On this week’s episode, Starlight undergoes some major ADA Improvements, Broadway celebrates Black History Month, and musical fans attempt to set a Guinness World Record.
ADA Improvements Set for Starlight
Starlight strives to be a welcoming venue for all patrons, and next time you enjoy a show under the stars, you may notice a few changes to the venue. In a 3.2 million dollar project funded by the City of Kansas City, Starlight made a number of improvements in the extended off season in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Guests will enjoy an increased number of upgrades to ADA seating locations, leveled walkways throughout the venue, raised seating in the outer Terrace sections, easy-to-follow directional signage, improved sound technology and more. We’re so excited for the much-needed changes and can’t wait for Starlight guests to experience these new improvements!
Celebrating Black History Month on Broadway
In honor of Black History Month, we at Starlight celebrate Black Broadway actors and actresses, writers and more for their contributions toward Broadway and live entertainment. From Charles Gilpin, the first Black American honored by the Drama League, to Juanita Hall, the first Black performer to win a Tony in 1950, to musicals like Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Pearl Bailey’s all-Black Hello, Dolly!, their work and accomplishments have inspired many artists who would follow in their footsteps to give us classics like The Color Purple, The Wiz, Dream Girls and most recently Hamilton.
Calling All Broadway Devotees: Join a Guinness World Record Attempt by Singing The Greatest Showman
Be a part of a Guinness World Record attempt and join thousands of others singing “From Now On” from The Greatest Snowman. The hashtag B Way World Record Challenge is seeking at least 5,000 participants to help claim the title of the largest online video album of people singing the same song, and the virtual event will also serve as a benefit to The Actor’s Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund as well. Participants are asked to challenge four friends and tag their favorite Broadway star to take part, with performers like Tony winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominee Jessica Vosk already committed to the project. The deadline to submit is February 28th, and the final video will be revealed in a visual album commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Broadway shutdown on March 12th.