Des Moines Civic Center - Photo of Civic Center Of Greater Des Moines

Des Moines Civic Center

221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA, USA
Seats (approximate)
2653

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description

Started as a dream by a group of local Des Moines business leaders, the Des Moines Civic Center has grown to be the cornerstone of downtown Des Moines’ arts and culture scene. Owned and operated by Des Moines Performing Arts, the Civic Center serves as an outstanding community performing arts center, accessible to all, where people may be educated, entertained and enlightened. The Civic Center is home to the Willis Broadway Series and is the performing home to many local and regional groups including the Des Moines Symphony. Since opening in 1979, the Civic Center has been host to major Broadway touring companies, performers and groups. Visit DMPA.org to learn more. 

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Musical Original Comedy
Wicked - Munchkinland
Jun 17, 2020 - Jul 05, 2020
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
The Band's Visit
May 12, 2020 - May 17, 2020
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Itamar Moses; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Musical Original
My Fair Lady
Mar 17, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Anastasia
Feb 25, 2020 - Mar 01, 2020
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original
Come From Away
Jan 28, 2020 - Feb 02, 2020
Musical Original
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan 14, 2020 - Jan 19, 2020
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Nov 19, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
Mean Girls
Oct 15, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019
Music by Jeff Richmond; Book by Tina Fey; Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Musical Original
The Play That Goes Wrong
Jun 25, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Play Original Comedy
School of Rock The Musical
Apr 30, 2019 - May 05, 2019
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book by Julian Fellowes; Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Musical Original
Hello, Dolly!
Apr 09, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Dear Evan Hansen
Feb 05, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019
Musical Original
Aladdin
Nov 28, 2018 - Dec 09, 2018
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
Hamilton - Philip
Jun 27, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018
Musical Original
Les Misérables
Apr 17, 2018 - Apr 22, 2018
Musical Revival Drama
The Humans
Apr 03, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018
Written by Stephen Karam
Play Original
Chicago
Mar 09, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Feb 20, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine; Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Musical Original
Waitress
Dec 05, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017
Music by Sara Bareilles; Book by Jessie Nelson; Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Musical Original Drama
The Color Purple
Oct 31, 2017 - Nov 05, 2017
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Comedy
An American in Paris
Jul 18, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017
Musical Original
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Music by Adrian Sutton; Written by Simon Stephens
Play Original
Fun Home
Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Lisa Kron; Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
The Sound of Music
Feb 07, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Comedy
Cabaret
Mar 01, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Comedy
Newsies The Musical
Jan 12, 2016 - Jan 17, 2016
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Musical Original Comedy
The Bridges of Madison County
Nov 28, 2015 - Dec 05, 2015
Music by Jason Robert Brown; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Musical Original
The Illusionists
Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
Dirty Dancing
Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015
Musical Original
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Jul 14, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Original
The Lion King - Gazelle
Apr 28, 2015 - May 17, 2015
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Pippin
Feb 24, 2015 - Mar 01, 2015
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Revival Comedy
Kinky Boots
Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 01, 2015
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Motown The Musical
Dec 02, 2014 - Dec 07, 2014
Musical Original Drama
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014
Nov 18, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
The Phantom of the Opera
Sep 10, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Musical Original Drama
Evita - 2013
Aug 21, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
We Will Rock You
Jun 10, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Musical Original
Once
Apr 22, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014
Musical Original Romance
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Apr 01, 2014 - Apr 06, 2014
Music by George Gershwin; Musical Score Adapted by Diedre Murray; Lyrics by Dorothy Heyward, DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin
Musical Revival Opera
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2013
Dec 10, 2013 - Dec 15, 2013
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
Wicked - Munchkinland
Oct 29, 2013 - Nov 10, 2013
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Jul 24, 2013 - Aug 04, 2013
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Million Dollar Quartet
Mar 19, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
Musical Original
Jekyll & Hyde
Mar 05, 2013 - Mar 10, 2013
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Comedy
War Horse
Dec 11, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012
Songmaker: John Tams
Play Original Drama
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Oct 02, 2012 - Oct 07, 2012
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Musical Revival Drama
Billy Elliot The Musical
Jun 12, 2012 - Jun 17, 2012
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Musical Original
Memphis
Apr 24, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Musical Original
Bring It On: The Musical
Feb 28, 2012 - Mar 04, 2012
Musical Original Comedy
West Side Story
Feb 07, 2012 - Feb 12, 2012
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Revival Drama
Wicked - Munchkinland
Nov 08, 2011 - Dec 04, 2011
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
La Cage Aux Folles
Oct 11, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Chicago
Jun 02, 2011 - Jun 05, 2011
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Young Frankenstein
May 03, 2011 - May 08, 2011
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Rock of Ages
Apr 19, 2011 - Apr 24, 2011
Book by Chris D'Arienzo
Musical Original
Next to Normal
Mar 15, 2011 - Mar 20, 2011
Music by Tom Kitt; Book by Brian Yorkey; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Musical Original
Mary Poppins
Nov 27, 2010 - Dec 12, 2010
Musical Original Spectacle
9 to 5
Oct 12, 2010 - Oct 17, 2010
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Musical Original Comedy
Jersey Boys
Jul 06, 2010 - Jul 25, 2010
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
South Pacific
May 18, 2010 - May 23, 2010
Musical Revival Drama
August: Osage County
Feb 23, 2010 - Feb 28, 2010
Written by Tracy Letts
Play Original
The Lion King - Gazelle
Jan 05, 2010 - Jan 24, 2010
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Rent - Mark
Nov 10, 2009 - Nov 15, 2009
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Wicked - Munchkinland
Sep 22, 2009 - Oct 18, 2009
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
The Color Purple
Apr 07, 2009 - Apr 12, 2009
Musical Original Drama
Legally Blonde
Feb 24, 2009 - Mar 01, 2009
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Musical Original Comedy
Spring Awakening
Jan 20, 2009 - Jan 25, 2009
Music by Duncan Sheik; Book by Steven Sater; Lyrics by Steven Sater
Musical Original Drama
Monty Python's Spamalot
Dec 23, 2008 - Dec 28, 2008
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Musical Original Comedy
Frost/Nixon
Sep 30, 2008 - Oct 05, 2008
Written by Peter Morgan
Play Original Drama
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Apr 08, 2008 - Apr 13, 2008
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Musical Original Comedy
Twelve Angry Men
Feb 12, 2008 - Feb 17, 2008
Written by Reginald Rose
Play Original Drama
Avenue Q
Nov 13, 2007 - Nov 18, 2007
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
Camelot
Oct 23, 2007 - Oct 28, 2007
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Monty Python's Spamalot
Jul 17, 2007 - Jul 22, 2007
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
The Light in the Piazza
Jan 09, 2007 - Jan 14, 2007
Music by Adam Guettel; Book by Craig Lucas; Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Musical Original
Doubt
Dec 12, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006
Play Original Drama
Annie
Nov 07, 2006 - Nov 12, 2006
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
Altar Boyz
Oct 07, 2006 - Oct 08, 2006
Musical Original Farce
Hairspray
Apr 25, 2006 - Apr 30, 2006
Musical Original Comedy
The Lion King - Cheetah
Mar 03, 2006 - Apr 09, 2006
Music by: Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Little Shop of Horrors
Dec 13, 2005 - Dec 18, 2005
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Musical Revival ComedyPuppets
Movin Out
Mar 08, 2005 - Mar 13, 2005
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Musical Original Dance
Peter Pan
Feb 15, 2005 - Feb 20, 2005
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
The Producers - Leo
Dec 07, 2004 - Dec 12, 2004
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Nov 23, 2004 - Nov 28, 2004
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Feb 03, 2004 - Feb 08, 2004
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Drama
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Oct 28, 2003 - Nov 02, 2003
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Musical Original Comedy
The Full Monty
Sep 30, 2003 - Oct 05, 2003
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Musical Original Comedy
42nd Street
May 13, 2003 - May 18, 2003
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Contact
Jan 14, 2003 - Jan 19, 2003
Written by John Weidman
Musical Original Dance
Musical Original Drama
Fosse
Jan 22, 2002 - Jan 27, 2002
Musical Original Revue Dance
Rent - Benny
May 01, 2001 - May 06, 2001
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Copacabana
Mar 28, 2001 - Apr 01, 2001
Musical Original Comedy
Ragtime - 1999
Feb 20, 2001 - Feb 25, 2001
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original Drama
Musical Original Drama
Cabaret
Oct 03, 2000 - Oct 08, 2000
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
Titanic
May 09, 2000 - May 14, 2000
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Musical Original
Footloose
Jan 11, 2000 - Jan 16, 2000
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Musical Original
Jekyll & Hyde
Nov 23, 1999 - Nov 28, 1999
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Musical Revival Drama
Beauty & the Beast - Second National
Oct 08, 1999 - Oct 17, 1999
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Jul 06, 1999 - Jul 11, 1999
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Annie
Mar 09, 1999 - Mar 14, 1999
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
Rent - Benny
Feb 16, 1999 - Feb 21, 1999
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Nov 24, 1998 - Nov 29, 1998
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
Musical Original Drama
Grease
May 13, 1997 - May 18, 1997
Musical Revival Comedy
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Mar 18, 1997 - Mar 23, 1997
Musical Original Revue
Musical Original Drama
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Nov 19, 1996 - Nov 21, 1996
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Hello, Dolly!
Oct 25, 1996 - Oct 27, 1996
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Grease
Jun 18, 1996 - Jun 30, 1996
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Jan 26, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996
Musical Original
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Nov 21, 1995 - Nov 26, 1995
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
State Fair
Aug 12, 1995 - Aug 20, 1995
Musical Original Comedy
Fiddler on the Roof
May 02, 1995 - May 07, 1995
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Jelly's Last Jam
Feb 21, 1995 - Feb 23, 1995
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
Jesus Christ Superstar
Oct 22, 1994 - Oct 23, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Jun 24, 1994 - Jun 26, 1994
Musical Original
Evita - 1992
Apr 19, 1994 - Apr 24, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Jesus Christ Superstar
Sep 24, 1993 - Sep 26, 1993
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The Secret Garden
May 18, 1993 - May 23, 1993
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Musical Original
Lost in Yonkers
Mar 22, 1993 - Mar 22, 1993
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
Annie
Dec 08, 1992 - Dec 13, 1992
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Nov 17, 1992 - Nov 19, 1992
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
A Chorus Line
Nov 08, 1991 - Nov 10, 1991
Musical Revival Drama
Peter Pan
Jun 11, 1991 - Jun 16, 1991
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Feb 09, 1991 - Feb 10, 1991
Musical Original
Starlight Express
Sep 11, 1990 - Sep 16, 1990
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Musical Original Comedy
Anything Goes
Feb 20, 1990 - Feb 23, 1990
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Oct 07, 1988 - Oct 09, 1988
Musical Original
South Pacific
Sep 15, 1987 - Sep 20, 1987
Musical Revival Drama
Cats - Fourth National
May 26, 1987 - May 31, 1987
Musical Original
On the Twentieth Century
Feb 27, 1987 - Feb 28, 1987
Musical Revival Comedy
Dreamgirls
Jul 31, 1986 - Aug 03, 1986
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
Noises Off
Mar 21, 1986 - Mar 23, 1986
Written by Michael Frayn
Play Original Comedy Farce
Annie
Feb 22, 1986 - Feb 23, 1986
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Original Comedy
Sugar Babies
Oct 01, 1985 - Oct 06, 1985
Music by Jimmy McHugh; Book based on traditional material written by Ralph G. Allen; Lyrics by Al Dubin, Dorothy Fields
Musical Original Revue Comedy Burlesque
Camelot
Jun 11, 1985 - Jun 16, 1985
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
gigi
Oct 31, 1984 - Nov 02, 1984
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Peter Pan
May 10, 1983 - May 15, 1983
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Annie - Third National
Jul 13, 1982 - Jul 25, 1982
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Original Comedy
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
May 18, 1982 - May 23, 1982
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Original Comedy
Dancin'
Apr 22, 1982 - Apr 25, 1982
Musical Original Revue
Annie - Third National
Apr 21, 1981 - May 03, 1981
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Original Comedy
A Chorus Line
Jun 10, 1980 - Jun 15, 1980
Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Book by Nicholas Dante; Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Musical Original Drama
Deathtrap
Feb 12, 1980 - Feb 13, 1980
Written by Ira Levin
Play Original Mystery Thriller Comedy
Eubie!
Dec 10, 1979 - Dec 11, 1979
Musical Original Revue