On this week’s episode, Bandstand swings into movie theaters, the 2018 Tony winners are announced, Half Time hip-hops onto the Paper Mill stage and Mayor Sly James hosts a read-aloud at Starlight!
Bandstand Swinging to the Big Screen
The original Broadway production of Bandstand will screen in movie theaters nationwide June 25 and 28, including at numerous locations in the Kansas City metro. Bandstand tells the story of a World War II veteran who returns from war to rebuild his life and form a band unlike the any the nation has ever seen, and was the first theatrical production in history to be certified by Got Your 6, an organization that advocates for authentic portrayal of military members across entertainment. For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, visit fathomevents.com.
2018 Tony Awards: The Winners
Drumroll please… the 2018 Tony Award winners were announced at the 72nd annual Tonys this past weekend! The night’s big winner was The Band’s Visit, which took home an impressive ten Tony Awards including “Best Musical” and “Best Direction of a Musical.” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two also dominated the show, capturing six Tonys out of its ten nominations. Broadway legends and past Tony winners Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber were honored with special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. For a full list of the night’s winners, visit tonyawards.com.
Half Time Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse
Jerry Mitchell’s Half Time made its world premiere last month at Paper Mill Playhouse. This new musical follows the true story of ten seniors who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. Battling self-doubt, stereotypes and even each other, these senior dancers will do anything for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of the 20,000 screaming fans. The show plays at Paper Mill through July 1.
FREE Event: Read Aloud with Mayor Sly!
Mark your calendars, Kansas City! Mayor Sly James will be hosting a read-aloud at Starlight on Saturday, June 30! Just prior to that evening's performance of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Mayor Sly will read aloud from the new children's book “Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie” live on a satellite stage here at Starlight. Mayor Sly, his daughter Aja and her friend, Audrey, will combine their talents for two readings – one at 7:15 p.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m. To attend the reading, guests must have a ticket to the June 30th performance of Cinderella.