NOT TO BE MISSED: SPRING 2012’S TOP 25 EVENTS IN MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATER
January 6th-February 9th: Beer for Breakfast (American Heartland Theatre). Four buddies plan a weekend hunting trip, only to have one of the wives show up instead of her husband. What ensues is a sort of battle of the sexes “country-style,” with plenty of wit.
January 20th-26th: Yo-Yo Ma, cello (Kansas City Symphony).
OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES: KC BALLET PRESENTS FINE ‘NUTCRACKER’ IN KAUFFMAN CENTER
The production of The Nutcracker that the late Todd Bolender created for the Kansas City Ballet is 30 years old this year, but at the opening performance on the afternoon of December 3rd it had a bright new look. That’s partly because it was being presented for the first time in the Kauffman Center’s state-of-the-art Muriel Kauffman Theatre, after languishing in decrepit downtown halls since 1981.
REVIEW: IBSEN, VERDI AND BACH—Weekend offers treats, challenges, oddball moments
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of Peer Gynt must count as one of the loopier local theatrical experiences in recent memory.
GET A MOVE ON: Ballet program includes works new and old, and some surprises
Ten strongly lit dancers dressed in soft hues stood downstage, perfectly spaced across the stage. One by one they stepped diagonally out of formation, legs scissored, one arm out and one back, until they formed a sort of human zigzag. Gradually each peeled off in a circular pattern and rushed upstage. All in total silence.
STRATFORD ON THE MISSOURI: Chorale, Shakespeare Festival present lyrical tribute
“If music be the food of love, sing on.” Thus the Bard might have written his famous line from Twelfth Night if he had heard the Kansas City Chorale singing works set to his poetry. This week the Grammy Award-winning Chorale performs a whole program of music set to, or inspired by, the greatest poet in the English language.