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Monday, April 07, 2014

War Horse Makes Omaha Premiere with Discounted Family Ticket Night


APRIL 8 - 13

For my friends in Omaha who enjoy theatre. Be sure to check out the information regarding War Horse--which opens tomorrow night. This year, Omaha Performing Arts is trying out a new method to bring families to see live theatre. I applaud their efforts to make live theatre (and Broadway Tours) affordable for families. Please note, if you purchase tickets from other sources besides Ticket Omaha, you might be charged higher fees or not be able to get the family discount. 

The Tuesday, April 8, Omaha premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic WAR HORSE, winner of five Tony Awards®, including best play, will feature a Family Night with specially priced tickets. Omaha Performing Arts will offer a limited number of tickets at 50% off for this Broadway touring production to introduce this”landmark theatrical event” to Omaha area young people.

A limited number of tickets will be available at one-half price for the opening night performance of WAR HORSE, Tuesday, April 8. Tickets will be available to one adult and one child, age 9 to 18 years of age. All other tickets are available for the show which will run Tuesday, April 8, through Sunday, April 13.
The show is being presented by Omaha Performing Arts as part of its Broadway Series.

The half-price tickets can be purchased at $32.25 each from Ticket Omaha by using the promotion code – FAMILY14. There’s a limit of one ticket per adult and one ticket per child. No more than two tickets per adult or per family. Seating will be available in the Grand Tier and balcony areas of Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. This show is recommended for children ages 9 and up. Additional tickets may be purchased at the regular ticket prices. All tickets are available online at; by phone at 402.345.0606; or at the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Streets,
Omaha, Neb. Ticket Omaha is the official ticket outlet for all performances of WAR HORSE.

Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” WAR HORSE is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The tour of WAR HORSE, which was adapted from the book by Morpurgo and by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony Award®-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and
Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony Awards® for Best Direction of a Play
(Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award® was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

The lead producers of the national tour of WAR HORSE are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

The Broadway touring production of WAR HORSE comes to Omaha Tuesday, April 8, through
Sunday, April 13, 2014. Performances of WAR HORSE will be at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 8, 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 11, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 12, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 13, at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.

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