non-perishable food items to donate to the Shine the Light on Hunger campaign benefiting the Food Bank for the Heartland. Look for the blue barrel in the Orpheum’s lobby.

 

Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary tickets in exchange for taking part in the #DirtyDancingGNO promotion. While I am an employee of Omaha Performing Arts, this post does not reflect any opinions of my employer – all thoughts expressed here are my own.

November 4, 2015

Cirque Mechanics Comes To The Orpheum

If you’ve been lucky enough to go to a cirque-type show in the past, you’ve probably had the following thoughts:

  • How’d they do that?
  • Is that humanly possible?
  • I think I’m enjoying this more than my kids!

If you haven’t seen a cirque-type show, check out this clip.

Whoa, right? That’s “Cirque Mechanics – Pedal Punk.” They’re coming to Omaha soon. More on that in a second.

When I first saw this clip about 10 months ago, I knew my kids would love this show. Our whole family loves bikes, and save for Mr. Wonderful, we all like clowns (I think there’s only one in this show…).

 

About Pedal Punk

Cirque meets BMX bikes in "Pedal Punk," at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 12.

Cirque meets BMX bikes in “Pedal Punk,” at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 12. Photo courtesy Cirque Mechanics

 

“Pedal Punk” is a Steampunk-inspired circus on wheels, where cycling is a way to escape the technology-obsessed society. The show is about a wacky bike shop mechanic who creates wondrous machines and inspires the cyclist in all of us to become a Pedal Punk.

The show will be in Omaha Nov. 12 and I was invited to share details with you. “Cirque Mechanics – Pedal Punk” is presented by Omaha Performing Arts. (Disclaimer: I’m an employee of Omaha Performing Arts. I was invited as a family blogger to write about it, though, not as an employee.)

 

What you can expect

One of the acts in "Pedal Punk." Photo courtesy Cirque Mechanics

One of the acts in “Pedal Punk.” Photo courtesy Cirque Mechanics

Here are some of the acts that will be in this show:

– The Gantry Bike, a pedal driven, roving mechanical marvel, a giant playground on wheels

– The Gantry Trampoline act, led by master trampolinist Wes Hatfield is a daring adrenaline rush. The acrobats bounce, climb and play, all while the Gantry spins and moves.

– Male contortionist, Windu, seems to disassemble his body à la urban breakdancer.

– BMX rider, Blake Hicks

– Nata Ibragimov transforms playing with bike rims into a dynamic tango. She rolls and spins her hoops with rhythm and precision, across the stage and high up in the air.

– A Classic Penny Farthing turns into an impressive aerial duo act with Lauren Stark and Lindsey Covarrubias, when the bike is lifted by Gantry power, high above the stage.

– Jan Damm, is a skillful comedic juggler and clown. His hysterically funny audience participation piece, a very clever stationary bike race, will create heroes in the crowd.

– Nick and Wendy Harden perform a romantic unicycle dance that overwhelms the senses. Their balancing and pedaling tell a tale with dexterity, strength and passion.

 

If you go

Cirque Mechanics – Pedal Punk

When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Tickets: Buy tickets at TicketOmaha.com (tickets start at $15) 

Tip: Consider bringing along some canned food or other non-perishable food items for the Shine the Light on Hunger drive, supporting the Food Bank for the Heartland. There’s a blue barrel in the Orpheum’s lobby to collect your donations.

 

 

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions expressed are mine. I was provided complimentary tickets to attend this performance in exchange for tell you all about the show. 

October 16, 2015

Kinky Boots Is Coming To Omaha

If you’re a child of the 80s, you know who Cyndi Lauper is. You know her music. You know her style.

Cyndi Lauper

If you loved her music then, Listen up. “Kinky Boots” is coming to Omaha’s Orpheum Theater next week and she wrote the score!

I haven’t seen it yet – YET! – but I’ve had her music in my head for the past month. I work for Omaha Performing Arts, the presenter bringing this Broadway touring musical to Omaha, so I’ve heard the songs from this show many, many times.

 

This one especially:

 

They’re fabulous. They’re so Cyndi. They’re so great, they won the Tony in 2013 for best score.

 

“Kinky Boots” was so well received in 2013, it took home six Tonys, including Best Musical. It’s that good.

 

And a warning for people who cry at musicals: One song made me ugly cry and I was just listening to the audio of it. When I hear it performed live, I think I’ll be a total mess.

 

What is “Kinky Boots”?

 

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

Inspired by true events, “Kinky Boots” takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

The story is inspiring. I saw the movie, and was thoroughly entertained, so I’m pumped to see this live with Cyndi’s music.

 

If you go

Lola in the Broadway touring production of "Kinky Boots" is played by Kyle Taylor Parker. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Lola in the Broadway touring production of “Kinky Boots” is played by Kyle Taylor Parker. Photo by Matthew Murphy

“Kinky Boots”

When: Tuesday, October 20, through Sunday, October 25; performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 and 7 pm..

Where: Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Tickets: Get tickets here 

   

Disclaimer: I’m an employee of Omaha Performing Arts, but I was invited to write this post as a blogger, not as an employee. So this does not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer – they are my own. I’m being provided complimentary tickets to the performance in exchange for promoting the show.