Press Release: Wayne Brady sings the hits of Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke at Omaha Symphony Gala

Gala and concert-only tickets available

OMAHA, Neb., April 4, 2019- Five-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady will bring his unique talents to the Omaha Symphony’s annual Gala concert, singing the hits of Sam Cooke and Sammy Davis Jr., Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Conducted by Music Director Thomas Wilkins, the Whose Line Is It Anyway?star will sing hits like “Wonderful World,” “Chain Gang,” “Cupid,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “What Kind of Fool Am I” and more, with his trademark humor and extraordinary talent.

Actor, singer, dancer, improviser, songwriter—Wayne Brady has done them all, including a three-month run starring as the infamous Aaron Burr in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning production of Hamiltonin Chicago. Singing the music of Sammy Davis Jr. and Sam Cooke is a natural fit for Brady. Like Brady, Sammy Davis Jr. was a singer, actor, and host of a TV variety show, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Sam Cooke, also known as the “King of Soul,” pioneered soul music for artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown.

As a five-time Emmy Award winner, and a 2008 Grammy nominee for his version of Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” Brady is a true show biz renaissance man. After getting his big break on first the British and then the ABC version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Brady’s name became synonymous with off-the-cuff brilliance. He went on to star and produce both a highly-rated summer sketch show and an Emmy winning talk show for ABC.

Brady returned to his theatrical roots with a successful Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in Chicagoand a slew of television roles, guest starring on 30 Rock, Everybody Loves Chris, and Dirt, as well as recurring on How I Met Your Motherand hosting Don’t Forget the Lyrics. His film work includes the feature films Crossover,The List(a romantic comedy with Sydney Tamiia Poitier), and most recently 1982from director Tommy Oliver. Recent projects include performing live on his sold-out world tour “Makin’ Sh*t Up,” appearing on the sci-fi series Aftermath, returning to Broadway with rave reviews starring as Lola in the Tony Award winning production of Kinky Boots, and lending his vocal talents to Disney’s animated series Sophia the Firstand Nickelodeon’s Loud House.

The Omaha Symphony Gala raises funds to support the symphony’s community engagement activities, including education and community engagement programs that serve more than 40,000 people each year. Premium Gala tickets ($500) are available through the symphony’s administrative offices and website, and include valet parking, cocktail hour, dinner, and VIP seating at the concert. Please call Melanie Thornton at 402.661.8575 for more information, or visit

In addition to supporting the orchestra’s mission to enrich people’s lives through music, the Omaha Symphony’s annual gala evening also serves to honor those who support the arts in our community. The Omaha Symphony is pleased to honor the legacy of three former leaders of the Omaha Symphony who helped lay the foundations of our present-day orchestra: Janice Falk, Richard Hunt and Marian Leary. They will be recognized with the prestigious Dick and Mary Holland Leadership Award.

Concert-only tickets to this performance start at $39, and can be purchased at www.omahasymphony.orgor by calling Ticket Omaha at 402.345.0606.

Concert sponsor for this performance is Mercedes-Benz of Omaha. Media sponsor is Metro Magazine.

The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education and community engagement programs touch the lives of nearly 40,000 people each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402-345-0606 or visit


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