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Lied Center's Broadway series delayed a year because of NYC shutdown
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Lied Center's Broadway series delayed a year because of NYC shutdown

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'The Band's Visit'

The Lied Center for Performing Arts presentation of the national touring company's version of the Tony winning musical “The Band’s Visit” has been moved to the 2021-2022 season which will begin next September.

The distance between Lincoln, Nebraska, and the theater-rich streets of Broadway might not be as far as the map indicates.

A few hours after the Broadway League announced it was canceling all performances until next May, the trickle down was felt at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Its 2020-21 Glenn Korff Broadway Series, presenting the national touring companies of “Come From Away,” “Les Miserables,” “Chicago” and “The Band’s Visit" will be move to the 2021-22 season.

“It’s all connected,” said Lied Center associate director Matthew Boring. “There are cast members that go from the national tours to Broadway. It impacts rehearsal space for the touring shows." 

The Lied Center learned of the continuing shutdown late Thursday, after discussions with the producers of the touring companies, and announced the move to the 2021-22 season Friday.

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“We just wanted to be able to share as much complete information as we could,” Boring said. “About 98% of our Broadway subscribers decided to hang on to their tickets. We wanted them to know that shows are being moved to next season as quickly as possible."

The 2021-22 season dates for the musicals have not yet been determined. It is also possible that the titles could change depending on scheduling or if the touring company goes out at all, Boring said.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” "Madagascar: The Musical" and “STOMP” are also moving to 2021-22.

Patrons with questions about their tickets and the move to 2021-2022 should contact the Lied Center ticket office at 402-472-4747 or liedcustomerservice@unl.edu.

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The move to 2021-22, however, doesn’t eliminate all Broadway at the Lied this season. “NEWSical: The Musical” played there last month. Derrick Davis will perform “An Evening of Broadway” on Oct. 17, and “On Broadway,” a show that presents music from current blockbusters, is set for a pair of Nov. 13 performances.

“There’s as much Broadway in Lincoln as any city in the country this fall,” Boring said.

Also Friday, the Lied announced that Arnaldo Cohen’s piano concert scheduled for Oct. 19 has been postponed to May 13.

All issued tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates and patrons need not do anything if they plan to attend in the future. Tickets to rescheduled events can be converted into on-account credit to be used for any other Lied show or refunded.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7244 or kwolgamott@journalstar.com. On Twitter @KentWolgamott  

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L. Kent Wolgamott, the recipient of the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Award, has written about arts and entertainment for Lincoln newspapers since 1985, reviewing thousands of movies and concerts and hundreds of art exhibitions.

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