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Lied Center for Performing Arts Announces its 30th Anniversary Season

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA anchors the 30th Anniversary Season with a two-week engagement.

Top season highlights include: Wynton Marsalis, Boston Pops, Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Wizard of OZ, Brian Regan, Murray Perahia, Kelli O’Hara, Blue Man Group and Bill T. Jones

(LINCOLN, Neb. – May 8, 2019) The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces its 2019-2020 Anniversary Season. In celebration of its 30th year as Nebraska’s Performing Arts Center, the Lied Center has booked a historic Season featuring marquee artists in every art form, including Boston Pops on Tour playing the music of John Williams; Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s stunning Wizard of OZ; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; top comedian Brian Regan; GRAMMY® and Gramophone Award-winning pianist Murray Perahia; Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!;Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara; and opening our Season with St. Louis Symphony, to name just a few.


The entire 2019-2020 Lied Center Season will be announced on May 8.

Beginning May 13 at 11 a.m., patrons can purchase a Season Subscription by ordering four or more events. Season ticket orders can be placed online at, by phone at 402-472-4747, or in person at the Lied Center Box Office, 301 N. 12th St.

Season Ticket Holders receive a 10% discount for orders that include four to seven events. Orders of eight or more events will receive a 20% discount. UNL students can place season ticket orders and receive a 10% or 20% discount, in addition to the 50% discount all current UNL students receive on Lied Center tickets.


This October 23–November 3, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its highly anticipated premiere in Lincoln, NE, at the Lied Center. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. National tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Bandstand, Blue Man Group, An American in Paris, Waitress and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical are coming to Lincoln and the Lied Center for Performing Arts as part of the 2019-20 Glenn Korff Broadway Series.

The Boston Pops is not only America’s orchestra, it was John Williams’ orchestra before he passed the baton to Keith Lockhart. The legendary Boston Pops returns to the Lied stage to celebrate 60 years of movie magic music by John Williams. 

Praised as “Broadway’s golden girl and luminous star” by The New York Times, Kelli O’Hara takes the Lied stage as our Glenn Korff Platinum Artist. Kelli O’Hara is one of Broadway’s biggest stars, winner of a 2015 Tony Award® for her performance in the Broadway revival of The King and I; she has also co-starred with Matthew Broderick in Nice Work If You Can Get It and with Harry Connick, Jr. in The Pajama Game. 

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis swings in to Lincoln this December. Featuring soulful, big-band versions of holiday classics, such as “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World,” as well as special guest vocalists, Big Band Holidays is a fun, one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza that’s sure to brighten up your season. Wynton Marsalis has won nine GRAMMY® Awards.

After sold-out Lincoln engagements in 2011 and 2013, Blue Man Group returns to the Lied Center for six performances. Thirty-five million people of all ages and cultures have attended the raucous performances by the Blue Man Group. Now it’s your turn!

The continuously innovative Aspen Santa Fe Ballet joins forces onstage with Van Cliburn Piano Competition medalist Joyce Yang to create a spectacular program integrated with live performance.

After performing to a capacity Lied Center audience in 2012, Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to reinvent one of the greatest stories of all time in a dazzling new production of the Wizard of OZ. Vividly brought to life by choreographer Septime Webre, the performance was described by Dance International as “… visually akin to a Cirque du Soleil spectacular, with stunning scenic design.”

“The Lied Center’s 30th Anniversary Season is another milestone year of bringing the greatest artists in the world to Nebraska. We are so pleased to offer one of our biggest Broadway lineups in our history, including The Phantom of the Opera, combined with Wynton Marsalis, Boston Pops, Kelli O’Hara, Blue Man Group and the St. Louis Symphony,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “The season will feature amazing classical programs, top dance performances and a diverse array of programs providing something for everyone. We hope you will agree that this is one of the best programs in the Lied’s history.

Broadway Season (previously announced)

The Phantom of the Opera

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to Lincoln as part of a brand-new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, staging, choreography and scenic and lighting designs and has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.”

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 

Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow, and you’ve got Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Adapted from the cherished movie for the stage, White Christmas is a lavish new production that The New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.


Three-time Tony Award® winner and Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler’s inspiring new American musical Bandstand explodes with infectious big-band music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing. It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen.


Inspired by the beloved film, Waitress (music by Sara Bareilles) tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest and the town’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength to rebuild her own life. Don’t miss this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical 

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the GRAMMY® and Tony Award®-winning true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” Beautiful took home two 2014 Tony Awards® and the 2015 GRAMMY® Award for Best Musical Theater Album. King made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Blue Man Group 

At Blue Man Group, you’ll rock, laugh and party. As three bald and blue men explore our world, together we’ll discover music, comedy and surprises at every turn. By the end of this spectacular journey, you’ll be saying “I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT JUST HAPPENED BUT I LOOOVED IT.” Thirty-five million people of all ages and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it’s your turn!

An American in Paris 

In postwar Paris, romance is in the air, and youthful optimism reigns. Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breathtaking production. Winner of four Tony Awards® and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite production features your favorite Gershwin songs, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me” and “Stairway to Paradise.”

Broadway presentations are made possible in part with generous support by the Glenn Korff Broadway Endowment.

Classical Season (previously announced)

Classical highlights of the 30th Anniversary include GRAMMY® Award-winning St. Louis Symphony in its debut with new Music Director Stéphane Denève, featuring piano virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet, opening the historic Season; and Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet of superstars, featuring pianist Paul Barnes in concert to celebrate the release of their international CD recording, including Philip Glass’ new work “Annunciation.”

Now in its eighth season, the Lied’s “Piano Series” brings top piano soloists to Lincoln. Murray Perahia, one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, winner of three GRAMMY® Awards and nine Gramophone Awards, returns to the Lied Center for the first time in 15 years. Pianist Joyce Yang performing with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet continues our storied tradition of featuring Van Cliburn medalists.

Single Ticket Information

If the performances are not sold out through season ticket orders, any remaining tickets will be available for single ticket purchase starting in early August.

The 2019-2020 Season includes performances by the following artists:


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – Sept. 19


The Legend of Georgia McBride (Nebraska Rep.) – Oct. 2-13

Brooklyn Rider Ensemble – Oct. 3

In the Mood – Oct. 6

A Night of Chinese Arts – Oct. 12

The Texas Tenors – Oct. 13

Get the Led Out – Oct. 15

Stefon Harris and Blackout – Oct. 18

The Phantom of the Opera – Oct. 23-Nov. 3


The Glass Menagerie – Nov. 6-17

White Christmas – Nov. 11-13

Brian Regan – Nov. 18


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Dec. 6

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox – Dec. 17


Bandstand – Jan. 17-19

Martha Redbone Presents Bone Hill: The Concert – Jan. 23

Blue Man Group – Jan. 29-Feb. 2


An American in Paris – Feb. 8-9 

Aquila Theatre in George Orwell’s 1984 – Feb. 18

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company – Feb. 27

The Second City – Feb. 29


Murray Perahia – March 1

Waitress – March 6-8

Super Diamond, The Neil Diamond Tribute – March 13

Michael Londra and the Celtic Fire – March 17

Kelli O’Hara – March 20

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! – March 22

Royal Winnipeg Ballet's The Wizard of Oz – Mar. 28-29


Pippin – April 1-12

A Capella Live! – April 2
Boston Pops on Tour – April 5

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: An Evening with Pianist Joyce Yang – April 11

Air Play – April 14

Beautiful – April 23-25


Michael Feinstein – May 10

About the Lied Center for Performing Arts
The Lied Center for Performing Arts is “Nebraska’s Performing Arts Center.” As part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Lied presents the world’s most iconic artists and offers major regional, national and international performances designed to educate, inspire and entertain audiences. We offer something for everyone, including the best of Broadway, symphony orchestra, dance, music, theater and family programs. The Lied also is committed to transforming lives through the power of the arts, and nearly all visiting artists work with students in the days leading up to their performance. The Lied Center and its programs are made possible through the generous 2019-2020 season support of Christina Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust, the Glenn Korff Broadway Endowment, Friends of Lied, Ameritas and Union Bank & Trust Company. Major private patron investments support enhanced Broadway and classical music programming as well as the GK Platinum Artist Fund.