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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 YEVGENY SUDBIN - PIANIST IN RECITAL
Folly Theater
Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph (U.K.) as "potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century." In the midst of a seven-year and 14-album collaboration with BIS Records, his recordings have met with overwhelming critical acclaim. The International Record Review stated that Sudbin's Rachmaninoff recording "confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time." Sudbin has performed in many of the world's finest venues, both in recital and with orchestras. His performance of Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 1 at the BBC Proms was described by the Daily Telegraph as "sublime."
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 ARCADE FIRE
Kansas City Starlight Theatre
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Arcade Fire is a six piece band that has won two BRITs, two Grammys, and has released four records over the last ten years. Their first three albums; Funeral, Neon Bible and The Suburbs, were all nominated for Grammy's Alternative Album of The Year. In February 2011 Arcade Fire won Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards for The Suburbs, before going on to win Best International Group and Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards.
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 FOOTLOOSE
Hazelwood West High School
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Saxony Lutheran High School
Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille; Based on the play `Green Grow the Lilacs` by Lynn Riggs
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL
Avila University, Department of Theatre
9 to 5: The Musical is a musical based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It features a book by Patricia Resnick.
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Orrick High School
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 PROKOFIEV'S ROMEO AND JULIET, WITH RODRIGO'S ROYAL GUITAR
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Prize-winning young phenom guitarist Jiyeon Kim, from the Curtis Institute, joins the orchestra to perform the most popular work by Rodrigo, one of Spain's most influential composers. It is described as capturing "the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains" in the gardens of Aranjuez. A film score Suite opens this program by early twentieth-century Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. The timeless and tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet will turn the second half into a musical drama for the concert stage. Trace the crucial events of this famous love story in Prokofiev's wrenching score with its chilling and heartbreaking conclusion. Ovation & Masterworks Series
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 CATS
Mid-Life Players
Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Based on Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats; By T. S. Eliot
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN
Chestnut Fine Arts Center
Climb Every Mountain celebrates songs we've grown to love from the great Rodgers & Hammerstein. They are thought to have had the most successful partnership in musical theater history. Spend an evening listening to the beautiful songs from musical theatre classics: The King and I, Carousel, South Pacific, Cinderella, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, State Fair, and more.
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 DIE FLEDERMAUS
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Johann Strauss' effervescent operetta satirizes the decadent society of his time. Before serving a short jail sentence for offending the tax collector, Gabriel von Eisenstein stops by Prince Orlofsky's ball as a last-minute diversion. Eisenstein and his friends are confounded by masked identities while spouses push the limits of fidelity. After hilarious twists and turns, the evening's indiscretions are ascribed to the effects of too much bubbly champagne. Act I A serenade floats through the windows of the Eisenstein home. The serenade is sung for Rosalinde, by her former suitor Alfred who still holds feelings for her despite her marriage to the wealthy Gabriel von Eisenstein. Rosalinde recognizes Alfred's ringing tenor, and is unable to resist his voice. Adele, Rosalinde's maid, enters the room reading a letter from her sister Ida, inviting her to a ball at the young Prince Orlofsky's villa. Wishing to attend, Adele lies and asks for the evening off in order to visit a sick aunt. Rosalinde refuses, as it is her husband's last night before he is to serve a short prison sentence for a civil offense. Just as Adele leaves the room, Alfred enters to woo Rosalinde. He agrees to leave only on the condition that they will be reunited later in the evening once Eisenstein has been sent to jail. Eisenstein enters amidst an argument with his stuttering lawyer, Dr. Blind. His sentence has just been increased upon appeal. Just as he dismisses his incompetent advocate, Eisenstein's friend Dr. Falke enters. Falke implores him to delay his stay in jail for a few hours to attend Prince Orlofsky's party. Excited at the prospect of all the attractive young ladies sure to be in attendance at the party, Eisenstein is quickly persuaded. Rosalinde, now excited for her evening alone with Alfred, releases Adele for the night. As Eisenstein and Adele leave for their evening commitments, Alfred enters. Settling in for their evening together, Alfred dons Eisenstein's smoking cap and dressing gown. Soon after, the dinner is interrupted by Frank, the governor of the prison. He has arrived to collect Eisenstein for his sentence. In order not to compromise Rosalinde, Alfred agrees to pretend to be Eisenstein. He reluctantly allows himself to be led off, strengthened by a farewell kiss from Rosalinde. Act II At the palace of Prince Orlofsky, the guests of the party are thoroughly enjoying themselves despite their bored host. In attendance is the young Adele, currently posing as an actress named Olga, with her sister Ida. Falke is discussing with the Prince an elaborate charade in progress, set up by Falke to amuse his highness. Eisenstein is the leading character and victim of this prank, and is introduced as the "Marquis Renard." Adele is soon spotted by Eisenstein in her mistress's dress, and when told of her striking resemblance to his wife's maid, Adele laughs it off. The prison governor, Frank enters pretending to be "Chevalier Chagrin," and Rosalinde, also invited by Falke, arrives disguised as a masked Hungarian countess. To this point Eisenstein has had great success with the ladies at the party demonstrating his unique watch. When he attempts this technique with the endearing countess, she pockets the watch and now has proof of her husband's philandering. Rosalinde sings a spirited Hungarian folk dance from her "native land," champagne flows, and the guests dance until dawn. As the clock strikes six, Eisenstein and Frank both seize their hats and coats and run off to make their appointments at the prison. Act III At the prison, the voice of Alfred can be heard singing in his cell, as the drunken jailer Frosch tries to silence him. Frank enters unsteadily, followed by Adele and Ida. Adele, believing Frank to be a man of obvious influence, is convinced he will be able to help her pursue a career on the stage. When Eisenstein arrives to serve his sentence, he is surprised to encounter the "Chevalier." Eisenstein reveals his identity, but Frank asserts that he had personally arrested Eisenstein the evening before, and Frosch is sent to fetch him. Anxious to discover who had been arrested in his smoking cap and gown and in the private company of his wife, Eisenstein dons the wig and robe of his lawyer, Blind. He interrogates Rosalinde and Alfred complete with Blind's stutter, and after hearing their testimony he is compelled to reveal himself as Eisenstein. Rosalinde, unwilling to be unfairly accused of promiscuity, reveals the watch which she had taken from him the previous evening. As all of the company arrive, Falke reveals to Eisenstein that the whole charade had been set up by him. Eisenstein can do nothing but laugh it off, and the group agree that the blame for any wrongdoings can be laid at the door of King Champagne.
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 THE THREEPENNY OPERA
Springfield Contemporary Theatre
Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay's 18th-century 'The Beggar's Opera' to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho's underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed- this time by a prostitute-and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht; Music by Kurt Weill; English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 A LITTLE MORE ALIVE
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre
In this touching new musical, two brothers are reunited at their mother's funeral. The unexpected discovery of a box of letters to and from their mother to a man who is not their father sparks a journey to find their mother's true love. New understandings of family, relationships and honesty form the heart of this touching new musical from one of America's most promising young Broadway playwrights.
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK SING-ALONG!
The Coterie Theatre
Sing-a-long, mayhem and '70s madness. Pull on your PJs and get a free bowl of cereal as The Coterie makes Saturday night feel like Saturday morning again, with a special rockin' Coterie Ignites edition of Schoolhouse Rock Live! each Saturday night, hosted by Ron Megee.
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
The Coterie Theatre
This award-winning musical teaches history, grammar, math, science, and government through clever, tuneful songs, instructing a whole new generation to "Unpack Your Adjectives" and meet up at "Conjunction Junction" to add some "Interjections!"
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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014 WATER BY THE SPOONFUL
Unicorn Theatre
An Iraqi war veteran comes home to Philadelphia to reconnect with his Puerto Rican family, but he finds them in crisis mode. This lyrical, uplifting play touches on redemption and self-discovery and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This playwright also wrote the 2008 Tony Award-winning book for the musical In the Heights.
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