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Steve Wilson

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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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Warwick Theatre
July 26, 2022

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS opens on August 5th and runs through August 21st at the Warwick Theatre in the Westport Entertainment District. With book by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, the musical comedy is loosely based on the 1960 film of the same name. What did our critic think of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Warwick Theatre?

Review: PREJUDICE AND PRIDE OPENS IN KANSAS CITY at Musical Theater Heritage
July 16, 2022

The heavens are filled with bright, shiny stars and so is the stage at the Musical Theater Heritage theater located in Crown Center. The hilarious world premiere of PREJUDICE AND PRIDE runs through July 24th and then goes to Edinburgh, Scotland in August. Sam Writes and Nicholas Collett Production brings this gender-swapping American folk music to life with a comedy style befitting of a larger audience. What did our critic think of PREJUDICE AND PRIDE OPENS IN KANSAS CITY at Musical Theater Heritage?

Review: WORLD PREMIERE OF ALICE'S WONDERLAND OPENS IN KANSAS CITY at Coterie Theatre
July 9, 2022

The Coterie Theatres' world premiere of a new family musical, ALICE’S WONDERLAND runs at The Coterie Theatre at Crown Center through August 7. Adapted from the Lewis Carroll classic story the musical features an original score with book, music, and lyrics by J. Quinton Johnson and Julia Riew. Brianna Woods directs, with musical direction by Delano Mendoza, and choreography by Marc Wayne.

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at The Warwick Theatre
June 13, 2022

The Warwick Theatre, in the Westport Entertainment District, plays host to Padgett Productions' opening of SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET through June 26. The Stephen Sondheim musical is one of the most elaborate productions I have ever seen Nick Padgett undertake, and he brings it to life with unmatched brilliance. The only regret anyone should have about this magnificent show is if you miss seeing it at The Warwick.

SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Warwick Theatre This June
May 25, 2022

Stephen Sondheim’s wickedly funny musical masterpiece, SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, opens June 10th at the Warwick Theatre in Kansas City. The theatre is located on the eastern side of the Westport Entertainment District at 3927 Main Street. Find out how to get tickets and learn all about the production.

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! THE MUSICAL OPENS IN OVERLAND PARK, KS at The White Theatre
November 8, 2021

This is the first time I can remember something rotten being so enjoyable. SOMETHING ROTTEN! the musical directed by Tim Bair opened on Saturday night November 6 at the White Theatre at the J in Overland Park, KS. If you miss your chance to see this musical comedy, that would be SOMETHING ROTTEN! The show runs through November 21.

BWW Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES OPENS IN KANSAS CITY AT THE COTERIE THEATRE
November 7, 2021

The Coterie Theatre made a big splash with the opening of its world premiere of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES on November 4th at The Coterie Theatre located in Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The new version of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES has never been seen before and is adapted from the animated series, which has entertained children for the last 17 years. Though entertaining for younger audiences I found the musical to be tedious and the constant screaming to be annoying. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had grown up during the SpongeBob era.

BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW BURSTS ONTO THE STAGE IN KANSAS CITY at The Black Box
October 11, 2021

Halloween is my favorite time of year, with its ghosts, goblins, haunted houses, and Rocky. The season has been made more extraordinary this year with the opening of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Black Box, in the historic West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO. Having missed the 2020 season due to the pandemic Padgett Productions has renewed, to the delight of a large audience, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. How good is the show? The best answer I can give is I’ve done something I seldom do, bought tickets to see it again before it closes.

BWW Review: THE COTERIE THEATRE PRESENTS ELECTRIC POE 2021 IN THE BACKDROP OF UNION CEMETERY
September 19, 2021

An early start to the year's creepiest season, Halloween, began on Friday night with the return of The Coterie Theatre’s presentation of ELECTRIC POE 2021. This is the second year of the special engagement at the oldest cemetery in Kansas City, Union Cemetery, and runs through October 31. I described last year's performance as “Haunting”, but the intensity of this year's program makes last year appear like ‘Itsy, Bitsy Spider’.

BWW Review: COMPANY OPENS AT THE BARN PLAYERS IN KANSAS CITY
September 19, 2021

The Barn Players make a triumphant return to the performing arts scene in Kansas City with their presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical, COMPANY. The conceptual musical directed by Eric Magnus, with musical direction by Michelle Allen McIntire, runs through September 26 at The Arts Asylum in Kansas City, Missouri.

BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT Opens at the Black Box
August 22, 2021

I saw an AMERICAN IDIOT in Kansas City, and I LIKED it. Produced by Padgett Productions, AMERICAN IDIOT explodes onto the stage at The Black Box in Kansas City, Missouri. With only a short run of four days, it begins to give hope to the theater-starved residents that maybe live theater is beginning to return to the metro area. The invigorating and at times moving punk rock musical opened on August 19 and runs through August 22.

BWW Review: THE KING IN CONCERT Returns Live Performances to the New Theatre Restaurant
July 7, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen Elvis has returned to the building! The New Theatre and Restaurant in Overland Park presents THE KING IN CONCERT, starring two-time World Champion Elvis tribute artist, Victor Trevino, Jr., now through September 12.

BWW Review: DRAGONS LOVE TACOS RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 8 AT Coterie Theatre
July 6, 2021

What happens when you give a dragon a taco with spicy jalapeno sauce? This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but instead, it is the marvelous DRAGONS LOVE TACOS now playing at the Coterie Theatre at Crown Center through August 8. This adaption from the New York Times #1bestselling phenomenon, “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin, comes to life under the canopy at the Entertainment Pavilion in Crown Center Square.

BWW Review: BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE at Musical Theater Heritage
June 12, 2021

I can’t think of a better way to welcome live theater back to Kansas City than to BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE a production of Musical Theater Heritage and playing in the 4th-floor theater in Crown Center. This is MTH’s first indoor production in sixteen months due to the pandemic, and as the announcer says at the beginning of the show it will “transport you to a better time”.

BWW Review: THE FIRST IN THEATER PRODUCTION HOW TO SNAG A SEA MONSTER at Coterie Theatre
May 4, 2021

The Coterie Theatre has opened its first in-theater production since the beginning of the pandemic as it presents the Mesner Puppet Theaters’ World Premiere of HOW TO SNAG A SEA MONSTER: A TERRICALLY TALL TELL. Live performances began on Friday, April 30, and run Friday through Sunday at the Coterie Theatre located on the bottom floor of Crown Center. All theatergoers are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Online streaming of the production begins May 5th and runs through May 30th.

BWW Review: BRAINSTORM: THE INSIDE LIFE OF THE TEENAGE MIND NOW STREAMING AND ON DEMAND at Coterie Theatre
January 25, 2021

The Coterie Theatre and the University of Missouri at Kansas City have teamed together to offer the virtual co-production of BRAINSTORM: THE INSIDE LIFE OF THE TEENAGE MIND, which is streaming and on demand now through February 7. The program is suggested for families and grades 6-12.

BWW Review: THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS at The Coterie Theatre
December 8, 2020

The Covid 19 pandemic has halted live performances from Kansas City to Broadway, and all around the world. The Coterie Theatre has joined the ever-growing number of theatrical companies that are bringing their performances to their audiences virtually, with their production of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS. The production will be available for live streaming on-demand through January 3, 2021.

BWW Review: VIRTUAL STREAMING OF DEATH OF A DRIVER PRODUCED BY THE UNICORN THEATRE at The Unicorn Theatre
November 16, 2020

The Unicorn Theatre is currently streaming a virtual theatre production of Will Snider’s play DEATH OF A DRIVER. The feature is available through November 29 and when ordered through the box office the purchaser has 48 hours to view the production. The Associate Artistic Director for The Unicorn, Ian R. Crawford, directs this production as The Unicorn continues to invest resources in an attempt to keep artists working through the pandemic.

BWW Review: SMILE A FEEL GOOD CABARET - A Virtual Performance By The Heartland Men's Chorus
September 28, 2020

The Heartland Mena??s Chorus presented their first virtual program of their 35th season on Saturday, September 26 with their presentation of SMILE A FEEL GOOD CABARET on Facebook Live. The production presented songs to make the audience happy, with one goal to make the audience smile.

BWW Review: ELECTRIC POE A HAUNTING TALE BY THE COTERIE THEATRE
September 19, 2020

As if 2020 wasna??t scary enough, The Coterie Theater ushers in the haunting season with the opening of ELECTRIC POE on Friday, September 19. The play based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe was conceived, adapted, and directed by Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director of The Coterie, and runs through Halloween night.



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