The road company production of this hit musical that pokes fun at religion, colonialism and musical theater is a slick re-creation of the hit Broadway version. The performances are uniformly excellent, but the irony-drenched humor and calculated irreverence wears thin.
The nonprofit theater company, which most often stages work in downtown and midtown venues, chooses to stage a show at Johnson County Community College in a bid to expand its audience base. “Crimes of the Heart” runs through March 8 at the Polsky Theatre.
From living nightmare to waking dream, the opera “Silent Night” is a powerful account of World War I’s 1914 Christmas Eve Truce. A fictionalized distillation of events, it is a masterpiece that traces the characters’ tortured psyches within the gathered armies, their un-sanctioned ceasefire an overwhelming display of humanity.
The award-winning musical comedy from the creators of “South Park” that pokes fun at missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is preparing for a two-week run starting Tuesday at the Music Hall as part of the Kansas City Broadway Series.
Unlike its predecessors, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre under artistic director Eric Rosen will probably be remembered for taking risks, and he has invested the Rep’s resources in a full-blown new production of Tony Kushner’s prize-wining epic about AIDS, politics, sexuality and spirituality in the Reagan era at Copaken Stage, the Rep’s downtown venue.
A mix of revised classics, familiar musicals and unexpected new work make up the disparate parts of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 2015-2016 season, which overlaps with the unveiling of a redesigned and refurbished Spencer Theatre.
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It’s clear by looking at the series’ 2015-16 season list that the party now underway for the Harriman-Jewell’s 50th anniversary will continue. The 2015-16 season has a lineup of classical stars to rival those on its glittering golden anniversary.
The Kansas City Chorale will give audiences a taste of this repertoire with two concerts called “North of the Border,” Sunday at Unity Temple and Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church. The Chorale recently toured Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Bruffy was so taken with the music there he wanted to share it with Kansas City.
The folks who planned last year’s Fiery Stick Open at the Liberty Memorial have planned a new party, indoors this time, from 9 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday at Municipal Auditorium. Quixotic Fusion is the main entertainment.
His radio program called “The Auditorium Organ,” broadcast from the Community of Christ (previously RLDS) Auditorium in Independence, made him one of America’s best-known organists. He also taught a generation of music students at UMKC.
The Lyric Opera will present four performances of the opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which is set during the 1914 Christmas truce of World War I, beginning Saturday at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.
An off-Broadway hit, “50 Shades! The Musical Parody,” sets up shop on the big enclosed stage at Starlight Theatre in a touring production that gets laughs the easy way — by being rude, crude and in your face. It may be something like a sorority-house party with unseemly skits.
Witnessing the Kansas City Symphony’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 was an arresting and gratifying experience. Music director Michael Stern conducted the orchestra in Helzberg Hall on Friday night in a program that also included Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 22.
Lise de la Salle presents “Romantic Impressions” Friday night at the Folly Theater, Jim Brickman performs with the Kansas City Symphony on Friday and Saturday at Helzberg Hall and the U.K.’s Voice presents “If Music Be the Food of Love” on Saturday at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College.
Mindy Cooper, who began her career as a dancer with the Kansas City Ballet, is the choreographer for the touring company of “50 Shades! The Musical Parody,” which will run Feb. 10-15 on the enclosed stage at Starlight Theatre.
This work of fiction based on the creator of Wonder Woman is filled with vivid imagery and good actors in a production at the Unicorn Theatre, but its scattershot approach proves to be a frustrating viewing experience.