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Howie D: Back in the Day

Book, Music and Lyrics by Tor Hyams, Lisa St. Lou, and Howard Dorough

Long before he was a member of famed band The Backstreet Boys, Howie Dorough was a middle schooler navigating Lakeview Prep. His enthusiastic parents each want him to do different things with his life, but what does Howie want? Howie just wants to perform with his new school friends in the musical troupe called the Pot Luck Players.

Join Howie and friends on a journey through musical forms and middle school norms as The Rose Theater brings you this brand new show full of vibrant characters and hummable never-before-heard music. Be the first to hear this new original music performed live by Howie D. himself in this special event performance making its debut on The Rose stage!

  • Run Dates Jan 31 - Feb 16, 2020
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 65 minutes
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Show dates and times

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at 2 pm
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at 2 pm
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at 2 pm† ⁂
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at 2 pm
Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 2 pm
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at 2 pm

Members receive FOUR
free tickets to this show!

Additional tickets can be purchased by members for $12 each. (Regularly $25.)

Non-Member Tickets available after August 1 for $25 each.

Reservations Required. CALL 402.345.4849 or click the “Purchase Tickets” button above.
(Members may now reserve their free member tickets online.)


Ticket Information

Show tickets are available at Will Call, if not picked up earlier.
Lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to the show.
Tickets that have not been claimed five minutes prior to the show may be released or sold.

† ASL interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided
** Sensory-friendly show
⁂ Audio description services for the blind are provided

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Field Trip Info


Best for Grades:
  • 2nd - 8th Grade
State Requirements:
  • Retelling information from narrative text
  • Making connections between characters or events in narrative and informational text, to own life or other cultures
  • Describing how people’s actions affect others
Field trip dates and times:
  • Fri. Jan. 31 at 10 am
  • Wed. Feb. 5th at 10 am
  • Thurs. Feb. 6th at 1 pm
  • Fri. Feb. 7th at 10 am
  • Wed. Feb. 12th at 10 am SOLD OUT
  • Thurs. Feb. 13th at 1 pm
  • Fri. Feb. 14th at 10 am
Field Trip Pricing:
  • Teachers are FREE!
  • $5.00 Students
  • $3.00 Students on Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • $5.00 Adult Chaperones
  • Note: Tax will be added to groups that do not have a tax exemption code on file
Click here for online study guide

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Know Before You Go

Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!*

A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!*

Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.

* Please note: Members of the cast of Howie D: Back in the Day will lead the onstage Q&A session and give autographs following the show, but Howie Dorough is not guaranteed to appear at post-show events and activities.


Everyone deserves a chance to experience the magic of theater. Performances are open to children and family members of all abilities. Click here to learn more about accessibility at The Rose.

Social Stories

A social story is a tool that helps individuals better understand the world around them so they can plan for a positive experience, even if they are going into an place that is unknown to them. Social stories help individuals know what to expect and what to do in unfamiliar situations by walking them through the experience. They are often used by individuals on the autism spectrum, children with sensory needs or those with other special needs. They can be very helpful for very young children anticipating their first theatrical experience. The Rose’s social stories feature photos of all areas of the theater to help children of all abilities with a step-by-step explanation of what it is like to visit The Rose, as well as answering questions they may have. Click here to access The Rose’s show-specific social stories.

Theater Location

The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.


From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.

Convenient Parking

Parking is available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102).

Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays.

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Howie D’s ‘Back In The Day’ making World Premiere at the Rose.

Howie D’s ‘Back In The Day’ making World Premiere at the Rose.

The Backstreet Boys rocked the house Sunday night with their DNA tour featuring songs from their new album as well as their greatest hits. The Omaha stop was especially poignant for one member, as his first musical is set to debut here in 2020. Howie Dorough, stayed in town to start press for “Back in the Day” the new musical loosely based on his life story, written by Howie himself, along with partners Tor Hyams and Lisa St. Lou. Back in the Day’s World Premiere is slated for January 2020 at the Rose with Artistic Director Matt Gutschick, at the directorial helm.

Backstreet Boy prepares for 'Back in the Day' musical set to premiere in Omaha

Backstreet Boy prepares for 'Back in the Day' musical set to premiere in Omaha

Before he was part of the greatest-selling boy band of all time, he was a middle school student just dipping his toes in the performing arts.

Now, he's revisiting those roots in a musical set for an Omaha stage.

Howie D. took a break from the current Backstreet Boys tour to talk with KETV NewsWatch 7 about "Howie D: Back in the Day." It's set to premiere at the Rose Theater in January 2020 for a three-week run.

Songwriter Interview: Howie D

Songwriter Interview: Howie D

Despite being a member of the most successful boy band of all time, Howie Dorough - aka Howie D - is used to explaining who he is. On his solo children's album, Which One Am I?, the Backstreet Boys' resident nice guy patiently corrects a woman who assumes he's either a member of 'N Sync or Menudo. Once they clear up the confusion, she asks, "So, which one are you?" He's not Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, or AJ McLean, he says while pointing out each of their best qualities, he's Howie D - the "soft-spoken, peace-making, booty-shaking mystery."