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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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Performance
3:38 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Cultures Collide In 'Madama Butterfly' At The Lyric Opera

The geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly, played by Elizabeth Caballero, reveals herself to Lt. B. F. Pinkerton on their wedding day in Nagasaki, Japan.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The tragic tale of love and betrayal marks the return of soprano Elizabeth Caballero to the Lyric Opera as the title character in "Madama Butterfly." Cabellero performed the role of Liù, a slave girl, in the Lyric's production of "Turandot" in 2011. 

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Central Standard
10:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Urban Empowerment Flash Mob

flickr / Aniket Thakur

It's not the first dance symbolizing a deeper message, but who knew one day we'd have something called the Urban League Slide?

On Thursday's Central Standard, we talk dancing, empowerment and flash mobs with Gwendolyn Grant of the Urban League of Greater KC.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

'Jeannie Out Of The Bottle'

barbaraeden.com

You may know her best for her starring role in I Dream of Jeannie, but Barbara Eden has been a working actor and entertainer for more than six decades.

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The Theater
1:42 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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The Theater
9:13 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Cathy Rigby: Finding The Magic In 'Peter Pan'

Captain Hook (Brent Barrett) tries to overpower Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby) in a fight rehearsal at Starlight Theatre.
Laura Spencer KCUR

When two-time Olympian Cathy Rigby retired from gymnastics at the age of 19, she started to pursue other career possibilities, including theatre. 

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Local Actors Moonlight In Other Artistic Careers

Cheryl Weaver in the American Heartland dressing room with some of her costumes for "BINGO: The Winning Musical".
Steve Walker/KCUR

Given the growing theater scene in the metropolitan area, professional actors can make a pretty good living here. But there is steady competition and there are down times between jobs.

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KC Fringe Festival
11:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

6 Tips For KC Fringe

The 8th annual KC Fringe Festival, a 10-day festival of cultural arts, kicks off this week.

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Dance
10:00 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director William Whitener
courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet announced late Friday that longtime artistic director William Whitener will step down at the end of the 2012-2013 season

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Thu June 21, 2012

US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors

Nordic Thunder
Alyce Henson

Air Guitar. It sounds like something you should only do in private, but it’s become an international phenomenon – a combination of sport, comedy, mime, and performance art, with ample hair tossing, fret scaling, and hip thrusting.

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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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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Living With Bipolar Disorder Feels 'Next To Normal'

Theater League

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.7 million Americans are affected by bipolar disorder, a mental illness accompanied by moods that can swing from deep lows to dizzying highs.

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Headlines
8:20 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Redistricting maps in Kansas could be decided in the federal courts.  The Missouri Senate passes a tax credit Bill.  It’s a daily digest of headlines form KCUR.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Broadway Actress' Route To 'Everyday Rapture'

Sherie Rene Scott in "Everyday Rapture" on Broadway
Joan Marcus

This week's opening of the musical Everyday Rapture at the Unicorn Theatre marks the first time it has been staged anywhere outside New York City. 

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Headlines
8:26 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Missouri Senate passes a budget restoring money to blind pensions and giving raises to some employees.  The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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The Theater
5:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Man-Eating Plant Rocks KC Rep's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Joseph Medeiros as Seymour.
Don Ipock Courtesy of Kansas City Rep

When first introduced in 1960, Little Shop of Horrors was a cheesy, low-budget movie about a meek floral shop apprentice who accidentally cultivates a man-eating plant.

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The Theater
9:55 am
Wed April 18, 2012

'Sweeney Todd' Brings Don Richard Back To Kansas City

Don Richard plays "Sweeney Todd"
Sharon Harter

With actor Don Richard's return to Kansas City in the starring role of Sweeney Todd, he's making a nostalgic visit back to the city where his career first took off.

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KC Two Step
12:05 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

De Barker: KC's Queen Of The Line Dance & The Two-Step

De Barker (right) teaches Kansas City Two Step.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

When it comes to line dancing, most people think of country & western dances like the Boot Scootin’ Boogie. But in African American communities all over the country, “soul” line dancing is everywhere—at wedding and retirement receptions, nightclubs and parties.

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Performance
7:52 am
Wed April 4, 2012

David Henry Hwang Honored At 2012 Inge Festival

Inge Theater Festival honoree David Henry Hwang
Lia Chang

 The four-day William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas includes dozens of plays, readings and workshops, and concludes with a salute to a particular playwright or composer.  

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Up to Date
2:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Once Slaves, Then Slaveholders: 'The Whipping Man'

Kyle Hatley and Michael Genet in "The Whipping Man", on stage at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre through April 8, 2012
Don Ipock

It's no coincidence that the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's newest production, The Whipping Man, is on stage around the time of the Jewish festival of Passover.

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The Theater
5:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

'Bus Stop' Staged In Lee's Summit Eatery

Jennifer Davis & Jon Pierson face off in "Bus Stop"
Steve Walker KCUR

It's been a decade since the Lee's Summit area has had its own community theater. A new company, called Summit Theatre Group, marks its debut with Bus Stop, the William Inge play set in a snowed-in roadhouse diner. 

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Up to Date
5:12 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win

Nick Heavican Virgin Classics

Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato just won a Grammy for best classical vocal solo and travels the world performing in opera houses far and wide as one of this planet's best-loved mezzo sopranos.

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