After 40 years as head of KC's Theater League, Mark Edelman has retired. His first big hit was "A Chorus Line," and that was his last show, at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. His legacy continues with "The Wizard of Oz."
KC events July 19-25, 2018: Royals, Fringe Festival, Shark Week, Harlem Globetrotters, Daniel Silva, Benji Brown, Amelia Earhart Festival, David Naster, Big Picnic, Invicta Fighting Championships, “The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela”
At the end of his Comedy Central roast Saturday, Bruce Willis ended the night by declaring that “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie, ending one of the biggest ongoing debates in pop culture. Fans say otherwise.
Country music star Kenny Chesney played through an injury Saturday night during a concert at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Chesney appeared to injure his leg while playing a show with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay.
Dermatologist Sandra Lee — the internet’s popular “Dr. Pimple Popper” — has a new TLC series and a new children’s game. “Pimple Pete” challenges players to carefully pull pimples off the face of a teenage boy.
KC Fringe Festival runs July 19-29, 2018. Shows include “Overture the Musical,” “After Persephone,” “Medea: An American Tragedy,” “And God Did Shake the Pear,” “Rise,” “Intrusion,” “Lil Women: A Rap Musical,” “Miranda: One Woman’s Tempest”
“Sorry to Bother You” is an anti-capitalist satire about a young telemarketer’s climb up the corporate ladder. Directed by rapper Boots Riley, stars Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Lakeith Stanfield. Four stars
In “Skyscraper,” Dwayne Johnson plays an FBI hostage rescue team leader who must save his family from a burning high-rise set afire by arsonists. It’s dumb and familiar but Johnson’s charisma helps make it entertaining, too.
In “Leave No Trace,” a troubled veteran and his teen daughter live off the grid until they are discovered and their paths diverge. Touching family drama stars Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. Four stars.
The Liberty B&B Theatre opens on Thursday, July 12, with the largest ScreenX ever. The theater also includes a play place for children, an MX4D auditorium, a restaurant and an auditorium that pays homage to B&B’s first theater in Salisbury, Missouri.