Lied Center for Performing Arts Ranked in Top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues!

Pollstar Magazine’s 2018 Year End Report announced the rankings of the top venues in the world based on annual ticket sales. Among the world’s Top 100 Theatre Venues, the Lied Center for Performing Arts is ranked at #85 based on tickets sold between 11/23/17 and 11/21/18.

“We are proud to bring world-class artists to the Lied stage as part of the University of Nebraska, and delighted to see the Lied Center listed as 85th in the world in the 2018 year-end Pollstar rankings,” said Lied Center of Performing Arts Executive Director, Bill Stephan.

“This past year was one of the greatest seasons in our history with Misty Copeland performing in American Ballet Theater’s Firebird, Broadway’s Jersey BoysKinky BootsColor Purple, Audra McDonald, Snarky Puppy, and the Mariinsky Orchestra,” Stephan continued. “The Lied Center commissioned works and hosted world premieres by Philip Glass and Danny Elfman. The growth of the Lied Center’s attendance is due to the exceptionally talented artists performing on our stage, and the generous support of the people of Nebraska who make these performances possible.”

The Book of Mormon’s record-breaking attendance of 15,000 in December of 2018 is not included in the 2018 Pollstar ranking. The strong attendance at Book of Mormon was a great success for our city and demonstrates that the greater Lincoln area is a strong, independent market for Broadway’s top shows.

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About the Lied Center for Performing Arts
The Lied Center for Performing Arts is “Nebraska’s Home for the Arts.” As part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Lied presents the world’s most iconic artists and offers major regional, national and international performances designed to educate, inspire and entertain audiences. We offer something for everyone, including the best of Broadway, symphony orchestra, dance, music, theater and family programs. The Lied also is committed to transforming lives through the power of the arts, and nearly all visiting artists work with students in the days leading up to their performance. The Lied Center and its programs are made possible through the generous 2018/2019 season support of Christina Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust, the Glenn Korff Broadway Endowment, Friends of Lied, Ameritas and Union Bank & Trust Company. Major private patron investments support enhanced Broadway and classical music programming as well as the GK Platinum Artist Fund.

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