Editor’s Weekend Calendar Picks, August 16 – 19

Time for weekend calendar picks from KC Studio editor Alice Thorson! This weekend only, see the spellbinding sequel to the classic musical Phantom of the Opera at Starlight Theatre. Opening tomorrow, see Spinning Tree Theatre‘s production of the 2015 musical adaptation of Daddy Long Legs, running through September 2nd. Saturday night, Northeast Arts KC presents another Summer Dusk free concert in Concourse Park with Slim Hanson & The Poor Choices. Also Saturday night, enjoy music food trucks, exhibition tours and more at Kemper Museum’s 4th annual block party. And Sunday afternoon, Summer Music at the Cathedrals continues with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at Grace & Holy Trinity. For more events this weekend, visit Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.

Love Never Dies

August 14, 2018 – August 19, 2018
Starlight Theatre

The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time that has been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and won over 50 international awards.

The year is 1907. It is 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, and he has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives among the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. While he has finally found a place for his music to soar in this new, electrically charged world, the Phantom has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.

Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Her marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling, and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give.

In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul and their young son, Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them.

Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production that takes audiences on a thrilling roller coaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful and, occasionally, melancholic score.


August 17, 2018 – September 2, 2018
Just Off Broadway Theatre

Spinning Tree Theatre proudly opens the 2018-19 season August 17 – September 2 with the Kansas City premiere of Daddy Long Legs, the 2015 Off-Broadway musical based on Jean Webster’s 1912 novella. With book by John Caird (original director, Les Misérables) and music and lyrics by Paul Gordon (composer, Jane Eyre), Daddy Long Legs won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

Daddy Long Legs tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott of the John Grier Home and her mysterious benefactor who agrees to send her to college if she will write him one letter a month. Jerusha refers to him as “Daddy Long Legs” after seeing only his elongated shadow.

Spinning Tree Artistic Director and Co-Founder Michael Grayman-Parkhurst: “Daddy Long Legs feels like a perfect Season Eight opener. This romantic musical is full of heart, wit and hope – a charming tale with a contemporary feel. Our audiences love it when we produce new chamber musicals, and we have a feeling Daddy Long Legs is going to quietly thrill.”

Summer Dusk Free Concert Series

August 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm | Free
Concourse Park

Join us for FREE Live Music every 3rd Friday This summer at the Colonnade building in Concourse Park. (JFK Memorial) St John and Gladstone Blvd. KCMO

In case of RAIN- we will perform at 2657 Independence Blvd.

Aug 17. SLIM HANSON & THE POOR CHOICES Original honky tonk country.

Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. Family Friendly. This is an OUTDOOR event for the family

Kemper Museum Annual Block Party

August 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm | Free
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kemper Museum’s fourth annual block party features music, food trucks, exhibition tours, family activities, a Museum Shop trunk show, and an outdoor movie to close the evening. Celebrate the debut of the Museum’s newest year-long installation by artist Paul Henry Ramirez.

Summer Music at the Cathedrals

August 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm | $20
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

This August, we continue the tradition of sharing a series of Sunday afternoon concerts at 2 p.m. with our neighbors at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m., music Director William Baker & the 150-voice Summer Singers of Kansas City join with soloists Sarah Tannehill Anderson, David Adams and Robert McNichols in Carl Orff’s spectacular Carmina Burana, one of the most popular musical masterworks of the last century. The performance will be the composer’s scoring for two grand pianos, five percussionists and a plethora of exciting instruments. The Summer Singers of Kansas City is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is a member ensemble of the William Baker Choral Foundation. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students, and $5 for children 17 and under. For more information or to prepurchase tickets, please visit ChoralFoundation.org or the EventBrite site.

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