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August 2024
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August 27-28, 2024

Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer Joff Bush.

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games...

September 2024
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September 6, 2024 | 7:30 PM

For over 20 years, Aaron Watson has traveled the land as country music’s ultimate underdog troubadour – a truly independent artist with the spirit of the American frontier in his veins. Praised by People.com for creating “music filled with light and joy … pride for the country he calls home,” Watson has reached Billboard’s Top Ten Country Album Chart five...

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September 17-22, 2024

The Lied Center presents the world premiere production of A House Divided, a new play by Christina Kirk. Based on real events, this compelling work examines the distressing choices faced by Abraham Lincoln that threatened to unravel his family and the country during a week in 1863 when Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sister, Emilie Todd Helm, visits the White House. Helm,...

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September 27-29, 2024

THE TONY AND GRAMMY-WINNING BEST MUSICAL SENSATION

Declared “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the first musical to take a groundbreaking look—from the point of view of both the parents and young people—at our complex, interconnected, and social media-filled lives.

Evan Hansen is a high school student...

October 2024
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Thursday, October 3, 2024 | 7:30 PM

“Fusing gospel music with tap, stepping, and gorgeous gumboot dancing” - The New York Times

After thrilling Lied Center audiences in 2021, Step Afrika! returns with lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity, creating a heart-pounding experience and celebrating the African American tradition of stepping. Based on Jacob Lawrence’s iconic paintings The Migration Series that chart the story of African American...

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October 8-13, 2024

Great Scott! Back to the Future, the beloved, cinematic classic is now a Broadway musical with its destination set for Lincoln, Nebraska in 2024.

Winner of the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, four WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical, and the Broadway World Award for Best New Musical, Back to the Future: The Musical is adapted for the stage...

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Friends of Lied Event

Enjoy great food, friends and fun before select performances at the Lied Center. Join the Friends of Lied for a catered meal, with no worries about arriving in time for the show! Open to the public. 

Saturday, October 12

Lied Center Commons

Cocktails: 5:30PM

Dinner: 6:00PM

$45 per person for dinner

RESERVE MY SEAT

Limited seating available. Make...

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Friday, October 18, 2024 | 7:30 PM

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 60 years and marches Crescent City tradition forward in their brilliant stage performances. Returning to the Lied for the first time since 2006, the band has spread its hometown’s iconic sound to festival stages from Coachella to Newport, performing among peers and legends,...

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October 23, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Relive the magic and laughter of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show on the anniversary of Johnny’s 99th Birthday with the talented variety artists and personalities who were frequently featured as in-studio guests during his extraordinary 30-year late-night run.  

Carson Entertainment Group and the Lied Center present this one-time special event, hosted by comedian Pat Hazell, plus stage performances by master magician...

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Friday, October 25, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Capitol Fools is the new generation of the beloved Capitol Steps, D.C.’s premier political satire show! Featuring performers and the co-creator from Capitol Steps, they put the ‘Mock in Democracy’ and specialize in bipartisan spoofery. With breakneck costume changes, over-the-top impressions, and all-new song parodies reflecting the day’s news, join us for the unveiling of the next political movement in...

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October 30, 2024 | 7:00 PM

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning film Encanto™ comes to life like never before! Experience the entire feature-length film on the Lied Center’s huge screen with a live band performing the songs of the movie.

Encanto™ tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. The beloved soundtrack features original songs by...

November 2024
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Friday, November 1, 2024 | 7:30 PM

At just 18 years old, Yunchan Lim recently became the youngest pianist ever to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has become one of the most sought-after classical performers in the world, regularly selling out major venues with performances that showcase a “magical ability” and a “natural, instinctive quality” (La Scena). Van Cliburn jury chair – the illustrious...

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November 8-9, 2024

Following sold-out 2023-24 Season performances, experience jazz “club style” with the Metro Jazz Quintet in the intimate setting of the Lied Commons. This exciting quintet includes many of the finest jazz musicians in Nebraska performing a wide variety of music from your favorite legendary jazz composers. The Lied Commons club scene will feature table seating, a candlelight atmosphere, and cocktails...

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November 12-17, 2024

November 12-17, 2024

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

With music by eight-time...

December 2024
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Tuesday, December 17, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing spectacle featuring the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Lincoln! The Illusionists continue to dazzle audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing...

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Saturday, December 21, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with The Midtown Men! Reuniting stars of the original cast of Broadway’s smash hit Jersey Boys, this celebrated vocal group returns to the Lied Center to ring in the Christmas season with iconic Yuletide classics, such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Known for tight harmonies...

January 2025
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Tuesday, January 14, 2025 | 6:30 PM

Featuring charming puppetry sure to delight young audiences, Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia brings two of the most beloved children’s books in history to life on stage. Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes loving reassurance from his mother. Both feature rabbit characters and come alive through soothing...

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Saturday, January 18, 2025 | 7:30PM

RENT in Concertdirected by Broadway’s Sammi Cannold, is a full symphonic concert evening performed with live vocalists and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, celebrating Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winning musical. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Fresh from its debut at the Kennedy Center with a...

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Thursday, January 23, 2025 | 7:30 PM

FIERCE FOOTWORK. FEMALE FORCE. Syncopated Ladies is the high-octane, high-impact female tap dance band created by Emmy Award-nominated tap dancer and choreographer Chloe Arnold, protege of Debbie Allen.

Syncopated Ladies' viral videos have amassed over 100 MILLION VIEWS, with reposts from stars, including Janet Jackson and Missy Elliot. Megastar Beyonce shared their work, saying “They Killed It,” then featured Syncopated Ladies...

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January 24-25, 2025

Following sold-out 2023-24 Season performances, experience jazz “club style” with the Metro Jazz Quintet in the intimate setting of the Lied Commons. This exciting quintet includes many of the finest jazz musicians in Nebraska performing a wide variety of music from your favorite legendary jazz composers. The Lied Commons club scene will feature table seating, a candlelight atmosphere, and cocktails available...

February 2025
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February 4-16, 2025

Pop the champagne, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the winner of 10 Tony Awards® — including Best Musical!
 
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical! Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2025 | 7:30PM

Renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras. Founded in 1958 by Sir Neville Marriner, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields has evolved into a musical powerhouse, an orchestra renowned across the world for the sharing of joyful, inspiring...

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Sunday, February 23, 2025 | 4:00 PM

Christina and Andrés are 123 Andrés, the GRAMMY®- and Latin GRAMMY®-winning duo for kids and families known for their interactive, high-energy shows. They bring fresh, original songs that blend Spanish and English, with an eclectic mix of sounds from all corners of Latin America. 123 Andrés packs its show with positive vibes and energetic songs that get the whole family...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2025 | 7:30 PM

Recognized as one of Europe's first-rank symphonic ensembles, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra takes the Lied Center stage with a breathtaking program. Praised by The New York Times for “brilliance and infectious exuberance,” American pianist Maxim Lando opens with Liszt’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1 followed by the Nebraska return of superstar violinist Sandy Cameron performing Barber’s Violin Concerto No....

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February 28-March 1, 2025

Where should we go? Who shall we visit? The conductors are on a search for treasure in this play specifically designed for very young children. Featuring live music and playful audience participation, The Conductors is a silly, joyful, and engaging first theatre experience. Join the conductors as they explore community and connection along the railroad lines! Best enjoyed by children...

March 2025
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Saturday, March 1, 2025 | 7:30 PM

Back by popular demand, one of the world’s top brass ensembles returns to Nebraska celebrating its 30thh anniversary of sensational programs, comedic brilliance, and impeccable playing. Known as the “Monty Python of the music world” and for its massively viral YouTube videos, Austria’s Mnozil Brass seamlessly combines slapstick comedy with extraordinary musical ability. The group has embraced repertoire for all...

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March 4-9, 2025 

He earned his stripes on Broadway… now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Lincoln, Nebraska. 

It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set,...

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Saturday, March 15, 2025 | 7:30 PM

Embark on a mesmerizing journey with Murphy’s Celtic Legacy, an enchanting Irish music and dance extravaganza that captivates audiences worldwide. Delve into the rich lore of the Murphy clan as its saga unfolds against the breathtaking backdrop of Ireland and the boundless expanse of the open sea. Featuring a dynamic fusion of the finest Irish dancers, virtuoso musicians, and an...

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March 20-23, 2025

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production –...

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March 20-30, 2025

Any Nebraska farmer or rancher worth their salt will tell you their connection to the land is equally as strong as their bonds to family, community, and their good name.  When Rob McLeod is confronted with a threat underneath his land, he and his entire family discover how fragile and endangered their bonds will become.

An award-winning play, written by...

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Saturday, March 29, 2025 | 7:30 PM

Experience your favorite musicals blended with the greatest pop, rock, and swing numbers from four top performers who have one thing in common: they all performed in the West End, international tour, or movie of the world’s greatest musical – Les Misérables!

Direct from London, hear the music and inspiring stories from The Barricade Boys’ time touring the world and...

April 2025
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Saturday, April 5, 2025 | 7:30 PM

Known for its energized, athletic, and joyous style, Parsons Dance is internationally renowned for creating and performing contemporary American dance. Their bold works and distinctive style have solidified them as one of the world’s leading dance companies. Works, like Caught, one of the world’s most famous solos, exemplify this company’s innovation and huge audience appeal. Parsons Dance is always a favorite...

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Wednesday, April 9, 2025 | 7:30 PM

Witty, quirky, and irreverent – praised by Bowie and Eno, and raved about by The New York Times, this world-renowned group of ukulele superstars performs “an evening of sheer entertainment.”  Playful, virtuosic, and wickedly amusing, both fun and actually funny, these eccentric virtuosos return to the Lied with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter, and sheer superlative entertainment. They are masters...

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April 11-12, 2025

Following sold-out 2023-24 Season performances, experience jazz “club style” with the Metro Jazz Quintet in the intimate setting of the Lied Commons. This exciting quintet includes many of the finest jazz musicians in Nebraska performing a wide variety of music from your favorite legendary jazz composers. The Lied Commons club scene will feature table seating, a candlelight atmosphere, and cocktails available...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2025 | 7:30 PM

The famed foodist reflects on his decades in food media, presents several of his favorite culinary mega-hacks, sings some of his funny food songs, and in general offers a culinary variety show the likes of which human eyes have never seen. Brown’s live culinary variety shows have toured to sold-out crowds across the country since 2013, and among his various...

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Saturday, April 19, 2025 | 7:30 PM

No violinist more beautifully captures and conveys the joy of music than Itzhak Perlman, the

undeniable reigning virtuoso of violin. Having performed with every major orchestra and at concert halls around the globe, Perlman was granted a Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor – by President Obama in 2015, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003, a...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2025 | 7:30 PM

Join renowned astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson for an out-of-this-world Earth Day event! Tyson will present “The Cosmic Perspective.” There is no view of the world as emotionally potent as the one granted by a cosmic perspective. It’s one that sees Earth as a planet in a vast universe. It profoundly influences what we think and feel about science, culture,...

May 2025
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Sunday, May 4, 2025 | 4:00 PM

Stunning, Superb, Powerful …” says the Los Angeles Times of TAKE3: Where ROCK meets BACH, featuring the music of popular artists, including The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elvis, Neil Diamond, Imagine Dragons, and crowd favorites, “Sweet Home Alabama,”Hallelujah,”Game of Thrones.”Stand by Me,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Featuring musicians trained at the world’s top conservatories, this unique trio...

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Thursday, May 22, 2025 | 7:30 PM

This is “The closest you will ever get to ABBA!” (Official ABBA Fan Club) ARRIVAL from Sweden has been selling out venues all over the world since 1995 as most successful and authentic ABBA tribute in the world. Hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Does Your Mother Know,” “Take A Chance,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper,” “Money Money...

June 2025
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June 14-15, 2025

Based on the beloved 1988 MGM rom-com, Mystic Pizza is a new musical about three working-class girls who navigate the complexities of life, love, and family in a small-town pizza joint. The infectious score features megahits of the ‘80s and ‘90s, from "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" to "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and songs originally recorded by Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi...

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