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Des Moines Performing Arts, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

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Des Moines Civic Center is part of the Des Moines Performing Arts complex.

Des Moines Performing Arts, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Upcoming Highlights

  • The Bridges of Madison County

    Opens Nov 28

  • Iowa Dance Theatre: The Nutcracker

    Opens Dec 12

  • Newsies

    Opens Jan 12, 2016

  • Annie

    Opens Apr 15, 2016

  • The Book of Mormon

    Opens May 03, 2016

The Bridges of Madison County

November 28-December 5, 2015

Duty and desire collide in this unashamedly romantic musical, based on the treasured novel by Robert James Waller. The story follows the romance between Francesca, an Italian-American housewife unsure of herself, stuck on a remote farm in Iowa, and photographer Robert, who becomes lost whilst shooting the county's bridges and stumbles into her home. And so begins a tantalizing tale of love, loss and acceptance that will melt your heart.

Iowa Dance Theatre: The Nutcracker

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December 12-13, 2015

Join us for the Iowa Dance Theatre's celebration of its 18th Season performing this Christmas classic as we once again present the story of a girl, her nutcracker, and the special dream they share. The Nutcracker is choreographed and directed by a team of professionals from seven area studios.


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January 12-17, 2016

The record-breaking, Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon that tells the story of an unlikely band of underdogs who take on the biggest names in publishing in an "inspirational" (The Hollywood Reporter) fight for justice, is touring the country!


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April 15-17, 2016

Leapin' lizards... Annie is coming to town! Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Don't miss this Tony-winning Broadway production of the timeless family tale of Little Orphan Annie. This season's tour stars talented nine-year old actress Issie Swickle in the lead role performing classics like 'Tomorrow' and 'Hard Knock Life'!

The Book of Mormon

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May 3-8, 2016

With NINE Tony Awards - including Best Musical - a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and top New York critic Ben Brantley himself calling it the "best new musical of the century", this is one show you won't want to miss when it comes to a stage near you. Yes, that's right - you no longer have to fly to Broadway to catch this worldwide phenomenon, the boys are bringing it to you!

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