Broadway’s “Waitress” at Orpheum Theatre

December 12th, 2017

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly, Broadway’s musical, Waitress, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and book by Jessie Nelson graces the Orpheum Theater next week. Brought to life by an all-female creative team, Waitress is the story of Jenna, expert pie-maker looking to escape small town life and a loveless marriage. A baking competition and a new doctor in town might be her answer.

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First Omaha Bicycle Art Tour Tomorrow

September 29th, 2017

By Corbin Hirschhorn

“Open Studios are so important for artists, because not only is the community able to somehow demystify the whole creative process… but it’s also an incredible opportunity for people to purchase directly from the artist,” Bacon said. “So I really encourage people to keep that in mind when they’re traveling about.”

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Moton Bets on Omaha Reading to Get Film Produced

August 19th, 2016

By Bill Grennan

Omaha, NE — A screenwriter with Omaha roots will bring his story to the Omaha Community Playhouse.

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Absurdity Abounds in ‘Spamalot’

June 4th, 2015

By Bill Grennan

Omaha, NE — The latest musical at the Omaha Playhouse comes from one of Britain’s all-time comedic greats.

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The Cast of 'Spamalot'

The Cast of ‘Spamalot’

When talking to Mathias Jeske, a cast member of Omaha’s Playhouse’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, he is quick to note that the stage musical is not just an adaption of one famous comedic film, but something a bit more.

 

“A play lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” he said. “However, Monty Python fans need not be disappointed and think that this is just limited to Holy Grail material. While the plot generally follows Holy Grail, the musical itself is kind of the greatest hits of Monty Python. There’s material from the show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a whole number from Life of Brian, and a little bit of The Meaning of Life. There’s Python enough for everyone in this show.”

 

The Tony Award winner for Best Musical, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, showcases King Arthur and his companions on their search for the Holy Grail, interrupted by iconic Monty Python characters along the way. The musical element of the show is something relatively foreign to the Monty Python style of comedy. In the comedy troupe’s hayday, normally Eric Idle’s sketches were the only ones that featured musical numbers. Now, cast members are learning to bridge the worlds of absurdist comedy with Broadway musical.

 

“The way Monty Python humor tends to work, especially on stage, is that it’s all about the strange characters that are encountered over the course of the story,” Jeske said. “It’s less like a hero’s journey, even though it’s presented that way, as it is a series of sketches. Each scene is very short, here’s a bunch of jokes, here’s some crazy characters that you might recognize, and then we go and do another [scene]. It’s sketch after sketch that’s loosely threaded together with a hint of continuity.”

 

Whether you’re a seasoned Monty Python fan, a musical theatre junkie, or just a fan of Omaha Playhouse shows, Jeske said Spamalot has a little something for everyone.

 

“There’s no reason for anybody to be confused or disappointed by this show,” he said. “Even if you don’t know the material, even if you’re not a Broadway or musical fan, it’s just funny stuff. You will find this to be a funny and amusingly spent two hours. Everybody has something to take away from it.”

 

The experience of working at the Playhouse has been especially rewarding for Jeske, who’s making his debut at the community theatre.

“To have this be my introductory experience at the Playhouse, when it’s something I know and appreciate so well, I couldn’t ask for something cooler than that.”
The Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot will run through June 28th on the Hawks Mainstage. For more information on the production, visit www.OmahaPlayhouse.com.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Gets an Updated Look

March 16th, 2015

By Bill Grennan

Omaha, NE — An Andrew Lloyd Webber classic celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the Omaha Playhouse.

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‘Enron’ a Showcase of Substance and Spectacle

August 13th, 2014

By Bill Grennan

Omaha, NE — The first show in the Omaha Playhouse’s new season deals with corruption, deceit, and dinosaurs.

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