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Warren Francke

Nov 8, 2017 8:00 PM

A review of the recent stage production, Jersey Boys, part of the Omaha Performing Arts Broadway series. more

Apr 6, 2017 10:23 AM Cold Cream

The Sound of Music at the Orpheum Theater more

Jan 27, 2017 11:10 AM Cold Cream

Why is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas so wonderfully appealing? more

Nov 17, 2016 5:42 PM Cold Cream

Operation Crucible at the Brigit Saint Brigit does justice to an awful time in history when the English people stood strong and heroic against a brutal enemy. more

Oct 24, 2016 3:22 PM Cold Cream

All's well that end's well more

Oct 20, 2016 2:20 PM Cold Cream

If you liked past stage or film versions of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, you’re likely to love the Omaha Community Playhouse treatment. If you weren’t that crazy about it before, you’re still likely to love the Playhouse treatment. There’s s... more

Jun 1, 2016 3:50 PM Cold Cream

When a cult movie becomes Heathers: the Musical and one managed to not join the cult, one brings some skepticism to opening night at the Blue Barn Theatre. I mean, seriously, a musical where a high school kid in a black trench coat starts... more

May 27, 2016 7:47 PM Art

Much of the excitement in revisiting a great classic like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes from anticipation of the most familiar favorite moments. But there’s also the hope of new discoveries, something you hadn’t real... more

Apr 25, 2016 11:13 PM Art

You might expect, given the fame of the film that preceded the play, the most memorable moments in Calendar Girls at the Omaha Community Playhouse to involve the middle-aged ladies undressing for their fund-raising photos. Instead, the nud... more

Apr 25, 2016 9:49 PM Art

For the millions of us who keep revisiting The Phantom of the Opera and the thousands who’ll see it again on its 12-day return to the Orpheum Theater, the magic begins with those ominous organ chords. It continues with such haunting songs ... more

Apr 8, 2016 4:56 PM Arts

The first 150 little girls who showed up for the opening of Cinderella got silver tiaras to go with their fluffy dresses. It’s all very adorable but not necessarily promising to a reviewer whose favorite shows are seldom the stuff that brin... more

Mar 15, 2016 4:01 PM Art

It’s hard to tackle Caroline, or Change, the powerful Tony Kushner musical, head-on. So forgive me for slipping into it sideways. A week ago, it got a rave review by the daily’s Betsie Freeman. That was promising but not conclusive given t... more

Feb 26, 2016 5:49 PM Arts

On a warm weekend in February, with no storms to urge huddling at home, Omaha was blessed with theatrical riches the likes of which we haven’t seen in years. I’ve written with enthusiasm about Frost/Nixon at the Blue Barn and the powerful ... more

Feb 26, 2016 5:36 PM Arts