REVIEW: Kansas City Star on LADY DAY

REVIEW: Kansas City Star on LADY DAY

Spinning Tree Theatre’s ‘Lady Day’ Makes for a Memorable Night

August 14, 2016

Christine Pivovar, The Kansas City Star

…The tale of the sad performer whose substance abuse issues led to an untimely death is perhaps one of the most well-trodden modern myths, and “Lady Day” certainly fits into the genre. But this production feels authentic and independent, thanks to the strength of Dixon as a performer and the liveliness of her stories.

Read the full review here

Read More »

FEATURE: Kansas City Star on LADY DAY

FEATURE: Kansas City Star on LADY DAY

‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ is a night out with Billie Holiday’

by Kate Miller, The Kansas City Star

August 9, 2016

Step into Spinning Tree Theatre’s performance space this month, and you’ll be stepping back almost 60 years to one of the last shows by jazz legend Billie Holiday.

With this production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” which starts Aug. 11, you may feel as if she’s really there.

Read the full article here

Read More »

LADY DAY photos

LADY DAY photos

 

 

 

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL by Lanie Robertson

directed by Andrew Parkhurst

starring Nedra Dixon as Billie Holiday
music direction by Gary Green
Julie Danielson on bass
Grayson Martin as Pepe
lighting design by Nicole Jaja
costume design by Mary Traylor
properties by Tam Osgood
sound design by Jeff Eubank
stage manager Emily White
production assistant Elizabeth Sampley
J Robert Schraeder Photography

Read More »

Savvy Actor Workshop August 15

Savvy Actor Workshop August 15

Spinning Tree Theatre presents

Savvy Actor:
The Business of The Business

Being a successful, working actor involves a commitment to continued study of your craft. And your craft includes the continual development of your business skills to help you get the job, keep the job and get rehired.

facilitated by Artistic Director Michael Grayman and Managing Director Andrew Parkhurst

Monday, August 15
6:30-8:30pm
at The Living Room
$20*

We were performers for 20+ years. We’ve been producers for 5. We’ve experienced show business from both sides, and want to help you continue to put your …

Read More »

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

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

NINE November 3-20, 2016

NINE November 3-20, 2016

starring Vigthor Zophoniasson, Lauren Braton, Judy Simmons & Angela Hagenbach
featuring Devon Barnes, Callie Fabac, Taylor Harvey, Ashley Otis, Leah Swank-Miller, Devyn Trondson, Ryan Tucker
directed by Michael Grayman
music direction by Gary Green
musical staging 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: …

Read More »

SHIPWRECKED! January 19 – February 5, 2017

SHIPWRECKED! January 19 – February 5, 2017

directed by Vanessa Severo

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »