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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 8/20/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 8/20/2017
by BWW on August 20, 2017 in Kansas City

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/20/2017 for Kansas City (more...)
New Musical STORY OF THE CENTURY Gets Staged Reading New Musical STORY OF THE CENTURY Gets Staged Reading
by BWW News Desk on August 19, 2017 in Kansas City

Hear the rest of the story! Story of the Century, the musical that won Best of Venue at the Unicorn Levin Stage and played to three sold out houses at the 2016 KC Fringe Festival, returns as a complete two-act script and score. Be among the first to hear this full-length script-in-hand workshop staged reading of the original musical about the invention of the Ezekiel Airship, an airplane designed and built by Burrell Cannon that flew one year before the Wright Brothers' historic flight. Set in Pittsburg, Texas in 1902 and combining historic events with fictional characters, the musical captures the spirit of the era with rollicking melodies, social consciousness, and heart. Was Cannon a revolutionary inventor, a visionary prophet, or a misguided dreamer? This is the question that newspaper reporter Elmer Baker hopes to answer in writing the 'Story of the Century'. Two staged readings of the musical will take place August 19 and 20 at Avila University's Goppert Theatre. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/18 - EVITA, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/18 - EVITA, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More!
by BWW Special on August 18, 2017 in Kansas City

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Evita, Something Rotten, and more! (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERHSWIN at Musical Theater Heritage BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERHSWIN at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner on August 14, 2017 in Kansas City

Well performed but a little academic and study in how styles have changed (more...)
BWW Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Kansas City Actors Theatre At Union Station BWW Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Kansas City Actors Theatre At Union Station
by Paul Bolton on August 14, 2017 in Kansas City

KCAT's current production of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' grips the audience with a suspenseful quickly paced mystery. Ensemble shines in this timeless tale of accusation, guilt, judgement, and murder. The attention to detail from costumes, to set, to lighting provides a sensory experience that everyone will enjoy. This fresh take is a perfect way for those new to theater to discover what great story-telling is all about. (more...)
Lawrence Opera Theater Announces Season 2017 Programs Lawrence Opera Theater Announces Season 2017 Programs
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City

Season 2017 programs This summer 's fully-staged opera production is W. A. Mozart's well-known Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), a story of love and dedication overcoming trials and separation. The music will be sung in German, but director Grant Preisser has created new English dialogue to fit in with his avant-garde concept of the opera. Preisser's career has started to take off, and he has spent the last two summers working at Music Academy of the West, where he was Assistant Director for two productions in 2017. He has also done scenic and costume design for Opera Orlando. (more...)
The Sweet Sounds of MOTOWN The Musical Will Fill Starlight Theatre The Sweet Sounds of MOTOWN The Musical Will Fill Starlight Theatre
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City

Motown The Musical, the Tony Award-nominated tribute to the musical greats of the 1960s and '70s, brings its signature sound and American dream story to Starlight Theatre for six performances August 22-27. The acclaimed musical follows the true life story of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. on his journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. The man who founded Motown records in Detroit in 1959 went on to launch the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. (more...)
New Musical STORY OF THE CENTURY Gets Staged Reading New Musical STORY OF THE CENTURY Gets Staged Reading
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City

Hear the rest of the story! Story of the Century, the musical that won Best of Venue at the Unicorn Levin Stage and played to three sold out houses at the 2016 KC Fringe Festival, returns as a complete two-act script and score. Be among the first to hear this full-length script-in-hand workshop staged reading of the original musical about the invention of the Ezekiel Airship, an airplane designed and built by Burrell Cannon that flew one year before the Wright Brothers' historic flight. Set in Pittsburg, Texas in 1902 and combining historic events with fictional characters, the musical captures the spirit of the era with rollicking melodies, social consciousness, and heart. Was Cannon a revolutionary inventor, a visionary prophet, or a misguided dreamer? This is the question that newspaper reporter Elmer Baker hopes to answer in writing the 'Story of the Century'. Two staged readings of the musical will take place August 19 and 20 at Avila University's Goppert Theatre. (more...)
Kansas City Actors Theatre Announces Cast and Creatives for AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Kansas City Actors Theatre Announces Cast and Creatives for AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City

Kansas City Actors Theatre has completed casting for their production of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None", the opening show of their thirteenth season. The production will be directed by John Rensenhouse and will star Robert Gibby Brand, Greg Butell, Scott Cordes, Kyle Dyck, Bonnie Griffin, Manon Halliburton, Ellen Kirk, Victor Raider-Wexler, Matt Rapport, Matt Schwader, and Peter Zazzali. The production team includes Mark Exline (scenic designer), Kevin Seiss (properties designer), Sarah Oliver (costumer designer), Shane Rowse (lighting designer), Jonathan Robertson (sound designer), and Kyle Dyck (technical director). (more...)
The Coterie Creates Theatre Announces Experiences for All Ages in Upcoming 2017/2018 Season The Coterie Creates Theatre Announces Experiences for All Ages in Upcoming 2017/2018 Season
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City

Nationally-recognized Coterie Theatre's 2017/2018 season of plays selected by Producing Artistic Director Jeff Church aims to deliver engagement for family members of any age. One of the national leaders in producing theatre for youth and family audiences, The Coterie also enriches curriculum for schools looking for excellence in arts education. This coming season, The Coterie will have several productions where young theatre-goers will interact and participate during the performances. (more...)
Lawrence Opera Theatre Presents 2017 Season 'Faces of Love' Lawrence Opera Theatre Presents 2017 Season 'Faces of Love'
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City

Lawrence Opera Theatre (LOT) explores Faces of Love in its 8th summer season. From mother-love to puppy love, from unrequited love to love of country, love's many facets are celebrated. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/11 - CHICAGO, KILL LOCAL, 42ND STREET, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/11 - CHICAGO, KILL LOCAL, 42ND STREET, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Chicago, Kill Local, 42nd Street, and More! (more...)
Lyric Opera Announces its 2017-18 Resident Artists Lyric Opera Announces its 2017-18 Resident Artists
by BWW News Desk on August 10, 2017 in Kansas City

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler has announced the selection of the artists for the Resident Artists Program for the 2017-2018 season. (more...)
Photo Flash: MTH Theater at Crown Center Presents AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERSHWIN Photo Flash: MTH Theater at Crown Center Presents AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERSHWIN
by BWW News Desk on August 10, 2017 in Kansas City

The MTH Theater at Crown Center has announced casting for AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERSHWIN, its third Main stage production of the season. (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at Starlight Theatre
by Sara Brown on August 10, 2017 in Kansas City

If you want guaranteed show-stopping numbers create a musical with some of Whitney Houston's greatest hits. That's what Warner Brothers did when they released the movie THE BODYGUARD and what works the best in the touring production of the hit London show of the same name. (more...)
Spinning Tree opens 7th Season with Intimate FINIAN'S RAINBOW Spinning Tree opens 7th Season with Intimate FINIAN'S RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk on August 06, 2017 in Kansas City

The 1947 musical fantasy FINIAN'S RAINBOW, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, gets the Spinning Tree-tment September 1-17. The score, "one of the most enduringly delicious ever concocted for an American musical" (The New York Times), includes "Old Devil Moon," "How are things in Glocca Morra" and "Look to the Rainbow." (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 6 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 6
by Audition Roundup on August 06, 2017 in Kansas City

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, August 6, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 8/06/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 8/06/2017
by BWW on August 06, 2017 in Kansas City

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/06/2017 for Kansas City (more...)
Real Life Tragicomedy Takes the Stage in GREY GARDENS Real Life Tragicomedy Takes the Stage in GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk on August 04, 2017 in Kansas City

The Barn Players are pleased to present the Tony Award winning musical 'Grey Gardens,' Friday, September 15th through Sunday, October 1st. Based on a 1975 documentary, the musical tells the true life story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Set in 1941 and 1973 at the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, this bold musical follows this mother and daughter on their hilarious and heartbreaking journey from glamorous aristocrats to recluses in a crumbling house filled with memory and cats. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/4 - NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/4 - NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on August 04, 2017 in Kansas City

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More! (more...)
Kansas City Actors Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Staff for Shepard's A LIE OF THE MIND Kansas City Actors Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Staff for Shepard's A LIE OF THE MIND
by BWW News Desk on August 03, 2017 in Kansas City

Kansas City Actors Theatre has completed casting for its production of Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind," the second show of its thirteenth season, which will run from September 13th to October 1st at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. The production will be directed by Cinnamon Schultz and will star Forrest Attaway, Hillary Clemens, Merle Moores, Gary Neal Johnson, Brian Paulette, Jan Rogge, Christina Schafer and Jake Walker. The production team includes Bret Engle (scenic designer), Bill Christie (properties designer), Gretchen Halle (costumer designer), Ashley Kok (lighting designer), Jonathan Robertson (sound designer), and Kyle Dyck (technical director). The production will also feature the original music of local band The Country Duo (Kasey Rausch & Marco Pascolini). (more...)
The White Theatre at The J Announces 2017-2018 Season; The White Theatre at The J Announces 2017-2018 Season;
by BWW News Desk on August 03, 2017 in Kansas City

Excitement is in the air as The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City announces its 2017-2018 season of arts and cultural offerings at the White Theatre. (more...)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Close Theatre in the Park's 2017 Season This Weekend BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Close Theatre in the Park's 2017 Season This Weekend
by BWW News Desk on August 02, 2017 in Kansas City

With a tale as old as time, Disney's enchanting musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST continues to waltz onstage at Theatre in the Park tonight, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 5. (more...)
Saturday Matinees Added for Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Saturday Matinees Added for Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by BWW News Desk on August 01, 2017 in Kansas City

???????We've added two Saturday matinee performances of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' at 2 pm on August 19 and August 26. Now you have two extra opportunities to see this exciting production! Previews start August 9 and performances run through August 27 at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. (more...)
Spinning Tree Opens 7th Season with Intimate FINIAN'S RAINBOW Spinning Tree Opens 7th Season with Intimate FINIAN'S RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk on August 01, 2017 in Kansas City

The 1947 musical fantasy FINIAN'S RAINBOW, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, gets the Spinning Tree-tment September 1-17. The score, "one of the most enduringly delicious ever concocted for an American musical" (The New York Times), includes "Old Devil Moon," "How are things in Glocca Morra" and "Look to the Rainbow." (more...)