Meet the “Black Pearl Sings!” Team

Meet the “Black Pearl Sings!” Team

Frank Higgins (Playwright), Nedra Dixon (Pearl Johnson), Walter Coppage (Director), Vanessa Severo (Susannah Mullally)

 

Frank Higgins (Playwright) is the author of the plays Black Pearl Sings and The Sweet By ‘n’ By, the latter produced with Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. His play The Taste Test will be produced in June in Kansas City at the Just Off Broadway space in a co-production by Phoenix Theatre and The Melting Pot Theater. In July the Coterie Theatre will workshop his new play for young audiences Born Blue: The Diary …

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Meet the Cast of “Black Pearl Sings!”

Meet the Cast of “Black Pearl Sings!”

Nedra Dixon as Pearl Johnson

Nedra is thrilled to make her Spinning Tree Theatre debut as Pearl in Black Pearl Sings! In addition to the honor of performing at The White House, the Kennedy Center Honors, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden, Nedra has received critical acclaim as a “triple threat” performer, director, and choreographer in numerous venues on Broadway, Off Broadway, National tours, and regional theaters. She’s played roles as varied as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar to the ditzy gun moll Erma in …

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Spinning Tree named Best of 2014 in Kansas City Star

Spinning Tree named Best of 2014 in Kansas City Star

Lauren Braton, a superb singer, has evidently found her artistic home at Spinning Tree Theatre, where she was handed two opportunities to demonstrate her acting ability. She was hilarious as the Countess in “A Little Night Music,” which featured strong performances throughout. (Melinda MacDonald’s performance of “Send in the Clowns” was stunning.)

Then Braton played a very different role in Spinning Tree’s fall production of “Violet,” the delicate musical about a disfigured young woman’s odyssey across the South to be healed by a televangelist. Braton dug …

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“Fiddler on the Roof” Tickets on Sale Now

“Fiddler on the Roof” Tickets on Sale Now

Buy Tickets HERE – or Call (816) 569-5277

Buy Tickets HERE – or Call (816) 569-5277
 
Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm (Preview Performance)
Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm (Preview Performance)
Saturday, April 25 at 8:00pm (Opening Night)
Sunday, April 26 at 2:00pm
 
Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30pm
Thursday, April 30 at 7:30pm
Friday, May 1 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 2 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm
 
Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm
Friday, May 8 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 9 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 10 at 2:00pm
 
TICKETS – General Admission*

$40 Center Section
$27.50 Right/Left Sections
$15 Student i.d. (call 816-569-5277 to …

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“Black Pearl Sings!” Tickets On Sale Now

“Black Pearl Sings!” Tickets On Sale Now

Buy Tickets HERE – or call (816) 569-5277

Buy Tickets HERE – or call (816) 569-5277

Friday, March 6 at 8:00pm (Preview Performance)
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00pm (Opening Night, Reception to follow)
Sunday, March 8 at 2:00pm
 
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30pm
Thursday, March 12 at 7:30pm (Talkback following performance)
Friday, March 13 at 8:00pm
Saturday, March 14 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 15 at 2:00pm
 
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30pm
Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm (Talkback following performance)
Friday, March 20 at 8:00pm
Saturday, March 21 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00pm
 
 

TICKETS – General Admission*

$35 Center Section
$25 …

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“West Side Story” announced for 2015-16 season

“West Side Story” announced for 2015-16 season

On Nov 8, 2014, we shared with our “Violet” opening night audience that we are producing WEST SIDE STORY in our 2015-16 season.

Spinning Tree Theatre founders Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst have a rich history with the show. Michael worked with Jerome Robbins & Arthur Laurents on the 40th Anniversary Broadway Tour, and Michael & Andy met while performing on the 40th Anniversary European Tour, staged by original cast member Alan Johnson. They performed in a total of 9 professional productions of WEST SIDE STORY.

Michael …

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NPR Director’s Cut on “Violet”

NPR Director’s Cut on “Violet”

KCUR FM’s Steve Walker sat down with “Violet” directors Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst to discuss the Kansas City premiere of the award-winning musical.

Read the full article and see rehearsal footage HERE

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“Violet” review: KCMetropolis.org

“Violet” review: KCMetropolis.org

Spinning Tree Theatre directors Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst have a knack for producing unusual theatre. They combine the best of Kansas City’s actors and musicians with cool venues and often quirky or edgy material. The fact that they’ve only been around for four seasons hasn’t fazed them at all. They have never shied away from a challenge, and Violet presents more than one kind of challenge, both to the producers and to the audience.

Violet tells the story of a young woman travelling …

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“Violet” review: The Pitch

“Violet” review: The Pitch

It’s 1964 when a young woman sets off on a long road trip — a pilgrimage, she calls it. We go along as the play named for its title character recounts that journey. As travel often teaches us, the excursion is at least as important as the destination. Spinning Tree Theatre’s Violet bears that out — it’s a trip well worth taking, for its heroine and for us.

Based on Doris Betts’ story “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” Violet was first staged off-Broadway in 1997. The musical, by …

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“Violet” review: The Kansas City Star

“Violet” review: The Kansas City Star

It’s tough to imagine a production of “Violet,” a musical by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Brian Crawley, with more committed performances than you’ll see at Just Off Broadway Theatre.

This production from Spinning Tree Theatre makes for a remarkable two hours.

I saw the Broadway version with Sutton Foster in the title role last spring. Athough respectably done on every level, the show felt chilly and distant. Tesori’s dynamic score signals at the outset that this musical is supposed to generate heat. The Spinning Tree show, …

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