While the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts brings national and international performances to the community throughout the year, the nonprofit organization also is committed to showcasing local artists and
Composer and improviser, phonographer and performer, Shawn E. Hansen works outside: outside of convention, outside of expectations, and, sometimes, literally out-of-doors, outside the realm of the traditional concert stage or
With the spontaneity of a spirit moved, the Soweto Gospel Choir honored the centenary of Nelson Mandela with songs of hope and resistance, songs born of struggle, during its finely woven performance at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall on Friday. A backdrop of banners displaying the colors of South Africa, the performers beautifully costumed […]
MTH Theater at Crown Center offers up lively entertainment packaged around a history lesson in a spirited, scaled-down production of “Show Boat,” the 1927 classic by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Director Jeff Church assembles a talented company to bring the story to life and George Harter, MTH founder, serves as emcee and history […]
It’s been six years since Lyric Opera of Kansas City last staged Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” its 10th production of the 1904 opera in the company’s 61 year history. The performance on opening night in Kauffman Theatre made a strong case for the continuing endurance of the opera. The production was majestic, the cast strong […]
Strong performances elevate the Spinning Tree production of “The Nance,” Douglas Carter Beane’s 2013 comic drama that offers a sobering look at what it meant to be a gay man in New York some 80 years ago. I saw the original Broadway production of “The Nance” a few years back so let me say up […]
The doors have reopened on the renovated, historic Folly Theater. The first-floor lobby and shareholders lounge display revitalized finishes, furniture and lighting. A new curved bar area and ticket counter, inspired by design details in the original lobby and theater, allow patrons to flow through the space more comfortably. New floor tiles continue into the […]
And so it is that Late Night Theatre again brings its caustic sensibility to the late musical pop icon known as Prince. The new show, “Purple Reign: Party Like It’s 1499,” continues a tradition established in the 1990s, when actor/director/writer Ron Megee and a band of like-minded theater outlaws started doing original material that took gleeful broadsides at pop culture and gender assumptions.