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Oct 28, 2022

Join us for X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Friday, November 4, 2022 | 7:30pm

Box Office Open | 6:00pm
Lobby Open | 6:30pm
House Open | 7:00pm

Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 2:00pm

Box Office Open | 12:30pm
Lobby Open | 1:00pm
House Open | 1:30pm

Orpheum Theater

409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102

The performance runs approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes with one 20-minute intermission

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Please be advised sound effects of a weapon and an explosion are in use within the context of this production.
The opera contains strong language, including racial slurs.

Before you arrive


All tickets purchased through Ticket Omaha have been delivered electronically to the Ticket Omaha App to provide a touchless experience and limit contact for the safety of patrons and staff. However, box office staff will be present in the event of mobile ticket issues. Mobile tickets can be accessed under "My Account" on the Ticket Omaha app. Please have your tickets ready to be scanned when entering the performance lobbies.
More information about the app can be found here, and you can find a helpful video at the bottom of this blog about how to download the app!


Multiple surface and garage parking options are offered all within two blocks of the Orpheum Theater and additional parking is available at the OPPD Energy Plaza on Howard Street between 16th and 17th Streets. For patrons parking at OPPD, exit the OPPD Energy Plaza garage through the Orpheum Skylink and walk directly in to the Orpheum Theater third floor lobby.

Entry Inspection

All guests attending events at our venues are subject to visual and bag inspections conducted by Omaha Performing Arts security. Visit for a list of items not permitted in the Holland Center and Orpheum Theater.

In The Lobby

As you wait for the doors to open to the house, there are many fun lobby features to peruse.


Omaha Performing Arts, as venue manager, will have food and beverage concessions for sale. Beverages with lids purchased in the lobby may be brought into the hall.

While selecting your opera snacks, order a “Street,” the signature cocktail of X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X. This sleek sidecar inspired drink embodies the early Boston years of Malcolm’s life and keys into the improvised jazz infused into the musical score. - $10

Purchase your X commemorative T-Shirt

These unique t-shirts are designed by local artist Scky Rei. This unique design features an "X " as a garden with flowers and grasses, representing the revival of this opera, the local origin of the Nebraska history in it, and the flourishing of our community in the legacy of Malcolm. - $20
These are printed by Time On My Hands: Crafts and Services right here in Omaha.

Enter for a chance to win a gift card to Ital Vital!

Provided in partnership with Opera Omaha's Amplifying the Black Experience, Ital Vital Living is local, black-owned, woman-owned staple specializing in smoothie bowls and juices. To enter just leave your name and cell phone number at the marketing table. One winner will be chosen after intermission and notified by text to pick up their reward before leaving the theater.

More Information

Guide to the Opera

Is this your first time attending an opera? If you're new to a certain performance, or just want to come prepared, it's great to read a synopsis or attend the pre-performance lecture prior to the show. Also, we don't expect you to learn a new language for the performance. All performances will have English supertitles projected above the stage so you can follow along. Click here for a helpful information about the opera experience including suggestions on what to wear, when to arrive and about the orchestra.

In what language will X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X be presented?
The opera will be sung in English, the original language in which it was written. English supertitles will be available on a screen above the stage and in the front of the Loge.

Are there lighting or sound elements I should be aware of?
There will be theatrical lighting elements for this performance. The singers do not use microphones, just their natural voices projecting from the stage.

Researching the history of X

It is rare that an opera is based on recent American history, nonetheless Omaha history! To further examine the Omaha connections, historical aspects, and vision of X, explore our production study guide. This set of articles and resources was created in collaboration with the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and Detroit Opera.


The Orpheum Theater offers a wide range of accessibility features. Unique requests may be accommodated by contacting Ticket Omaha in advance

  • Accessible seating throughout the hall.
  • Accessible parking adjacent to the theater.
  • Accessible restrooms.
  • Accessible backstage accommodations for performers and technicians, including accessible entries, dressing rooms and restrooms.
  • American Sign Language interpretation may be arranged in advance of performances by calling Ticket Omaha.
  • The Orpheum is equipped with hearing loop technology. Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are also available for all performances in both venues. Ask the house manager or usher for assistance.
  • GalaPro for closed captioning for select Broadway performances and other performances can be requested in advance via box office.
  • Guide and service dogs are welcome.

If you have any special requests or concerns, please contact Ticket Omaha, toll free at 866.434.8587 or locally at 402.345.0606. Or email

Safety precautions

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, volunteers and community. To ensure the safety of those who work at and visit the Orpheum Theater, the following safety measures are in place to provide the best performing arts experience.

  • Masks are recommended for this performance
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation
  • Virus filtering heating and cooling
  • Staff and patron precautions
  • Touchless experience
    For more information, please visit Thank you for your cooperation in helping us create a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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