Arts & Culture
5:31 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Director's Cuts: Sarah Crawford On 'South Pacific'

Musical Theater Heritage's cast of sailors sing 'There Is Nothing Like a Dame' from 'South Pacific.'
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

When the musical South Pacific debuted in 1949, it was considered radical for its treatment of issues of race and interracial romance. Opening this weekend is a production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic by Musical Theater Heritage, who've carved out a niche in Kansas City for the unique manner in which they stage their shows.

Here’s the cast on the night of a recent rehearsal:

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Heartland Men’s Chorus Brings Vegas Strip To Folly Stage

Todd Jordan Green sings 'Don't Be Cruel' during rehearsal for the closing show of the 28th season of the Heartland Men's Chorus. The tribute to Las Vegas features magicians, showgirls and aerial acrobatics.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Kicking off the summer with a trip to the Vegas strip, Heartland Men’s Chorus is bringing “Vegas Baby” to the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Mo., in what's envisioned as a lavish spectacle. The chorus, with 150 singers, will be joined by magicians, showgirls and aerial acrobatics.

Guest conductor Anthony T. Edwards says one of the highlights for him will be seeing Quixotic perform onstage as the chorus sings Cirque du Soleil’s Let Me Fall.

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Central Standard
9:17 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Star Watching: In The Heights

John Daughtry, 2011

For the second half of this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at the touring Broadway musical making its last stop in Kansas City.

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5:00 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Broadway Luminaries Bring New York Show to Kansas City

When the musical "Evita" swept the 1980 Tony Awards, it triumphantly announced the arrival of two young actors - Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone - who would spend the next 30-plus years making remarkable choices in their theater, film, and television roles. 

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5:43 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Web Extra: An Interview with Mandy Patinkin

"An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin" reunites two Tony Award®-winning performers for the first time since they performed together in the original Broadway cast of "Evita."

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3:42 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

'Xanadu' Rolls into Starlight

Though movies made from Broadway musicals have seen a resurgence since the success of "Chicago," the current trend is to go in the opposite direction. There are presently 7 musicals on Broadway based on popular movies, with several more on the way. Playing Starlight Theatre this week is the musical "Xanadu," whose success in New York made it an exception to all the rules - and that's because its source is considered one of the worst movies ever made.

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1:35 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

"American Idol" Meets" Ugly Duckling" in "Lucky Duck"


Update March 2012: The Coterie brought the show to New York for a run at the New Victory Theater. Reviews: Kansas City Star, New York Post, and  New York Times.

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