Performance/Theater

South Pacific

September 5, 2014 - September 28, 2014 - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm at Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd Street

9/5/2014-9/28/2014
Wednesdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Prices start at $23.
This epic romantic musical centers on a group of American sailors & Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.
www.dmplayhouse.com

The Phantom of the Opera

September 18, 2014 - September 21, 2014 - 12:00 am at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

9/10/2014-9/21/2014
See website for times
Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA50309
Varies – see website
www.desmoinesperformingarts.org

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

September 18, 2014 - September 21, 2014 - 12:00 am at Kum & Go Theater @ DMSC
9th and Cherry Streets

9/18/2014-9/21/2014
Thurs, Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Kum & Go Theater @ DMSC, 9th and Cherry Streets, Des Moines, IA50309
$15 – $30
www.RTIowa.com
George and Martha’s bitter disappointment towards one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that seems to have been the foundation for their marriage. In the end, the mystery in which George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.
www.midwestix.com Free parking after 5:00 and on weekends in the Wells Fargo parking lot between 8th and 9th. Use the Mulberry Street entrance and exit.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody

October 23, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press. 

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group

October 26, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using nothing but their lightning fast wits and some audience volunteers, the delightful & daring duo create pandemonium on the spot in one of the funniest live shows you will ever see.

altonbrown

Celebrity Chef Alton Brown

October 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to welcome ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE to the Des Moines Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR will be on sale June 6 at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown recently announced the return of the ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR, on the heels of the successful inaugural run to 46 US cities.  Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star’s show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of “extreme” food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course…puppets.  Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, into a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown.  He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.

Brown, author of seven books including the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” has hosted numerous food series including “Iron Chef America.”  He currently serves as host on the game show “Cutthroat Kitchen” and as a mentor/judge on “Food Network Star,” which premieres its 10th season on June 1st.  Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel.

Those craving Brownian wit and wisdom from its truest source can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrowntour.com

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

November 6, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

The Moscow State Symphony, under the direction of Pavel Koga, has gained the reputation as one of the greatest orchestras from cultural tradition rich with extraordinary symphonic ensembles. Accompanied by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the program will include works by Tchaikovsky.

Elf the Musical

November 15, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

One of Hollywood’s most beloved holiday hits is born again-on stage! Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities ultimately cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.

China National Acrobats

November 19, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditoirum
Lincoln way & University Blvd

With superhuman flexibility and stunning showmanship, the China National Acrobats perform spine-tingling tricks of athleticism with remarkable discipline. Trained at the prestigious Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy, these elite performers showcase consummate dexterity and concentration in each awe-inspiring act.

Danu-A Christmas Gathering

December 16, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Musical celebrations on Christmas and Wren’s Day have been part of Irish tradition for hundreds of years. Hailing from historic county Waterford, the award-winning Danu brings together virtuoso players on fiddle, flute, accordion and percussion. Add the gorgeous voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and amazing guest dances, and the result is a truly memorable traditional Irish Christmas.

Sister Act

December 18, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

In this crowd-pleasing musical based on the hit film, a wannabe diva on the run finds an unlikely ‘sisterhood.’ Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2011 and featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look-a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own in a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.

Anything Goes

January 22, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

This saucy production is a winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Best Choreography. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely couples set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and “Anything Goes.”

The Great Gatsby

February 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Witness the sweeping grandeur and poetry of America’s most celebrated novel as the Montana Repertory Theatre continues to tell America’s great stories with its production of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby adapted by Simon Levy. Watch the rise and fall of the notorious Jay Gatsby and the alluring and dangerous Daisy Buchanan presented by one of the nation’s premier touring companies.

The Australian Bee Gees Show

February 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Touring for more than 17 years, The Australian Bee Gees Show has mastered the look, sound and personality of the adored trio while cementing their reputation as the world’s leading Bee Gees tribute. Relive your favorite Bee Gees moments with this multimedia theatrical concert experience.

State Symphony of Mexico

March 3, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

The State Symphony of Mexico, under the direction of Nrique Batiz and accompanied by Russian piano soloist Irina Chistiakova, brings a fund and diverse repertoire to Stephens Auditorium. The program will include Three Spanish Dances and Intermezzo from Goyescas by Enrique Granados, Noches en los Jardines de Espana by Manuel De Falla and Iberia Suite by Isaac Albeniz.

STOMP

March 4, 2015 - March 5, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Crashing and stomping back to Stephens with their singular sound, Stomp is a peerless entertainment experience that has inspired performers, artists, and musicians around the world to see music and art in everything. Explosive, sexy and utterly unique, this international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews!

The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney

March 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these Celtic music pioneers. Six-time Grammy Award-winners, The Chieftains have uncovered centuries of Irish song and made these traditional works their own. Their inimitable style has won them countless fans over the decades, and their iconic sound is synonymous with the revival traditional Irish music. This legendary band has collaborated with numerous stars from The Rolling Stones and Madonna to Luciano Pavarotti.

Mummenschanz

March 28, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

For more than 40 years, audiences of all ages have been delighted by the incredible humor, versatility and pure imagination of Mummenschanz. The celebrated Swiss performance troupe has captivated the world with its ground-breaking non-verbal theatre of movement and transformation.

Million Dollar Quartet

April 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

This thrilling Tony Award-winning musical brings the rock ‘n’ roll sizzle of Memphis to Stephens and takes you inside the famed studio where recording icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins came together for the greatest jam session ever. In one unforgettable night, you’ll hear “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

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