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Published on March 22nd, 2016 | by Dig Omaha

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2016 OPA season includes Grammy winners, Broadway newcomers

The Omaha Performing Arts Association announced its 2016-2017 season Monday night, unveiling some big classics and newcomers alike.

All in all, nearly three dozen events were announced by the organization that books the Holland Center and the Orpheum Theater, from Broadway hits to family shows, Grammy winners and Wild Things.

Here are some of the highlights of the night, which was open to theatre patrons.

First, the Broadway series heats things up with “Cabaret,” the Roustabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning musical set in 1931 Berlin. Runs Oct. 11-16.

Other shows in the series include “White Christmas,” Nov. 15-20; a reimagined version of “The Sound of Music,” Jan. 24-29, 2017; “Beautiful,” April 4-9, 2017; and “Something Rotten,” May 16-21, 2017, a show about two brothers in England who attempt to compete against Shakespeare by writing a musical. Other theatrical performances inclide “Jersey Boys,” March 7-12, 2017, the wildly popular story of the Four Seasons, and “Rent,” June 3-4, 2017, which this year marks 20 years.

The Holland Center Jazz series includes a rich lineup, too. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Catherine Russell will perform a holiday show Dec. 2; Grammy winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Aaron Diehl present “Jelly & George: Celebrating the Music of Jelly Roll Morton & George Gershwin,” March 5, 2017; Joey Alexander Trio, May 19, 2017; Grammy winning trumpeter Chris Botti, July 20; the Ten Tenors, Dec. 1; and then a Youtube sensation The Piano Guys takes the stage on Sept. 21. These four dads from Utah created self-made music videos and play everything from classical to boy bands.

There are a number of other dance, music and special performances planned.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Jan. 19, 2017 stops here as part of the dance series. This presentation of storytelling through dance is titled “The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope,” about explores the devastation of the Holocaust. Dorfman is the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

The Family Series features Black Violin, Nov. 18, an American hip hop duo from Florida composed of two classically trained string instrumentalists. .

“Where the Wild Things Live,” Feb. 7, 2017, features wildlife photographer Vincent J. Musi whose work explores connections between exotic animals and humans.

Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. “It Gets Better” tour, April 28, 2017.

Belá Fleck and Chris Thile, July 12, features two well-known bluegrass musicians.

As part of the 1200 Club series, Jamison Ross takes the stage Jan. 20, 2017. Grammy nominee vocalist and drummer performs solo.

Hot Club of Cowtown, Feb. 17, 2017. This jazz western swing trio loves hoedowns and songs of the American West.

For a more complete lineup of all shows, and to purchase season tickets, see OmahaPerformingArts.org/SeasonTickets or call 402-345-0606.

Finally, Chris Mann, a “The Voice” contestant, will perform May 5, 2017.

Photo: Broadway.com

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