KC Studio reviews ASSASSINS

KC Studio reviews ASSASSINS

Robert Trussell, KC Studio – May 28, 2017

Musical theater can be sappy, commercial, retro or infantile, but now and then the venerable genre produces a show unlike any that came before.

Case in point: “Assassins,” a 1990 work from composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book-writer John Weidman, now receiving its first professional production in Kansas City via Spinning Tree Theatre. Even by present standards, “Assassins” rates as radical conceptual theater that dazzles with artistry and sheer audacity.

Read the Full Review

Read More »

Kansas City Star reviews ASSASSINS

Kansas City Star reviews ASSASSINS

Robert W. Butler, The Kansas City Star – May 27, 2017

With “Assassins” Spinning Tree Theatre delivers a first-class production of what may be Stephen Sondheim’s most problematic musical.

Less a plotted story than a sort of murderous minstrel show, “Assassins” — directed with huge dollops of creativity by Michael Grayman-Parkhurst — dives head first into the delusions and madness that drove individuals (some infamous, some mere footnotes to history) to kill or attempt to kill the President of the United States.

Read the Full Review

Read More »

Kansas City Star feature on ASSASSINS

Kansas City Star feature on ASSASSINS

Kate Miller, The Kansas City Star – May 22, 2017

“A recap of presidential assassins since John Wilkes Booth in 1865 doesn’t seem like the recipe for a great musical. But, as composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has said of his controversial ‘Assassins,’ ‘As far as I’m concerned, the show is perfect.’

“Spinning Tree Theatre artistic director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst agrees, which is why the 1990 musical is next on his docket, the first professional production of the show in Kansas City. However, when he scheduled this show he …

Read More »

2017-18 Season: Performance Dates and Times

2017-18 Season: Performance Dates and Times

Click Here
or call Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222

$140 per season ticket

Reserved prime seats to the performances of your choice. A $30 savings off buying Center single tickets to all 4 shows!

 

FINIAN’S RAINBOW (Sept 1-17)

Friday, September 1 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 2 at 2:00pm
Saturday, September 2 at 7:30pm  –  Reception following
Sunday, September 3 at 2:00pm

Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30pm
Thursday, September 7 at 7:30pm  –  Talkback following
Friday, September 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 9 at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 10 at 2:00pm

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30pm
Thursday, September 14 at 7:30pm
Friday, …

Read More »

2017-18 Season Tickets On Sale Now!

2017-18 Season Tickets On Sale Now!

2017-18 Season Tickets On Sale Now

$140 per season ticket

Reserved prime seats to the performances of your choice.

A $30 savings off buying Center single tickets to all 4 shows!

Read More »

Holiday Gift Certificates On Sale Now!

Holiday Gift Certificates On Sale Now!

Spinning Tree gift certificates are perfect for the holidays!
Treat your friends, family and co-workers to
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment (January 19 – February 5, 2017)
or Assassins (May 24 – June 11, 2017)

To order, call Spinning Tree Theatre at (816) 569-5277

Read More »

SHIPWRECKED! Tickets On Sale Now

SHIPWRECKED! Tickets On Sale Now

TICKETS Here
or call Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222

New production of an audience favorite! Original KC premiere by Spinning Tree in 2013. ‘The adventures of Louis de Rougemont – as told by himself’ was the publishing phenomenon of the 1890s. In his autobiography, which was serialized in Wide World magazine, Englishman de Rougemont described his incredible thirty-year adventure lost in the vast, unexplored wastes of the Australian outback. He sailed the high seas and met exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and an enormous …

Read More »

NINE Photos

NINE Photos

Vigthor Zophoniasson as Guido Contini conducting “Overture”

 

Vigthor Zophoniasson as Guido Contini

 

Lauren Braton as Luisa Contini

 

Judy Simmons as Guido’s Mother and Christian Harris as Young Guido

 

Angela Hagenbach as Liliane La Fleur with Ladies of “Folies Bergere”

 

Leah Swank-Miller as Carla Albanese

 

Taylor Harvey as Claudia Nardi

 

Ryan Tucker as Sarraghina

 

NINE pianists Pamela Baskin-Watson and Gary Green

 

The company of NINE

 

NINE photography by J. Robert Schraeder

Read More »

Feature: Kansas City Star on NINE

Feature: Kansas City Star on NINE

Theatre’s ‘Nine’ offers some firsts for Kansas City

by Harrison Hipp, The Kansas City Star

November 2, 2016

A week before the first dress rehearsal of “Nine,” cast members huddle around a piano wielded by Spinning Tree Theatre musical director Gary Green.

It’s an unusual group for a musical: All but one of the performers in the room are women.

“It is very rare to find so many strong female roles in a show,” says director Michael Grayman, explaining why he and Spinning Tree co-founder Andrew Parkhurst chose this Broadway …

Read More »

Meet the Cast of NINE

Meet the Cast of NINE

Vigthor Zophoniasson (Guido Contini) Spinning Tree: A Little Night Music, Master Class, The Fantasticks. Vigthor is a cross-over artist performing in opera, musical theatre and puppetry. Locally, he has appeared in shows for Quality Hill Playhouse, Theatre for Young America, Musical Theater Heritage, Chestnut Fine Arts, Springfield Regional Opera, Great Plains Theatre and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Recently, Vigthor appeared as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Last year, he made his professional directorial debut with The Legend of Sleepy …

Read More »