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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BWW Review: Nostalgia Returns to Kansas City With BIG BANDS ARE BETTER  at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Review: Nostalgia Returns to Kansas City With BIG BANDS ARE BETTER at Musical Theater Heritage
Posted: Feb. 10, 2019


BWW Review: RETURN TO THE PAST WITH SONGBOOK OF THE 40S AT QUALITY HILL PLAYHOUSE at Quality Hill PlayhouseBWW Review: RETURN TO THE PAST WITH SONGBOOK OF THE 40S AT QUALITY HILL PLAYHOUSE at Quality Hill Playhouse
Posted: Jan. 24, 2019


BWW Review: HUMOROUS, SHOCKING, AND ENTERTAINING EMOTIONAL CREATURE THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD OPENS AT SPINNING TREE THEATREBWW Review: HUMOROUS, SHOCKING, AND ENTERTAINING EMOTIONAL CREATURE THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD OPENS AT SPINNING TREE THEATRE
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019


BWW Feature: KANSAS CITY OFFERS SPECIAL GIFTS FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE ON VALENTINE'S DAYBWW Feature: KANSAS CITY OFFERS SPECIAL GIFTS FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE ON VALENTINE'S DAY
Posted: Feb. 5, 2019


BWW Review: THE DECISION FALLS ON THE AUDIENCE AT SECRET SOLDIERS: HEROINES IN DISGUISE NOW PLAYING AT THE COTERIE THEATREBWW Review: THE DECISION FALLS ON THE AUDIENCE AT SECRET SOLDIERS: HEROINES IN DISGUISE NOW PLAYING AT THE COTERIE THEATRE
Posted: Jan. 27, 2019


BWW Previews: Girl Power Campaign Begins At The Kansas City Repertory TheatreBWW Previews: Girl Power Campaign Begins At The Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019


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BWW Review: Nostalgia Returns to Kansas City With BIG BANDS ARE BETTER  at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Review: Nostalgia Returns to Kansas City With BIG BANDS ARE BETTER at Musical Theater Heritage
Posted: Feb. 10, 2019


BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON a Raucous Romp Through Religion Opens at the Music HallBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON a Raucous Romp Through Religion Opens at the Music Hall
Posted: Dec. 28, 2018


BWW Review: THE WOLVES is a howling success at the Unicorn  at the Unicorn Theatre IN KANSAS CITYBWW Review: THE WOLVES is a howling success at the Unicorn at the Unicorn Theatre IN KANSAS CITY
Posted: Dec. 2, 2018


BWW Review: Begin a Quality Holiday Season with CHRISTMAS IN SONG at Quality Hill PlayhouseBWW Review: Begin a Quality Holiday Season with CHRISTMAS IN SONG at Quality Hill Playhouse
Posted: Nov. 29, 2018


BWW Review: RETURN TO THE PAST WITH SONGBOOK OF THE 40S AT QUALITY HILL PLAYHOUSE at Quality Hill PlayhouseBWW Review: RETURN TO THE PAST WITH SONGBOOK OF THE 40S AT QUALITY HILL PLAYHOUSE at Quality Hill Playhouse
Posted: Jan. 24, 2019


BWW Review: Hilarious Production of ZOMBIE PROM From Theatre in the ParkBWW Review: Hilarious Production of ZOMBIE PROM From Theatre in the Park
Posted: Jan. 3, 2019


BWW Review: The Heartland Men's Chorus Brings SLEIGH! DASHING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITH HMC! To Yardley Hall for one night onlyBWW Review: The Heartland Men's Chorus Brings SLEIGH! DASHING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITH HMC! To Yardley Hall for one night only
Posted: Dec. 4, 2018


BWW Reviews: GUYS AND DOLLS - Another Hit for Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas City
April 5, 2015

Guys and Dolls, featuring a number of the finest Guys and Dolls in Kansas City performing arts, opened on Saturday night at the Musical Theater Heritage of Crown Center. Sarah Crawford directs the musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and a pre-show talk by Executive Director George Harter. Guys and Dolls is based on two short stories, "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure" by Damon Runyan.

BWW Reviews: THE CAT IN THE HAT Brings Fun to All Ages at the Coterie Theatre
April 5, 2015

The Cat in the Hat now playing at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center is a purr-fect entertainment package for the whole family. Heidi Van directs the Coterie production based on the book by Dr. Seuss. Katie Mitchell adapted and directed the original production by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Mitchell's adaption maintains the books fun simplicity and famous imagery, recreating the story page-by-page. A member of the audience Andrew Dearinger, a fifth grader, stated he was impressed with the interaction of the characters and the audience and thought it made the show more meaningful.

BWW Preview: The British Comedy COCK Opening at the Unicorn Theatre
April 3, 2015

Jeff Church directs Cock opening April 25 on the stage of the Jerome Stage in the Unicorn Theatre at 3828 Main in Kansas City, Mo. Mike Bartlett, playwright of An Intervention, Chariots of Fire, and Earthquakes in London, wrote the British comedy about identity and sexuality. Due to adult subject matter and language, Cock is suggested for mature audiences.

BWW Preview: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Spinning Tree Theatre Stars Kansas City's Finest
April 2, 2015

Spinning Tree Theatre closes its fourth season with the timeless musical classic Fiddler on the Roof. The 2014-2015 season of Spinning Tree featured several firsts for the theatrical production company. The addition of Fiddler on the Roof as the first year of four shows, the first time a Spinning Tree production was directed by someone outside the organization (Walter Coppage directing Black Pearl Sings!), and the first time the company produced a local playwright (Frank Higgins Black Pearl Sings!).

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
April 2, 2015

Peter and the Starcatcher, presented by the Theater League of Kansas City, opened on Tuesday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The production not only provides limited sets, costuming, special effects, but also limited appeal.

BWW Reviews: Don't Cut HAIR: RETROSPECTIVE From Your Theater Experience
March 29, 2015

The rock musical Hair has been produced many times over the years in Kansas City, but never has it been presented the way the Kansas City Repertory Theatre brought it to the Spencer Theatre on opening night March 27. Artistic Director Eric Rosen directs Hair: Retrospective, which runs through April 12 at the theater on the University of Missouri at Kansas City campus. The retrospective may actually be more enjoyable than the musical itself, (not just my opinion, heard from audience members also).

BWW Review: GISELLE Opens at the Kauffman Center For Performing Arts
March 15, 2015

Eerie, enchanting, and hauntingly beautiful Giselle continues at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts through March 22. Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney choreographed the full-length two act classic ballet. Jean Corrali, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa inspired the choreography of Carney. Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau conducts the Kansas City Symphony with the enchanting music of Adolphe Adam.

BWW Review: WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET Now Showing at the Unicorn Theatre
March 13, 2015

The Unicorn Theatre production of Women Playing Hamlet currently runs on the Jerome Stage at the theater located at 3828 Main in Kansas City, Mo. William Missouri Downs wrote the Rolling World Premiere directed by Producing Artistic Director Cynthia Levin. Women Playing Hamlet is the second Rolling World Premiere for Downs who has won numerous playwriting awards. In his day all Shakespeare's characters were played by men, in Downs play four women play 19 parts, including male characters.

BWW Review: BLACK PEARL SINGS! Drama and Music at Its Best in Kansas City
March 9, 2015

A line from the play best describes Black Pearl Sings when Susannah Mullally says, "Pearl is a pearl." Black Pearl Sings opened on Saturday March 7 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The production marks two firsts for Spinning Tree Theatre, the production of a local playwright and the first time the company utilized a director outside the organization.

BWW Review: CRIMES OF THE HEART Continues at the Kansas City Actors Theatre
March 6, 2015

Crimes of the Heart the Kansas City Actors Theatre production of the tragic comedy classic continues at the Polsky Theatre in the Carlsen Center at the Johnson County Community College. Darren Sextro directs Crimes of the Heart written by Beth Henley. Edward Matthew Walter designs the realistic set and Georgianna Londre Buchanan provides costume design.

BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW the Cult Classic Opens at UMKC
March 5, 2015

The cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show opened on Wednesday March 4 at Grant Hall on the campus of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Richard O'Brien wrote the music, lyrics, and book for the tribute to B horror movies and science fiction. The show opened in London running 2,960 performances in several locations. The United States premiere ran for nine months, but the Broadway debut only lasted 3 previews and 45 shows. The musical was adapted to film in 1975 and has the longest running release in film history.

BWW Review: BROADWAY AND BACK Shines Like a New Star at the Quality Hill Playhouse
March 4, 2015

Broadway and Back, which highlights the quality in Quality Hill Playhouse, runs through March 29 at the Playhouse in Kansas City, Missouri. Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart selected the songs and directs the magnificent production. Broadway and Back is a celebration of movies that inspired or were inspired by Broadway Musicals. The production is part of the Playhouses 2014-15 season series, Hooray for Hollywood, Magical Music from the Movies.

BWW Preview: The Heartland Men's Chorus Presents MODERN FAMILIES
March 2, 2015

Diversity in the American family is the theme of Modern Families presented by the Heartland Men's Chorus at the Folly Theater on March 28 and 29. The chorus continues with its series of musical documentaries that use music, narration, and multi-media elements to illustrate social issues.

BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN a Must Catch at the Barn Players
February 28, 2015

A must catch it if you can, Catch It If You Can The Musical! opened on Friday February 27 at the Barn Players in Mission, Kansas. Guy Gardner directs and choreographs the Barn Players production with music direction by James Levy. Catch Me If You Can The Musical! is music with libretto by Terrence McNally and theatrical score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

BWW Review: Social Media Celebrated in SELF-EASE in Kansas City
February 28, 2015

A celebration of social media is presented in Self-Ease at the Fishtank Performance Studio in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Mo. From creator Andy Perkins and his creative team of marvelously talented actors comes a hilarious look at technology in today's age of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON - You May Not Be Saved, But You Could Die Laughing
February 26, 2015

Like a group of Jehovah's Witnesses on steroids, The Book of Mormon is currently playing at the Music Hall in Kansas City. The Broadway Across America satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone runs through March 8. The creators of South Park, Stone, and Parker with Lopez's music have created a musical religious comedy that makes Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Saturday Night Live look like dramatic pieces.

BWW Review: THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) Now Playing in Olathe, Kansas
February 21, 2015

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) continues at the Olathe Civic Theatre Association through March 1 at the theater located in Olathe, Kansas. Written by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell the musical is a parody of five musical theater composers, all dealing with the same plot, 'I can't pay the rent!'

BWW Preview: WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET Opens at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City
February 20, 2015

A world premiere comedy with an all-woman cast, Women Playing Hamlet, opens March 4 on the Jerome Stage at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. March 4, 5 and 6 are preview nights with opening night on Saturday March 7. The production is the second Rolling World Premiere for the National New Play Network for Women Playing Hamlet's author William Missouri Downs.

BWW Preview: Spinning Tree Theatre Announces 2015 - 2016 Season
February 19, 2015

Spinning Tree Theatre in Kansas City announced their 2015-2016 season schedule, which includes two plays and two musicals. The season will premiere Spinning Trees first dance musical. Venues and dates for the 2015-2016 season are to be announced later. The production company is currently searching for a permanent home, after four years of renting venues in the Kansas City area.

BWW Review: MUSICAL MONDAY AND TUESDAY Opens to the Delight of Kansas City Audiences
February 17, 2015

The first offering for 2015 of Musical Monday and Tuesday opened Monday night February 16 at the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center. Musical Monday has always been an audience favorite and for 2015, Musical Theater Heritage added Tuesdays to the performance schedule. Hosted by Tim Scott the production featured songs from the Broadway musical Big River, bluegrass, and country. The production was like a big river out of its banks flooding the theater with fantastic vocals by some of the best vocalist in Kansas City.



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