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.
With the onset of winter, snow-covered streets, no sunshine and freezing temperatures, Kansas City can become depressing. Fortunately for Kansas City audiences, the snow-covered hills are filled with THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The hit Rogers and Hammerstein's musical opened Tuesday, January 15th at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and runs through January 20th.BWW Review: Hilarious Production of ZOMBIE PROM From Theatre in the Park January 3, 2019
The Theatre in the Park Winter Academy presented ZOMBIE PROM, for a limited engagement on Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29. The performance would best be described as fabulous, hilarious and one of the most professional young performer musicals to have appeared in Kansas City. Unfortunately for theater audiences, it did only run two days, so it had a limited audience.BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON a Raucous Romp Through Religion Opens at the Music Hall December 28, 2018
Remember turning off the lights and not answering the door when the men in white shirts and a tie rang the doorbell wanting to give you that free book and tell you about their religion. No need to shut off the lights and run and hide when these men appear at the Music Hall. Yes, they do want to spread their faith with THE BOOK OF MORMON, the hilarious musical comedy now playing at the Kansas City Music Hall through Sunday, December 30.BWW Review: THE HAPPY ELF Can Cure Your Christmas Blues at Theatre In The Park December 10, 2018
Only weeks ahead of Halloween THE TURN OF THE SCREW opened this weekend at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City. Julie Shaw directs the Spinning Tree Theatre production of the novella from the story by Henry James. THE TURN OF THE SCREW runs through Halloween weekend, closing on Sunday November 1.BWW Review: WICKED, Too Good to be Missed at the Music Hall in Kansas City October 10, 2015
The Broadway hit musical WICKED opened at the Music Hall October 7, enchanting the Kansas City audiences. Joe Mantello directs the Broadway Across America production of the longest running Broadway show in history. Stephen Schwartz wrote the music, lyrics, and Winnie Holzman the book for the musical, which is the first to gross over $3 Million in one week.BWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at The New Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas October 4, 2015
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU is the current production running at The New Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas. Dennis D. Hennessy directs the comedic play written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. James A. Misenheimer provides a fantastic set for the cast to operate in and Treva Farrell designed the choreography mainly performed by Katie Karel as Essie Carmichael.BWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER Opens at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City September 27, 2015
The high quality of productions such as THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, which opened on Friday September 18, is why The Barn Players won the 2014 Broadway World Regional Award for Outstanding Theater of the Year in the Kansas City Region. Kip Simmons directs the musical based on the 1967 film of the same name, starring Julie Andrews. Richard Morris wrote the original story and screenplay for Universal Pictures. CHRYSANTHEMUM, which opened in London in 1956, was the basis for the story and screenplay.BWW Review: AT HOME AT THE ZOO Explodes in Reality at the KC Actors Theatre September 15, 2015
Originally titled PETER & JERRY, AT HOME AT THE ZOO opened on Saturday September 12 at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. Edward Albee wrote AT HOME AT THE ZOO the latest production of the Kansas City Actors Theatre. Doug Weaver directs the powerful dramatic offering starring three of Kansas City's top performers.BWW Review: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! a Disappointing Opening at OCTA September 15, 2015
Opening night for SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! at the Olathe Civic Theatre on Friday September 11 was billed as a show full of energy, humor, music, dancing and some very valuable grammar lessons. Unfortunately, the show became more of a test of tolerance for low energy acting, singing that made audience members cringe, and choreography that was awkward and unimaginative at the best.BWW Review: The Mystery Train Returns With OUR BROTHER'S CAPER September 7, 2015
The comedy adventure begins as patrons enter the dining car on the lower level of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1301 Wyandotte in Kansas City, Mo. OUR BROTHER'S CAPER takes to the rails to open the new season and new venues for The Mystery Train Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. After a short hiatus from the popular dinner shows, the new season began on Friday September 4. The hiatus lasted over the summer as the theatre company found new locations for the productions.BWW Review: THE OLDEST BOY Takes a Journey Through Culture at the Unicorn Theatre August 30, 2015
Gang violence erupts at the Arts Asylum in Kansas City and the audience erupts with a thunderous standing ovation for WEST SIDE STORY on opening night Saturday August 22. Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst direct WEST SIDE STORY, which opens the fifth season of Spinning Tree Theatre, recreating the choreography of Jerome Robbins who directed and choreographed the entire original production.BWW Review: WOULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY Opens at Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas City August 17, 2015
OULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY, an original revue of the songs of Lerner and Loewe opened Saturday August 14 at the Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center. What would not be loverly would be to miss this fantastic production, which runs through August 30. Sarah Crawford directs the production, which George Harter wrote, and hosts this tribute to the musicals of the dynamic song-writing duo.BWW Preview: WEST SIDE STORY Comes to the Arts Asylum in Kansas City August 6, 2015
West Side Story opens the fifth season of productions for Spinning Tree Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, running August 20 through September 5. The musical production will be staged at The Arts Asylum located at 1000 E. 9th Street in Kansas City. The Arts Asylum was established to provide assistance, studio, and gallery space for a variety of artists.BWW Review: EQUUS at the Barn Players One of the Best Dramatic Pieces in Kansas City Theater August 1, 2015
Equus, one of the most amazing dramatic productions in Kansas City this year captivated the sparse crowd on opening night, Friday July 31 at the Barn Players. Do not expect uproarious laughter or musical gaiety in Equus, but you can expect to see some of the finest dramatic acting to reach Kansas City stages.