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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 http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/

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 http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/taravaughan/

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 http://www.omahaplayhouse.com

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 http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/

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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

"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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

"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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com.

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 OmahaPlayhouse.com.

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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com 

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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com.

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 http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/monsters/

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  http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/shrek/

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  http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/funhome/  

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 https://ticketomaha.com/Productions/billy-mcguigan'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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com. 

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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com.

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 www.OmahaPlayHouse.com.

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 www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

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.