Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 7/20/2014

July 20
10:00 AM 2014
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Annie Get Your Gun (Stone) in Broadway ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (STONE)
Father Scheid Players
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. 'The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,' reported Time Magazine, 'without losing all the fun.' Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. 'Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater,' wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 'will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs.'Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Original Book by Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields; As Revised by Peter Stone
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The Sound of Music in Broadway THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Kansas City Starlight Theatre
It has been called "the loveliest musical ever written," and the hills of Kansas City will come alive next summer, with The Sound of Music! Rodgers & Hammerstein's final collaboration tells the classic story of how the stern Captain Von Trapp discovers a new love for his children when the free spirited, Maria, brings laughter and music back into their lives. Wit, warmth and gentle humor combine to make this one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's best-loved musicals.
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Big River in Broadway BIG RIVER
Maples Repertory Theatre
Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.Music by Roger Miller; Lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
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The Coterie Theatre
Chitty Chitty Bang Bangadapt: Ray Roderick, Jeremy Sams; lyrics: Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman; music: Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman; dir: Jeff Church.
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Broadway CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
The Coterie Theatre
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. The sensational songs include "Truly Scrumptious," "Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain," and the Oscar-nominated title song, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
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The Sound of Music in Broadway THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Starlight Theatre
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by
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Amazing Grace in Broadway AMAZING GRACE
Chestnut Fine Arts Center
Amazing Grace is a musical revue full of gospel and spiritual favorites. An evening of entertainment and meaningful music is a treat anytime, but when the occasion includes a cast of talented performers, it's a must-see celebration! You'll hear Amazing Grace, Fairest Lord Jesus, A Closer Walk With Thee and more. Join us for this special show - it will definitely leave you encouraged, grateful and most certainly smiling!
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