The Pitch Reviews “West Side Story”

The Pitch Reviews “West Side Story”

September 1, 2015

Deborah Hirsch, The Pitch

I confess I’m biased: I’ve always loved West Side Story. Fortunately for me — and for anyone else who cherishes the 1957 musical — Spinning Tree directors Andy Parkhurst and Michael Grayman do, too.

They met while appearing in a European tour of West Side Story in 1998. Grayman had worked under original choreographer and director Jerome Robbins (who won a Tony for this work) and Arthur Laurents, who wrote the book. They have both performed Robbins’ steps, and now they’ve …

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BroadwayWorld Reviews “West Side Story”

BroadwayWorld Reviews “West Side Story”

August 24, 2015

Steve Wilson, BroadwayWorld.com

I did not see David Copperfield in the audience, but there was magic on the stage. (Michael) Grayman and (Andrew) Parkhurst assembled 30 of the most talented performers in Kansas City to produce WEST SIDE STORY with an all-local cast. Phenomenal is the one word which best describes the Spinning Tree production. The beautiful choreography is breathtaking, each member of the cast performing in perfect synchronization with one another..

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Kansas City Star Previews “West Side Story”

Kansas City Star Previews “West Side Story”

Spinning Tree will stay true to Broadway in “West Side Story”

by Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star

August 21, 2015

When in doubt, trust your muscles.

That’s how Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst, founders of Spinning Tree Theatre, describe the most important resource for re-creating the most distinctive and rigorous Broadway choreography in history.

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KCUR Spotlights “West Side Story”

KCUR Spotlights “West Side Story”

Spinning Tree Theatre’s ‘West Side Story’ Puts a Spotlight on Local Talent

by Laura Spencer, KCUR 90.1FM

August 21, 2015

With its new production of West Side Story, Spinning Tree Theatre takes an intimate approach to a large classic musical.

It’s thought to be the first in Kansas City with an all-local, all-professional cast. And while maintaining the original choreography, two veteran cast members are putting their own stamp on it.

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Meet the Cast of “West Side Story”

Meet the Cast of “West Side Story”

 

Megan Herrera (Maria) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof. Local: Merchant of Venice (HASF), A Christmas Carol  and Carousel (KC Rep), South Pacific, Bernstein’s Broadway, and Hello Dolly! (MTH), The King and I (Metropolitan Ensemble), Carrie: The Musical (Egads!), The Death of Cupid (The Living Room); Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Unicorn). Stephens College, B.F.A. Theatre Arts. Megan is incredibly grateful to perform with this talented cast! Special thanks to her family, friends, and the Spinning Tree family for making a dream come true. www.meganherrera.com

 

Jacob Aaron Cullum (Tony) Spinning Tree: Hello Again. Local: King Lear (HASF), Cock (Unicorn Theatre), A Chritsmas Carol (KC Rep), Journey’s End (KCAT), The Buddy Holly Story (New Theatre), Red …

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“West Side Story” Single Tickets on Sale

“West Side Story” Single Tickets on Sale

TICKETS: CLICK HERE or call (816) 569-5277

 

TICKETS: CLICK HERE or call (816) 569-5277

Spinning Tree founders Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst have a rich history with WEST SIDE STORY (a combined 9 professional productions, including the 40th anniversary Broadway tour supervised by Jerome Robbins and Laurents), and are delighted to reproduce the original Robbins choreography with an all-local cast.

starring Megan Herrera, Jacob Aaron Cullum, Vanessa Severo and Kip Niven

directed by Michael Grayman & Andrew Parkhurst

musical direction by Gary Green

 

August 20 – September 5, 2015 at The …

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2015-16 Season Tickets on sale now

2015-16 Season Tickets on sale now

Buy Season Tickets and Save 25% (4 shows for the price of 3)!
$125 per season ticket
Call (816) 569-5277

4 great reasons to order season tickets:

Reserved seats. Choose any performance for each production. Season members are seated in the center section (subject to availability).
Free ticket exchanges. If you call at least 24 hours prior to originally scheduled performance, your seats will be exchanged for free (subject to availability).
Save 25% off single ticket prices for all four plays and musicals.
High-quality plays and fully-staged musicals featuring Kansas City’s finest …

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KCMetropolis reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

KCMetropolis reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29, 2015

Karen Hauge, KCMetropolis

“To Life! To Life!” To Spinning Tree!

Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a small town and its problems—small problems like the lameness of a horse, the pushiness of one’s long-suffering wife, and the marriageability of poor young women. But there are much larger issues lurking in the background of small Anatevka—discrimination, social unrest, and the mutable relevance of living one’s life according to the Good Book.

Just as the story of Fiddler captures big problems in a small …

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The Pitch reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

The Pitch reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29, 2015

Deborah Hirsch, The Pitch

Spinning Tree’s “Fiddler on the Roof” travels well through time

Fiddler on the Roof turned 50 last year, but the musical doesn’t show its age. Despite being steeped in traditions and, for most of us, an old and far-removed way of life, the story is so fundamentally human that it remains vibrant and contemporary. Its world isn’t so distant, in some ways, from our own.

Spinning Tree Theatre’s Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst have grabbed hold of the story’s essence and created …

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Kansas City Star “Fiddler on the Roof” review

Kansas City Star “Fiddler on the Roof” review

April 28, 2015

Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star

“Fiddler” works its will in thoughtful Spinning Tree production

The simple fact of the matter is that “Fiddler on the Roof” always gets to me.

It’s easy to point out the individual components that make this a classic show — Jerry Bock’s evocative score, Joseph Stein’s vivid dialogue, Sheldon Harnick’s poetic lyrics. But there’s a kind of alchemy at work when these contributions come together.

With equal parts humor and tenderness, the show asks us to consider nothing less than the …

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