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DMPA Announces 2020–21 Season


  • HAMILTON returns to Des Moines for a four-week engagement
  • Eight-time 2019 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical and 2019 Grammy® Award-winner for Best Musical Theater Album, HADESTOWN, to take the Des Moines Civic Center stage
  • Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, with direction by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, delivers “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR)

DES MOINES, IA – Today, Des Moines Performing Arts (DMPA), Central Iowa’s leading not-for-profit performing arts organization, unveils its highly anticipated 2020-21 Season. This announcement includes the return of HAMILTON, the 2019 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, HADESTOWN, and the adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, as part of the Willis Broadway Series.

The complete Willis Broadway Series includes: 1776, HAMILTON, TOOTSIE, HADESTOWN, ELTON JOHN & TIM RICE’S AIDA, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, CATS, RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour, LES MISÉRABLES, and CHITA & FRIENDS with the Des Moines Symphony.

Since opening the Civic Center doors in June of 1979, DMPA has entertained more than 10 million guests in its four venues (Civic Center, Stoner Theater, Temple Theater and Cowles Commons). Included in the announcement is the second season of the very popular new series, National Geographic Live. The series features three speakers from the National Geographic Live roster highlighting behind-the-scenes stories from their impressive careers.

Season tickets for the Willis Broadway Series and National Geographic Live Series are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 515-246-2300 (between 10 am. and 5 p.m. through May 3) or online at The Civic Center ticket office lobby is closed through May 3.

DMPA will announce the shows coming to the Prairie Meadows Temple Comedy Series, Prairie Meadows Live at the Temple Concert Series, Wellmark Family Series and The Dance Series at a later date.

About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 41 seasons of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit