Pictured: Ensemble of The Coterie A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
December is, undoubtedly, one of the most festive times of the year and there is no shortage of art to celebrate the season, but that’s not all Kansas City has to offer this month. Check out Abigail Trabue’s eight shows to see and enjoy all the variety our thriving KC community has to offer.
December 7th – 24th. The holidays don’t get much holier than THE NUTCRACKER at Kansas City Ballet. This year’s production, fresh from their Lincoln Center engagement, promises to bring artistry and wonder to the Kauffman stage. KCB’s reimagined version debuted in 2015 and Artistic Director Devon Carney has given Kansas City a Nutcracker to call its own and is worthy of being a yearly family tradition. Click here to read the PerformInk critic’s pick review.
December 5th – 10th. The epic musical from Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg comes to the Music Hall as part of the Kansas City Broadway series for a limited engagement. With all new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the National tour of LES MISÉRABLES is sure to remind us why after 32 years this musical shows no signs of slowing down. Click here to read the PerformInk critic’s pick review.
December 1st – December 18th. Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died, and this former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Nina. If Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile his past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all – fatherhood.
Detroit Native Dominique Morrisseau’s new play is directed by Associate Artistic Director Nicole Hodges Persley, the production features Aishah Ogbeh as Nina, Lewis Morrow as Damon and Harvey Williams as Kenyatta. Click here to read the PerformInk critic’s pick review.
November 24th – December 24th. A PerformInk critic’s pick, this cabaret features Joseph Carr, LaTeesha McDonald Jackson, and Sarah LaBarr under the direction of Playhouse Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart who also serves as pianist/emcee. The ultimate holiday music celebration featuring favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “Christmastime Is Here, CHRISTMAS IN SONG is a Quality Hill Playhouse tradition that gets better each year.
December 7th – 23rd. This year’s all-new production will feature holiday music from the musical theater canon, holiday classics, and several original arrangements by MTH resident Music Director Jeremy Watson.
Directed by Associate Producer Tim Scott with choreography by Kenny Personett, the production features Taylor Avazpour, Katie Bartow, Sydney Benton, Amy Hurrelbrink, Lily Nicholas, Chris Owen, Fisher Stewart, Robert Erik Sobbe, and Morgan Walker.
November 7th – December 31st. A PerformInk critic’s pick, this faithful and imaginative rendition of a holiday favorite is perfect for kids of all ages and their grown-ups too. Featuring iconic Charlie Brown music from a live jazz trio, and a beautifully diverse cast, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is the perfect way to enjoy the season no matter what the age.
November 29th – December 23rd. Aaron Posner’s “sort of” adaptation of Anton Chekov’s THE SEAGULL, pits two tangled generations of star-crossed lovers against each other in the search for love and true meaning. With original songs, boundary-crossing innovation, and irreverent wit, Stupid Fucking Bird gives the finger to one classic play.
A co-production with UMKC Theatre and directed by Theodore Swetz, the show features Doogin Brown (CONRAD), Duncan McIntyre (DEV/MUSIC DIRECTOR), Heather Michele Lawler (MASH), Amy Billroth-MacLurg (NINA), Katie Gilchrist (EMMA ARKADINA), Brian Paulette (DOYLE TRIGORIN), and Robert Gibby Brand (DR. EUGENE SORN). Click here to read the PerformInk critic’s pick review.
December 8th – 17th. The musical version of the beloved story immortalized by Jimmy Stewart comes to Music Theatre Kansas City for two weekends only as part of MTKC PRO. The family-friendly A WONDERFUL LIFE also marks the inaugural production in MTKC’s new home, The B&B Live Theatre in Shawnee, KS.
Directed by Artistic Director Julie Danielson, the production features Tanner Rose, Elizabeth Reese, Max Brown, Jay Coombes, Zak Smith, Dee Dee Diemer, John Dwyer, Carlie Hollmann, and Don Arnott. With Dashawn Young, Carol Leighton, Nick Uthoff, Jessica Alcorn, Laura Jacobs, Lisa Marie Fiori, McKenna Neef, Matthew Alden Henrickson, Matthew McDowell, Jake Bartley, Ryan Dervin, Laura Henrickson, Julia Masterson, Ashley Hendricks, Julie Danielson, Holt McCarley, Vicki Hedger, Kyle Connolly, Andy Johnson, Adee Dancy, Andy Chapel, Daniel Craig, Chacko Finn, Jae Shanks, Jamie Leonard, and Dan Schmidt.