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With more than 65 performing arts organizations, Kansas City’s stages are rarely dark. And now with new and renovated venues, catching a performance in KC is better than ever. Below are some of the city’s newest stages.

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Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Type: Concert Venues | Location: Downtown Area

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The Midland by AMC is Kansas City's premiere indoor theatre for live music, comedians, family shows and private events. Located in downtown Kansas City in the Power & Light District, the original Midland Theatre opened in 1927 and hosted many well-known artists throughout its history. Following a renovation in 2008, AEG Live now manages the theatre's entertainment bookings and operations. Since its grand re-opening, many spectacular artists have graced The Midland stage - Jerry Seinfeld, Kid Rock, Paul Simon, Yo Gabba Gabba, Bill Cosby, BB King, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Roger Daltrey, Jewel, Tony Bennett and many more! State-of-the-art sound, lighting and amenities enhance the historic ambiance providing a premium entertainment experience to guests of the theatre. The Midland by AMC features flexible seating configurations from standing to cabaret seating, with live-show capacity ranging from 1300-3000. The theatre is also available for corporate events, wedding receptions and private parties. The breathtaking banquet room, named Windows on Main, showcases dramatic views of the city from the fifth floor. And The Chandelier Bar highlights the entire top floor of the theatre and features a full-circle bar surrounding a large inverted chandelier. This general admission standing-only area has four large LCD televisions for viewing and enhanced sound reinforcement for optimal show enjoyment. The Indie on Main, a modern bar on the ground floor of 13th and Main Streets, boasts a full bar and lounge-style seating. The bar opens at 5pm on show nights and ticket holders inside the bar have the opportunity to enter the venue before doors open to the public. Without a doubt, there is not another venue like this in Kansas City! ...
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Excelsior Springs Community Theatre

Type: Performing Arts | Location: Northeast

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A vigorous theatre community offers a selection of quality productions for theatre-goers. For what's playing call or go online for more info....
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Folly Theater

Type: Performing Arts | Location: Downtown Area

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The historic Folly Theater, which is Kansas City's oldest theater, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the "Grand Lady of 12th street" presents and hosts a wide range of quality events for the community. Live theater, features world class jazz series, national touring shows for children and a variety of programming. Restored turn-of-the-century burlesque house, on National Register of Historic Places. Theater capacity: 1,078 ppl; private space: 80 ppl. Box office 816-474-4444....
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Gem Theater

Type: Multi-Cultural Heritage | Location: Downtown Area

  • Gem Theater has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

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Originally named the Star Theater, the Gem was built in 1912 by the Shriner and Powellson Amusement Company as a silent movie palace serving Kansas City’s African American population. It was renamed the Gem in 1913, and by the time motion pictures could talk in 1929, it had become an established fixture on 18th Street. Unfortunately, its years as a movie theatre ended in 1960 and by the 1980s, it had faded into a shadow of its former glory. However, when Mayor Richard Berkley and then City Councilman Emanuel Cleaver spearheaded the revitalization of 18th & Vine in the 1980s, the Gem Theater became a centerpiece of the district’s renovation efforts. As a result of the vision and perseverance of Kansas City’s civic leaders, the Gem was restored into a beautiful, state-of-the art performance venue. It stands today as one of the crown jewels of the 18th & Vine corridor. Behind the restored 1912 façade is a modern 500-seat performing arts center, complete with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. In addition to our annual "Jammin' at the Gem" jazz masters' concert series, the theater hosts many community events and theatre productions. Space is also available for meetings, workshops and seminars. ...
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Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Type: Handicap Access | Location: Country Club Plaza Area

  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

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Founded in 1964, Kansas City Repertory Theatre is nearing its golden anniversary as one of the country’s premier regional theatres. Serving as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the Rep produces mainstage plays and special events at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus, located just east of the Country Club Plaza and at Copaken Stage in downtown Kansas City, adjacent to the Power & Light District. Under the creative leadership of artistic director Eric Rosen, only the fourth artistic director in the theatre’s 47-year history, Kansas City Rep has been nationally recognized for its exceptional and highly creative productions of stage classics, new works and musicals. About the Rep’s production of The Glass Menagerie, The Wall Street Journal theatre critic wrote: “The greatest of all American plays has received a production worthy of its beauty and truth … by Kansas City Repertory Theatre” and included it as number two on its list of the country’s “Best Shows of 2009.” Venice (the Rep’s hit musical co-written and directed by Rosen) was proclaimed “The Year’s Best Musical” by TIME magazine and honored on their list of “The Top 10 Everything of 2010” – #2 for Plays and Musicals.” Venice is now in preparation for a possible 2012 New York production at The Public Theater, founded by theatre legend Joseph Papp. Kansas City Rep’s ingenious work is created by more than 250 professional artists, technicians and administrators. Each year Rep productions serve more than 100,000 patrons from a five-state region and the theatre’s Education and Outreach programs engage 10,000 school children from the two-state metropolitan area. For more information about Kansas City Repertory Theatre and its productions for this season, please go to www.KCRep.org....
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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Type: Banquet | Location: Downtown Area

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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a new multi-venue center for music, opera, theater and dance designed by Moshe Safdie opened in Kansas City on September 16, 2011. The Kauffman Center seeks to enrich the lives of all Greater Kansas City residents by presenting vibrant and diverse performances, educational programming and creating a tradition of the performing arts as a catalyst for Kansas City’s civic economic and educational vitality. Three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations – Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City – are in residence at the Kauffman Center. The Kauffman Center’s two performance venues, the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall, offer audiences engaging and intimate experiences, while at the same time providing resident companies with enhanced performance capabilities. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City’s dynamic downtown, the Kauffman Center brings a new spotlight to the region’s performing arts community while simultaneously attracting some of the world’s most talented performers and entertainers, further establishing Kansas City as a major cultural destination. More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at www.kauffmancenter.org. ...
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Little Theatre

Type: Concert Venues | Location: Downtown Area

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Part of the beautiful 1936 art deco Municipal Auditorium complex, octagonally shaped in a gleaming marble facade with exterior promenade, a balcony and permanent stage. Amenities include a lighted marquee, coat check room and box office. Banquet capacity: 225; receptions: 500....
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Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Type: Opera | Location: Downtown Area

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Lyric Opera of Kansas City is one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies, and is celebrating its 52nd season having performed 102 different productions (30 of which are American operas and three of which are world premieres). The current season consists of four operas performed in September, November, March and April in the Lyric Theatre. Lyric Opera produces an eclectic repertoire, and offers one production of an American or contemporary opera most seasons. In the fall of 1998, the Company began performing operas in the original language, a tradition which continues today with all operas being performed in the original language with English subtitles. The 52nd season of the Lyric Opera includes Puccini’s “Tosca”, Sept. 11-19; Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore”, Nov. 6-14; Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, March 20-28, 2010; and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, April 24 – May 2, 2010. For tickets, call 816-471-7344 or visit www.kcopera.org....
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Music Hall - Municipal Auditorium

Type: Reception | Location: Downtown Area

  • Music Hall - Municipal Auditorium has been rated 2 out of 5 stars

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Beautiful 1936 Art Deco theater seats 2,402. It features a spectacular foyer & grand staircase, box office, coat check, lighted marquee with backstage dressing rooms and green room. Perfect for general sessions, entertainment and special presentations. Seating capacity: 2,402 ppl....
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Musical Theater Heritage

Type: Performing Arts | Location: Downtown Area

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Located at the Off Center Theatre in the CROWN CENTER SHOPS, Musical Theater Heritage (MTH) is a professional theater company whose intimate settings bring alive the American Musical as never before. See your favorite KC performers and experience the thrill of a big cast and a big orchestra up close! From comfortable, oversized, movie theater-style seats you'll enjoy our shows from no further than 7 rows from the stage. All the performers are pros, and the sound is outstanding. Fascinating, pre-show talks are given by George Harter, host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated, "A Night on the Town" Radio Series. There is also a full bar and FREE COVERED parking. We guarantee your satisfaction so you will happily refer us to your friends!...
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New Theatre Restaurant

Type: Cocktails Served | Location: Southwest

  • New Theatre Restaurant has been rated 1 out of 5 stars

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New Theatre Restaurant is the Midwest’s premiere theatre restaurant experience and has been rated by The Wall Street Journal as “the best dinner theatre in the country.” Our 600-seat theatre features Broadway-style musicals and comedies starring award-winning actors from stage, TV and film including Barbara Eden, Cindy Willams, Jamie Farr and Marion Ross, to name a few. Guests are treated to Five-Star American cuisine in a comfortable and elegant theatre and dining showroom which has been cited by Gourmet magazine for “outstanding dining”. Then . . . dishes are cleared, the lights are dimmed and the curtain goes up on a Broadway-style spectacular. New Theatre Restaurant is located in Overland Park, KS, just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City and easily accessed from any direction in the Greater Kansas City area. Evening performances are available every evening except Monday and matinee performances on Wednesday and Sunday. Special group rates and event facilities are available for groups of 8 or more. Visit our website or call for our show schedule, availability and ticket pricing. Advanced reservations are highly recommended....
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Off Center Theatre

Type: Near Crown Center | Location: Crown Center Area

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Crown Center's newest performance arts space showcases edgy and innovative productions by some of the area's finest theatre troups. Located on level three of the Crown Center Shops....
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Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre and Events Center

Type: Concert Venues | Location: Northeast

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The premier events center for the Northland providing quality live theatre, concerts and entertainment featuring our world famous Golden Ox food service and full service bar....
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Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College

Type: Performing Arts | Location: Southwest

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In its Performing Arts Series, Johnson County Community College presents one of the region's largest and most diverse programs including popular music, comedy, orchestra, magic, dance, opera and family attractions. Recognized internationally as a leader in supporting new artistic works, JCCC's performance spaces are noted for their beauty and exceptional acoustics....
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Rutlader Outpost & Middle Creek Theatre

Type: Performing Arts | Location: Southwest

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Rutlader Outpost is depicted as an old west town on the border of Missouri and Kansas. The Complex features live country music shows, Kansas Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Cowboy Church, snack bar, catered meals, Middle Creek State Fishing Lake and RV park. The Middle Creek Theatre has shows on Saturday evening usually with local guest during our season (March - Dec). Take 69 Hwy to 335th St., 25 miles south of KC. A great place to visit and play....
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Starlight Theatre

Type: Outdoor Theaters | Location: Southeast

  • Starlight Theatre has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

  • Starlight Theatre is a Visitor's Choice
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While you're visiting Kansas City, don't miss the opportunity to experience Starlight Theatre. This one-of-a-kind outdoor theatre has been a Heartland treasure since 1951. Repeat visits to Starlight Theatre will become a new summer tradition after you enjoy one of our live Broadway musicals or a concert performed on our state-of-the-art Cohen Community Stage. Starlight is affordable and fun for all ages. Make it an entire evening under the stars -- start with dinner at our VIP Club or Encore! Deck, enjoy pre-show entertainment on the Spotlight Stage and join in a free backstage tour before the show! Starlight's 2014 Broadway season will feature:  The Wizard of OZ June 10-15 We Will Rock You June 17-22  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat July 8-13 The Sound of Music July 25-31 Blue Man Group September 9-14. Visit kcstarlight.com for updated concert announcements for 2014. Broadway show ticket prices start as low as $10, with Group discount savings of more than 35 percent for Groups of 15 or more. Purchase Broadway or concert tickets online at www.kcstarlight.com or call 816-363-7827. Walk-up purchases are welcome at the Starlight ticket office. Venue Rental Starlight Theatre also offers plenty of space to host private dinners, meetings, weddings and your event. Groups of 50 - 1,500 can be accommodated at Starlight. Create your production on our beautiful 10-story stage house or choose from one of our spacious dining rooms and open-air pavilions. To learn more about the options for hosting an event at Starlight or to get help with planning and coordinating your event, call EPIC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Starlight Theatre, at 816-997-1114....
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The Coterie Theatre

Type: Kids' Theaters | Location: Crown Center Area

  • The Coterie Theatre has been rated 3 out of 5 stars

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Named "One of the Five Best Theaters for Young Audiences" in the US by TIME magazine, the Coterie provides unique theatre experiences for families and young audiences. It is nationally recognized for its one-of-a-kind programming. The Coterie's season is year-round and offers a Family Series and Preteen/Teen Series productions at the theatre's mainstage in Crown Center. Its "Coterie Ignites" productions are intended for teens and adults and are performed at various venues. Individual and group tickets are available. For more information, visit http://www.thecoterie.org. ...
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UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

Type: Live Music | Location: Country Club Plaza Area

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From faculty performances to student recitals, many Conservatory performances are free or very reasonably priced. The Signature Series presents 6-7 performers each season focusing on emerging artist and seasoned veterans. Exciting performances have included Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Yuja Wang, Joshua Bell, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Arianna String Quartet, and many others. Each season presents a new opportunity to experience the excellence of Signature Series. For ticket information call 816-235-6222 or www.umkc.edu/performance. The Conservatory has national and international recognition through its music and dance performance, composition, teaching and scholarship. The Conservatory boast over 80 faculty recognized as world-class scholars, artist, teachers and leaders. The Conservatory's Community Music and Dance Academy caters to the Kansas City Community. In addition to private and group instructions to 600 area musicians and dancers, the Academy offers music camps and festivals, and provides continuing education training through workshops and in-services to area educators and therapists. Programs such as Kindermusik and Kids Club encourage children to participate fully in musical experiences. Call 816-235-2741 or www.umkc.edu/conservatory/cmda. The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is a leader in the cultural growth of Kansas CIty and the region. It has been the source of over 10,000 concerts, recitals and master classes in Kansas City and is the birthplace of several of Kansas City's performing arts organizations. Faculty and alumni have key roles in the founding of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Friends of Chamber Music, Kansas City Chorale, NewEar Contemporary Ensemble and the Kansas City Ballet....
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Unicorn Theatre

Type: Art Associations | Location: Country Club Plaza Area

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Unicorn Theatre is a not-for-profit professional company in its 40th season of offering adventurous, alternative contemporary theatre. Unicorn produces award-winning, as well as unknown and world premiere plays and musicals that you won't see anywhere else in Kansas City and in one of the most intimate theatre spaces around. Much like Off-Broadway theatres in New York, Unicorn presents stories tackling relevant issues that stimulate you with controversial and diverse topics. Sometimes dramatic, sometimes hilarious, Unicorn always sends you home with a conversation....
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