Spinning Tree Sings! August 22

Spinning Tree Sings! August 22

Join the cast of our 2016 production of “13” for a very special night of song!

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

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LADY DAY August 11-28, 2016

LADY DAY August 11-28, 2016

TICKETS click here or call (816) 235-6222

directed by Andrew Parkhurst
music direction by Gary Green

It’s midnight in March of 1959 at a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s final appearances, just four months before her death. In between funny and heartbreaking stories about her life and career, “Lady Day” sings her most beloved songs including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Crazy He Calls Me,” “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit.” “By the end, one is filled …

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NINE November 3-20, 2016

NINE November 3-20, 2016

starring Vigthor Zophoniasson, Lauren Braton, Judy Simmons
featuring Devon Barnes, Taylor Harvey, Ashley Otis, Leah Swank-Miller, Ryan Tucker
directed by Michael Grayman
music direction by Gary Green
choreography by Andrew Parkhurst

Based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film “8 ½” and originally directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune, NINE focuses on celebrated filmmaker Guido Contini. Facing a midlife crisis – and without a subject for his newest film – Contini feels heightened pressure from the women in his life. Composer and lyricist Maury Yeston: “The great secret of NINE is that …

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SHIPWRECKED! January 19 – February 5, 2017

SHIPWRECKED! January 19 – February 5, 2017

featuring Bob Linebarger

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 man-eating octopus. Or did he? This …

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ASSASSINS May 24 – June 11, 2017

ASSASSINS May 24 – June 11, 2017

directed by Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst
music direction by Gary Green

Widely considered the most controversial musical ever written, Stephen Sondheim’s landmark ASSASSINS premiered off-Broadway in 1990 at Playwrights Horizons, and won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. A unique vision of America told through its villains instead of its heroes, ASSASSINS imagines the meeting and interaction of 4 successful and 5 would-be presidential assassins from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

May 24 – June 11, 2017 at Just Off Broadway …

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Meet the Cast of “Amadeus”

Meet the Cast of “Amadeus”

Robert Gibby Brand (Antonio Salieri) Spinning Tree: Ghost Writer. Most recently seen in A Soldier’s Tale with Owen/Cox Dance, Emilie and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail with Metropolitan Ensemble. A familiar presence on Kansas City stages, Bob has worked at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Unicorn, The Coterie, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Quality Hill Playhouse and New Theatre Restaurant. He looks forward to I Do, I Do at the Chestnut Theatre and being the very model of a Modern Major General in The Pirates …

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2016-17 Season Announcement

2016-17 Season Announcement

Spinning Tree Theatre proudly announces our 6th season of plays and musicals

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL

By Lanie Robertson. Starring Nedra Dixon.

It’s midnight in March, 1959 at a small Philadelphia bar, 4 months before the death of Billie Holiday. A play with more than a dozen iconic songs including “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” along with salty and often humorous reminiscences of the artist’s life, LADY DAY stars Nedra Dixon (Spinning Tree’s BLACK PEARL SINGS! 2015) …

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KCUR Spotlights “13”

KCUR Spotlights “13”

Kansas City’s Teenage Cast of ’13’ Gets Intensive Broadway Training

by Steve Walker, KCUR 90.1FM

February 19, 2016

What does it mean to be an American teenager? That’s been a question posed everywhere from The Catcher in the Rye to Huckleberry Finn. It’s also the subject of the Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of the musical 13, a show about adolescents — with a cast made up of nineteen of them.

At a recent rehearsal for the company’s production of 13, sets are under construction and the musical director is tinkering …

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REVIEW: KCMetropolis on “13”

REVIEW: KCMetropolis on “13”

Anthony Rodgers of KCMetropolis reviewed the February 13 performance:

Sings like teen spirit

Spinning Tree Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway musical “13” at Just Off Broadway Theatre with an extraordinary cast of local teenagers seeking to tell adults and kids alike how hard life can be growing up.

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REVIEW: The Pitch on “13”

REVIEW: The Pitch on “13”

Deborah Hirsch of The Pitch reviewed the February 13 performance:

Spinning Tree’s diverting 13 reawakens your inner teenager

Those early teenage years you’ve safely filed away in your brain’s hard drive? Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of 13 calls them up for you. The good news: The play lets you watch others work their way through those socially awkward and painful years in an astute and funny musical — the entertainment enhanced by that remove.

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