Arts Corner

IF THE SLIPPER FITS: Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’ also features local premiere of essential Prokofiev score

By Paul Horsley
Yes, the Kansas City Ballet will be mustering enormous forces for its production of Victoria Morgan’s magnificent Cinderella that opens here May 9th, with the 28-member company, the six apprentices of KCB II and some 90 children from the Ballet School. But at the center of this maelstrom is something audiences might not initially appreciate: Live music played by the Kansas City Symphony in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre pit.

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TOMER AT THE BAT: Lyric Opera’s ‘Fledermaus’ director talks about opera, comedy and a life in the theater

By Paul Horsley
We tend to think of Die Fledermaus as a champagne-soaked romp filled with catchy tunes and the infectious dances for which Johann Strauss, Jr., is known. But the piece has a darker side. Dr. Falke is miffed, mightily miffed, at his friend Eisenstein for leaving him drunk on the public square—dressed in a dopey bat costume—for all the Sunday-morning crowds to mock.

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RUSSIA, GERMANY, BRITAIN AND BEYOND: Harriman series brings pianistic giant for a second visit

By Paul Horsley
His playing has been called “blistering” and “arrestingly novel” and he has been declared “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century.” But Yevgeny Sudbin, who performs on the Harriman-Jewell Series on April 26th, does not concern himself with such things. His focus is on his lifelong passion and obsession: music. Not that the Russian-born British pianist, the offspring of talented pianists living (at the time) in old St.

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