Nine Broadway shows, including ‘Hamilton,’ coming to Lied Center in 2022-23 season | Arts and theater

The Lied Center for Performing Arts unveiled its 2022-23 Broadway season on Wednesday, a week after announcing that “Hamilton” would come to Lincoln for an extended run in August 2023.

The rest of the season will be completed by “Chicago”, “Jagged Little Pill”, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “The Book of Mormon”, “On Your Feet” , “Stomp” and “Madagascar”.

The season will open Oct. 25 with the first of four performances of a 25th anniversary presentation of Tony and Grammy Award-winning “Chicago,” and run through the debut of “Hamilton” at Lincoln.

The season, with 47 performances in total, will be Broadway’s biggest offering in the Lied’s three-decade history.

“We’ll have two weeks of ‘Hamilton’, one week of ‘Jagged Little Pill’, almost a full week of ‘Book of Mormon’ and four or five performances of several others,” said Matthew Boring, associate director of the Lied.

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Lied’s offerings on Broadway have steadily increased, boosting local audiences to the point that eight performances in 2018 of “The Book of Mormon” and 15 performances of “The Phantom of the Opera” in 2019 filled the hall.






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That response, and the Lied’s use of a Broadway subscription package that began in 2018, are a big part of why it can bring such a great season to Lincoln, said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied.

“The Lied Center has one of the premier Broadway series in the country, and it helps that we have a four- or five-show subscription for all of our shows for the season,” Stephan said. “It helps make us a priority over venues that only put on one or two shows.

“Our ultimate goal is to do full weeks for all shows, which again would put us on a higher priority and allow us to plan a little easier.”

But Stephan said even with those advantages, putting together a season is a challenge.

“It’s a jigsaw puzzle with lots of pieces, and sometimes someone just pushes all the pieces – you’re almost there and then someone just wipes them off the table,” he said.

One such national tour recently dropped out and forced Stephan and his team to adapt.

“It changed a bunch of our show plans, and then it impacted other presenters nationally, which impacted other things that we had locked down, and those have been moved.”

That explains why the Lied Center released its Broadway schedule a month later than planned, he said.

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Lied tried to bring a mix of Broadway classics such as “Chicago”, while adding new musicals that most Lincoln residents would never have seen, such as “Jagged Little Pill” and “Legally Blonde: The Musical”.

Additionally, an attempt was made to bring back favorites such as “The Book of Mormon” and “Stomp,” while adding family offerings with “Madagascar” and “Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Seuss.”

The Grinch is scheduled for the week before Christmas, with a special morning performance on Christmas Eve.

Current subscribers have been able to renew their subscriptions — without knowing all the musicals in the package — since the announcement of the Lied Center broadcast of “Hamilton” on March 9.

Starting Tuesday, new subscribers can purchase this five-show package that includes the same seats for “Hamilton,” “Chicago,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Legally Blonde.” : The Musical.”

Any number of tickets for “The Book of Mormon”, “On Your Feet”, “Stomp” and “Madagascar” can be added to a subscriber’s package.

In May, the full 2022-23 Lied Center season will be available in season packages. Single tickets for most shows go on sale in August.

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