The MTH Theater at Crown Center has announced the six productions that will make up its 2020 season.
The season will include timely re-imaginings, Tony Award winners, a regional premiere, an original revue, and their annual holiday production. The company is calling it the most “ambitious season-to-date.”
“We’re incredibly excited about our 2020 line-up. The shows we’ve selected are an excellent representation of what we strive to do at MTH,” comments MTH Executive Artistic Director Tim Scott. “We want to present American classics in a way that honors the heritage of musical theater while also re-examining shows with contemporary sensibilities.
MTH Theater at Crown Center’s 2020 Season (from the press release):
Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross
Arrangements by James Raitt
February 6 – February 23
The original jukebox musical, Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals ever written. This deliciously fun revue is full of classic harmonies, pitch-perfect melodies, and 1950s nostalgia.
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar
March 19 – April 5
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Carousel is the second musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and features one of the most glorious scores in musical theater history. MTHs production will feature a 12-piece orchestra, live on stage.
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
June 4 – 28
Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the original Broadway production, Chicago is Kander & Ebb’s legendary and award-winning musical about fame garnered through media headlines. Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
“Whats Going On: The Music of Motown”
An original revue in collaboration with Kansas City Motown/Funk Band
July 23 – August 16
This MTH original revue features the evolution of the Motown era, from the 1960s sounds of Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops to the 70s sounds of The Jackson 5 and The Supremes to the more contemporary sounds of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and beyond. More than just the iconic tunes, this Revue aims to demonstrate the impact Motown had, not just on popular music, but on American culture, as well.
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone
October 8 – 25
Titanic swept the Tony Awards in 1997. This new and updated chamber version includes new orchestrations designed to sound as if the score was being played by the musicians who made up the ships actual band, telling the gripping story of the ocean liner’s maiden voyage and tragic demise. A Kansas City premiere.
“A Spectacular Christmas Show”
December 3 – 23
MTH’s annual Holiday show has become a Kansas City tradition! An original Christmas revue featuring Holiday tunes from Musical Theater, innovative arrangements of Holiday classics and more!
Additionally, MTH will bring back “Musical Monday and Tuesday,” a musical showcase that highlights both show tunes and pop tunes. Scheduled dates are February 24-25, April 20-21, June 29-30, August 24-25, and November 2-3. Themes and artists will be announced at a later date.