Director Jewels: September 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Grease at Kansas City Starlight Theatre {Review}

Disclosure: I received press passes to attend this event. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. 



Is there a specific show that you would say defines summer theatre? Perhaps one of the most iconic, well-loved musicals is Grease, and this week only, you can catch this production at Kansas City's own Starlight Theatre!

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Grease originally opened on Broadway in 1972, where it ran for eight years and 3,388 performances. Now an entertainment franchise, the show has earned seven Tony® Award nominations and two Drama Desk Awards, spawned a hit movie (1978), two Broadway revivals (1994 and 2007), a TV reality show “Grease: You’re the One That I Want” (2007), and, most recently, the Grease, Live! TV performance starring Aaron Tveit on FOX (2016). "Grease: You're the One That I Want" was my favorite TV show back in 2007 and I have to tell you that I voted for the eventual winners, Max Crumm and (the incredible) Laura Osnes every week!

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If you're not familiar with the story, here's the synopsis from Starlight Theatre:

At the heart of the musical’s story is the budding romance of bad boy Danny Zuko and virtuous
new girl Sandy Dumbrowski. When the two wind up at the same high school in the fall, their
summer love is put to the test by the familiar forces of peer pressure and close-knit cliques,
personified by Danny’s gang of Greasers and Sandy’s soon-to-be-friends, the Pink Ladies.
Through the halls of Rydell High to the Burger Palace, drive-in movie and pajama parties,
Starlight audiences will ride along as Danny and Sandy navigate the trials of young love.

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The lead roles of Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski are played by Timothy Michael Quinn and Heidi Webster, respectively. They each brought these classic characters to life and the Starlight audience on opening night seemed to thoroughly enjoy their interpretation of the roles. Standout characters during the performance include Eric Geil (Roger), Anthony Norman (Doody), and Anthony Sullivan (Teen Angel). The number Beauty School Dropout had the entire audience rolling with laughter.

The production is directed by Philip Wm. McKinley, who has returned to Kansas City to direct his 11th musical at Starlight. McKinley’s most recent Starlight directing credits are Disney’s Mary Poppins (2015) and The Sound of Music (2014).

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Note for parents - Grease is a classic, but it includes some adult themes and mild language. I personally would recommend it for older teenagers and up. Or, just make sure that you look up the show content before bringing the youngest Broadway fans so that you know what to expect!

Tickets for Grease at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $15-$143+. Tickets are available online at Starlight Theatre, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Enjoy one of 2017's last few summer nights out under the stars - and make sure you bring your dancing shoes for the singalong during the curtain call!

Thanks to Starlight Theatre for providing my tickets to the show. I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.
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