“Matilda: The Musical” opened its touring production at Starlight Theatre on Tuesday. It’s as charming and precocious as its heroine, with clever musical numbers, a fantastic child (and adult) cast, ingenious choreography and darkly caricaturized adult characters.
The show’s book loses some of the subtlety that made the film so memorable. But the leads are likable and the music is great. The stage version adds a nice twist by having the ensemble double as the orchestra.
“Church of Nations” by Kevin Iega Jeff and “Esperando nin Silencio” are on the program for June 3 and 4. Also coming up: Ensemble Iberica performs at Grünauer and the Northland Symphony Orchestra plays at Park Hill South High School.
Kansas City-bred alto saxophonist Logan Richardson, who this week is paying a visit to his old stomping ground, the Blue Room, on Monday, May 23. KC native Krystle Warren will perform Wednesday, May 25, at Johnson County Community College.
Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka played Shirley and boyfriend Carmine on the old sitcom. Now they reunite for the comedy “Beau Jest” at the Overland Park dinner theater. “There’s this built-in rhythm we have,” Williams says.
Sixty-one years after his “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s production of the classic proves that Williams’ words and characters are still as arresting and vibrant as they were in the 1950s. It runs through May 28.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was about 30 seconds from the last measures of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” the encore to the concert, when Jane Little collapsed and was carried backstage by her fellow bassists. She never regained consciousness.
Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will be at the Folly Theater on Saturday, May 21, with her group, the New Orleans 7. They’ll play a mix of old and new music. Plus, here’s a look at who’s playing where this week in Kansas City.
Next year, the Friends of Chamber Music will celebrate its 41st anniversary season with the sort of quality performances that have made its reputation as one of the finest concert series in the country.
The American Jazz Museum will honor Ida McBeth and the McFadden Brothers with lifetime achievement awards on Saturday, and the performers will do a concert at the Gem Theater. Also this week: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra gala, and more jazz doings on the radio
Actors, longtime friends and co-workers Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka, who once starred together in the television sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley," are back on stage together in "Beau Jest," a comedy running at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park.
Tammy LjungbladThe Kansas City Star
Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka on stage in New Theatre's 'Beau Jest'
KC Repertory Theatre's OriginKC New Works festival
'Oklahoma!' at Harrisonville High
New members of the Kansas City Symphony present 'The Star-Spangled Banner'