This Week in KC | ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Elvis Birthday Bash, ‘Cendrillon’

‘fiddler on the roof’ | saturday-sunday

A national tour of the Tony-winning Broadway hit “Fiddler on the Roof” comes to Johnson County Community College for two shows this weekend. The production, which features the classic songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “If I Were a Rich Man,” stars John Preece, who has played the role of Tevye more than 1,700 times. Shows are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Yardley Hall. A preshow talk is planned an hour before each performance. Tickets are $40-$50. Details,



elvis birthday bash | friday through sunday

The eighth-annual Elvis Birthday Bash, which is held from Friday to Sunday at three area venues, honors the rock ’n’ roll king’s legacy with performances by Elvis impersonators. Things kick off Friday with a 7:30 p.m. party featuring live performances at Westport’s RecordBar. The following day, Round 1 of the regional preliminary of the “Images of the King” competition starts at 3 p.m. at VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino. The second round is at 8 p.m. the same day at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester. An

11 a.m. Sunday brunch at Independence’s Flamingo Lounge, 13520 E. U.S. 40, rounds out the festivities.

aaron lewis | friday at voodoo lounge

Aaron Lewis, the gruff frontman for hard-rock band Staind, has never been one to keep his feelings to himself. On “Country Boy,” his 2010 collaboration with George Jones and Charlie Daniels, he espouses Libertarian principles including gun ownership and red-blooded patriotism. His fans don’t seem to take offense. In fact, Lewis draws so well in Kansas City that he’s performing two shows Friday. Although longtime fans demand to hear Staind hits like “It’s Been Awhile,” Lewis’ playful covers of unlikely material including “Rainbow Connection” and country standards make his appearances memorable. The two shows are at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $80.

‘cendrillon’ | tuesday

See Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato perform on a world opera stage in an HD broadcast of Massenet’s fairy tale “Cendrillon.” Her performance at the Royal Opera House of London will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tivoli Cinemas, Westport Manor Square, 4050 Pennsylvania. An encore showing is planned at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Admission is $13-$15. Details,



Compiled by Kris Knowles, The Star, with contributions from Ink’s Dugan Arnett