“Black Pearl Sings,” one of the most widely produced plays by Kansas City-based playwright Frank Higgins, gets a local production with Nedra Dixon and Vanessa Severo, courtesy of Spinning Tree Theatre. Performances begin Friday and run through March 22 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre.
“Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, may show its age, but it remains an a singular work of deep anger, harsh humor and theatrical imagination. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre performs the two plays that comprise the work, “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika,” in repertory through March 29 at the Copaken Stage.
Director Darren Sextro elicits strong work from a veteran cast in Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic comedy, the first Kansas City Actors Theatre production to play at Johnson County Community College. It runs through March 8 at the Polsky Theatre.
The classic off-Broadway revue by Stuart Ross receives a sumptuous production from the New Theatre with lush visuals, fine musicianship and a quality that feels suspiciously like dramatic integrity. It runs through May 3.
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Elder says Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” is filled with authentic Mormon symbols as the playwright draws parallels between an American Christian faith and the ancient morality of Judaism. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present the play in repertory through March 29 at the Copaken Stage.
“An American composer with a Persian memory,” Danielpour is inspired by his heritage and others’ heroism to be a champion of the oppressed. The Kansas City Symphony and clarinetist Anthony McGill will give the Kansas City premiere of his clarinet concerto “From the Mountaintop” Friday, Saturday and March 8 at Helzberg Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.