Lukky Harvey’s iPush workshop series will celebrating its fifth anniversary in September with three performances. Other fall dance highlights: Owen/Cox celebrates its 10th anniversary, Wylliams/Henry celebrates its 25th, Harriman-Jewell features Jessica Lang and the KC Ballet opens its season with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The Unicorn Theatre’s season opener tells the story of a Christian ministry puppet who comes to life and exposes the sinful nature of one troubled teenager. It’s one of the highlights of Kansas City’s fall theater season.
On Aug. 21, the Summer Singers of Kansas City conducted by William Baker will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. The French Organ Festival on Aug. 28 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception can only be described as a sonic spectacular.
In “I’m Not Rappaport” two old men strike up a friendship. Nat (Victor Raider-Wexler) is a Jewish atheist, erstwhile radical and compulsive storyteller and Midge (Granvile O’Neal) is an African-American ex-boxer and current building superintendent who worries about losing his apartment and job.
Josh Groban’s summer tour stops at Starlight Theatre on Tuesday. At the same time, the singer/songwriter and actor is preparing to play the lead role in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” an adaption of an excerpt from “War and Peace.”
Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” which runs through Aug. 28 at the Living Room Theatre, feels authentic and independent, thanks to the strength of Nedra Dixon as a performer and the liveliness of Billie Holiday’s stories.
Beau Bledsoe and Ensemble Iberica present Lusophone, a concert of Brazilian and Portuguese music such as fado, Monday and Tuesday at Musical Theater Heritage. Nathalie Pires, Nanny Assis and Angelique Staggs also perform.
The series begins Sunday, Aug. 7, and continues through the month. Among the musicians performing: KC VITAS Chamber Choir, violinist Anne-Marie Brown, cellist Lawrence Figg and the William Baker Summer Singers of Kansas City.
Take a modern suburban family, add in some grief, drug use and mental illness, and you’ve got a Pulitzer-Prize-winning musical. Musical Theater Heritage will present a semi-staged version of the production Aug. 4-21 at its Crown Center theater.
Tim Whitmer’s July jam is Sunday, July 31, his Spirituality and All That Jazz show is Wednesday, Aug. 3, and that’s not all. Also, saxophonists Dave Koz and David Sanborn bring smooth-jazz sounds to Kauffman Center Thursday, Aug. 4.
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