Lied Center announces 30th anniversary season, featuring comedian Nikki Glaser, Ira Glass, blues legend, Broadway shows

photo by: Courtesy: Lied Center

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy will perform at the Lied Center in 2023-24 season

The Lied Center of Kansas has announced its 30th anniversary season, and it includes a diverse lineup ranging from comedian Nikki Glaser to NPR legend Ira Glass to several classic Broadway and holiday shows.

Lied officials also are promising a couple of surprises. Later this month the center plans to announce a “legendary rock group” that will be performing at the Lied, which is on the University of Kansas’ West Campus. That concert is scheduled for Oct. 4. In June, the Lied also plans to announce a Broadway show, which is scheduled for Nov. 4.

The season kicks off in September. Here’s a look at some of the larger events planned:

• Sept. 16, DC’s Reflecting Fools, a comedy troupe that does political satire and music parody, with a particular emphasis on the era’s crazy political times.

• Sept. 28, Hiplet Ballerinas combines African, Latin, hip-hop and urban dance styles, and is the only dance company in the world to perform this particular style of ballet.

• Oct. 29, Nikki Glaser will bring her “unfiltered” comedy act to the Lied Center. Glaser, who is a KU alumna, is a former Comedy Central host, a reality TV producer and has had several national comedy specials on cable and streaming platforms.

• Nov. 6, Buddy Guy, an eight-time Grammy winner, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a winner of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, will bring his blues and guitar act to Lawrence as part of his farewell tour.

photo by: Courtesy: Lied Center and Lukas Beck

The Vienna Boys Choir will perform at the Lied Center during the 2023-24 season.

• Nov. 11, the Vienna Boys Choir, a more than 600-year-old children’s choir, will perform a mix of medieval to contemporary musical selections.

• Nov. 28, the American musical classic “Annie” will take the stage.

• Dec. 7, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be performed by Perseverance Productions — a new adaptation of the holiday classic.

• Jan. 27, Ira Glass, the host and creator of the public radio program “This American Life,” will provide a night of storytelling and chronicle his career, which began with National Public Radio in 1978.

• Jan. 31, “Mean Girls,” a Broadway musical partially written by comedian Tina Fey, takes the stage.

• April 1, Mandy Patinkin, an Emmy-winning television actor, Tony-winning Broadway performer and a KU alumnus, will perform his “Being Alive” concert series, featuring Broadway and classic American tunes.

photo by: Courtesy Lied Center and Joan Marcus

Mandy Patinkin will perform in concert at the Lied Center during the 2023-24 season.

Tickets for the 30th anniversary season currently are only on sale to members of Friends of the Lied and KU students. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 5. To see the full lineup of shows for the upcoming season, go to


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