Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2018

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GETTING TO KNOW... ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
McKinney Area Christian Homeschoolers
4/19-4/21/2018

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GETTING TO KNOW...OKLAHOMA!
Trinity Lutheran School
4/20-4/21/2018

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CHARLIE BROWN (REVISED)
Exeter High School
4/20-4/21/2018

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Hugo Vera in Recital in Broadway HUGO VERA IN RECITAL
Lied Center Pavilion
4/21-4/21/2018
Hugo Vera returns to Lied Center for spring recital The program, “Music for a While” features works by Henry Purcell Lawrence Opera Theatre and the Lied Center welcome back KU alum and tenor, Hugo Vera after his debut recital in the Lied Center Pavillion last year. The program, “Music for a While,” features J. Bradley Baker on piano, and Jen Stephenson, soprano. Admission is free with suggested donation for this recital at the Lied Center Pavilion on Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm. A reception with the artists follows the program. The program features works spanning 250 years of European music, including some of Vera’s personal favorites by Purcell, Haydn, Bellini, Schubert, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini. In addition to lesser-known incidental music from Purcell’s The Indian Queen and a rarely-performed Italian parlor duet by Franz Joseph Haydn, Vera offers Art songs by Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini. A set of Schubert Lieder includes the iconic “Erlkönig,” considered by many to be the most challenging work for both singer and pianist in the entire Art Song canon. To open the second half, Mr. Vera will give a sneak preview of his upcoming recording release of vocal works by Russian composer and piano virtuoso, Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915). Vera is part of a large recording project showcasing all of Taneyev’s vocal works, which will be released in the fall of 2018. Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky leaned on only a few trusted colleagues, and his most dependable source of support was Sergei Taneyev, who had been one of Tchaikovsky’s composition students at the Moscow Conservatory. Taneyev remained extremely close to his teacher after graduation and, a virtuoso pianist, he premiered both Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto and Piano Trio in A-minor. Although known for his works for piano, chamber ensemble and even chorus, very little has been written about Taneyev’s solo vocal works. Soprano JenStephenson, director of the Opera Program at Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS and a regular in recent seasons of Lawrence Opera Theatre concerts, joins Vera again in the second half of the program, featured during a set of opera arias and duets.
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ANNA IN THE TROPICS
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
4/18-4/22/2018
Anna in the Tropics, by Nilo Cruz will open the space on April 12th. The 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning play tells the story of Cuban immigrants working in a cigar factory in Tampa in 1929. The new Lector arrives o read classic literature as the workers hand-roll cigars. As he reads, the story line of Anna Karenina weaves itself into the Latin culture and American Dream.
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New Jerusalem in Broadway NEW JERUSALEM
Wool Studio Theater
4/4-4/22/2018
The true story of Jewish philosopher Baruch de Spinoza who was excommunicated from the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the 1600’s in order to keep the peace for that city’s Jews. Amsterdam’s Sephardic Jews had made a fatal arrangement with the city: They agreed to police their own community for unorthodox beliefs. When the city accuses Spinoza of atheism, Chief Rabbi Mortera must summon Spinoza to the synagogue to defend himself – a historical event that shook up not only the entire Jewish community of Amsterdam, but changed Spinoza’s and Mortera’s lives—and all of Western thought—irrevocably. An engrossing historical drama. Directed by Tim Ocel. Cast: Chris Tipp*, John Flack*, Jim Butz*, Will Bonfiglio, Jennifer Theby-Quinn, Karlie Pinder, Greg Johnston (*member AEA). There will be a Q&A with David Wilson, Professor of Philosophy at Webster University after the Thursday, April 19th performance.
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Superior Donuts in Broadway SUPERIOR DONUTS
Olathe Civic Theatre Association - OCTA
4/6-4/22/2018
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Tracy Letts) comes the Kansas City area premiere of this moving comedy-drama set in an uptown Chicago donut shop. Facing age 60 and all alone, proprietor Arthur has his dreary world turned upside down by the arrival of Franco, an ambitious employee in his early 20s. PERFORMANCES: April 6*, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm | Sundays at 2 pm **Season Ticket Members can make reservations by writing tickets@olathetheatre.org or by calling our reservation hotline at 913-782-2990. Indicate preferred date and seats** SPECIAL DATES: *Opening night, April 6: Guests will be treated to a post-show celebration with the cast and crew! CAST (In order of appearance): Max Tarasov: Addison Parker Officer Randy Osteen: Ellen “Ellie” Deshon Officer James Bailey: Dennis Jackson Lady Boyle: Carol Leighton Arthur Przbyszewski: Bill Pelletier Franco Wicks: Evan Lovelace Luther Flynn: Michael Juncker Kevin Magee: Dave Fullerton Kiril Ivakin: Dan Heinz PRODUCTION TEAM: Director: Diane Bulan Stage Manager: D.K. Evenson Asst. Stage Manager/Asst. Director: Meghann Deveroux Lighting Designer: Camille Lerch Projections Designer: Chuck Cline Fight Choreographer: Cynthia Hyer Sound: Michael Bunn Set/Props Designer: Eric Palmquist Costumes Designer: Darcy Russel Sound Technician: Alex Leondedis ACCOLADES "…a soulful play, full of humor and humanity…drawn with deep affection." —Variety "[Letts] never fails to impress and surprise with his finely wrought characters and sharp dialogue…a wonderfully affecting look at a vanishing world and the healing power of friendship." —CurtainUp “…a funny and moving evening of theater…as fresh and tasty as a doughnut right out of the oven.” —BackStage PLAN YOUR VISIT TO OCTA Tickets may be purchased with credit card, check, or cash. Free parking is available in the OCTA lot and on the street. Concessions are available for cash or credit donation and may be taken into the theater.
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FORBIDDEN BROADWAYS GREATEST HITS VOL. 4
Missouri University of Science and Technology
4/19-4/22/2018

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IT'S ONLY LIFE
Talking Horse Productions
4/13-4/22/2018

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CRAZY FOR YOU
Gateway Center for Performing Arts
4/27-4/29/2018

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The Mascot - A New Comedy in Broadway THE MASCOT - A NEW COMEDY
The Living Room Theatre
4/5-4/29/2018
The Mascot is a world premiere original new comedy! The play is a satirically comic coming-of-age story about an obsessive father, a starry-eyed son, and the drama that ensues when a father's pursuit of his unfulfilled aspirations torpedo the dream of his son. The play’s unconventional and unforgettable characters will win you over as they prove they are deft … at losing. Sam Cordes, Jen Mays, Matt Rapport, Emma Carter, Hollis Wilhoit and Coleman Crenshaw highlight the talented cast. Written by Jerry Hickey, directed by Peter Zazzali.
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BROTHER TOAD
Copaken Stage
4/27-5/27/2018
Mellon Foundation KCRep Resident Playwright and Kansas City, KS resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come To Die), brings us an arresting new play about two families from different stations in life as they search for answers to gun violence right here on our own city streets.
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WELCOME TO FEAR CITY
Copaken Stage
4/28-5/27/2018
It’s July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT — from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from the number of fires burning throughout the borough. WELCOME TO FEAR CITY takes a jarring, yet hopeful and funny, look at a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, apathy, poverty, and a whole new art form that’s about to electrify the world.
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