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Bid farewell to summer with one final outdoor extravaganza at OCP! Don’t Stop Me Now: A Celebration of Rock Musicals is a drive-in style concert featuring songs from acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll musicals, including Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rock of Ages, Beautiful, Hair, Dreamgirls and more!  Sing and dance along with your favorite musical hits from the your private socially-distanced parking area, or tune in to hear the show from OCP’s radio station inside your car!  Featuring Billy McGuigan’s Rave On Productions band and six powerhouse vocalists, Don’t Stop Me Now is the end-of-summer spectacular you won’t want to miss.

Musical Director Jim Boggess joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" and discusses the fun and hard work that came together to bring this production to life.  Tickets and more information are available at

Billy McGuigan is taking the party outside! Experience Billy McGuigan’s Pop Rock Orchestra from the socially-distanced comfort of your own car. All your favorite rock ‘n’ roll mega hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in a drive-in style concert—live from the OCP parking lot! Led by international touring artist Billy McGuigan and backed by the 9-piece Pop Rock Orchestra, these all-star musicians serve up fresh, original arrangements covering everything from The Beach Boys to Billy Joel.

Billy took some time out of his busy day to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show and the thrill and reward of performing in front of a live audience. 

The show runs August 5th through the 23rd and ticket information is available at

Ready for a fresh take on an audience favorite?  Billy McGuigan’s Rave On! The Music of Buddy Holly returns to the Omaha Community Playhouse as an exciting new drive-in concert experience.  Rave On! will open Thursday, June 11, in the Playhouse parking lot, which will take on the atmosphere of a ’50s rock’n’roll drive-in.  The event will be unlike anything audiences have experienced at the Playhouse before: a high-energy, nonstop outdoor concert that features McGuigan and his band performing Buddy Holly’s most popular songs.  The playlist also includes the hits of fellow rockers like Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.  The show runs without intermission.

Billy was kind enough to take some time out of his day to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show and how excited he and the band are to perform in front of a live audience.  More information about tickets and the show can be found at or on Facebook at

Winner of eight Tony Awards® and based on the Oscar®-winning film, Once is the achingly beautiful tale of unexpected love between Guy, an Irish musician, and Girl, a Czech immigrant.  The uplifting score—featuring the Academy Award®-winning single, “Falling Slowly,”—is performed entirely on stage, with the actors doubling as orchestra musicians.  Equal parts touching and inspiring, Once reminds us of music’s unique ability to forge deep, unspoken connections in our lives.

Two of the leads, Jay Hanson and Melissa King, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, how music influences people, and their favorite parts of this award winning show.

The show opens February 28th.  More information is available at

The Omaha Community Playhouse has done it again!  Native Gardens is a hilarious turf war between neighbors, generations, and ethnicities.  When Pablo and Tania purchase a new home in a well-to-do white neighborhood, the couple next door initially offer a friendly welcome.  But when a laughable property line disagreement dissolves into an all-out turf war, the dirt begins to fly.  Packed with witty quips—and plenty of back-and-forth mudslinging—Native Gardens is a side-splitting reminder that, despite our differences, we all share a much larger common ground.

Director Ablan Roblin stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the show and how important it is to laugh at ourselves while we navigate through the important role of "neighbor."

The show opens on February 14th and runs through March 15th.

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It just isn’t Christmas without the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Carol!    Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder of the power of redemption and the generosity that lies at the heart of the Christmas holiday.

The clever and accomplished actor, Jerry Longe, (AKA Ebenezer himself) stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the role, the tradition (this is his 14th year!), and what makes him feel old!

The show runs from November 15th through December 23rd.  For information or tickets go to

October 4th through November 10th, cult classic The Rocky Horror Show makes its long-awaited return to the Omaha Community Playhouse—complete with fan-favorite midnight performances!   

After a flat tire renders them helpless in a storm, Brad and his fiancée, Janet, take refuge in the mansion of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, a dangerously eccentric cross-dressing scientist with an insatiable libido.  As the night unfolds, a host of wild characters plunge in and out of rock songs and elaborate dances.  This musical extravaganza is the most fun you can have in fishnets!  Audience participation and costumes are encouraged (toast is fine but please, no rice, it's dangerous for the dancers)!

Benn Sieff, who plays Dr. Frankenfurter and his wife Erika Hall-Sieff (she plays the role of Magenta) join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the fun and challenge of tackling such iconic roles.  If you missed the interview live, you can listen to it below and "do the Time Warp again!!"

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Everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan takes the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse!  Annie is the beloved tale of a young girl who never gives up hope of one day reuniting with her parents.  After enlisting the help of Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks, Annie finds herself in a tangled web of con artists, kidnappers and—worst of all—Miss Hannigan!

Lead actress Stella Clark-Kaczmarek makes her radio debut with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, what it means to play such an iconic role, and what the future may hold for this young, Omaha-grown talent.

The show opens September 13 and runs through October 13th.  For more information one can navigate to

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Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat is a head-first dive into working class America.  A three-time Tony Award® nominee, Sweat follows a group of steelworkers whose steady march toward the American dream is uprooted by economic change.  As their sense of security slowly unravels, jobs and relationships are left in the wake.  Punctuated with lively humor, Sweat goes to the heart of what it means to be human—both good and bad—when fear and uncertainty take hold.

Laura Leininger-Campbell plays the role of "Tracey" in the show.  She joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the rehearsal process during this powerful play and the ideas and themes that remain universal. 

The play runs from August 16th through September 15 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  More information is available at

Omaha Community Playhouse presents She Rocks which celebrates women artists and songwriters of the ’60s–’80s, woven together with songs and stories.  Backed by an all-star band, Tara Vaughan performs music from artists like Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Heart and many more.  In this unique review, Tara Vaughan masterfully presents an evening of classic rock and roll with the focus on female artists and songwriters.

Tara stops by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about the genesis of the show, the creative process, and how much fun this family friendly show is.

More information can be found at

A tragic yet hopeful tale, four-time Tony Award-winning Ragtime explores the pursuit of the American dream and the meaning of family.  Set in the melting pot of New York City at the turn of the century, the lives of a wealthy white couple, a determined Jewish immigrant and an African American ragtime musician intertwine, creating a rich tapestry of American life.  With soaring ballads and a stunning score, these characters are connected by their compassion, belief and resolution that they, too, will find their place in the world.

Lead actor Paul Tranisi solidifies his return to the Omaha Community Playhouse with this role and chats about the play and its meaning in today's world.  He stops by the KIOS studios to discuss this and more with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."

More informtation can be found at

Adventure, bravery and humorous absurdity… led by an all-female cast, Men on Boats is the “true-ish” story of ten explorers on four boats charting the course of the Colorado River in 1869.  Omaha Community Playhouse's latest offering includes the story of the outlandish but loyal crew, guided by their one-armed captain,  encountering various disasters, conflicts, and harrowing adventures.

Actress Breanna Carodine chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the effects, and the fun this spectacle brings.  Opening May 3rd and running through the 26th, more information can be found at

New at the Omaha Community Playhouse, One Man, Two Guvnors will open Friday, April 12. The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from April 12 through May 5, 2019.

Long time actor and former Associate Professor of Theatre at Creighton University, Bill Hutson, stops by the KIOS-studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this side-splitting farce packed with physical comedy and hilarious hijinks.  He also talks about the rehearsal process and the art and challenges of doing comedy.

More information can be found at

"The Bridges of Madison County" will open Friday, March 1 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from March 1 through March 24.  Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

"The Bridges of Madison County" is a sweeping love story about an emotional yet brief love affair.  Robert, a National Geographic photographer, seeks directions to an iconic covered bridge from local Iowa housewife, Francesca.  Their immediate connection takes them both by surprise, and ultimately changes them forever. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), "The Bridges of Madison County" heartbreakingly explores the “what if” in life and will leave audiences breathless.

The two lead roles in OCP’s production of "The Bridges of Madison County" have been double cast, with Mackenzie Dehmer and Angela Jenson Frey playing the role of Francesca and James Verderamo and Thomas Gjere playing the role of Robert.  These actors will alternate performance dates. 

Mackenzie Dehmer stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the dual casting, and the rehearsal process. 

More information can be found at

"Of Mice and Men" will open Friday, Feb. 15 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The show will run in the Howard Drew Theatre from Feb. 15 through March 17, 2019. Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The play, based on the critically-acclaimed classic American novel by John Steinbeck, explores the ultimate meaning of friendship.  Migrant ranch workers in California during the Great Depression, George—an intelligent but uneducated man Played by Josh Peyton)—and Lennie (played by Tony Schik)—a large man with the mind of a child—dream of making enough money to buy their own land.  When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century.

Josh Peyton joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the process of mounting this production and his approach to a complex character.  

More information can be found at

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will open Friday, Jan. 18 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.   Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play and based on the best-selling mystery novel by Mark Haddon, the play tells the emotional story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with an autism spectrum condition, who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog.

Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, the play’s visually-stunning design and innovative staging boldly conveys the point of view of the young protagonist as he embarks on an incredible adventure and finds his perceptions of trust and reality turned upside-down. 

Mike Hogan hosts Kimberly "Live & Local" where they discuss the show and what has been learned about autism.

More information can be found at

Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back at Omaha Community Playhouse!  This all-request Beatles tribute show has folks dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song.  The audience gets to share stories and relive memories with their favorite Beatles songs.   

Billy, Matthew, and Ryan explain how no two shows are the same.  They all three chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" this morning.

More information can be found at 

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol.  You can experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none.  Perfect for the whole family!

Jerry Longe plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the 13th year, and he stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" this morning about the opening (Nov. 16), the show run (through December 23), and the priviledge of multiple opporutnities to perfect the role.

More information or tickets are available at

Following the death of her sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and stumbles into an imaginary world where she begins to better relate to her often-misunderstood sister. Packed with humor and heart, this coming-of-age adventure/comedy explores the world of fantasy role-playing games and the rare opportunity to connect with a lost loved one.

Catie Zaleski stars as Agnes Evans and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the play, the 90's, and coming of age. 

More information can be found at

Steve Krambeck plays the lovable ogre Shrek in the Omaha Community Playhouse production of "Shrek-The Musical."  Steve chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the production, rehearsal process, and the fun of the show for everyone. 

More information is available at

August 17th is opening night for Omaha Comminity Playhouse's latest offering "Fun Home."  This Tony Award winning musical is a refreshingly honest and moving story that takes one on a cathartic journey of seeing our parents through grown-up eyes.  Actress Angie Heim stops by the KIOS studios to shed some light onto the plot, rehearsal process, and deeper meaning of the show.  Her chat with Mike Hogan during today's "Morning Edition" is below.  More information on the show can be found at  

Billy McGuigan’s big band sound is back and opens tonight at the Omaha Community Playhouse!  Billy stops by the KIOS studios and chats with Mike Hogan about the show, the music, and how this project came together.  The show runs from August 1st through the 12th.  More information can be found at's-rock-twist_2018  

On June 9th and 10th, Omaha Community Playhouse's Howard Dew Theatre is hosting "The Camille Metoyer Moten Songbook."  Camille stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the show, the band, and singing with Mike Hogan.  More information can be found at 

Tayler Plank is the leading lady in Omaha Community Playhouse's latest offering, "Singin' in the Rain."  She joins Mike Hogan at the KIOS studios to chat about the production, strong women characters, and her favorite song in the show.  More information is available at

Denise Chapman is directing Omaha Community Playhouse's production of "The Mountaintop" which opens this Friday May 4th.  She joins Mike Hogan live in the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the show, juxtaposing the iconic reputation of Dr. Martin Luther King with his humanity, and the greater themes of the show.  More information is available at

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Tom Stoppard and adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Shakespeare in Love is a love letter to the stage and a celebration of theatre, music and human connection.  Jacob Roman stars as the young Will Shakespeare in the Omaha Community Playhouse's current production.  Jacob stops by the KIOS-FM studios for a chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" on Morning Edition.  More information  is available at

Kimberly Faith Hickman, director of the currently running OCP production "James and the Giant Peach" talks about the show's themes.

Mike Markey plays the character of Hugh Dorsey in the musical "Parade" which opens this weekend at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

OCP Artisitic Director Kimberly Faith Hickman Joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local on Morning Edition.