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4:24 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Richard Thompson @ The Folly

Richard Thompson

On June 6 Cypress Avenue will feature Richard Thompson at the Folly Theater in Cypress Avenue Live. This week on program, we look at Thompson's storied recording career.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Tue April 23, 2013

'Kansas City Swing'

Kansas City's role in the integration of baseball is a popular subject these days. The recent release of 42, the movie about Jackie Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball premiered in Kansas City, home of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, this month. UMKC Theatre is also tackling the subject with the debut of its play Kansas City Swing.

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Performance
3:03 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Lyric Opera Presents Classic Comedic Opera

Chris Carr as Pish-Tush, center, leads the village men in song.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Love conquers all in "The Mikado," a comic opera by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert introduced in London in 1885. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents the satirical comedy in five performances through April 28.

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Performance
4:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...A Storm Is Brewing In Baseball

Rob Karma Robinson, as Satchel Paige.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The play Kansas City Swing is set in Kansas City in 1947 when the nation was on the cusp of great change.

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Performance
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

'Bud, Not Buddy' Explores Racism And The Depression With Young Audiences

Eboni Fondren (as Miss Thomas), Granvile T. O’Neal (as Mr. Jimmy), Elijah E. Murray (as Steady Eddie), and Aaron Branch (as Bud "not Buddy" Caldwell ) in 'Bud, Not Buddy.'
J. Robert Schraeder courtesy of Coterie Theatre

Traditional ideas about theater for young audiences can get stuck in a library full of mischievous animals and recycled fairy tales. But the Coterie Theatre -  named by Time magazine as one of the top five theaters for young audiences in the United States - strives to be more adventurous, as in its new show for elementary school students that discusses jazz, the Depression, and racism.

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Performance
12:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

After 26 Years, American Heartland Theatre Goes Dark In August

The American Heartland Theatre's executive director, Lilli Zarda, and director of production, Paul Hough. The theatre goes dark at the end of the season.

It was an unexpected announcement on April 4 that the American Heartland Theatre on the 3rd level of Crown Center would close after 26 years.

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Performance
9:39 am
Fri April 5, 2013

American Heartland Theatre To Close At End of Season

Production still from 'Life Could Be a Dream'
courtesy American Heartland Theatre

The American Heartland Theatre announced Thursday it would close in August at the end of its 26th season.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

[VIDEO] 'Sunday In The Park With George'

A detail from "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Musical Theater Heritage opens their 11th season with the Kansas City premiere of Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George." The musical explores the intense single-mindedness of artist Georges Seurat during the creation of "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

An Art & Theater Fusion

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte buy Georges Seurat

Take a stroll through an art gallery, and you just might find yourself humming a Sondheim tune.

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KC Currents
4:37 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Pat Jordan On The Future Of Arts In KC

Pat Jordan, Co-Chair Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, is recognized by the crowd at the "Envision Arts & Culture KC" kickoff meeting in January 2013.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts is a woman who’s been a formidable presence in Kansas City’s art scene since the early 90s. 

Pat Jordan is best known for leading the revival of the 1912 Gem Theatre on 18th and Vine.   She’s also opened galleries and organized arts programs for youth. The Missouri Arts Council recently recognized Jordan’s contributions by awarding her the “Leadership in the Arts” award.

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Performance
12:55 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

[VIDEO] Annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball Held In Kansas City

Katie Morris, Irish Dancer.
Julie Denesha KCUR

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday that takes place every March 17 – and it’s been embraced widely in America by descendants of Irish immigrants. Kansas City's celebration began early this year with the annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball.

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The Living Room's Minimalist 'Carousel' Revived At KC Rep

The cast of 'Carousel'
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel is revered by many for its artfully woven tapestry of story, song and dance  -  including Time magazine, which in 1999 named it the best musical of the 20th century. Currently at Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a re-creation of a production that premiered nearly two years ago at a downtown performance space, where Carousel was viscerally staged in a way that both respected the material and deconstructed it to pieces.

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Central Standard
6:36 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Eat This!

Food can be fun, but the issues surrounding food can be perplexing and polarizing.  The new play, Eat This! from UMKC professor Stephanie Roberts explores these contentious issues using 12 actors playing 50 different roles.

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Performance
5:13 am
Wed February 27, 2013

UMKC Theatre's 'Eat This!' Explores Journey From Farm To Plate

UMKC theater students Logan Black, Alisha Espinosa, and Jamie Dufault play a farmer, a conflicted eater, and a chef.
Courtesy UMKC Theatre

With the growth of the local food movement and a rise in urban farming, Kansas City diners are increasingly discriminating about what goes on their plates. Yet a good number of people don't delve any more deeply into their meal other than what's tasty and convenient.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Good People

Economic struggles, loyalty to friends and endless hopes of coming out on top in America. Those are the central themes of the play Good People, a 2011 Tony Award nominee for best play.  It recently was presented in St Louis, and now has a debut in Kansas City at the Unicorn Theater


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Performance
5:02 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Kansas City Residents Inform And Inspire KC Rep's 'Waiting For You'

Michael Rohd and Rachel Chavkin, co-directors of KC Rep's "Waiting for You
Steve Walker KCUR

It's not often that two different theater companies with roots on both coasts converge in Kansas City. Yet that's the case this month at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The TEAM from Brooklyn and Sojourn Theatre Company with connections to Portland, Oregon are mounting what's called a developmental production of a new play based on interviews over several months with many Kansas City residents.

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Dance
5:30 am
Thu January 31, 2013

[VIDEO] 'A Modern Night' Highlights Local Choreographers

City in Motion Dance Company rehearses "Fractals"
Julie Denesha KCUR

Choreographer Andrea Skowronek says after she creates a new work, she steps away and lets it have a life of its own. She says it then "becomes the dancer’s piece."  The annual event called "A Modern Night at the Folly” celebrates local choreography and dancers, brought together for one night of dance on the Folly stage.

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Opera
5:27 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Composer Kirke Mechem On Realizing What Opera Could Be

Composer Kirke Mechem, Murphy Hall library, University of Kansas.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Composer Kirke Mechem grew up in Topeka, Kansas, but he's lived in San Francisco since 1963. He says he still considers himself a Midwesterner: "You can take the boy out of Kansas, but you can never take Kansas out of the boy."

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

'BlackTop Sky' Marks Young Playwright's Homecoming

Playwright Christina Anderson
Maggie Elliot Unicorn Theatre

The world premiere of the play BlackTop Sky, opening this weekend at the Unicorn Theatre, marks a homecoming for its author.

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Performance
9:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'Housebreaking' Reveals A Family At A Breaking Point

Siblings Magda (Missy Fennewald) and Chad (Bryan Moses) talk in the kitchen.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The dysfunctional family is an often-mined subject for drama, from the early Greeks to the present. The play "Housebreaking," by Jakob Holder, combines humor with an exploration of failed relationships and dreams.

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Performance
12:54 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

KC Rep Awarded Playwright Residency Grant

Joseph Moran Courtesy: The Juilliard School

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre on Thursday announced a $174,000 three-year playwright residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The award is one of 14 Mellon residency grants. The Rep tapped award-winning playwright Nathan Louis Jackson, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, to join the artistic staff.

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Performance
4:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

[VIDEO] The Ghostly Specters Of 'A Christmas Carol'

Mark Robbins, as Ghost of Jacob Marley, and Gary Neal Johnson, as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol opens on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve.

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Ron Simonian Takes Leap Of Faith With 'The Soul Collector'

Kansas City playwright Ron Simonian had his first play produced in 1992 in a warehouse in the Crossroads District.

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen'

Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy this year for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled "Homecoming" produced by Kansas City's KCPT and PBS Arts. The concert with the Kansas City Symphony at the newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a new disc out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Mystery Of Irma Vep

L to R: Mark Robbins (Lady Enid Hillcrest) and Ron Megee (Jane Twisden)
KC Rep

Mummies, ghosts, and werewolves - oh my!  The new production at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a real scream.


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Performance
5:35 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Projecting Emotion In The Lyric Opera Of Kansas City's 'Il Trovatore'

Under a full moon, Kirk Eichelberger, as Ferrando, tells the story of a Gypsy woman burned at the stake many years ago.
Julie Denesha KCUR

When it comes to the plot of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il Trovatore - which revolves around a love triangle, murder, and revenge - audiences are advised to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the music.

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Performance
9:04 am
Tue October 23, 2012

'Irma Vep' A Show Dependent On Clothes Encounters

In rehearsal, Mark Robbins, as Lady Enid Hillcrest, gives a disapproving look as Ron Megee, playing Jane Twisden, pours herself another hot toddy.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre's latest production, The Mystery of Irma Vep, features eight characters of both sexes, including the Lord and Lady Hillcrest, their maid and butler, and a couple of surprise visitors.

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Central Standard
6:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Aptly Named Gem Theater Celebrates 100 Years

The Gem Theater celebrates its 100th anniversary this month.
Downtown Council of Kansas City

It started as the Star Theater in 1912.  Back then it was a one-story building presenting silent films.  Just one year later it was renamed the Gem Theater.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Political Theater Gets Loud In 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'

Shea Coffman and Katie Karel in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
Cynthia Levin Unicorn Theatre

If there's not enough political theater in the run-up to the November elections, the Unicorn Theatre is offering a bit more with its production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the emo rock musical biography of America's seventh President. 

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Kansas City Rep Brings 'Pippin' Into The 21st Century

Kansas City cast members (in front, l to r): Katie Kalakura and Katie Gilchrist with Tony nominee Mary Testa and Claybourne Elder in KC Rep's "Pippin."
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The journey of a young prince is the subject of the musical Pippin, which opens the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's 48th season this week.

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