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Paul’s Perspective

HOT TOWN: Best in Summer Music, Theatre & Dance

By Paul Horsley These days the arts scene during KC’s summer is about as active as it is during the regular season. Plus you don’t have to dress up. Here are our some of our tips for the warm months. . MAY Through June 11: Kansas City Actors Theatre: The Realistic Joneses; Will Eno’s haunting […]

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TOP THIS, KC: Our Spring 2017 picks for some of the hottest events in music, dance, theater, jazz and more

By Paul Horsley . FEBRUARY 8-19: Theater League/Kansas City Broadway Series; The Phantom of the Opera; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multiple Tony Award-winning hit now tours in a new version by Cameron Mackintosh; ALSO: March 8-April 2: Beautiful; May 2-7: 42nd Street; May 30-June 4: Fun Home, which won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. […]

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BEST OF FALL: Some must-see events from now through December

By Paul Horsley . AUGUST Through August 21: Musical Theater Heritage; Next to Normal; The multiple Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey stars Ashley Pankow and Ben Gulley, among others. Crown Center. 816-221-6987 or mthkc.com. Through August 28: Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Summer Music at […]

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SPRING FORWARD: Arts groups go all-out to vie for KC audiences

By Paul Horsley Local organizations in music, theater and dance are bringing you the best that the world, and Kansas City, can offer. Here are some events to make a note of. JANUARY 29-February 21: Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Diary of Anne Frank; This Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation incorporates some new information about the young […]

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FALL BOUNTY: Performing-arts groups offer quality, class, adventure

By Paul Horsley We may be a tad hidebound in our cultural tastes at times, but here in KC we do a lot of things right and we don’t put on airs about it. Here are some Fall highlights to watch for. AUGUST 20-September 5 Spinning Tree Theatre; West Side Story; This plucky young company […]

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SUMMER IN THE CITY: KC arts flourish in the heat

By Paul Horsley We selected some of the best KC summer events in music, dance and theater. JUNE Through 14: Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; The Full Monty; The outrageous comedy concludes the group’s season. 816-569-3226 or metkc.org. Through 14: Moonshine Variety Co.; Mother Freaking Hood; This musical comedy celebrates the joys and challenges of being a […]

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WORTH LIVING FOR: Ten favorite moments of 2014 in KC music, dance and theater

By Paul Horsley NOTE: Since having to file my “Top 10” for the year 2014, I heard a concert Saturday (Dec. 6) featuring Park University faculty and students that was without question one of the best chamber-music performances I’ve ever heard. (And I’ve heard a lot.) At the risk of seeming “insider” (full disclosure: I […]

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JOLLY HOLIDAY: Local performing-arts groups make the season glitter and glow

By Paul Horsley The season is upon us! To help you plan your holiday arts schedule in advance, here’s an early list of some of the highlights of the literally hundreds of concerts, theater productions, church programs and other important events happening between now and the end of the year. There’s no better way to […]

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: OUR PICKS FOR THE FALL OF 2014

By Paul Horsley Kansas City is becoming one of the coolest cities in the U.S., at least from a performing-arts standpoint. Looking for ideas for your busy arts season? Here are some top events, which taken as a whole make you realize you really don’t have to live in New York or Chicago after all: […]

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