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 musical, Maury Yeston’s adaptation of the Federico Fellini film “8 1/2 .”

This production of “Nine” — about a film director in midlife crisis and the women who surround him — is unusual in other ways as well.

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