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Honors: Shawn E. Hansen

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

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Much Rejoicing: Soweto Gospel Choir Honors Nelson Mandela in Kansas

Much Rejoicing: Soweto Gospel Choir Honors Nelson Mandela in Kansas

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 […]

“Show Boat” in Context: Timeless Music and Tough History

“Show Boat” in Context: Timeless Music and Tough History

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 […]

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Arts News: Preserving “The Folly Experience”

Arts News: Preserving “The Folly Experience”

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 […]

Prince Gets the Late Night Treatment

Prince Gets the Late Night Treatment

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.

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