Theatre through July

“Hir” at Unicorn Theatre; “Cats” at Musical Theater Heritage; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; “Much Ado About Nothing” at Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; “Peter Pan” at Theatre for Young America; “Sinatra’s Songwriter” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Goosebumps - The Phantom of the Auditorium, The Musical” at the Coterie Theatre; “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” at Starlight Theatre; “Disney’s Newsies” at the White Theatre; and more.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Much Ado About Nothing
Runs through July 1, at Southmoreland Park
For more information, visit kcshakes.org
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Much Ado About Nothing returns to the Festival stage. Mark your calendars for June 12 – July 1, 2018 and join us in the park for another summer of FREE professional Shakespeare. Shows start at 8:00 pm. This romantic comedy has an indelible cast of characters that dazzles us with wit and confound us with absurdity. Visit kcshakes.org for more information about our annual production and upcoming events and education programs.

 

Theatre for Young America
Peter Pan
Runs through July 7
For tickets, visit tya.org
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This classic adventure begins in the quiet home of the Darling children and ends up in Neverland with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and a happy gang of boys and girls who never grow up. Danger, romance, magic and beauty appear and disappear like phantoms in a dream. Will these lost children stay lost or will they find the courage to grow up? J.M. Barrie created the character Peter Pan in a novel in 1902 and later a stage play titled Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, which premiered in London in 1904.

 

Quality Hill Playhouse
Sinatra’s Songwriter
Runs through July 8
For tickets, visit qualityhillplayhouse.com
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A cabaret tribute to the lyrical genius of Sammy Cahn, the man who penned nearly 100 of the songs that made Frank Sinatra “The Voice.” Behind the amazing voice of Frank Sinatra was the lyric-writing genius of Sammy Cahn. Sammy wrote for Sinatra – and Sinatra sang for Sammy. Their magical partnership resulted in 87 hits recorded by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” (and four Academy Awards for Sammy), including “All the Way,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “High Hopes,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” “Come Fly With Me,” and more. Lauren Bradshaw, Lauren Braton, and Joseph Carr will join J. Kent Barnhart and our piano, bass, drums, clarinet/saxophone combo for this thrilling cabaret revue tribute featuring some of the greatest music of all time.

 

The Coterie Theatre
Goosebumps – The Phantom of the Auditorium, The Musical
Runs through August 5
For tickets, visit thecoterie.org
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The beloved series from R.L. Stine comes to life on stage in a silly and spooky adventure that keeps the whole family in suspense until the final curtain. In this cartoony musical mystery that’s not too scary for the little ones, Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school’s new production of an old play about a phantom. Mysterious things start interrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone’s idea of a joke or is the Phantom real? A musical adventure ensues that will bring out your inner sleuth and keep everyone in suspense until the final curtain.

 

Starlight Theatre
For tickets, visit https://www.kcstarlight.com
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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Runs June 29 through July 1
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists!

Hairspray
Runs July 27 through August 4
Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, Hairspray takes you back to 1962 Baltimore, as 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair!) change the world…and still have time to win the boy she loves?

 

The Coterie Theatre and The White Theatre
Disney’s Newsies
Runs July 7 through 29, at The White Theatre
For tickets, visit http://thecoterie.org/performance/disneys-newsies
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The Coterie Theatre and the White Theatre at “The J,” the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, join forces to co-produce the Kansas City region’s first locally-produced production of Newsies. They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies tells the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

 

KC Fringe
Fringe Festival KC 2018
Runs July 19 through 29
For tickets, visit kcfringe.org
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The 14th annual Fringe Festival KC– where adventurous audiences meet adventurous artists. This 11-day explosion of unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts features performers and creators from all over- local, national and international. Fringe Festival KC is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region.

 

One Night Only
InterUrban ArtHouse
Dr. Sketchy’s LGBTQ Night
Friday, July 13, 6 p.m.
Tickets available at the door
For more information, visit http://www.interurbanarthouse.org/exhibition

Dr. Sketchy’s LGBTQ night and end of semester finale show features drag performers and models giving short performances and poses for an end of season live drawing session.  Tickets are $10 at the door. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition “Illuminating the Queer Experience” that exhibits the experiences and perspectives of artists from many facets of the Kansas City LBGBTQIA community, and provides a welcoming platform to share their stories with those in and outside the queer community.