March is known perhaps most of all for its madness, as in postseason college basketball tournament madness.
But this March is also a big month for comedy in Kansas City. Highlights are Sheryl Underwood (March 6-7) and Gilbert Gottfried (March 27-29) at the Kansas City Improv, Bo Burnham (March 10) at the sold-out Folly and Jim Jefferies (March 13) and John Mulaney (March 19) at the Midland.
The month also features three big shows at Bartle Hall: the Greater Kansas City International Auto Show (March 4-8), Planet Comicon (March 13-15) and the Home Show and Lawn & Garden Show (March 20-22).
Finally, March has an abundance of significant concerts, including several biggies at the Sprint Center. In fact, it’s unlikely any day of the year has more major music than March 21, which has so many concerts we couldn’t pick just one for our monthly day-by-day picks.
“From Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage”: This is the closing performance for a musical celebrating a composer who wrote theater songs in collaboration with the likes of Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner and Ogden Nash. 2 p.m., Lewis and Shirley White Theatre, Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th, Overland Park.
Info: $12-$23; jcckc.org, 913-327-8054
Nickelback: The rock band, which will be joined by the Pretty Reckless, is touring in support of its eighth full-length studio album, “No Fixed Address.” 8 p.m., Sprint Center, 1407 Grand.
Info: $23-$78; sprintcenter.com, 816-949-7000
Pick a play for the kids: Your choice of openings. “Charlotte’s Web” by Theatre for Young America at H&R Block City Stage (10 a.m.; Union Station, 30 W. Pershing; runs through April 11) or “To Whom It May Inspire” at the Coterie (9:45 and 11:45 a.m.; 2450 Grand; runs through March 7).
“Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure” (through March 8): Just the thing if you’ve ever wanted to see Donald Duck and Goofy perform on ice skates. 7 p.m., Sprint Center, 1407 Grand.
Info: $18-$57; sprintcenter.com, 816-949-7000
Chef Robert Irvine: We know, it seems kind of expensive for a cooking demonstration. But this British celebrity chef from TV’s “Dinner: Impossible” puts on an interactive show that promises to wow the audience. 8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main.
Info: $39.50-$135; midlandkc.com, 816-283-9921
Sheryl Underwood (through March 7): The comic, actress and co-host of CBS’ daytime talker “The Talk” comes to town. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th.
Info: $27-$32; improvkc.com, 816-759-5233
Greater Kansas City International Auto Show (runs March 4-8): As if looking at all the neat cars weren’t enough, visitors also will have a chance to win one of seven new cars being given away. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th.
Info: $6-$11; kcautoshow.com
Sporting Kansas City vs. New York: Our Major League Soccer team will kick off its 2015 season with a match against the Red Bulls, who should have plenty of energy. 6 p.m., Sporting Park, 1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kan.
Info: $27-$275; sportingkc.com, 913-387-3400
“Remington Steele Magnolias” (through March 30): See what happens when you mix a 1980s TV detective show with a 1987 make-you-smile-andmake-you-cry movie (read, chick click). 8 p.m., Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th.
Info: $8; umkc.edu/finadmin/cto/events/late-night.asp, 816-235-6222
“Angels in America” (through March 29): This is Part 1 of Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s two-part rotating repertory of the drama. 7 p.m., Copaken Stage, Thirteenth and Walnut.
Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship (through March 14): Only the league’s four bottom teams will play on the first day of the tournament, so your beloved Jayhawks won’t be in action. But the Wildcats might be. Plus, you can see two games for the price of one. 6 p.m., Sprint Center, 1407 Grand.
Info: $205-$360 for all sessions; sprintcenter.com, 816-949-7000
Rick Braun and Steve Cole: Jazz musicians will perform in a benefit for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 8 p.m., Gem Theater, 18th and Vine.
Info: $45; ticketmaster.com, 816-474-8463
Jim Jefferies: He’s from Down Under, and his comedy can focus on down under, if you get our drift. 8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main.
Info: $37.50; midlandkc.com, 816-283-9921
The Elders’ 13th Annual Hoolie: Kansas City’s favorite Irish band will get an early start on St. Patrick’s Day, with help from the O’Riada-Manning Academy of Irish Dance. 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.
Info: $25-$55; uptowntheater.com, 816-753-8665
Planet Comicon (runs March 13-15): Who knows? Maybe you’ll run into Sheldon, Leonard and friends, or at least Cary Elwes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th.
Info: $15-$30; planetcomicon.com
Slum Village: This Detroit hip-hop trio has been together for 25 years. Also playing will be Pete Rock, Loogey and others. 9 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway.
Info: $20; theriotroom.com, 816-442-8179
WWE Smackdown: What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than watching huge, sweaty men grapple with each other? Maybe you can get green beer at the concession stand. 7 p.m., Sprint Center, 1407 Grand.
Info: $15-$105; sprintcenter.com, 816-949-7000
NAIA basketball championships (through March 24): The 32 men’s teams will begin play at Municipal Auditorium (9 a.m.; 201 W. 13th) and the 32 women’s teams at the Independence Events Center (8:30 a.m.; 19100 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence).
Info: Men, $5-$15: women, $5-$10; naia.org
John Mulaney: Don’t hold his current Fox TV sitcom against him. He’s supposed to be really funny in person. 8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main.
Info: $27.50-$35; midlandkc.com, 816-283-9921
Home Show and Lawn & Garden Show (through March 22): It’s that time of year for homeowners to start planning all those spring and summer projects. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th.
Info: $8-$10; kchba.org/home-show
Pick a concert: There’s bound to be one that suits your taste.
▪ Cherish the Ladies, 8 p.m., Yardley Hall. $14-$38; jccc.edu/theseries
▪ Ida Mcbeth, 8:30 p.m., Blue Room. $15; americanjazzmuseum.org
▪ John Michael Montgomery, 9 p.m., Knuckleheads. $35; knuckleheadshonkytonk.com
▪ Maroon 5 with Magic! and Rozzi Crane, 7:30 p.m., Sprint Center. $27.50-$123; sprintcenter.com
▪ TV on the Radio, 8 p.m., Midland. $29.50; midlandkc.com
▪ Tycho, 8 p.m., Granada. $20; thegranada.com
“Giselle” (also March 13-15 and 20-21): The Kansas City Ballet will present its sixth and final performance of this classic love story. 2 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway.
Info: $25-$109; kcballet.org, 816-931-2232
John Svoboda, guitar: Take a lunchtime break and check out a classical recital. Noon, Carlsen Center Recital Hall, JCCC, 12345 College, Overland Park.
Info: Free; jccc.edu/music/ruel-joyce-jazz.html, 913-469-8500, ext. 3689
Bernadette Peters: Here’s a chance to listen to a three-time Tony Award winner sing Broadway music without having to sit through all that silly dialogue. 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart, Lawrence.
Info: $21-$65; lied.ku.edu, 785-864-2787
“Women Playing Hamlet” (runs March 4-29): An all-female cast takes on the Shakespeare play, and hilarity ensues. 7:30 p.m., Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main.
Info: $30; unicorntheatre.org, 816-531-7529
Scotty McCreery: The country-singing winner of “American Idol” will appear at the Kansas City Tip-Off Concert to benefit Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet. 7 p.m., Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.
Info: $35-$100; uptowntheater.com, 816-753-8665
Gilbert Gottfried (through March 29): You might find him annoying, or you might find him funny. Whatever. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th.
Info: $22-$27; improvkc.com, 816-759-5233
Fleetwood Mac: The legendary band’s lineup is scheduled to include Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Stevie Nicks as well as Christine McVie. 8 p.m., Sprint Center, 1407 Grand.
Info: $47.50-$177.50; sprintcenter.com, 816-949-7000
Missouri Mavericks: The hockey team will have only one more home game left after they play the Quad City Mallards. 4:05 p.m., Independence Events Center, 19100 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence.
Info: $16-$38; missourimavericks.com
“Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries” (runs March 21-July 12): Explore the world of modern paleontology at this exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W. 135th, Overland Park.
Info: $8-$14; museumatpf.org, 913-333-3500
“Peter and the Starcatcher” (through April 5): So, how did Peter Pan become Peter Pan? This comedy, which won five Tony Awards, answers that question. 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway.
Info: $30-$80; theaterleague.com/kansascity, 816-994-7222