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The Lion King at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

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From 28 Apr 2015

Still going strong after 15 years, this Tony Award-winning extravaganza will delight, enthrall and bring out your inner cub. Based on the 1994 Disney movie, The Lion King incorporates several changes and additions to the storyline as compared to the film, making for a whole new experience!

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - The Musical at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

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From 14 Jul 2015

Rogers and Hammerstein's classic adaptation has been reincarnated for the 21st Century, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane that updates the fairytale with new sub-plots, whilst keeping the heart of this wonderful story of Cinderella, her glass slipper and the Prince who falls for her. This fresh and sweet revival is an opulent affair, with high spirited choreography, stunning costumes, against the soundtrack of R&H's best songs.

Dirty Dancing at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

Dirty Dancing

From 15 Sep 2015

Dirty Dancing treats you to an unprecedented live experience, exploding with achingly cool music, romance, and above all, sensational dancing. This touring production hews closely to the movie, packing in all its anthemic songs and cheesy one-liners with aplomb. It delivers everything the audiences can hope for - lots of sexy dancing and plenty of rock 'n' roll!

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The Illusionists at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

The Illusionists

From 23 Oct 2015

Witness magic on a scale unlike anything you've ever seen before. Led by The Anti-Conjurer, The Illusionists are a troupe of magicians who bring the art of illusion right up to date with their high-tech wizardry and death defying stunts.

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The Wizard Of Oz at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

The Wizard Of Oz

From 15 Dec 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's lauded production of The Wizard Of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the perennial MGM movie classic starring Judy Garland, totally re-imagined for the stage. Following highly successful productions in London and Toronto, the show has embarked on the ever-winding Yellow Brick Road that is North America. Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet a motley crew of lost characters, all with one thing in mind; to gain their hearts' desire from the great Oz.

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Newsies at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

Newsies

From 12 Jan 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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Cabaret at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

Cabaret

From 1 Mar 2016

Put down the knitting, the book and the broom, and come to the Cabaret! After wowing on Broadway, The Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-winning dazzler is heading out on a huge North American tour, bringing the scandalous surround of the gaudy Kit Kat Klub of pre-war Berlin to your door!

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Annie at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

Annie

From 15 Apr 2016

Leapin' lizards... Annie is coming to town! Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Don't miss this Tony-nominated 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'!

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The Book of Mormon at the Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

The Book of Mormon

From 3 May 2016

With NINE Tony Awards - including Best Musical - a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and top New York critic calling it the best new musical of the century, this is one show you won't want to miss.

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Show Archive

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Riverdance
28 Jan 2011 - 29 Jan 2011

Madagascar Live!
11 Mar 2011 - 13 Mar 2011

Next To Normal
15 Mar 2011 - 20 Mar 2011

Bill Cosby
2 Apr 2011 - 2 Apr 2011

Young Frankenstein
3 May 2011 - 8 May 2011

Chicago - The Musical
3 Jun 2011 - 6 Jun 2011

The Shape of Things
6 Jul 2011 - 17 Jul 2011

Fat Pig
8 Jul 2011 - 16 Jul 2011

La Cage Aux Folles
11 Oct 2011 - 16 Oct 2011

Straight No Chaser
25 Oct 2011 - 25 Oct 2011

The Blenders
20 Dec 2011 - 20 Dec 2011

Parade
13 Jan 2012 - 29 Jan 2012

John Tartaglia's Imaginocean!
14 Jan 2012 - 14 Jan 2012

West Side Story
7 Feb 2012 - 12 Feb 2012

Clifford The Big Red Dog
25 Feb 2012 - 25 Feb 2012

Bring It On - The Musical
28 Feb 2012 - 4 Mar 2012

Moulin Rouge Ballet
31 Mar 2012 - 31 Mar 2012

Wizard of Oz - The Ballet
7 Apr 2012 - 7 Apr 2012

Memphis - The Musical
24 Apr 2012 - 29 Apr 2012

Billy Elliot
6 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012

Les Miserables
2 Oct 2012 - 7 Oct 2012

Norah Jones
11 Oct 2012 - 11 Oct 2012

Bill Maher
13 Oct 2012 - 13 Oct 2012

The Fresh Beat Band
23 Oct 2012 - 23 Oct 2012

Theresa Caputo
5 Nov 2012 - 5 Nov 2012

Stomp
10 Nov 2012 - 10 Nov 2012

Disney's Beauty And The Beast
20 Nov 2012 - 25 Nov 2012

Kenny Rogers
26 Nov 2012 - 26 Nov 2012

War Horse
11 Dec 2012 - 16 Dec 2012

Yo Gabba Gabba Live
15 Jan 2013 - 15 Jan 2013

Matchbox Twenty
10 Feb 2013 - 10 Feb 2013

Jekyll & Hyde
5 Mar 2013 - 10 Mar 2013

Million Dollar Quartet
19 Mar 2013 - 24 Mar 2013

Momix: Botanica
9 Apr 2013 - 9 Apr 2013

Celtic Woman
16 Apr 2013 - 16 Apr 2013

The Price Is Right - Live Stage Show
25 Apr 2013 - 25 Apr 2013

Rock of Ages
26 Apr 2013 - 27 Apr 2013

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo
21 May 2013 - 21 May 2013

The Tenors
9 Jun 2013 - 9 Jun 2013

Jackson Browne
25 Jun 2013 - 25 Jun 2013

Jersey Boys
24 Jul 2013 - 4 Aug 2013

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
27 Sep 2013 - 28 Sep 2013

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
4 Oct 2013 - 4 Oct 2013

Ron White
5 Oct 2013 - 5 Oct 2013

Wicked
30 Oct 2013 - 10 Nov 2013

The Nutcracker
7 Dec 2013 - 8 Dec 2013

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
10 Dec 2013 - 15 Dec 2013

Elvis Lives
22 Jan 2014 - 22 Jan 2014

American Idiot
24 Jan 2014 - 25 Jan 2014

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles
4 Feb 2014 - 5 Feb 2014

Blue Man Group
18 Feb 2014 - 23 Feb 2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
18 Mar 2014 - 18 Mar 2014

Jim Gaffigan
19 Mar 2014 - 19 Mar 2014

Porgy and Bess
1 Apr 2014 - 6 Apr 2014

Joe Bonamassa
18 Apr 2014 - 18 Apr 2014

Once
22 Apr 2014 - 27 Apr 2014

Jerry Seinfeld
30 May 2014 - 30 May 2014

Tony Bennett
7 Jun 2014 - 7 Jun 2014

We Will Rock You
10 Jun 2014 - 15 Jun 2014

Eddie Izzard
16 Jun 2014 - 16 Jun 2014

Evita
21 Aug 2014 - 23 Aug 2014

Phantom Of The Opera
10 Sep 2014 - 21 Sep 2014

The Piano Guys
14 Oct 2014 - 14 Oct 2014

Alton Brown - The Edible Inevitable Tour
29 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2014

Paul Taylor Dance Company
8 Nov 2014 - 8 Nov 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
18 Nov 2014 - 23 Nov 2014

Celtic Thunder
29 Nov 2014 - 29 Nov 2014

Motown - The Musical
2 Dec 2014 - 7 Dec 2014

Iowa Dance Theatre: The Nutcracker
13 Dec 2014 - 14 Dec 2014

The Blenders
16 Dec 2014 - 16 Dec 2014

Mannheim Steamroller
19 Dec 2014 - 20 Dec 2014

Dancing Pros Live
15 Jan 2015 - 15 Jan 2015

Kinky Boots
27 Jan 2015 - 1 Feb 2015

John Mellencamp
15 Feb 2015 - 15 Feb 2015

Pippin
24 Feb 2015 - 1 Mar 2015

Shen Yun Performing Arts
20 Mar 2015 - 21 Mar 2015

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