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Des Moines Civic Center

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

Since 1979, the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines has grown from a dream of a small group of local Des Moines business leaders, to the cornerstone of the downtown Des Moines redevelopment initiative. The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines 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 Betts Broadway Series and is the performing home of the Des Moines Symphony and Stage West. Since opening in 1979, the Civic Center has been host to major Broadway touring companies, performers and groups. It is nationally recognized as an excellent facility in which to perform.


Productions Production Dates
An American in Paris
Musical, Original
Jul 18, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Play, Original
Music by Adrian Sutton; Written by Simon Stephens
May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Fun Home
Musical, Original
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Lisa Kron; Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Feb 07, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Musical, Original
Dec 06, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 03, 2016 - May 08, 2016
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Mar 01, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 02, 2016 - Feb 07, 2016
Newsies The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Jan 12, 2016 - Jan 17, 2016
The Bridges of Madison County
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Robert Brown; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Nov 28, 2015 - Dec 05, 2015
The Illusionists
Special, Original, Magic
Music by Evan Jolly
Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Jul 14, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Apr 28, 2015 - May 17, 2015
Pippin
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Feb 24, 2015 - Mar 01, 2015
Kinky Boots
Musical, Original
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 01, 2015
The Book of Mormon - Latter Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 06, 2015 - Jan 11, 2015
Motown The Musical
Musical, Original, Drama
Dec 02, 2014 - Dec 07, 2014
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 18, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014
The Phantom Of The Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Sep 10, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Evita - 2013
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Aug 21, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014
We Will Rock You
Musical, Original
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Jun 10, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
Once
Musical, Original, Romance
Apr 22, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Musical, Revival, Opera
Apr 01, 2014 - Apr 06, 2014
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2013
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 10, 2013 - Dec 15, 2013
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Oct 29, 2013 - Nov 10, 2013
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Jul 24, 2013 - Aug 04, 2013
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Mar 19, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Mar 05, 2013 - Mar 10, 2013
The Book of Mormon - Latter Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 22, 2013 - Feb 03, 2013
War Horse
Play, Original, Drama
Songmaker: John Tams
Dec 11, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Oct 02, 2012 - Oct 07, 2012
Billy Elliot The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Jun 12, 2012 - Jun 17, 2012
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Apr 24, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012
Bring It On: The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 28, 2012 - Mar 04, 2012
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Feb 07, 2012 - Feb 12, 2012
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Nov 08, 2011 - Dec 04, 2011
La Cage Aux Folles
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Oct 11, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jun 02, 2011 - Jun 05, 2011
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
May 03, 2011 - May 08, 2011
Rock of Ages
Musical, Original
Book by Chris D'Arienzo
Apr 19, 2011 - Apr 24, 2011
Next to Normal
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Kitt; Book by Brian Yorkey; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Mar 15, 2011 - Mar 20, 2011
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Nov 27, 2010 - Dec 12, 2010
9 to 5
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Oct 12, 2010 - Oct 17, 2010
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Jul 06, 2010 - Jul 25, 2010
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
May 18, 2010 - May 23, 2010
August: Osage County
Play, Original
Written by Tracy Letts
Feb 23, 2010 - Feb 28, 2010
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jan 05, 2010 - Jan 24, 2010
Rent - Mark
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Nov 10, 2009 - Nov 15, 2009
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sep 22, 2009 - Oct 18, 2009
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 09, 2009 - Jun 14, 2009
The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 07, 2009 - Apr 12, 2009
Legally Blonde
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Feb 24, 2009 - Mar 01, 2009
Spring Awakening
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Duncan Sheik; Book by Steven Sater; Lyrics by Steven Sater
Jan 20, 2009 - Jan 25, 2009
Monty Python's Spamalot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Dec 23, 2008 - Dec 28, 2008
Frost/Nixon
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Peter Morgan
Sep 30, 2008 - Oct 05, 2008
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Apr 08, 2008 - Apr 13, 2008
High School Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 25, 2008 - Mar 30, 2008
Twelve Angry Men
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Reginald Rose
Feb 12, 2008 - Feb 17, 2008
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Nov 13, 2007 - Nov 18, 2007
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Oct 23, 2007 - Oct 28, 2007
Monty Python's Spamalot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Jul 17, 2007 - Jul 22, 2007
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 17, 2007 - Apr 22, 2007
The Phantom Of The Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 31, 2007 - Feb 18, 2007
The Light in the Piazza
Musical, Original
Music by Adam Guettel; Book by Craig Lucas; Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Jan 09, 2007 - Jan 14, 2007
Doubt
Play, Original, Drama
Original Music: David Van Tieghem; Written by John Patrick Shanley
Dec 12, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Nov 07, 2006 - Nov 12, 2006
Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 25, 2006 - Apr 30, 2006
The Lion King - Cheetah
Musical, Original
Music by: Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 03, 2006 - Apr 09, 2006
Little Shop Of Horrors
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Dec 13, 2005 - Dec 18, 2005
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Mar 08, 2005 - Mar 13, 2005
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Feb 15, 2005 - Feb 20, 2005
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 25, 2005 - Jan 30, 2005
The Producers - Leo
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Dec 07, 2004 - Dec 12, 2004
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Nov 23, 2004 - Nov 28, 2004
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 03, 2004 - Feb 08, 2004
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 05, 2004 - Jan 11, 2004
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Musical, Original, Comedy
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Oct 28, 2003 - Nov 02, 2003
The Full Monty - 2
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Sep 30, 2003 - Oct 05, 2003
42nd Street
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
May 13, 2003 - May 18, 2003
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 04, 2003 - Feb 16, 2003
Contact
Musical, Original, Dance
Written by John Weidman
Jan 14, 2003 - Jan 19, 2003
The Phantom Of The Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
May 08, 2002 - Jun 02, 2002
Fosse
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Jan 22, 2002 - Jan 27, 2002
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
May 01, 2001 - May 06, 2001
Copacabana
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 28, 2001 - Apr 01, 2001
Ragtime - 1999
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Feb 20, 2001 - Feb 25, 2001
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 21, 2000 - Nov 26, 2000
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 03, 2000 - Oct 08, 2000
Titanic
Musical, Original
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
May 09, 2000 - May 14, 2000
Footloose
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Jan 11, 2000 - Jan 16, 2000
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Nov 23, 1999 - Nov 28, 1999
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Oct 08, 1999 - Oct 17, 1999
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jul 06, 1999 - Jul 11, 1999
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Mar 09, 1999 - Mar 14, 1999
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Feb 16, 1999 - Feb 21, 1999
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 24, 1998 - Nov 29, 1998
Miss Saigon - Second National
Musical, Original, Drama
May 26, 1998 - Jun 21, 1998
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 18, 1997 - Nov 23, 1997
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 13, 1997 - May 18, 1997
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Mar 18, 1997 - Mar 23, 1997
The Phantom Of The Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 29, 1997 - Mar 02, 1997
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 19, 1996 - Nov 21, 1996
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Oct 25, 1996 - Oct 27, 1996
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jun 18, 1996 - Jun 30, 1996
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jan 26, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 21, 1995 - Nov 26, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Feb 21, 1995 - Feb 23, 1995
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 15, 1994 - Nov 20, 1994
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 22, 1994 - Oct 23, 1994
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jun 24, 1994 - Jun 26, 1994
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Apr 19, 1994 - Apr 24, 1994
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Sep 24, 1993 - Sep 26, 1993
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
May 18, 1993 - May 23, 1993
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Dec 08, 1992 - Dec 13, 1992
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 17, 1992 - Nov 19, 1992
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 10, 1992 - Mar 15, 1992
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Feb 09, 1991 - Feb 10, 1991
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 03, 1989 - Oct 08, 1989
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Oct 07, 1988 - Oct 09, 1988
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
May 26, 1987 - May 31, 1987