Des Moines Performing Arts announces Broadway shows and tickets on sale

As Des Moines prepares for the return of “Hamilton” on May 17, Des Moines Performing Arts is already planning the next year of Broadway entertainment for central Iowa.

Des Moines Performing Arts has announced 10 upcoming musical performances for the coming year at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Season tickets for the 2022-23 Willis Broadway Series are on sale now at, via the DMPA app, or by calling the box office.

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Six Shows Package

The following shows are part of the 2022-23 Six Shows Package, which means access to the following half-dozen performances can be had with a single purchase, although individual ticket prices are available closer to the show dates. representation.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’

When: Oct. 25-30, 2022

For the first time in a long time, this acclaimed musical returns to the Des Moines Civic Center.

The show is set in 1905 and follows the lives of residents of the town of Anatevka, Ukraine, and is based on a series of stories called “Tevye’s Daughters” by Sholem Aleichem. As the title of the original stories suggests, the show’s story focuses on a man named Tevye and his family, specifically his daughters who are looking to get married.

The original 1964 production won 10 Tony Awards and led to a 1971 film adaptation that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, ultimately winning three more Oscars that year.

Broadway classics such as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition” all make appearances in this show that celebrates family, faith, and timeless traditions.

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"Six: The Musical" is one of the shows included in the 2022-23 Willis Broadway Series at the Des Moines Civic Center.

When: February 7-19, 2023

“Six” is a pop musical with compositions inspired by Ariana Grande and Beyoncé to create a spectacle in which the six ex-wives of the infamous English King Henry VIII celebrate their female power.

The crowds will hear a uplifting breakup song by Catherine of Aragon and club music performed by Anne of Cleves. Each song provides insight into the lives of women who have been largely divorced or beheaded by their common husband.

The show began life across the Atlantic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, created by former Cambridge University students. From there, “Six” began an ascent that was interrupted, but not stopped, by COVID-19. When Broadway reopened last year, “Six” was the first new musical to perform since it closed.

“‘Six’ is the big hit on Broadway right now,” Jeff Chelesvig, president and CEO of Des Moines Performing Arts, told the Des Moines Register. “It’s really flashy and fun…and very, very, very fascinating.”

The original Broadway cast recording of “Six” will be available for purchase and streaming this Friday.

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‘The Lion King’

Gugwana Dlamini embodies

When: March 30 to April 16, 2023

The greatest show in Broadway history returns to the Des Moines Civic Center stage as part of the upcoming season.

Those who grew up in the 1990s are familiar with Disney’s 1994 animated classic, featuring music by the iconic Elton John, and already know the story of Simba the lion and the other denizens of Pride Rock.

After the feature achieved instant classic status, the original Broadway production hit the big time in 1997. Since then, the stage production alone has grossed over $8 billion.

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‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, center, and cast

When: May 16-21, 2023

In the summer of 2023, the Queen of Rock n’ Roll’s life story will rule the stage at the Des Moines Civic Center.

This musical jukebox traces the career of Turner – which produced songs such as ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’, ‘The Best’ and ‘River Deep, Mountain High” – from childhood until his return to the 1980s.

At the 2020 Tony Awards, the show earned 12 nominations, including a win for Adrienne Warren, who was recognized for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.

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“Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations”

From left, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Marcus Paul James, Jalen Harris, Harrell Holmes Jr. and James T. Lane of the National Touring Company

When: June 27, 2023 to July 2, 2023

Turner isn’t the only musical artist from the second half of the 20th century to come to life on Broadway. A month after “Tina” took off, the Temptations hit the stage.

“We know about the Temptations but (audiences may not know) how they got to where they are and how many hits they have,” Chelesvig said.

“Ain’t Too Proud” – like “Tina” – is a jukebox musical featuring the title artist’s famous music. In this case, that includes hits like “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me).”

The show, which tells the story of the Temptation’s Detroit debut and Hall of Fame acclaim, wrapped its run on Broadway in January after receiving a dozen Tony nominations.

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Alex Brightman and the cast of the musical "beetle juice" perform at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall.

When: Oct 3-8, 2023

You can say the name as many times as you want; no matter the number, “Beetlejuice” is coming to Des Moines.

Based on Tim Burton’s 1988 film of the same name, this musical is (in the titular character’s words) “such a bold departure from the original source material.” Attendees can expect a comedic show about death and family that still hits the familiar “Day-O” notes and brings to life the original film’s main characters, including Lydia, Barbara, Adam, Delia, Charles and Otho. .

The show was nominated in eight categories at the 2019 Tony Awards and returned to Broadway on April 8 after a COVID-19 stage show hiatus.

Package of additional commitments

Although not part of the season pass, the following shows will also be heading to Des Moines in the coming year.

‘The Book of Mormon’

The Book of Mormon

When: Oct 7-9, 2022

While “The Book of Mormon” musical can’t quite promise an eternity with friends and family, it can at least deliver an evening of song, dance, and comedy this fall.

This winner of The 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical centers on Kevin Price and Arnold Cunningham, missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent to Uganda.

The show is a comedy from the minds of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with music from Robert Lopez, who did music for “Avenue Q” and later worked on the animated film. Disney “Frozen”.

“Come from afar”

"Come from afar" will return to the Des Moines Civic Center from November 22-27, 2022.

When: 22-27 Nov 2022

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For some, “Come From Away” was the last show they saw at the Des Moines Civic Center before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Iowa. Now the show is back, just in time for Thanksgiving this year.

The musical is based on the events that occurred on and after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Instead of taking place near zero, however, the musical based on a true story takes place at an airport in Newfoundland, where a small town has taken in 7,000 stranded passengers.

This musical received 10 nominations at the 2017 Tony Awards and won Best Direction of a Musical.

An Evening with Kelli O’Hara

Kelli O'Hara

When: May 6, 2023

Kelli O’Hara won a 2015 Tony Award for her starring role in a revival of “The King and I,” and also appeared in the Netflix adaptation of “13 Reasons Why” and the HBO show “The Gilded Age.” .

“Each year we bring in an artist from Broadway to perform with Des Moines Symphony, so we partner with them,” Chelesvig said. “We select the artists, and then the orchestra supports them. We started with Audra McDonald, and we’ve done Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Odom Jr. and more recently, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty.”

This year’s artist, Bernadette Peters, is scheduled to perform at the Civic Center on September 8.

“Dear Evan Hansen”

Actor Stephen Christopher Anthony performs the song "you will be found" from the Broadway show "Dear Evan Hansen" with the Waukee High School Avenue Jazz Choir at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Des Moines.

When: June 6-11, 2023

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Things have been crazy the past few years, but “Dear Evan Hansen” returns to the Des Moines Civic Center in 2023.

In the show, anxious protagonist Evan Hansen manages to gain a sense of belonging when he is mistakenly inferred that he was close friends with a now-deceased student at his school. Unwilling to let go of the new relationships that result, Hansen finds himself struggling not only with his feelings, but also with those his fake friendship inspires in others.

The musical won six Tony Awards in 2017, including Best Musical, and was adapted into a 2021 film.

“Dear Evan Hansen” previously came to the Des Moines Civic Center in February 2019. At the time, the show invited the Waukee High School’s Avenue Jazz Choir to perform with touring company understudy Stephen Christopher Anthony. The show’s previous appearance was the highest-grossing eight-show Broadway engagement the Civic Center had.

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Contact him at [email protected] or 319-600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.