Sunday, April 29, 2018

As Kansas City's American Jazz Museum Teeters On The Brink Of Closing, Is The City Pushing It Over The Edge? by Artsjournal2

The city has gone through various creative processes to fund its other attractions, including Union Station, the National World War I Museum, and the Kansas City Museum. "Why didn’t city o…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 04:12PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Filmmaker Kevin Smith Does Standup Comedy Gig, Has Massive Heart Attack

The director of Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma and other films had finished shooting the first of two comedy specials at a club near Los Angeles when he suffered a "widow-maker" coronary, with one …

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 09:17AM
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Q&A: Shanna Jones fell in love with KC and left New York | The Kansas City Star by Robert Trussell

In case someone out there needs convincing that Kansas City is a theater town like never before, consider the case of Shanna Jones.

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 02:43PM
Monday, May 25, 2015

Still 'Thoroughly Modern' by ROBERT TRUSSELL

Darcie Roberts enjoying playing Millie again
Thanks to jim on All That Chat for the link!

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

This 'Dog' gives audience a treat by ROBERT TRUSSELL

It shouldn't have worked. It had everything going against it. I cringed every time I looked at a publicity photo showing actor John-Michael Zuerlein with his mouth open pretending to be a do…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

Starlight's 'Anything Goes' lively, relevant By ROBERT TRUSSELL

Splendid comic performances are registered by Whit Reichert as Moonface Martin, a second-rate gangster; Megan Sikora as Martin's ditsy, libidinous friend Erma; and John Bolton as Lord Evelyn…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

The real McKay By RICHARD CROMELIN, Los Angeles Times

Singer-songwriter has plenty to be outspoken about

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

Tonys give designers double their due By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Writer

Plays and musicals will compete in separate categories for the first time

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

The swordplay's the thing by ROBERT TRUSSELL

Profile of Broadway fight coordinator Rick Sordelet.
Thanks to Jim on All That Chat for the link!

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM


"Another Night" is a tall, cool club soda after a quart of eggnog.

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

These �Blues' are more than all right by ROBERT TRUSSELL

The good times roll in Mo Rep's bouncy tribute to American art form

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

Mass appeal of Peter Allen show doesn't bother Broadway director by ROBERT TRUSSELL

Philip Wm. McKinley, a journeyman director who last monthmade his Broadway debut with "The Boy From Oz," chose not to read the notices.
But he heard about them.
Thanks to kcguy on All That Chat for the link!

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM

Still singin' after 55 years by ROBERT TRUSSELL

The career of Broadway star Barbara Cook is a charming story of willpower and luck.
Thanks to John_C on All That Chat for the link!

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 05:58PM
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Jane Chu, of KC�s Kauffman Center, would bring balancing experience to the NEA - by Steve Paul

As president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Jane Chu oversaw the construction and opening of a $400 million project that has helped to revitalize downtown Kansas Cit…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 09:20AM
Monday, February 11, 2013

Rep's production still a work in progress

Workshop presents only the first act of 'Waiting for you on the Corner of (13th and Walnut)' and seeks audience's input afterwards.

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 10:44AM
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

'Hair' peddles hippie nostalgia to a receptive KC audience

Maybe the producers of "Hair," which runs through Sunday at the Kauffman Center, sent the young cast to hippie school, or maybe they're just actors doing their jobs. Either way, they committ…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 02:28AM
Monday, February 4, 2013

Quality Hill revue offers laughs, fine music and honest sentiment

"I'll Be Seeing You," which runs through Feb. 17 at the Quality Hill Playhouse, is a revue of popular songs that touched American record buyers and radio listeners in World War II. At Sunday…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 02:32AM
Saturday, February 2, 2013

'Old School Ghetto Gospel' a promising beginning for new theater company

The inaugural production from Melting Pot KC is a barebones execution of an interesting new play with some dynamite performances.

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 03:38PM
Friday, February 1, 2013

Farrell, Brown show impressive timing in popular 'Golden Pond'

The folks over at the New Theatre tell me that "On Golden Pond" is one of their most requested titles and it's easy to see why: It's serious enough to deal with real issues but never serious…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 01:09AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Art and theater production pays homage to the private William Inge

"An Otherwise Hopeless Evening of Very Gay and Extremely Grim Short Plays by William Inge," a unique production that includes visual art and the performances of four obscure one-act plays b…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 02:00PM
Sunday, January 27, 2013

'Blacktop Sky' is experimental, poetic and remote

At times in "Blacktop Sky," which had its world premiere at the Unicorn Theatre, Christina Anderson's writing is vivid and compelling. Sometimes the fragmentary narrative makes sense, someti…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 01:35AM
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Performing arts groups use personal sponsorships to build bridges, bolster bottom line

Performing arts organizations in Kansas City are largely funded by our local equivalent of the Medici banking dynasty of Renaissance Italy -- foundations, corporations and wealthy private do…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 08:21PM

'War Horse' leads Theater League's new season

"War Horse," the poignant World War I drama that ran for years in London and in New York, will be the chief item of interest on the 2013-14 season just announced by Theater League and Broadw…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 01:00AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dancing cuts through the clutter of 'Billy Elliot'

"Billy Elliot the Musical," which opened Tuesday at the Music Hall, did what it had to do to earn a standing ovation: It softened us up with easy laughs, tugged at our heartstrings with sent…

SOURCE: The Kansas City Star at 02:33AM

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Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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