Theatre through mid-May

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” at Theatre for Young America; “Vietgone” at Unicorn Theatre; “Billboard Blockbusters” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Jack and the Bean Mágico!” at the Coterie Theatre; “OriginKC: New Works Festival” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “Annie Get Your Gun” at The Culture House; “Stealing Fire” at Lucia Aerial Performing Arts; and more.

Theatre for Young America
Goldilocks and the Three Bears B. Jones is Not a Crook
Runs through May 12, at H&R Block City Stage
For tickets, visit www.tya.org
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In this lively, musical version of the beloved folktale, Mama, Papa and Baby Bear lead a very green “ecologically correct” existence until their lives are disrupted by the intruder Goldilocks, a modern show biz kid from the city, and her two upscale and clueless parents. Baby Bear learns how to sing, dance and act from his new human friend and together they bring peace to their feuding families with music and dance.

Unicorn Theatre
Vietgone
Runs through May 13
For tickets, visit unicorntheatre.org
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In Vietgone, award-winning pioneer of “geek theater,” Qui Nguyen, brilliantly chronicles the love story of his parents’ meeting in an Arkansas refugee center after fleeing Vietnam. It’s a buddy story, an all-American romance, and a motorcycle road-trip adventure that revisits how we think about he heroes and victims of the Vietnam War. Vietgone skips through time and roams the globe with snarky humor, hip-hop, and lots of sex. It’s one ironic, foul-mouthed, bad-ass new play.
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Quality Hill Playhouse
Billboard Blockbusters
Runs through May 20
For tickets, visit qualityhillplayhouse.com
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Celebrate the days when radio was king and the whole country waited to find out which songs made the Top 40. Before earbuds and personal playlists, radio brought the American Songbook into people’s homes and lives. From “Your Hit Parade” to Casey Kasem, revisit the Number 1 Billboard hits from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, including songs made famous by Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, and Doris Day to The Carpenters, Billy Joel, and Simon and Garfunkel. Kansas City’s home to the finest local talent is proud to reunite Samantha Agron, Christina Burton, Tim Noland, and Robert Erik Sobbe, the cast of last year’s runaway hit UNCHAINED MELODY, with pianist/emcee J. Kent Barnhart for this all-new cabaret revue celebrating the best music of the mid-20th Century.

The Coterie Theatre
Jack and the Bean Mágico!
Runs through May 20
For tickets, visit thecoterie.org
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The Coterie presents an interesting new bi-lingual adaptation of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale that highlights the environmental aspects of the famous story. This delightful production is both bi-lingual and interactive! The classic fairytale, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is told with the audience’s help, who assist Jack as he climbs the beanstalk and emerges on the giant’s land. In the giant’s rich and fertile garden – where young audiences become tiny bugs to help keep the soil healthy – Jack uncovers the source of troubles with his own farmland and learns how to make it fertile again by understanding and balancing the life cycle. For Families with Ages 4-8.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre
OriginKC: New Works Festival
Runs through May 27
For tickets, visit kcrep.org
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The 2018OriginKC: New Works Festival, is Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s month-long celebration of new works and playwrights, with world and regional premiere productions of Brother Toad, Welcome to Fear City and Letters from Freedom Summer. Don’t miss the Festival Weekend (May 11 & 12) at Spencer Theatre (Friday) and Copaken Stage (Saturday), which will host new play readings, deep-dive arts panels, and celebratory parties.. This year’s staged readings include Unreliable by Dipika Guha (directed by Marissa Wolf) on May 11, and Frida…A Self-Portrait by Vanessa Severo (directed by Joanie Schultz) on May 12.

The Culture House
For tickets, visit http://culturehouse.getmytix.net/ticketing
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Annie Get Your Gun
Runs May 3 through 6, at MTH Theater at Crown Center
Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860–1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler (1847–1926). The 1946 Broadway production was a hit, and the musical had long runs in both New York (1,147 performances) and London, spawning revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions. Songs that became hits include “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly”, “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun”, “They Say It’s Wonderful”, and “Anything You Can Do.”

Snoopy! The Musical
Runs May 10 through 18, at The Culture House Stage and Studio at Oak Park Mall
Tuneful! Charming! Hilarious! Yes, SNOOPY!!! – the musical sequel to YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN – deserves each of its three exclamation points. Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the show sparkles with wit and warmth as it depicts life as seen through the eyes of Schulz’s unforgettable characters. Musical numbers include “Just One Person,” “Poor Sweet Baby,” “Don’t Be Anything Less (Than Everything You Can Be),” “Edgar Allen Poe” and “Daisy Hill.”

 

Lucia Aerial Performing Arts
Stealing Fire
Runs May 11 through 13
For tickets, visit https://luciaaerial.com
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Stealing Fire explores the Greek mythology of Prometheus through aerial and acrobatic arts. It follows Prometheus as she battles titans, creates mankind, and, of course, steals fire from the gods. Other familiar legends populate the show, such as Atlas, Hercules, and Pandora as their stories weave together around the protagonist through dynamic aerial dance.

 

One Night Only
Mesner Puppet Theatre
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star
Friday, May 4, 7 p.m.
For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-the-4th-be-with-you-a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-death-star-tickets-45107629133?aff=es2

What would have happened if George Lucas had turned is epic space saga into a musical puppet show? Find out this wacky puppet parody of the original Star Wars trilogy at Mesner Puppet Theater! Written by Curt Bright and adapted for puppet theater by Artistic Director Mike Horner, this musical tribute to Episodes IV-VI is the perfect way to celebrate May the Fourth

One Night Only
KC Burlesque
Burlesque & Variety Extravaganza and the Classic Performer Competition
Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., at Folly Theater
For tickets, visit http://follytheater.org/events/kcburlesque18/

The 8th Annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival is at it again! Experience the best in variety and burlesque with Fire, Aerial, Acrobatic, Sideshow, of course, Burlesque and MORE are prime for the first half of this extravagant show! *Adult Content Warning* Next, a handful of top competitors who have been chosen to perform accompanied by our live jazz band take the stage by storm! Our panel of judges will select the best performance and crown our 2018 Queen of the Kansas City Burlesque Festival! Don’t miss Kansas City’s ONLY live burlesque and jazz collaboration on the historic Folly Stage!

 

One Night Only
Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Las Arpias
Sunday, May 6, 6 p.m.
For tickets, visit http://www.arvestbanktheatre.com/events/detail/350364

Get ready for a great comedy night! A play full of laughter and suspense. After their successful tour in Mexico, Las Arpias finally arrive to the stages in the USA. These amazing and famous actresses will slowly drive you from a comedy set up into a suspenseful scenario. Come and enjoy this great play with the best and most beautiful actresses on the same stage!

 

One Night Only
Kansas City Public Theatre
An Unconventional Evening of Tennessee Williams
Monday, May 7, 7 p.m.
Free admission

Presented as part of KCPublic’s “First Mondays” series, this special event incorporates Brechtian and Japanese Noh Theatre traditions in harmony with two of Tennessee Williams’ more experimental one acts, performed in the non-traditional space of the Uptown Arts Bar.

 

One Night Only
Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour
Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m.
For tickets, visit http://www.arvestbanktheatre.com/events/detail/345936

Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants! is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

One Night Only
Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts
Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
Sunday, May 13, 7 p.m.
For tickets, visit http://tickets.kauffmancenter.org

Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur. Legal Immigrant, his latest cabaret show, features songs and stories of the Scottish-born performer’s life and loves in his adopted U.S. homeland, where he’s been a citizen since 2008. Alan Cumming won a Tony Award for his performance as the emcee in the revival of Cabaret and an Olivier Award for Accidental Death of an Anarchist. His portrayal of Eli Gold on television’s The Good Wife earned him Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. He has won more than 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, recognizing his contributions to the arts and LGBT equality.

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