This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
The Connections Series: Colonel’s Chicken
Through March 2 at Weber Fine Arts Building, 6505 University Drive S. Demi wanders into a Colonel’s Chicken restaurant looking for easy comfort after being dumped by her boyfriend. But when invited to step beyond the “Employees Only” door, she finds another thing entirely. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$20, free for UNO students. 402-554-7529.
On Your Feet!
Through March 3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The captivating story of Latina star Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame will be loaded with Estefan’s infectious pop classics. Times vary. Tickets: $35-$99. 402-345-0606.
Through March 3 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Thumbelina is a flower-sized girl determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. Her magical, thumb-sized adventure will find any child swimming with fish and flying with sparrows with the use of inventive puppetry and innovative design. Times vary. Tickets: $12, $10 for members. 402-345-4849.
The Doll Maker’s Gift
Through March 10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This performance showcases the journey of Nora, an imaginative Russian-Jewish girl who is left behind as her family flees to safety in America. While her family gathers funds to reunite them, Nora stays with a kind doll maker who shows her that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community. Times vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
Of Mice and Men
Through March 17 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by John Steinbeck, this play follows George and Lennie as they dream of making enough money to buy their own land. When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century. Times vary. Tickets: $40. 402-533-0800.
The Bridges of Madison County
March 1-24 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping love story about an emotional yet brief love affair. A National Geographic photographer seeks directions to an iconic covered bridge from local housewife. Their immediate connection takes them both by surprise, and ultimately changes them forever. Times vary. Tickets: $24-$42. 402-553-0800.
Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour
March 6 & 7 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This hard-rock musical captures the iconic era known as the 1980s. Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock ’n’ roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality. The show features the music of Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among other bands. 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets: $35-$75. 402-345-0606.
PJ Masks Live: Save the Day!
March 18 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and their new friend PJ Robot try to save the day from the sneaky villains Romeo, Night Ninja, and Luna Girl in this live-action performance. 6 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55, $110 VIP. 402-934-6291.
March 16 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future. 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$30. 402-345-0606.
March 19 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. This comedian is best known to television viewers for her appearances on season nine of MTV’s Wild ’N Out as well as various shows on VH1, and BET. She has also opened for Martin Lawrence. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$40. 402-493-8036.
Capturing the Impossible with Filmmaker Bryan Smith
March 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Smith loves an extreme challenge—especially if it involves frostbite, angry locals with machetes, or ice climbing Niagara Falls. In this performance, he shows audience members what it means to adventure with purpose. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
March 21-April 14 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. Inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Times vary. Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors (65+). 402-345-1576.
March 22-April 7 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Pooh spends his days searching for honey, doing his exercises, and playing with his best friends. One day, the group learns that a new animal will be moving into the forest, one that Rabbit fears might be dangerous—a kangaroo! The group’s plan to avoid this bouncy animal changes when they actually meet Kanga and her child Roo and learn just how much fun new members of the community can be. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
March 22-23 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. This funny man, of Jackass fame, has also appeared in the spin-off Wildboyz, Dancing with the Stars, and Killer Karaoke for truTV. The veteran stand-up performer is sure to entertain audiences. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-493-8036.
My Favorite Murder Live
March 24 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. An evening with the creators of this hit true crime comedy podcast will be one-of-a-kind. The podcast has broken download records and steadily landed on the iTunes Top 10 comedy chart. Karen Kilgariff is a stand-up comedian and TV writer; Georgia Hardstark is a writer and host on the Cooking Channel. 8 p.m. Limited tickets available. Contact Omaha Performing Arts directly for prices. 402-345-0606.
April 27 at at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. This nationally touring comedian and animal advocate returns to her home state. Note: This is event is the rescheduled date from the cancelled Sept. 27 show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-934-6291.
Come From Away
March 27-31 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This new musical tells the tale of 7,000 passengers stranded in Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001, when their airplanes were suspended due to terrorist activities. Tickets: $32-$110. 402-345-0606.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
March 27-31 at Lied Education Center, 2500 California Plaza. This story is about Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. Throughout the story, no one has faith in Elle, but she manages to surprise them all. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 students, $15 senior citizens, $18 adults. 402-280-1448.
March 28 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Titus’ Fifth Annual “End of the World” tour is a hard, but funny, look at the world since Sept. 11, 2001. His daughter is learning colors from the terrorist alert rainbow. She thinks Winnie the Pooh is a medium threat. He will tell the audience why. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. 402-493-8036.
March 29 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Leno is a stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder, philanthropist, and Emmy Award winner. He spent more than two decades as host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tickets: $59-$129. 402-345-0606.
Les Enfants Terribles
April 3, 5, 7, 13, and 14 at Mastercraft Building, 1111 N. 13th St. Composer Philip Glass based this opera on the work of Jean Cocteau. Siblings Paul and Lise are cut off from the world and dangerously dependent on each other. The psychological game that intertwines their lives twists inevitably to tragedy. Times vary. Tickets: $60. 402-345-0606.
Rumors in the Kitchen
April 4-20 at Apollon, 1801 Vinton St. It is the Edwardian age, the Titanic has sunk, and rumors are flying. The kitchen staff hears all in this old English manor, but which rumors are true and which ones are rubbish? The audience will wade through all the rumors in the kitchen to seek out the truth. Tickets: $35. 402-884-0135.
April 10-13, 17-20 at UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge Street. A group of nine female soccer players discuss everything from Harry Potter to menstruation during their weekly warm-ups. Tickets: $16 adults, free to students. $6 adults on April 10, 11, and 17. 402-554-7529.
April 11-13 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Drew Lynch has been on The Dr. Oz Show, and most notably, was runner-up on season 10 of America’s Got Talent (he lost to some puppets). Times vary. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-493-8036.
April 12 & 14 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. In despair the aging and regretful scholar Faust makes a deal with the devil for an ill-fated chance at youth, vitality, and love. 7:30 p.m. April 12, 2 p.m. April 14. Tickets: $19-$99. 402-345-0606.
One Man, Two Guvnors
April 12-May 5 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Francis becomes employed by two men after being out of work, and he goes to great lengths to serve both employers without them finding out about each other. But cases of mistaken identity and the introduction of several unusual characters begin to thwart his plan. 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets: $24-$42. 402-553-0800.
When Women Ruled the World
April 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens. Cleopatra used her sexuality and her money to build alliances with warlords of the Roman empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King. Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
Steve Martin and Martin Short
April 18 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Two legends come together on one stage. Martin has earned an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Short started on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. These actors have worked together on modern classic films such as Three Amigos and Father of the Bride. 7 p.m. Tickets: $49.25-$225.25. 402-345-0606.
April 18-20 at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. This comedian can be seen in Office Christmas Party opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, and Deadpool 2. He has also voiced Tuffnut in the Oscar-nominated How To Train Your Dragon. Times vary. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-493-8036.
Paul Taylor Dance Co.
April 20 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This widely known dance company experienced a major change last year when founder Paul Taylor died and longtime dancer Michael Novak became artistic director. The company will perform Taylor’s repertoire during this performance in their 65th year. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
School of Rock
April 23-28 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This musical, based on the hit film, follows a wannabe rock star who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. This musical features new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber along with the original songs from the movie. Times vary. Tickets: $35+. 402-345-0606.
Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal
April 24-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Crystal is Cirque du Soleil’s first ice show. The misfit Crystal dives into a world of her own imagination to become confident, curious, and creative. The show features acrobatics, juggling, and other signature Cirque events. Times vary. Tickets: $41-$145. 402-341-1500.
Knowing Good and Evil
April 25-28 at Lied Education Center, 2500 California Plaza. This ballet presents the implied temptation of Eve when the Devil presented her with the forbidden fruit which is taken from the verse “you will not surely die, but be like God knowing good and evil.” 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 students, $15 senior citizens, $18 adults. 402-280-1448.
Dragons Love Tacos
April 26-May 12 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. In this adaptation of Adam Rubin’s book, audiences meet Boy—and his faithful fido, Leroy—as the pair wrestle with a particularly stubborn homework problem. During a break, they discover a documentary about dragons and their favorite food (tacos), and they are soon interested in the dos and don’ts of serving tasty treats to big beasts. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.