Arts Corner

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

By Paul Horsley

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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 the Cathedrals; August’s best classical music in KC.

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IF YOU BUILD IT, WILL THEY COME? New choir amazed by local interest

By Paul Horsley
If you want to start a new chorus in Kansas City, you’re going to need a solid concept, some chutzpah, and boundless optimism. Jackson Thomas brought all of those things when he formed KC VITAs Chamber Choir last year, a chorus of top-flight singers that, after an astonishingly successful debut last year, will open the Summer Music at the Cathedrals series on August 7th at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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DECISIONS THAT STICK: Starlight production features local actress who made it big

By Paul Horsley
Once we’ve made tough life-choices, we either learn to live with them or experience the toxic effects of regret. Still, it’s only human to wonder sometimes what might have happened if we’d taken that “other path.”
One of the most daringly experimental pieces of theater in recent Broadway history, If/Then is a musical that explores two possible paths of a woman’s life: broadly speaking, one path toward love and family and the other toward a “big career.

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TALK TO ME: Summerfest fosters great music, ‘face time,’ innovations

By Paul Horsley
There are several reasons why Summerfest concerts have thrived for more than a quarter-century. They offer some of the best chamber music in town, performed by Kansas City Symphony musicians and friends, during a period in which there’s little other classical music going on locally. They play programs that balance light-hearted music with big masterworks: jazzy American works jousting with European milestones.

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ALL THAT JAZZ: New Theatre Restaurant brings top talent for Kander & Ebb classic

By Paul Horsley
Great works of theater can succeed in a multitude of formats. As long as the material is strong and you bring great performers and direction, a small show can be staged on a grand scale, or a traditionally lavish production can work on a small- or medium-sized stage. When the New Theatre Restaurant brings Chicago to its stage beginning July 7th, it will bring world-class talent to bear for an impact as powerful as anything you’ll see on a big stage.

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