The classic musical fantasy, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, gets the Spinning Tree-tment. The score, called “one of the most enduringly delicious ever concocted for an American musical” by The New York Times, includes “Old Devil Moon,” “How are things in Glocca Morra” and “Look to the Rainbow.”
Kansas City premiere! The Catskills, 1962. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous inn that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. Harvey Fierstein’s “fascinating and timeless new play” (New York Magazine) – following a hit when it opened on Broadway in 2014 - is based on real events.
Kansas City premiere! Before Anna Wintour or The Devil Wears Prada, there was Diana Vreeland: larger-than-life doyenne of American taste. “The Empress of Fashion,” just fired as Editor of Vogue, holds court in this witty one-woman tour-de-force. By Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson, starring Cheryl Weaver.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
The Caribbean-influenced musical folktale tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with the well-born Daniel and is aided by the gods and goddesses of earth, water and love in her quest to be with him. A rousing song-and-dance celebration of the power of love, storytelling and the strength of the human spirit. Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty.