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Concert Review | Symphonic Dances, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin | KC Symphony

Concert Review | Symphonic Dances, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin | KC Symphony | OffStage | Scoop.it

Opening nights for a concert or subscription often serve to set the tone for the rest of the season. Themes to be explored, focus composers, emphasis on a certain era are introduced to the crowds, providing a taste of evenings yet to come. The opening weekend concerts of the 2013-14 Kansas City Symphony were a prime example.

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Standing ovations welcome KC Symphony's 2013-14 season opening - examiner.com

Standing ovations welcome KC Symphony's 2013-14 season opening - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City Symphony opened the 2013 season with a world renowned violinist, Stefan Jackiw, who returned to perform with KCS Oct. 4-6 where he playted Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64.

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'Trumpet Summit' CD showcases KC's finest - Columbia Daily Tribune

Among the recorded arrivals a little more than a week ago was a self-produced endeavor titled "A Kansas City Trumpet Summit" (3-Valve Music). A Post-it note attached to the shrink wrap simply said, "Hope you enjoy!
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Gretchen Parlato’s eccentric grooves give way to a sweet lullaby - KansasCity.com

Gretchen Parlato’s eccentric grooves give way to a sweet lullaby - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Singer Gretchen Parlato and her trio opened this season’s Folly Jazz Series on Saturday night.
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Egads! Theatre Company’s ‘Carrie’ is more a soap than a thriller - KansasCity.com

Egads! Theatre Company’s ‘Carrie’ is more a soap than a thriller - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Director Steven Eubank has built a reputation in Kansas City as the reigning king of camp, but theatergoers who check out “Carrie the Musical” looking for cheap laughs may be disappointed. The reason is simple: For this show Eubank plays it straight.
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Egads! Theatrical Company scores a hit with 'Carrie: The Musical' - examiner.com

Egads! Theatrical Company scores a hit with 'Carrie:  The Musical' - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Egads! Theatrical Company stepped out of their customary productions on Oct. 4, with their opening of Carrie: The Musical at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center. Egads, generally known for the humorous and campy musicals such as Evil Dead: The Musical and the Rocky Horror Show, has proven with this production that they have a flare for the dramatic.

 

 

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University Theatre version of “Dracula” strives for more authenticity | Lawrence.com

If you want to play the title role in Dennis Christilles’ new adaptation of “Dracula,” you’d better be prepared not to have a lot of stage time.
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UMKC’s “Seven Guitars” is a disappointment - University News

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“Seven Guitars,” while filled with talented actors and boasting fantastic production value, ended up being a visually beautiful disappointment. No amount of design could solve problems with the script.  The play goes nowhere, circling around and around issues it never directly handles. more...

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Quality Hill Playhouse opens on top of the charts with 'Your Hit Parade' - examiner.com

Quality Hill Playhouse opens on top of the charts with 'Your Hit Parade' - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
With the voices of J. Kent Barnhart, Lauren Braton, Molly Hammer, Kathryn Long and Tim Scott on stage it was easy to see who the winner would be, the audience.
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Barn Players "Spring Awakening" review by tcclarke1 | KC Stage Reviews

Every now and again, a show will come along that will really WOW you. Ever since it's inception, Spring Awakening has been that show for me. Each production I see brings something different to the plate, and The Barn Players is no exception. Comparisons to the Coterie's recent production are inevitable, but luckily both shows shine independently of one another.

 

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Opening Night Reviews | Lyric Opera

Read what people have to say about Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of The Capulets & the Montagues!
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Red Badge Variations updates notions of wartime courage - The Pitch

Red Badge Variations updates notions of wartime courage - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
At the Coterie, Red Badge Variations riffs on Stephen Crane's iconic Civil War novel to capture a realistic (but teen-friendly) glimpse into the lives of five soldiers deployed during the war on terror.
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Few missteps in Living Room’s production of ‘The Mistakes Madeline Made’ - KansasCity.com

Few missteps in Living Room’s production of ‘The Mistakes Madeline Made’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Meriwether’s “The Mistakes Madeline Made,” making its local debut in a crisp production at the Living Room, is a taut piece of seriocomic writing that wastes few words in its exploration of grief.
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Review: Columbian's 'Little Shop' offers pre-Halloween treat - cjonline.com

Review: Columbian's 'Little Shop' offers pre-Halloween treat - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
WAMEGO - Those searching for a pre-Halloween treat with more goofiness than gore will find it in "Little Shop of Horrors," the musical comedy spoof of 1950s science-fiction movies playing through Oct.
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World of moods finds a 'Home' on MU jazz CD - Columbia Daily Tribune

World of moods finds a 'Home' on MU jazz CD - Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
On its new double LP, the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band proves it is settling into a groove. That doesn't mean the band's material or sense of creative motion is growing stale — far from it.
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Pianist opens Friends season with enigmatic blend of expression and head-scratching | KC Independent

Pianist opens Friends season with enigmatic blend of expression and head-scratching | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

Clear and mild with occasional light, gusty winds. A weather forecast, perhaps, but this could also serve as a description of Vladimir Feltsman’s recital on September 27th at the Folly Theater, the opening of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 38th season. It was a low-key affair, with flashes of brilliance and no small measure of the sharp musical insights for which the great Russian-born American pianist is known.

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KC Symphony delivers a stirring tribute, then stunning talent - KansasCity.com

KC Symphony delivers a stirring tribute, then stunning talent - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
There’s always something special about the opening night of a new season for the Kansas City Symphony, but Friday night’s concert at Helzberg Hall was especially memorable.
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Kansas City's The Living Room presents "Mistakes Madeline Made" - examiner.com

Kansas City's The Living Room presents "Mistakes Madeline Made" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The new production at The Living Room, The Mistakes Madeline Made gives audiences something to laugh about as the absurdity of the situation keeps getting more and more out of line as the story progresses.

 

 

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Barn Players "Spring Awakening" review by eplatt228 | KC Stage Reviews

The first time you experience a show, you hope that you can somehow recapture that experience again and again. Spring Awakening presented by The Barn Players is truly a gem of community theatre.

 

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Quality Hill scores TKO with barrage of consecutive hits in "Your Hit Parade" - examiner.com

Quality Hill scores TKO with barrage of consecutive hits in "Your Hit Parade" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

An evening of jam-packed entertainment through music awaits all that attend the current production at Kansas City’s Quality Hill Playhouse for their show, Your Hit Parade, featuring the music of 1935-1957, from the radio and TV show.

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The Rainmaker weathers well at MET - The Pitch

The Rainmaker weathers well at MET - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Are we defined by the way we see ourselves or by the way others see us? That's one of the questions inherent in N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, now onstage at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
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True love travels a treacherous road in ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ - KansasCity.com

True love travels a treacherous road in ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Rarely will you see a sicker — or more poignant — love story than in Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries. Director Sidonie Garrett serves up an impressive bare-bones production of this two-character dark comedy at the Fishtank Performance Studio, where actors Heidi Van and Chris Roady bring this bizarre and touching tale to life.

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Barn Players "Spring Awakening" review by SwizzleStick | KC Stage Reviews

While watching the Barn Players production of Spring Awakening, I had to keep pinching myself to remind me where I was. Was I at the Barn? No, surely I was at the Rep or somewhere highly professional! But, no, I was at the Barn!

This show is a stunner. Eric Magnus has put together the real package here, from set to lights to costumes to musical direction to the choreography to his own staging and then, of course, the wonderful cast. Wow.

It really makes a big difference to have live musicians so perhaps it is unfair to compare this production to the one recently at the Coterie. But they are light years apart, this one being far, far superior. If you read this before the show closes, do yourself a favor and go see it.

 

 

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Playing at the Blue Room, saxophonist Miguel Zenón echoes Charlie Parker - KansasCity.com

Playing at the Blue Room, saxophonist Miguel Zenón echoes Charlie Parker - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Even before Miguel Zenón was awarded the MacArthur Grant, also known as the “genius grant,” in 2008, his intellectual curiosity and technical mastery had made him one of the brightest figures in jazz.
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