Mike Alley

Mike Alley

World and Music Theatre Contributor

Mike Alley has been an arts and entertainment administrator, and performer, with industry affiliations that include the Carlsen Center of JCCC, The Theatre in the Park, the American Royal, Kansas City Ballet, Tiffanys Attic and Waldo Astoria Dinner Playhouses, the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, Missouri Arts Council, The New Christy Minstrels, the Barn Players, and Lenexa Arts Council.  

“Shall we dance” at Starlight

The gorgeous production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic "The King and I," now playing at Starlight Theatre, is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears.

“CATS” up close and personal

“CATS” is another step by MTH Theatre into full blown productions with complete staging and continuous choreography away from their initial “in concert” performance style with stand microphones.

Great songs and great singing “Time After Time”

Quality Hill Playhouse’s “Sinatra's Songwriter: The Genius of Sammy Cahn” is one of artistic director/pianist/emcee J. Kent Barnhart’s superb productions showing off the artistry (and craft) of songwriting, and...

“The Lion King” is majestic theatre

Disney’s "The Lion King," presented by Theater League, is an ingenious and stunning theatrical experience. If you love imaginative theatre, you must see it during its three-week run in...

The thunder of drums

It was a night of spectacle as TAO: Drum Heart brought Japanese Taiko drumming to Yardley Hall at JCCC.

Murder and mayhem with a side of pie

Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is simply superb – the best musical mounted by...

That “Old Black Magic” still casts a spell

That "Old Black Magic: Harold Arlen Brings in the Blues," the current cabaret at Quality Hill Playhouse, is a perfect example of the artistry (and craft) of songwriting, and...

Holiday brass

The Midwest Chamber Ensemble’s horns played a mixed program of seasonal selections.

Christmas in Song

Quality Hill Playhouse’s "Christmas in Song" is a serious evening of music, not less entertaining than previous years, just a more “serious” mix of sacred and secular Christmas songs...

From the heart

In this roiling era of discrimination and intolerance, the messages of acceptance and humanity in the Heartland Men's Chorus's fall concert was truly a welcome reminder of the truth...

A wondrous carnival ride

Stephen Sondheim’s twisted fairy tale “Into the Woods” is done well by the outstanding cast at MTH Theater at Crown Center.

John Cleese live!

It was a night of laughs at the Carlsen Center with “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on the big screen and a Q&A with John Cleese afterwards.

A rollicking good time

Starlight Theatre's production of "Kinky Boots" is a rock ‘n roll musical with heart, and is perhaps THE perfect show for the troubled times we’re in.
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