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Broadway may lead the show, but Des Moines Performing Arts plans to offer more than just a catchy musical tune during the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

The nonprofit organization unveiled nearly two dozen shows in dance, music, comedy and more Thursday as part of next season’s arts programming. Leading the bill includes Iowa’s own folk songwriter Iris DeMent, the world premiere of Pat Hazell’s “Permanent Record,” famed insult comic Lisa Lampanelli and three sensory-friendly shows, billed as part of the family series.

Des Moines Performing Arts launches a new series, “National Geographic Live,” in 2020. Part of the travel brand’s touring entertainment division, the series connects celebrated authors, scientists and filmmakers with audiences.

“Science is a big part of the central Iowa community,” said organization CEO and president Jeff Chelesvig. “(There’s) a lot of interest from families.”

Twenty-three shows plan to run at the Civic Center or Temple Theatre. Here's a breakdown of what’s on the schedule:

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National Geographic Live (all at Civic Center)

  • Jan. 21, 2020: Dr. Kara Cooney, Egyptologist: “When Women Ruled The World”
  • Feb. 18, 2020: Steve Winter, wildlife photographer: “On the Trail of Big Cats”
  • March 24, 2020: Terry Virts, NASA astronaut: “View From Above”

Prairie Meadows Temple Comedy Series (all at Temple Theatre)

  • Dec. 3-22: Pat Hazell’s Permanent Record
  • Feb. 4-23, 2020: Lisa Lampanelli’s Losin It
  • April 21-May 10, 2020: That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

Prairie Meadows Live at the Temple Concert Series (all at the Temple Theater)

  • Oct. 11: Royal Wood
  • Nov. 1: Iris DeMent
  • Nov. 12: Che Apalache
  • Nov. 26: Irish Christmas in America
  • Jan. 30, 2020: The Reminders
  • March 8, 2020: Goitse
  • April 7, 2020: Shana Tucker
  • May 18, 2020: Kathy Mattea

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Wellmark Family Series

  • Nov. 16: Jungle Book (Civic Center)*
  • Jan. 25, 2020: Magic Tree House (Civic Center)
  • Feb. 29, 2020: The Amazing Max (Temple Theatre)*
  • March 5, 2020: Yamato - The Drummers of Japan (Civic Center)
  • April 18, 2020: Beep (Temple Theatre)*
  • April 25, 2020: Des Moines Symphony Family Concert (Civic Center)

* includes a sensory-friendly performance

The Dance Series (all at Civic Center) 

  • Oct. 22: Dorrance Dance
  • Feb. 13, 2020: Ballet Biarritz: Cinderella
  • April 30, 2020: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, a Dance Company

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Since opening its doors in 1979, Des Moines Performing Arts has welcomed an estimated 10.6 million guests to nearly 10,000 performances in central Iowa. According to data provided by the organization, 323,529 attended shows during the 2017-2018 season and roughly 13,500 purchased Broadway season tickets to the 2018-2019 series.

Entertainment trade publication Pollstar ranked the Civic Center No. 34 on a year-end list of the world’s top-selling theaters, reporting 185,331 tickets sold in 2018.

Find more information at dmpa.org.

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