A member of the Backstreet Boys band has written a play about his childhood.

And its world premiere is next year at Omaha’s Rose Theater.

The play by Howard Dorough, “Howie D: Back in the Day,” is a special event in the theater’s 70th season lineup, which was announced Wednesday.

Dorough wrote the script — a semi-autobiographical look at his middle-school years — with Tor Hyams and Lisa St. Lou. He also will star in the show. It addresses his introduction to music and how he found his voice, and it will feature brand-new music. Show dates are Jan. 31 through Feb. 16, 2020.

A number of revivals also are included in next season’s lineup.

The most notable might be last year’s “Elf the Musical,” which had a sold-out, four-week run during the holidays. Actor Dan Chevalier will return as the title character.

Other returning shows include “Go, Dog, Go!,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “The Little Engine That Could” and “The Sound of Music.”

In addition to Dorough’s show, new offerings include “Ella Enchanted,” “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience,” “Corduroy” and “A Bucket of Blessings.”

Next season, for the first time, families can purchase the “First Stage + Package,” a season ticket assortment that includes the theater’s series for very young audiences and children with special needs. It offers two tickets to both First Stage shows (“A Bucket of Blessings” and “The Little Engine That Could”) on the theater’s smaller Hitchcock Stage, then allows young viewers to get a taste of a main-stage production (“Naked Mole Rat.”)

The package also provides an opportunity for families to participate in two Rose dance and drama classes.

Rose Artistic Director Matt Gutschick said he hopes the plays he selected for the season will encourage families to see the world through new eyes, delve further into educational topics and enjoy the magic of the arts.

“The Rose is a place where parents can bring their children and know that they will not only have a special time set aside for their family, but they will also receive a real benefit in the lessons that they will learn,” he said.

Season ticket memberships are available at rosetheater.org or 402-345-4849.

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2019-20 season at a glance


Aug. 30-Sept. 15: “Go, Dog. Go!,” by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz with music by Michael Koerner. Based on P.D. Eastman’s children’s book series on pedal-pushing pups.

Sept. 27-Oct. 13: “The Cat in the Hat,” adapted by Katie Mitchell of the National Theatre of Great Britain. Based on the iconic Dr. Seuss book.

Oct. 25-Nov. 10: “Ella Enchanted,” by Karen Zacarias with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. A musical adaptation of the 1997 book by Gail Carson Levine that was a twist on “Cinderella.” It also was a 2004 film starring Anne Hathaway.

Feb. 28-March 15, 2020: “The Diary of Anne Frank,” adapted by Wendy Kesselman, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. A new stage adaptation of the book written by a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis in an attic with her parents.

March 27-April 11, 2020: “Naked Mole Rate Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience,” by Mo Willems (based on his picture book “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”), with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. When a hat falls into mole rat Walter’s tunnel, he tries it on and his life is changed.

April 24-May 10, 2020: “Corduroy,” adapted by Barry Kornhauser from children’s books by Don Freeman. A stuffed bear in a department store goes on a fun if destructive chase for a lost button after hours. Meanwhile, a little girl tries to convince her mom that she has to buy him.


Nov. 29-Dec. 22: “Elf the Musical,” book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar with lyrics by Chad Beguelin. A stage musical based on the movie starring Will Ferrell.

June 5-21, 2020: “The Sound of Music,” music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Based on the life of Maria Augusta von Trapp.


Jan. 31-Feb. 16, 2020: “Howie D: Back in the Day,” by Howard Dorough, Tor Hyams and Lisa St. Lou. Howie D navigates Lakeview Prep and manages bullies, his big sister and his parents en route to his career as a boy band icon.


Oct. 12-Nov. 3: “A Bucket of Blessings,” by Madhuri Shekar. Based on a book by Surishtha and Kabir Sehgal, it’s the story of a little monkey who goes on a quest to return water to her jungle.

Feb. 15-March 8, 2020: “The Little Engine That Could,” adapted by Matthew Gutschick from a book by Watty Piper. The classic story of perseverance.

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