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Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz

Aug. 19–Sept. 18

Howard Drew Theatre

A contemporary, captivating story, Becky’s New Car finds two families unknowingly intertwined. Humorously ironic situations, rapid scene changes and clever audience interaction will keep you entertained, delighted and on the edge of your seat as you become part of Becky’s world on this enjoyable ride! Will Becky find the new life she didn’t know she was searching for, or is a new car just the thing she needs?



Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb,
Based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Sept. 16–Oct. 16

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre

A Broadway hit that won six Tony Awards! Set in the razzle-dazzle roaring twenties Chicago. This sharp-edge tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation and treachery features a dazzling musical score accompanied by some immortal choreography by Bob Fosse.


Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage

Oct. 21–Nov. 20

Howard Drew Theatre

Flyin’ West is a moving piece of American history brought to life on stage. A poignant tale of sisterhood and independence, Flyin’ West is the personal saga of a family of women who will do whatever it takes to protect each other and protect their land. Unity, courage, strength and perseverance drive this heartfelt play.


Yesterday and Today

Special Event
Dec. 2–31

Howard Drew Theatre

Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back! This all-request Beatles tribute show will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song. Share your stories and relive your memories with your favorite Beatles songs. No two shows are the same and every show is a guaranteed exhilarating time!


A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Charles Jones

Special Event/Musical
Nov. 18–Dec. 23

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music and sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!


On Golden Pond By Ernest Thompson

Jan. 20–Feb. 12

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Full of warm humor and heart, this touching tale follows a couple in their golden years at their summer home on Golden Pond in Maine. Norman Thayer, an irascible retired schoolteacher, and his wife Ethel, who has a love for life, take us on a soul-stirring journey filled with trials of growing older, finding peace in old grudges and making unexpected friends who show them how to live again. On Golden Pond is an enriching masterpiece!


The Fantasticks

Book by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones, Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand
Feb. 10–March18

Howard Drew Theatre

A legend in its own time, The Fantasticks is the longest running musical in history! A simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, their meddling fathers and the wall that divides them, The Fantasticks is crafted with charming simplicity, captivating music and whimsy. This timeless tale will ignite your imagination, delight your senses and leave you completely fulfilled. Whether you are revisiting this beloved musical or seeing it for the first time, it guarantees entertainment!


Altar Boyz

Music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and book by Kevin Del Aguila
March 2–25

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing and irreverent humor, Altar Boyz tells the story of five small-town boys—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham—trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time with their pious pop act, including lyrics like “Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait” and “Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone.” With an extraordinary mix of hilarious songs, this award-winning musical will have the whole family laughing and singing along.


Lend Me a Tenor By Ken Ludwig

April 13–May 6

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre

A side-splitting comedy, Lend Me A Tenor will have you singing its praises! When a fiery-tempered, world famous Italian opera star comes to town, he finds himself in a compromising situation giving an unexpected star the chance of a lifetime. Confusion and utter chaos ensue as the audience is in on the ultimate game of who’s who. Passion, double entendres, mistaken identities and absolute hilarity send this award-winning farce to comedic heights!


A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

April 27–May 27

Howard Drew Theatre

A Pulitzer Prize-winning tour de force, A Streetcar Named Desire is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans shortly after World War II. Blanche Dubois, a fragile Southern woman, seeks refuge from the deeds of her past in the home of her sister Stella and her brutish husband Stanley. A turbulent confrontation develops between Blanche and her brother-in-law, forcing her to separate from her illusions and spiral into madness. This devastating portrait of delusion and cruelty is one of Tennessee Williams finest works – an American masterpiece.



Book by Mark O’Donnell & Scott Wittman;
Music by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman

May 25–June 24

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre

“You Can’t Stop the Beat” of this Tony-award winning musical! This flashback to the 1960s is full of musical dance numbers that will have you boogying all night long! Hairspray is a light-hearted musical that redefines beauty, as a big girl with bigger aspirations becomes the newest local TV star. This larger-than-life musical will leave you hungry for more!


Subscription packages are available for this amazing season so you can enjoy the whole season at a discounted rate, as well as special subscriber perks!

10 shows • $195 Adult, $130 Student
Includes all nine regular season shows plus A Christmas Carol (any November 2011 performance).

5 shows
 • only available through 7/1/11

Friday/Saturday: $135 Adult, $100 Student
Wed/Thurs/Sun: $125 Adult, $85 Student

Includes all five regular season productions in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre.

5 shows
 • $145 Adult, $110 Student

Choose five shows from the regular season shows, does not include special events.
Make selections at the time of purchase (no substitutions allowed).

$30 • 
For 21-35 year olds!
Purchase up to two tickets for each regular season production for only $10 each. Proof of age is required.   

Call (402) 553-0800 or visit www.omahaplayhouse.com to learn more about the 2011-12 Omaha Community Playhouse season and subscriptions.

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