SHATTERED DREAMS: JOHNSON MAKES ROLE DEBUT IN AMERICAN CLASSIC
Gary Neal Johnson is one of Kansas City’s most respected actors, best known as Scrooge in the KC Rep’s A Christmas Carol. But his experience has ranged widely, and he is currently performing his first Willy Loman in the Rep’s Death of a Salesman, directed by artistic director Eric Rosen. We had an intriguing chat with Gary about the show, and below is an excerpt of that conversation.
DUTCHMAN ADRIFT: Lyric Opera embarks, finally, on mythical Wagnerian journey
If you really want to know who Richard Wagner is, The Flying Dutchman is a good place to start.
GETTING WITH THE PICTURE: Lyric production of early Wagner milestone has ups and downs
The Flying Dutchman is a tricky opera to get one’s head around, let alone bring to the stage, partly because its mythical story can easily come off as simplistic. A young girl, Senta, grows up infatuated with a fantasy-man whose portrait hangs, inexplicably, in her family’s living room.
MAN OF THE HOUR: Ballet Master is in charge of getting the KCB’s Nutcracker onto the stage
There’s one person you won’t see onstage in the Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, even though he is perhaps the most important element in putting the whole thing together.
REVIEW: The Kansas City Ballet’s durable Nutcracker opens to acclaim
The Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker remains fresh partly because of a continual infusion of new talent that permits the production to evolve in subtle ways. For the 2012-2013 season nearly a third of the company dancers are new (eight out of 28), and though the premiere on December 1st was as sure-footed as ever it included some fresh faces we hadn’t seen before in Todd Bolender’s Nutcracker.