Wide variety of acts helps Lied Center celebrate 30 years

HASTINGS, Neb. - (KSNB) It starts in September with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and before it all ends next May, the 30th anniversary season of the Lied Center of Performing Arts will feature something for everyone.

Executive Director Bill Stephan says it's a continuation of what they see as their role.

"Thirty years of being Nebraska's performing arts center has really brought the greatest artists in the world to Nebraska," said Stephan.

Among the highlights of the season will be the first ever performance of the Phantom of the Opera at the Lied Center. Stephan says it is billed as a "spectacular new production" of the longest running show ever on Broadway.

"It was created in 1990, so now we have the technology of today combined with the great artistry of Andrew Lloyd Weber," said Stephan.

Other highlights include Blue Man Group, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Wizard of Oz and more as part of a total of 35 acts.

As the season nears, Stephan likes to point out that the Lied Center, as part of the University of Nebraska, belongs to the entire state. He points out that over 30% of their audience comes from across Nebraska, including the tri-cities area.

"It's a short drive and we so much appreciate that the whole state built the Lied Center," said Stephan.

Individual performance tickets for all shows are now on sale. More ticket information can be found at the Lied Center web site.