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Christmas arrived early this year for Kansas City Repertory Theatre. A Christmas Story, The Musical!, which had its world premiere at the Rep in 2009, today was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. “As a producing partner of the Broadway production, all of us at the Rep are elated for the success and national visibility that A Christmas Story, The Musical! has brought us,” said the Rep’s artistic director Eric Rosen, who directed show’s 2009 premiere and a 2010 production in Seattle.
Lanford Wilson's “Burn This” invites the audience to dive headlong into a world of raw emotion, insoluble grief and explosive passion. It is far from a perfect play, but it has vitality and provides great material for talented actors.
The UMKC Conservatory last Friday at Union Station’s City Stage presented “Night in a Museum,” an expertly crafted selection of scenes from various operas chosen by the performers. It was directed by Marciem Bazell, with light piano accompaniment by students Richard Jeric and Jonathan Young.
Which brings us to three of AMC’s previous old guard – former C.E.O. Peter Brown, Frank Rash and Doug Stone – who’ve founded a new company called DinePlex International. And yes, it involves the moviegoing experience, but no, not the way you’re used to it.
The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, which is celebrating its 25th season, will hold its season finale concert, “Victory and Triumph,” on Sunday, May 5. The concert, which will be held in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on Park University’s Parkville Campus, begins at 3 p.m.