Broadway making a return to Des Moines Civic Center


Broadway will return to the Civic Center later this year, beginning with the 2018 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, The Band’s Visit, in October. The organization was forced to halt all in-person performances due to the pandemic

Season Tickets are available to purchase or renew at, in-person at the Civic Center Ticket Office, or by phone at (515) 246-2300. Single tickets will be available to purchase at a later time. 

The Willis Broadway Series Schedule includes: 

The Band’s Visit
October 12-17, 2021 

Bernadette Peters in Concert
April 30, 2022 

Riverdance – The 25th Anniversary Show
June 10-12 2022 

My Fair Lady
August 2-7, 2022 

February 8-13, 2022 

March 11-12, 2022 

March 22-27, 2022 

May 17 – June 5, 2022 

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
August 23-28, 2022 

January 3-8, 2023 

March 14-19, 2023 

“We are so pleased that even with the uncertainty of the past fourteen months, over 10,500 season ticket holders to our Willis Broadway Series remained committed to us and that we can now share with them when Broadway will return to the Civic Center. While our remaining season ticket holders can still renew their seats, we are very pleased to now offer new season ticket packages on sale today that include the triumphant return of Hamilton to Des Moines, as well the hit shows Hadestown and To Kill a Mockingbird, direct from Broadway,” said DMPA President and CEO, Jeff Chelesvig. 

“Throughout the pandemic, we have been able to sustain our operation and have remained committed to our mission of serving the community with great programming, all thanks to the support from our faithful donors. In most years, we serve tens of thousands of students from Central Iowa and beyond with curriculum-based matinee performances for young audiences at the Civic Center and Temple Theater. Because of our donors, our team this year created a national model of excellence by partnering with artists from all over the world to provide free online programming to 60,000 students statewide. We are serving 79 schools in our Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards program that will culminate with a showcase broadcast statewide on Iowa PBS in July. We are very grateful for the support of our donors that have made all this possible,” added Chelesvig.