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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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Missouri Film News for July/August | MOMMA

Missouri Film News for July/August | MOMMA | OffStage | Scoop.it

A Central Missouri location is popping up on screens across the country, courtesy of the horror comedy You’re Next. The film, the subject of much industry buzz, opened nationwide Aug. 23

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Symphonic First Friday At The Kauffman | The Vignette

Symphonic First Friday At The Kauffman | The Vignette | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Kansas City Symphony kicked off their Happy Hour, a monthly, free concert. During Happy Hour, the musicians perform a wonderful one-hour program of chamber music that will energize you for your evening gallery stroll.

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‘New York’ revisits 9/11, telling survivors’ stories | LJWorld.com

‘New York’ revisits 9/11, telling survivors’ stories | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Every now and again, a play comes along that is revealing not only in its subject matter but also in its performance. The writing of it and the performance of it open our eyes to things we only partially understood.

“This is a story I really wanted told,” says Patti Heiman, who’s directing Baker University’s new production of “New York.”

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Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis and Marilyn Maye celebrate jazz in up-and-coming festival | KansasCity.com

Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis and Marilyn Maye celebrate jazz in up-and-coming festival | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Prairie Village Jazz Festival, now in its fourth year at Harmon Park, is getting better all the time.
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Golf, sex and money are what it’s all about in ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ | KansasCity.com

Golf, sex and money are what it’s all about in ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The New Theatre serves up a physically handsome staging of Ken Ludwig’s golf-themed farce “The Fox on the Fairway” — a hit-and-miss script that is enlivened considerably by a talented cast, anchored by screen star Dyan Cannon.
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The Unicorn Theatre opens it's season with a sexy, humorous romp | examiner.com

The Unicorn Theatre opens it's season with a sexy, humorous romp | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The 40th season of the Unicorn Theatre began Saturday night on the Jerome Stage, with Venus in Fur an extremely funny and sexy play by David Ives.

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Starlight’s ‘Miss Saigon’ has a good cast but lacks excitement | KansasCity.com

Starlight’s ‘Miss Saigon’ has a good cast but lacks excitement | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Starlight Theatre on Saturday night unveiled a new production of “Miss Saigon” that could use more razzle-dazzle as it prepares to embark on a mini-tour.
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Kansas City Actors Theatre brings classic to life in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ | KansasCity.com

Kansas City Actors Theatre brings classic to life in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Eugene O'Neill’s “Long Day's Journey Into Night” is among the saddest — and greatest — American plays ever written. The Kansas City Actors Theatre does this masterpiece justice and then some in a production that runs through Sept.
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In Lieu of 1000 Words: The Project H and Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle | kcjazzlark

In Lieu of 1000 Words: The Project H and Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle | kcjazzlark | OffStage | Scoop.it

Consider the breadth and variety of jazz in Kansas City today, what you can hear from one night to the next.

Friday night, two weeks ago, Vine Street Rumble re-imagined the experience of hearing Bennie Monten’s orchestra (and other KC big bands) eighty years later in the neighborhood where Moten lived and worked.

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Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds | KCUR

Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
To celebrate the opening of the 2013-2014 season, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Ballet threw open their doors to scores of First Friday crowds
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Seminar, Love's Labour's Lost & More Set for UMKC Theatre's 2013-14 Season | Broadway World

Seminar, Love's Labour's Lost & More Set for UMKC Theatre's 2013-14 Season | Broadway World | OffStage | Scoop.it
Known for high-quality productions and successful collaboration with Kansas City theatre companies, UMKC Theatre announces its 2013-2014 season.
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Local musician leaves legacy for other musicians fighting for their lives | WDAF

Local musician leaves legacy for other musicians fighting for their lives | WDAF | OffStage | Scoop.it

Abigail Henderson, a well-known and well-loved musician in Kansas City, lost her five-year battle with cancer last week, but she’s leaving behind a foundation she started that helps fellow musicians who are battling illness. It all started as a fundraiser to help in her fight with breast cancer but now it’s Henderson’s legacy.

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Mid-America Arts Alliance | KC Studio

Mid-America Arts Alliance | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

Mid-America Arts Alliance is one of those organizations that is not easily definable. They are multidisciplinary, multidivisional, multidirectional and multiregional, but however the agency is classified, their fundamental goal is “More Art for More People.”

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Charlie Parker finds his musical voice during a stint in the Ozarks | KansasCity.com

Charlie Parker finds his musical voice during a stint in the Ozarks | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from a new biography about one of the creators of Kansas City’s jazz legacy, “Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker,” a car accident that leads to his heroin addiction and an alliance with saxophonist Buster Smith become the twin...
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Dyan Cannon hits a hole in one in The Fox on the Fairway | examiner.com

Dyan Cannon hits a hole in one in The Fox on the Fairway | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

If you're a golfer, you'll be familiar with some of the action in Ken Ludwig's golf-themed farce The Fox on the Fairway, as most of it takes place during a golf tournament between two country clubs, Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel.

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The Tallest Tree In The Forest | The Vignette

The Tallest Tree In The Forest | The Vignette | OffStage | Scoop.it

Theatre lovers rejoice – the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is now back in season.

The 2013-14 season kicked off with the world premiere of “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a new work about the life of African-American performer and activist Paul Robeson.

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Review: 'Spamalot' goofy, vibrantly ridiculous | cjonline.com

Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy’s “Spamalot” may be one of the most ridiculous musicals I have ever encountered (and we are talking about musicals, the theatrical fare notorious for an inherent sense of the absurd, so we are talking really, really ridiculous). This musical is goofy, flamboyant and totally inane — deliciously, vibrantly so.

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Starlight's 'Miss Saigon' brings horrors of past wars to new focus | examiner.com

Starlight's 'Miss Saigon' brings horrors of past wars to new focus | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
A Broadway blockbuster, Miss Saigon, opened Sept. 7 at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre for a one week run through Sept. 13 and brings the updated story and mode
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Unicorn Theatre’s ‘Venus in Fur’ takes a kinky look at gender roles | KansasCity.com

Unicorn Theatre’s ‘Venus in Fur’ takes a kinky look at gender roles | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Sex meets comedy meets the “Twilight Zone” in the Unicorn Theatre’s memorable production of “Venus in Fur,” a clever play by David Ives with fine performances by Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary.

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Hot temperatures, tunes mark 2013 Prairie Village Jazz Festival | Prairie Village Post

Hot temperatures, tunes mark 2013 Prairie Village Jazz Festival | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

Some of the hottest temperatures of the summer couldn’t dissuade Kansas City jazz fans from congregating on the Harmon Park hill Saturday for the fourth installment of the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

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UMKC Introduces “Movies About Making Movies” Film Series | UMatters

UMKC Introduces “Movies About Making Movies” Film Series | UMatters | OffStage | Scoop.it

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Communications Studies is turning the lens on movie making.

The department will kick off a ten-film series called “Movies About Making Movies” this September. The collection of feature and documentary films will showcase the challenges, triumphs, and failures behind the scenes of filmmaking.

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Roanoke Park Hosts A Diverse Celebration Of Dance | KCUR

Roanoke Park Hosts A Diverse Celebration Of Dance | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
A festive crowd gathered Saturday evening at Roanoke Park with blankets and lawn chairs for the 15th Annual "Dance in the Park" presented by City in Motion
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Your Prairie Village Jazz Festival primer

Your Prairie Village Jazz Festival primer | OffStage | Scoop.it

OK, time to get your Jazz Festival plan together. Check the map below to find everything you are going to need Saturday, from parking to beer.

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Midland Theater partners with Arvest Bank, changes name | KSHB

Midland Theater partners with Arvest Bank, changes name | KSHB | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Midland Theater will officially announce a new partnership with Arvest Bank on Wednesday.
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