The Kansas City Rep’s season got under way Friday night with their production of Into the Woods. For some insight into the production the Rep has a video of artistic director Eric Rosen discussing the musical and Tony Award nominee director Mosises Kaufman discussing the play and his vision for it.
Into the Woods runs now through October 11 at the Spencer Theater. Look for a review here on Lost in Reviews this weekend.
As for the rest of the Rep season, now into it’s second year under Artistic Director Eric Rosen, it’s looking to be an exciting and interesting one. The season features no less than three world premieres Palomino, Venice-A New Musical and A Christmas Story, The Musical. Two productions written by playwrights that call the region their birth place, and use it’s locales as there setting Broke-Ology and Bus Stop, and a staging of the Jules Vern classic Around the World in 80 Days.
Yes, said Christmas Story would be that of the 1983 cult turned cultural classic, TBS marathon film. Best known for the story of young Ralph and his obsession a Red Ryder bb Gun. He doesn’t heed warning that “you’ll shoot your eye out kid!” The musical which is a pre-Broadway run, runs November 20 through January 2. The production created quite the stir when announced. This is the first time in 28 seasons that the Rep wouldn’t stage a production of the Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.
Being that A Christmas Carol is a tradition for many families, mine included, I don’t think the change has dampened any early holiday spirit. My mother is already making plans to attend A Christmas Story, The Musical as good seats typically go fast thanks to its family friendly schedule running through out the major holidays. Tickets go on sale October 1, so be sure to get your tickets early as many seem excited about something new. I know I am looking forward to it.
Lost in Reviews will provide coverage of the Rep’s season. Be sure to check back this weekend for a review of In to The Woods and in the coming weeks for additional information regarding the seasons future productions. For information regarding season tickets, or individual tickets to any of the productions please visit the Rep’s website at www.KCRep.org.
By John Coovert