Live! Onstage in May and June

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As the weather warms up, outdoor theater joins the roster of Kansas City stages. Check out these productions, ushering in (no pun intended) Summer in our City.

Theater League

Now through May 21 | The Coterie

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical! Too late — The Coterie in Crown Center presents this family musical comedy featuring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs and feathers and a script by Mo Willems, who wrote the best-selling book series. Tickets at www.thecoterie.org.

Now through May 21 | Quality Hill Playhouse

KC favorites Becky Barta, Matt Leisy, Tim Noland and Alison Walla Phillips share the best duets from Broadway, accommodated by the ever-entertaining J. Kent Barnhart. Tickets at www.QualityHillPlayhouse.com.

Now through June 2 | New Theatre Restaurant

All the excitement, energy and thrills of the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll return again to Overland Park, as Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins give it all they got one snowy December eve. There’ll be a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” for sure. Tickets at www.newtheatre.com.

May 2 – 21 | Spencer Theatre

KC Rep winds up its season with a new take on the classic J.M. Barrie tale, directed by Rep Artistic Director, Stuart Carden. Bold, budding scientist Wendy Darling dreams of earning a Nobel Prize when — wouldn’t you know it — Peter Pan arrives at her bedroom window once again. Facing down fairies, mermaids and the dastardly Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter, Tiger Lily and the gang discover the power of standing up together for what’s right. Even better — there’s flying! Tickets to the show on the UMKC Campus at www.KCRep.org

John Robyns brings him home in Les Miserables. (photo by Danny Kaan)

May 2 – 7 | Music Hall downtown

Victor Hugo’s classic tale of faith and redemption, a Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, returns for a weeklong engagement. Tickets at www.broadwayinkc.com.

May 2 – 12 | City Stage in Union Station

Theatre for Young America revisits Carol Colloid’s beloved tale of a puppet that comes to life in this new family musical adaptation in the comic style of Italian Commedia Dell’Arte. Brightly colored costumes, hilarious slapstick antics and sing-along musical numbers enhance the timeless tale of a lonely puppet maker who carves a make-believe son out of wood. Tickets at www.tya.org.

Payton Reilly as Sandy Lester and Drew Becker as Michael Dorsey in the National Tour of Tootsie. (photo by Evan Zimmerman for Murphymade)

May 19 – 21 | Starlight Theatre

Based on the hit Dustin Hoffman comedy, this laugh-out-loud love letter to the theatre tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. A “joyful delight” praised the Washington Post for this hilarious new musical. Tickets at www.starlight.org.

May 24 – June 11 | City Stage in Union Station

Adapted by award-winning playwright Kate Hamill, Jane Austen’s touching tale of life, love, struggle and hope touches all the emotions of the original novel, while adapting it for a 21st- century audience. Featuring KCAT stalwarts Chioma Anyanwu, Teisha Bankston, Hillary Clemens, Coleman Crenshaw, Karla Fennick, Phil Fiorini, Jerry Mañan, Carla Noack and Christina Schafer, this “Little Women” is “an ingenious compassion of Alcott’s novel that is by turns funny and painfully poignant” (The Wall Street Journal). Tickets at www.kcactors.org.

The cast of Aladdin perform Arabian Nights on Broadway. (photo by Deen van Meer at Disney)

May 30 – June 4 | Music Hall downtown

The eye-popping Disney movie gets its own non-stop Broadway musical treatment, featuring a brilliant score by the gifted Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. It’s “a whole new world” of musical theater fun. Tickets a www.broadwayinkc.com.


June 15 – July 9 | Music Theater

The tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success — while secretly yearning for her own — features a celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. Starring Broadway favorite Star and TikTok sensation Tina Maddigan as the unforgettable Mama Rose. Tickets at www.musictheaterheritage.com.

June 20 – 25 | Starlight Theatre

With lyrics and music by Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar recounts the extraordinary series of events surrounding the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. The legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.” Tickets at www.kcstarlight.com.

June 27 – Aug. 6 | The Coterie

The world premiere of this adaptation of the beloved movie musical features Leslie Bricusse’s original songs from the film, including Academy Award-winner “Talk to the Animals.” The kids will love the story of an eccentric country physician who sets out to change the way animals are treated and understood in the world. Tickets at www.thecoterie.org.

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