Let’s roll the highlight reel for a breathtaking week in arts, ballet, music and theater in the Big Town – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 18-24:
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, will light up the KC arts scene with 7 performances this week, including:
- Lady of the Camellias – The Kansas City Ballet presents Alexandre Dumas’ tragic love story that inspired Greta Garbo’s Camille and Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge! The three final performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Sounds Relaxing: Refresh, a music and meditation event featuring the Kansas City Symphony and certified Relax and Renew® trainer Anita Bailey, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
- National Geographic Live presents Mark Synnott, a big wall rock-climber of the highest order. The adventure writer uses his skills to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. He will share stories and images of his travels at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kauffman Theatre.
- Music of Michael Jackson will be showcased by the Kansas City Symphony, guest conductor Brent Havens and vocalist James Delisco in two long-awaited performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, will feature 12 blazing shows this week including Victor & Penny at 7 p.m. Wednesday; and Rumblejetts Reunion with Tri County Band and Lloyd McCarter & The Honky Tonk Revival at 8 p.m. Friday.
MTH Theater at Crown Center stages two performances (in addition to those featured under Live Theater), including an evening of stories and songs with Joel Nichols at 7 p.m. Friday and a musical evening with Sara Sommerer at 7 p.m. Saturday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including five productions this week:
- Big Bands Are Better features the evolution of the Big Band era! Enjoy the sounds of the Great American Songbook live on stage with a 10-piece Big Band. A Big Band in a theater with only seven rows Performances runs through Sunday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- The Green Book Wine Show Train Trip – A twist on the “Negro Motorist Green Book” is presented through the unexpected time travel of five women from Missouri. Performances continue through March 2 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Penn Valley Park.
- The Mardi Gras Show – The music of New Orleans and Mardi Gras will be on display as this show features Grand Marquis, KC’s hottest roots, jazz, and blues band. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- Polkadots – This new musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot, the first Polkadot in an all Square school. Inspired by American civil rights history, this Theatre for Young America production runs through March 23 at City Stage at Union Station.
- School Girls – Jocelyn Bioh’s hilarious re-imagining of the Mean Girls story is a loving exploration of the real lives of young African women trying to negotiate the confusion of Western beauty ideals. The fun begins Friday and continues thru March 22 at the Copaken Stage of the KC Rep.