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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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Starlight's 'Flashdance' buffet serves classic American flavor with flare | examiner.com

Starlight's 'Flashdance' buffet serves classic American flavor with flare | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

What a feeling, or in this case, what a taste! Footloose-the Musical opens at Starlight Theatre as the third production of the year, and Plaza Catering, not just a “flash in the pan” creates a specially selected menu for the 1980s hit musical, new to the stage and on its way to Broadway.

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Folk Musicians Cathy and Dave | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper is joined by local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform the song "Skipping in the Mississippi Dew", written by John Hartford.

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UMKC Conservatory one step closer to moving downtown | KSHB

UMKC Conservatory one step closer to moving downtown | KSHB | OffStage | Scoop.it
UMKC is one step closer to moving its conservatory of music to downtown Kansas City after receiving a $20 million grant from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation.
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Performing duo Victor & Penny stop in KC between national tours | KCLive.tv

Performing duo Victor & Penny stop in KC between national tours | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling make up the popular duo of Victor & Penny. They describe their sound as Antique Pop and their music features an atypical instrument, the ukulele. They are back in Kansas City on a break from their national tour to support their album, "Side by Side".

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Kansas City Symphony reaches new, early, enhanced 3-year contract | examiner.com

Kansas City Symphony reaches new, early, enhanced 3-year contract | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

With the economy still stuck on hold and wages not rising much, money for the Arts is always a concern to those who work and enjoy the venues that bring art to the multitudes, with the Kansas City Symphony being one of those venues.

 

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A late starter at 17, area piano prodigy competes at a high level | KansasCity.com

A late starter at 17, area piano prodigy competes at a high level | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
A young Platte City pianist performs in the finals of an international competition. Will the experience launch her career as a concert pianist?
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Mizzou music festival offers free rides from Kansas City | KBIA

Mizzou music festival offers free rides from Kansas City | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Mizzou International Composers Festival annual music composition festival taking place this summer in Columbia is offering free transportation for a limited number of concert-goers from St. Louis and Kansas City.

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The Rocky Horror Show even better the second time | examiner.com

The Rocky Horror Show even better the second time | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

How do you improve on near perfection? The answer is simple, see The Rocky Horror Show a second time at Off Center Theatre in Crown Center. The cult classic turned forty on opening night in June and was a hit. Steven Eubanks, the Artistic Director for Egads Theatre, directs this rock musical that not only improves with time, but apparently with every performance. This has become one of the funniest and sexiest shows produced in Kansas City.

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KC teen inspires others through dance | KMBC

After a friend was shot and killed, Markqus Alder decides to step in a positive direction -- and he's using dance to inspire other young people to do the same.
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KC Rep Announces Theatre’s New Executive Director | UMatters

KC Rep Announces Theatre’s New Executive Director | UMatters | OffStage | Scoop.it

Seasoned theatre executive Angela Lee Gieras will join the Kansas City Repertory Theatre as its executive director. The newly created position will provide additional leadership as the Rep prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2014 and will support the Rep as it continues to strengthen its position as a leading regional theatre. Gieras will begin her new position on August 1.

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Maplewood Barn | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper talks to ALLYSSA HUSKEY about Maplewood Barn Theatre's Children's Camp, for ages 5-12. Registration ends July 11!

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Starlight Welcomes Broadway Actresses Home | Starlight

Starlight Welcomes Broadway Actresses Home  | Starlight | OffStage | Scoop.it

Performing at Starlight this summer is a homecoming for Broadway actresses Haley Hannah (Flashdance - The Musical) and Lisa Karlin (Disney's The Little Mermaid). Both actresses grew up in Johnson County, performed at various local theatres including Starlight, and trained at Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice.

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Theater Lawrence hits grand slam with 'Ragtime-The Musical' & new location | examiner.com

Theater Lawrence hits grand slam with 'Ragtime-The Musical' & new location | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Ragtime, a musical based on turn of the century America and based on a best-selling novel by E. L. Doctorow, that continues for a limited run of 10 performances
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Jewel Alvarado's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:53 AM

How neat! I would like to watch this

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Jefferson City Little Theatre | Paul Pepper

SHERRIE HOWSER, talks about the great shows happening at Jefferson City Little Theatre, starting with "Anything Goes" in August.

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Young Arts Patron | KC Studio

Growing up in Kansas City, Tuesday nights in the summer meant Starlight Theatre. It still remains my favorite family outing — going out to dinner, and then watching a Broadway show under the stars in the cool summer breeze. Every time I step into Starlight I can feel the magic come alive, whether I’m watching Les Misérables or The Wizard of Oz – it’s a place I walk away from singing the tunes for days and days.

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'Flashdance The Musical' hits the stage at Starlight Theatre | KCLive.tv

'Flashdance The Musical' hits the stage at Starlight Theatre | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

It's been 30 years since the movie "Flashdance" took America by storm. Now a new musical based on the film is coming to Starlight Theatre.

 
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Legendary Lawrence fiddler Billy Spears dies | LJWorld.com

Legendary Lawrence fiddler Billy Spears dies | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Billy Spears, the Lawrence fiddler who influenced numerous local musicians and toured the country playing Western swing and country, died Saturday. He was 82.

 

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Vladimir Horowitz’s Steinway Available For All To Play | KCUR

Vladimir Horowitz’s Steinway Available For All To Play | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

For six decades, classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed for concert audiences around the world. Horowitz died in 1989, but the Steinway grand piano that accompanied him on tour...is still touring North America.

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If you’re coming to Columbia… | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

If you’re coming to Columbia… | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

If you’re coming to Columbia for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival, you can still take advantage of a festival discount at one of our participating hotels.

 

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Theatre Lawrence announces new season for new location | examiner.com

Theatre Lawrence announces new season for new location | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

With a newly completed theater facility, Theatre Lawrence announces their lineup for the 2013 – 2014 season, with musicals comedies and dramas all in-store for patrons.

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Sexual tension, revenge, and manipulation characterize 'Dangerous Liaisons' | examiner.com

Sexual tension, revenge, and manipulation characterize 'Dangerous Liaisons' | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
A wicked game of sexual trysts, plotting, revenge, and manipulation comes to Kansas City in the form of a new production opening soon at The Barn Players Theate
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Kansas City Repertory Theatre announces 2013-14 season | examiner.com

Kansas City Repertory Theatre announces 2013-14 season | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

He performed the memorable Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Ol’ Man River" from Showboat with feeling, passion, and emotion, yet Paul Robeson’s personal life and struggles separate themselves from normality of fame and fortune and serve as the premier production for the Kansas City Repertory Theater’s 2014 season.

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Mission hosts world famous bass virtuoso for workshop at SM North | Prairie Village Post

Mission hosts world famous bass virtuoso for workshop at SM North | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

“He is the greatest living bass player in the world easily, and arguably the greatest for all time.” That’s how Johnny Hamil describes Francois Rabbath, the Syrian-born Parisian who is in Mission this week for an extraordinary bass workshop. For one week, Mission becomes the most important city on the continent — if you play the double bass.

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Westport Historical Society offers film on Tom and Harry | Midtown KC Post

Kansas City has some interesting historical figures, including Tom Pendergast and Harry Truman. Now the two come together in a new documentary by local filmmaker Terence O’Malley called “Tom and Harry: The Boss and the President.”

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