Mid-century Rhythm & Blues keeps ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ jiving & entertaining
Mar31

Mid-century Rhythm & Blues keeps ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ jiving & entertaining

By Bob Evans For the season finale of the Black Reps initial season, Artistic Director Damron Russel Armstrong selected to mount the Broadway version of “Five Guys Named Moe,” a fast-paced musical full of music and dance that focuses on the Black music of the 20th Century. The story, weak at best, and almost non-existent, focuses on Nomax who has just broken up with his girlfriend and listens to the radio as he drowns his sorrows and...

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Delightful, fluffy musical entertains MTH audiences

By Bob Evans The play that became a movie, several times, and also a Broadway musical opened at Musical Theater Heritage’s main stage to standing ovations for the troupe of actors and musicians who brought the well-established, but hugely forgotten “She Loves Me” to Kansas City audiences. “She Loves Me” has been re-mounted three times after its original run on Broadway, most recently in 2016 and made its way into the hands of George...

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Carole King musical delivers glitz, dazzle, effervescence

By Bob Evans Who knew the way to the top of the Billboard Top 40 list could be so easy to achieve? “Beautiful–The Carole King Musical” delivers a family oriented evening of blockbuster songs written predominately by Ms. King and her husband/lyricist Gerry Goffin in the traveling production that opened March 28 for a one week run at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium in The Music Hall. “Beautiful” tells the rise to the top of Carol...

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Quality Hill be-bops into 1950s Doo-wop Era
Mar25

Quality Hill be-bops into 1950s Doo-wop Era

By Bob Evans Quality Hill Playhouse, the only venue of its kind in the Kansas City metro generally builds shows around the Broadway music of the Great American Songbook, but in a radical, fun, spirited departure from the norm, “Unchained Melody” brings the focus to the AM radio top 40 charts of the 1950s as that era ushered in the Doo-Wop sounds of the younger generation. T he music people listened to changed from the Big Bands of the...

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Whim Productions remounts Fringe show with added materials
Mar21

Whim Productions remounts Fringe show with added materials

A popular Fringe show from about 3 seasons ago, “Drunks” by Pete Bakely returns to the KC stage, this time in the Musical Theater Heritage small theaters for a limited run through March 31. “Last seen in the 2014 KC Fringe Festival, Drunks is an over-the-top play about the lengths people go to achieve success,” Kevin King of Whim Productions, said. “An actress desperate for relevancy, an actor aching for an Oscar, and a screenwriter...

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