Ballet, ‘Beautiful’ & Disney ice queens to heat up Downtown

Disney on Ice, featuring all of your favorite characters will light up Downtown beginning Wednesday at the Sprint Center.

The Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty; the theatrical presentation of the Carole King’s musical gifts and the Disney on Ice queens will highlight a heart-melting week of arts and entertainment in Downtown KC.  Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening – Monday, March 27 to Sunday, April 2:

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart features your favorite animated characters from the Disney / Pixar vaults, including Dory, the Disney Princesses, Anna and Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, and many more. Disney on Ice will perform nine times over four days – beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday until the closing show at 5 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center.

Folly Theater will light up Downtown this with week with two memorable performances, including:

  • Anne Sophie Muttercalled “the undisputed queen of violin-playing” by The Times (London), Mutter has reigned as one of the world’s most acclaimed violin virtuosos for more than three decades. She will perform at  violinist-in-recital for the Harriman Jewell Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Joyce Yang – Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. The Friends of Chamber Music presents this magical evening, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday

The Kansas City Ballet performs ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ beginning Friday at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six amazing performances over four days this week, including:

  • You Had Me at CelloThe Kansas City Symphony presents a free, happy hour performance that features two Piazzolla tangos arranged for cello quartet, plus Schubert’s String Quintet. Cash bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • The Kansas City Ballet much-anticipated presentation of The Sleeping Beauty opens on Friday for seven performances in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. (See below for more information.)
  • Sacred Choral Works of Duke Ellington – These rarely-performed works will be brought to life by the Kansas City Chorale and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for one night only! The critic Gary Giddins has characterized these pieces as “Ellington bringing the Cotton Club revue to the church.” This special event will unfold at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall.

Midland Theatre will be smokin’ hot this week with two huge shows, including:

  • Bring Me the Horizonone of the UK’s biggest metal acts, will rock Downtown – featuring Underoath and Beartooth – beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Paula Poundstoneone of America’s foremost comics and a regular on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, will light up the Big Town at 8 p.m. Friday

The Sleeping Beauty – This romantic and tender tale makes its Kansas City debut with glittering dances, vibrant storybook characters and one of the most beloved grand pas de deux in all of ballet. The Kansas City Ballet presents the Tchaikovsky masterpiece over eight performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday, April 9 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit opens Saturday and continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

Beautiful – the Carole King musical – arrives on Tuesday for dreamy six-day-stay in Downtown KC.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Presented by Broadway Across America, Beautiful opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Music Hall.
  • Constellations: This spellbinding, heartbreaking love story removes the boundaries of time and space, delving into the infinite possibilities of a couple’s relationship to reveal how the slightest change in conversation might send you down an entirely different path. Star-filled performances continue through Sunday at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage.
  • She Loves Me – With music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), this classic 1964 Broadway, was revived in 2016 Broadway and earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical! She Loves Me is widely considered the most charming musical ever written. It continues through Sunday, April 9 at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Silent Movie (jazz) Sessions –  This new performance series fuses the silent movie genre with live jazz artists performing original and improvisational compositions. Presented in the MTH Studio Theater and Cinema, the jazz quartet is led by Joey Panella and features Nate Nall on trumpet and flugelhorn, Eddie Moore (of The Outer Circle) on keyboards and synths,  and Brian Steever on drums and percussion. The Silent Movie for this session is the 1920 horror classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Unchained Melody – Take a romantic trip down memory lane in this cabaret revue featuring the melodies of the 1950s and the unique American sound known as “doo-wop”. The melodies begin continue through Sunday, April 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.