Robert Harlings classic tearjerker has enjoyed a long life since it become a long-running off-Broadway hit in 1987. It was the basis of a star-laden film in 1989, ran on Broadway in 2005 and became a TV movie with an African-American cast in 2012.
Kansas City Repertory Theatres 2013-14 season will end exactly the way it started: with a world premiere. The new musical A Little More Alive, a serious exploration of family secrets, began previews last weekend and officially opens Friday night. Chances are it will have a life after the Rep.
Ron Megee and Missy Koonce have their way with the current production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Coterie Theatre. Its tough to say which of them is responsible for the specific moments of zaniness that run through this show. Suffice to say that Megee, who directed, and Koonce, who choreographed, have given theatergoers an antic, comic ride.
The Coterie Theatre has tapped director Ron Megee for its reprise of the stage show based on the educational animated TV show Schoolhouse Rock. The show is basically a succession of pop songs designed to teach kids the basics of history, math, science and civics, but with Megee at the helm, theres no reason to expect anything dry or predictable.
Everyone knows that a standing ovation can be an utterly hollow exercise, writes The Stars theater critic, Robert Trussell. Think of politicians leaping to their feet during any presidents State of the Union speech. But when it comes to the arts, Ive observed at times a curiously indecisive quality about audience approval almost as if were driven by the fear that someone will think us unsophisticated.
It took awhile, but I finally went over to the dark side. Theres nothing new about binge-watching Netflix says its here to stay but I could never get myself to take the plunge. Until recently, writes Robert Trussell, The Stars theater critic, who became hooked on Breaking Bad, the AMC series about a schoolteacher in New Mexico who becomes a meth dealer after his lung-cancer diagnosis.
It’s a safe bet that KC’s downtown area has more live theater than you’re used to.