Janine DiVita graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas and attended Miller Marley. She says the contemporary musical is a nice change from the classics she usually plays in. “If/Then” will play at Starlight Theatre July 26-31.
After winning the Pulitzer for “Next to Normal,” Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey created “If/Then.” It tells the story of a woman struggling to find her way in New York City. The touring production will play at Starlight Theatre July 26-31.
The only performer who truly popped onstage was Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek, who beautifully embodied Gaston. The production values were just average, with charming-enough set design and enough special effects to please modern audiences.
The 12th Annual KC Fringe Festival, which begins July 21, offers an exciting melange of cutting-edge entertainment that should appeal to adventurous classical fans. Think “absurdist Cabaret Rock-Opera.”
The KC Fringe Festival, July 21-31, features dance, film, spoken word and theater artists — many local emerging talents testing their new works. Executive producer Cheryl Kimmi calls it a “ripple effect” in terms of popularity but says 11 days is the perfect length.
It is exciting to hear the work of a promising young musician and interesting to revisit early works of those venerable names whose oeuvre is complete, established and familiar. Week two of Summerfest chamber music festival offered both in the Saturday concert in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s White Recital Hall.
The Summerfest chamber music series started its 26th season with a concert of challenging yet listenable works. The performance Saturday in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s White Recital Hall had a refreshing, lighthearted quality and represented a taste of the series’ diverse range of repertoire.
“The Submarine Show,” created by Jaron Hollander and Slater Penney, returns to the Kansas City International Theatre Festival for the third year. Six productions run July 13-23. Three of the shows are returning, and three will make their Invasion debuts this summer.
The tour of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will make its last stop July 13-19 at Starlight Theatre. But with an upcoming movie and another local production of the show planned, its popularity will only grow. Director Rob Roth says it’s because of the universally appealing story of looking past a person’s exterior to their character within.
Dionne Figgins, a classically trained ballerina and contemporary dancer, plays Velma Kelly in the tale of two murderesses in 1920s Chicago trying to clear their names. It’s the most dance-intensive musical New Theatre has produced — and the edgiest.
The Theater’s jazz series series will feature such artists as veteran Bob James and newcomer Cecile McLorin Salvant. The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra's new season will include a tribute to Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
The musical, based on Woody Allen’s movie, opens at Starlight on June 28. Director/choreographer Susan Stroman says Allen helped her adapt his story. She did the same for another movie about show business, “The Producers.”
A rare First Folio of the works of William Shakespeare is making its only appearance in Missouri during a nationwide tour to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. The First Folio, which will be on display at the Kansas City Public Library downtown, consists of 36 plays, including 18 that we otherwise would not even know about. The volume was printed in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. It is believed there were fewer than 750 First Folios printed. It is unclear how many survive, but the Folger Shakespeare Library has 82 of them, and has loaned this volume to be displayed at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., in Kansas City. The 400-year-old folio will be on display through June 28, 2016.
Shakespeare's first folio on display at Kansas City Public Library
Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka on stage in New Theatre's 'Beau Jest'
KC Repertory Theatre's OriginKC New Works festival