Pictured: Adrianna Hicks (Celie) and the North American tour cast of THE COLOR PURPLE. Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2017.
With the holiday show season in the rearview mirror, the new year brings an eclectic batch of exciting productions, and Managing Editor Abigail Trabue has her top picks sure to kick the Winter blues.
A PerformInk critic’s pick, well known Kansas City actor Jan Rogge steps into the role of director for Gardner McKay’s romantic comedy about a fisherman from a remote Irish island who falls in love with a woman he’s seen only once. This “beautiful snapshot in time” features “perfectly matched” Darren Kennedy and Cinnamon Schultz. SEA MARKS continues KCAT’s mission to bring renowned-but-unperformed writers to Kansas City audiences and this is one not to miss. SEA MARKS runs January 10th – 28th.
Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning story, and winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE is the moving story of a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. With a score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE National Tour plays for a limited engagement, January 16th – 21st, as part of Kansas City Broadway Series.
The 7 p.m. show may be sold out, but there are still tickets available for this comedic icon’s 9 p.m. Co-creator and star of the most successful comedy series in the history of television, SEINFELD, his latest project is the critically-acclaimed web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” can be seen on Crackle, at comediandsincarsgettingcoffee.com and coming soon to Netflix. His stand-up show comes to Kansas City for one night only on January 19th.
This Kansas City premiere centers around a woman who stood at the center of American style for over 50 years, Diana Vreeland. This one-woman show features Cheryl Weaver as the fashion doyenne, who as editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Café Society, chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. Directed by Doug Weaver, FULL GALLOP runs January 26th – February 11th.
Directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s Director of New Works Marissa Wolf, CURIOUS INCIDENT follows the story of Christopher, an exceptionally intelligent teenaged boy who is ill-equipped to deal with the pressures of everyday life. After he falls under suspicion for killing a neighbor’s dog, Christopher sets out on a mission to discover the real culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, and adapted by Simon Stephens from the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME features New York-based actor Jamie Sanders alongside a powerhouse Kansas City cast. Performances start January 26th – February 18th.
Part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere with People’s Light and Horizon Theatre, Unicorn’s production of PROJECT DAWN features an all-female cast of 7 actors playing 14 characters on both sides of a radical new courtroom experiment. This new work from playwright Karen Hartman explores the thin line separating freedom from incarceration, and takes you inside the real-life Project Dawn Court in Philadelphia. PROJECT DAWN run January 24th – February 18th.
The first line-up in Starlight’s 2018 Indoor Series, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY is a hilarious roast of some of The Great White Way’s biggest hits, including PIPPIN, WICKED, KINKY BOOTS, and THE BOOK OF MORMON. Presented indoors on Starlight’s heated Cohen Community Stage House, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY only sticks around for one week, January 30th – February 4th.