Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson is a professional writer, artist, and photographer living in the Kansas City metropolitan area. For the last two years, he has been writing theatrical reviews, covering more than a dozen theatrical companies in the area. Previously he has written comedy material for nationally known entertainers, taught comedy writing at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and has had two books published. He continues to write for an internet news service covering sports, travel, and art in the area.
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BWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Sets the Bar High for Future Musicals in Kansas CityBWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Sets the Bar High for Future Musicals in Kansas City
Posted: Aug. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: HELLO DOLLY Presented by the Leawood Stage CompanyBWW Reviews: HELLO DOLLY Presented by the Leawood Stage Company
Posted: Jul. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews: CLOSER THAN EVER Raises Funds for The Barn PlayersBWW Reviews: CLOSER THAN EVER Raises Funds for The Barn Players
Posted: Aug. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: WHERE THE HELL'S THE BRIDESMAID????? Brings in the Laughs at the Heartland ForumBWW Reviews: WHERE THE HELL'S THE BRIDESMAID????? Brings in the Laughs
Posted: Jul. 22, 2014


BWW Review: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT a Must See at the KC Fringe FestivalBWW Review: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT a Must See at the KC Fringe Festival
Posted: Jul. 23, 2014


BWW Preview:  SOUTH PACIFIC Comes to the Off Center Theater in Kansas CityBWW Preview: SOUTH PACIFIC Comes to the Off Center Theater in Kansas City
Posted: Jul. 26, 2014


BWW Reviews: SING, SING, SING a Wonderful Musical Revue at the KC Fringe FestivalBWW Reviews: SING, SING, SING a Wonderful Musical Revue at the KC Fringe Festival
Posted: Jul. 22, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: I AM HARVEY MILK a Hit With Combined Chorus of St. Louis and Kansas CityBWW Reviews: I AM HARVEY MILK a Hit With Combined Chorus of St. Louis and Kansas City
Posted: Mar. 30, 2014


BWW Previews: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Opens at Kauffman CenterBWW Previews: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Opens at Kauffman Center
Posted: Feb. 3, 2014


BWW Review:  MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT- Campy Hilarious Fun Opens at the White TheatreBWW Review: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Opens at the White Theatre
Posted: Jul. 13, 2014


BWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Sets the Bar High for Future Musicals in Kansas CityBWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Sets the Bar High for Future Musicals in Kansas City
Posted: Aug. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Opens to Cheers in Kansas CityBWW Reviews: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Opens to Cheers in Kansas City
Posted: Feb. 12, 2014


BWW Preview: HANDS ON A HARDBODY, Coming to the Newly Renamed Levin StageBWW Preview: HANDS ON A HARDBODY, Coming to the Newly Renamed Levin Stage
August 20, 2014

Hand on a Hardbody opens the Unicorn Theatre's 41st season on September 3, on the newly renamed Levin Stage. In a ceremony on August 10 The Unicorn Theatre renamed the Main Stage to honor Producing Artistic Director Cynthia Levin.
BWW Special Coverage: A TOAST TO U: OWNING OUR FUTURE Honors Supporters and Cynthia Levin at the Unicorn TheatreBWW Special Coverage: A TOAST TO U: OWNING OUR FUTURE Honors Supporters and Cynthia Levin at the Unicorn Theatre
August 18, 2014

A Toast to U: Owning Our Future was presented at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday August 17. The event was held to honor patrons who donated money to the theater, enabling them to buy the building and to officially rename and unveil The Levin Stage.
BWW Reviews: CLOSER THAN EVER Raises Funds for The Barn PlayersBWW Reviews: CLOSER THAN EVER Raises Funds for The Barn Players
August 16, 2014

Closer Than Ever opened Friday night at the Barn Players in Mission, Kan. The play with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and music by David Shire is the yearly musical fundraiser for the Barn Players. On Friday night, Danielle Gibbs with Premiere Designs sold jewelry in the lobby, with 25% of the proceeds going to the Barn Players, and will return for Sunday's performance.
BWW Reviews: BARE: A POP OPERA, Now Playing at the Goppert TheatreBWW Reviews: BARE: A POP OPERA, Now Playing at the Goppert Theatre
August 13, 2014

Home Grown Theatre and XS Lighting have created one of the first "Green Shows" using entirely LED lighting in Kansas City. Bare: A Pop Opera runs through Wednesday August 13 at the Goppert Theatre on the Avila University campus. Home Grown Theatre Company is a non-profit company run solely by students.
BWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Sets the Bar High for Future Musicals in Kansas CityBWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Sets the Bar High for Future Musicals in Kansas City
August 10, 2014

One enchanted evening is what Kansas City audiences received on opening night of South Pacific, the Musical Theater Heritage production at the Off Center Theatre. Premiering on Broadway in 1949 the musical composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II garnered 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Best Score. It is the only musical production to win all four Tony Awards in the acting Categories and in 1950, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
BWW Reviews: ECHOES OF OCTAVIA - A Magnificent Show to End the SeasonBWW Reviews: ECHOES OF OCTAVIA - A Magnificent Show to End the Season
August 9, 2014

The world premiere of Echoes of Octavia opened Friday August 8 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Harvey Williams directs the Meltingpot KC production that runs through August 24. The premiere concludes the 2013-2014 season for Meltingpot KC that highlighted plays by local female writers.
BWW Preview: World Premiere of ECHOES OF OCTAVIA Opens in Kansas CityBWW Preview: World Premiere of ECHOES OF OCTAVIA Opens in Kansas City
August 6, 2014

The world premiere of Echoes of Octavia opens August 8 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Harvey Williams directs the Meltingpot KC production written by Kansas City playwright Michelle T. Johnson. Meltingpot KC focuses on local talent in the theater, working with local writers and performed by local talent. Williams the founder of Meltingpot KC and has appeared on stages throughout the Kansas City area.
BWW Preview: Spinning Tree Theatre Season UpdateBWW Preview: Spinning Tree Theatre Season Update
August 4, 2014

Andy Parkhurst the Managing Director of the Spinning Tree Theatre announced the cast for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. The theatrical production company expands their season to four shows for the first time. Spinning Tree will present three Kansas City premieres during the season.
BWW Preview: GHOST-WRITER Makes Its Kansas City DebutBWW Preview: GHOST-WRITER Makes Its Kansas City Debut
August 4, 2014

The Kansas City debut of Michael Hollinger's play Ghost-Writer comes to the Spinning Tree Theatre August 22 through September 7. Artistic Director Michael Grayman directs the production being staged at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10 Street.
BWW Review: MUSICAL MONDAY Brings Down the House at the Off Center TheatreBWW Review: MUSICAL MONDAY Brings Down the House at the Off Center Theatre
July 29, 2014

If you missed Musical Monday presented by Musical Theatre Heritage on July 28, then you missed one of the best revues of the season. The production was set around the Broadway hit Mame, but that did not mean all the songs were from the Tony Award winning musical.
BWW Preview:  SOUTH PACIFIC Comes to the Off Center Theater in Kansas CityBWW Preview: SOUTH PACIFIC Comes to the Off Center Theater in Kansas City
July 26, 2014

The Tony Award winning 1949 musical South Pacific comes to the Off Center Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. from August 7 through August 24. This enduring love story is set on a tropical island during World War II. Richard Rodgers wrote the music with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and the book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Sarah Crawford directs the Musical Theatre Heritage production and provides musical direction with Jeremy Watson.
BWW Reviews: DANGEROUS TO DANCE WITH and Hard to Sit Through at the KC Fringe FestivalBWW Reviews: DANGEROUS TO DANCE WITH and Hard to Sit Through at the KC Fringe Festival
July 25, 2014

The World Premiere of Dangerous to Dance With continues at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center through Saturday July 26. Written by Bill Rogers Dangerous to Dance With is produced in conjunction with the KC Fringe Festival. Diane Bulan directs the Martin Tanner Production starring Victor Raider-Wexler, Vincent Monachino, Jim Hopkins, Kelsea McLean, and Coleman Crenshaw.
BWW Review: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT a Must See at the KC Fringe FestivalBWW Review: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT a Must See at the KC Fringe Festival
July 23, 2014

Artistic directors for theaters in Kansas City should take a hard look at A Hard Day's Night currently playing at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City. Lot in Life Productions and Vicki Vodrey, the writer and producer for A Hard Day's Night, have produced an intricate, enormously funny 90-minute dark comedy that easily should fill any theater in Kansas City. Songs from the Beatles are sewn into the script with perfect precision and timing. The world premiere is performed in conjunction with the KC Fringe Festival.
BWW Reviews: SING, SING, SING a Wonderful Musical Revue at the KC Fringe FestivalBWW Reviews: SING, SING, SING a Wonderful Musical Revue at the KC Fringe Festival
July 22, 2014

Jughead Theatricals brings Sing, Sing, Sing to the stage of the Heartland Forum in Crown Center. Diane Bulan produces Sing, Sing, Sing in conjunction with the KC Fringe Festival. The Heartland Forum is located in the space once occupied by the American Heartland Theatre.
BWW Reviews: WHERE THE HELL'S THE BRIDESMAID????? Brings in the Laughs at the Heartland ForumBWW Reviews: WHERE THE HELL'S THE BRIDESMAID????? Brings in the Laughs at the Heartland Forum
July 22, 2014

Where The Hell's The Bridesmaid????? Is currently playing at the Heartland Forum in Crown Center. The very humorous melodrama written and directed by Madeline McCrae is one of many productions showing at the old American Heartland Theatre in conjunction with the KC Fringe Festival. In addition to theater, McCrae is an accomplished photographer and has her works on display at the KC Fringe Festival's Visual Art Show located in Union Station.
BWW Reviews: HELLO DOLLY Presented by the Leawood Stage CompanyBWW Reviews: HELLO DOLLY Presented by the Leawood Stage Company
July 21, 2014

Hello Dolly is currently playing at the Leawood Stage Company located at the Amphitheater at Ironwoods Park in Leawood, Kan. The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder is the basis for the 1964 production that won a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Jerry Herman wrote the music and lyrics for Hello Dolly and Michael Stewart wrote the book. Chris McCoy directs and choreographs the Leawood production.
BWW Reviews: KINGS OF ISRAEL a Provocative Addition to the KC Fringe FestivalBWW Reviews: KINGS OF ISRAEL a Provocative Addition to the KC Fringe Festival
July 21, 2014

The Kings of Israel an original play by Schaeffer Nelson is playing at the Phosphor Studio in Kansas City. Phil Kinen directed the production in conjunction with the KC Fringe Festival. The festival brings performing arts, visual arts, and dance together for 11 days, giving local artists, performers, and writers an uncensored presentation of their work.
BWW Review: (VIRGIN) Playing at the Kansas City Fringe FestivalBWW Review: (VIRGIN) Playing at the Kansas City Fringe Festival
July 20, 2014

(Virgin), written by Jesse Ray Metcalf, appears at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City for the KC Fringe Festival. Directed by Metcalf and J. Will Fritz the play is a dark comedy centering on a chastity belt, sex, drugs, and a catholic schoolgirl.
BWW Review:  BAD AUDITIONS- a Don't Miss at the KC Fringe FestivalBWW Review: BAD AUDITIONS- a Don't Miss at the KC Fringe Festival
July 20, 2014

Bad Auditions, conceived and curated by Kevin King and produced by Whim Productions is playing at the Fishtank Performance Studio in Kansas City. The Kansas City Fringe Festival is bringing over 100 performances to the Kansas City area through July 27. Fortunately, for Kansas City the uproarious Bad Auditions is one of those performances.
BWW Review:  GIRL ON GIRL Opens at Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas CityBWW Review: GIRL ON GIRL Opens at Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City
July 20, 2014

Girl on Girl, 3 Quickies in One Hour, opened Saturday July 19 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City. The play is part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival, which runs through July 27. Andre Du Broc directs Girl on Girl a Playing Field Production. The show is a compilation of three short plays by three playwrights. Each segment calls on the magnificent talents of actors Shawna Pena-Downing, Davis DeRock, Aishah Harvey, Brianna Marxen-McCollom, and Petey McGee.


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