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Lied Center raises curtain on in-person shows for 2021-2022 season

The Lied Center of Kansas will kick off its upcoming season Friday, Sept. 17, at full capacity with “The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!” The illusionist’s performance will mark the first in-person Lied Series performance on the stage since February 2020.

In a news release Tuesday, Executive Director Derek Kwan welcomed supporters back to the venue and thanked the Friends of the Lied for its support during the hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We look forward to once again experiencing the transformative power of the performing arts in a communal setting with all of you,” he said.

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Some highlights of the season include Grammy winners Rosanne Cash, bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. Broadway hits include “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,”RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour” and Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as the unique holiday family mash-up “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.” And Popovich Comedy Pet Theater returns featuring more than 30 pets, including cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters), geese, doves and parrots.

Friends of the Lied can purchase tickets now at the ticket office, 1600 Stewart Drive, or by phone at 785-864-2787. Ticket sales for the public start at 9 a.m. Monday, July 19, by phone, at the ticket office or online. Ticket office hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As for pandemic protocols: “In accordance with the CDC’s recommendations and KU’s updated health and safety guidelines, it is strongly encouraged for patrons who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a mask inside the Lied Center to protect themselves and others,” the release stated.

See the full season lineup here.

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