The Phantom of the Opera is one of the outstanding Broadway shows coming to Lincoln’s Lied Center this fall.

This past week was an exciting one for those who enjoy musical theatre. Last Wednesday, the Lied Center announced it is bringing “The Phantom of the Opera” to Lincoln this fall. This production, with its beloved story and thrilling music, has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever.”

With songs like “Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You,” the show is the longest running show on Broadway ever. Show dates at the Lied are Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. The Fun Club plans to buy tickets for a Sunday matinee, either Oct. 27 or Nov. 3.

Ticket prices for individual shows haven’t been announced yet; however we know main floor center section tickets for Phantom of the Opera will run $150 or more with motorcoach transportation and dinner.

More Broadway at the Lied

If that wasn’t enough, things got even more exciting this weekend. My husband and I attended the Lied Center’s “Announcement Party” where they revealed their Broadway lineup for the 2019/2020 season.

“White Christmas” is coming in November. The Fun Club has seen this holiday musical in recent years but it’s always a favorite with its great dancing, message of goodwill and some of the best Irving Berlin songs ever written.

“Bandstand” is a new musical featuring the fabulous big band sound with high-octane dancing. It’s set in 1945 when soldiers are returning from war. You’ll want to have your dancing shoes on when you watch this one. The show is coming in January 2020.

“Waitress” will come to the Lied in March 2020. It’s an uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie.

“Beautiful - The Carole King Musical” tells the story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom. It features an array of her 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.” This show will be at the Lied in April 2020.

As previously mentioned, the Lied is selling their 2019/2020 Broadway Series as a five-show package so they haven’t yet announced prices for the individual shows. However, they have announced two additional productions coming next season.

“Blue Man Group” will perform at the Lied in late January and early February 2020. This is a tough show to describe but it’s very entertaining.It includes music, comedy and surprises at every turn.

“An American in Paris” will be at the Lied next February and is another show the Fun Club has seen recently. Gershwin tunes, like “I Got Rhythm” and “S Wonderful,” plus amazing dance scenes and the romantic story make it unforgettable.

Broadway at the Orpheum

We were already having trouble deciding which Lied shows to include in the Fun Club’s schedule when the very next day we attended the Orpheum’s “Season Reveal” which added to our dilemma! Here’s why.

The Orpheum is bringing back “The Lion King” in April 2020. It’s certainly one of the most imaginative Broadway shows ever. Then Les Miserables will return to the Omaha stage in January 2020. And several new Broadway shows also deserve our consideration including “A Bronx Tale,” “Anastasia” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Many of you know the Broadway hit “Hamilton” is coming to the Orpheum in September this year. Unfortunately the Fun Club won’t be able to get tickets for this show because the production company isn’t allowing group ticket sales due to problems with scalpers.

The Orpheum, just like the Lied, is currently selling tickets only to those who subscribe to the entire package. The Fun Club will not buy the Broadway show packages at either theater but we will make decisions when individual show information is available to groups.

Call the Fun Club at 402-745-6477 if you have questions or comments.

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