From purity to seduction, austerity to decadence, the Kansas City Symphony performed an all-encompassing concert on Friday night in Helzberg Hall. Music director Michael Stern conducted, exuberant in grand gesture.
The veteran performer began singing when he was 28 but acted in his first play only about 18 months ago. He has performed three shows for the Coterie and one for Spinning Tree Theatre. He currently stars as Sam the Snowman in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” which runs through Jan. 4 at the Coterie.
Wacky is as wacky does as Bruce Jordan brings back his murder-mystery comedy that allows his actors broad discretion as they gather “clues” from the viewers, who get to decide how the play is resolved. The production continues through Jan. 18 at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park.
If you add up the number of professional theater companies in Kansas City, the theater scene here is small. We can’t claim the numbers some towns can. Nevertheless, we have never had as many live theater venues and producers as we now have. As a result, local companies are competing for audiences at a time when there are more offerings than ever before.
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“The Hindu and the Cowboy,” a Kansas City-centric performance that celebrates our diverse cultures and faith traditions, will return Sunday for its 10th anniversary. The one-act play written by Donna W. Ziegenhorn will be performed by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
As part of her Harriman-Jewell Series concert in Helzberg Hall, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and her Virtuosi will be performing Sebastian Currier’s “Ringtone Variations.” “It’s a tongue-in-cheek thing, making fun of the circumstances we often find in concerts,” Mutter said. “We do play ring tones, but on our instruments.”
Currently on tour across the nation in celebration of the 20-year collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra performed Wednesday as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series’ 50th anniversary season.
They are not exactly the von Trapps singing about edelweiss, but the Robertson family of the reality series “Duck Dynasty” wants to sing to you about faith and food, duck calls and swamp moss. And they have convinced a team from Broadway to bring their story to the stage, in Las Vegas for starters.
Fine performances bring out the best in “Violet,” a poignant musical that has acquired a following since its off-Broadway debut in 1997, in Spinning Tree Theatre’s memorable production. It runs through Nov. 23 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre.
For a genre that rarely presents a feminist role model, Gioachino Rossini’s “L’italiana in Algeri” is a welcome respite. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production, which continues Wednesday, Friday and Nov. 16 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is a rambunctious, big-hearted show of impressive vocal talent, directed by Michael Cavanagh. It opened Saturday night.
Synthesizing the history of hip-hop, the dance company performs Friday night at the Lied Center in Lawrence. While all of the company’s ensemble choreography is by Harris, some of the interspersed solos contain movements created by the individual performer.
The Coterie has staged a musical adaptation of a 1964 animated TV special about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the production gives us some nice tunes, a lot of laughs and an exceptional visual style. The production continues through Jan. 4. at the theater in Crown Center.
Also, science meets arts once again when the Friends of Chamber Music presents a return engagement of the Galileo Project with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. And Park University’s star-studded faculty, including Stanislav Ioudenitch, will perform Friday.