On this week’s episode, Starry Night at Starlight occurs during On Your Feet!, a musical adaptation of “The Karate Kid” is in development, a concert celebration of Wicked comes to PBS and tap dance stamps are created for the US Postal Service.
Starry Night at Starlight During On Your Feet!
“Let the music move your feet” and get ready to “Conga!” when the musical On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan comes to Starlight September 7-12. For the Saturday, September 11, performance of On Your Feet!, all Starlight supporters age 21+ are invited to Starry Night at Starlight (formerly known as After Hours at the Towers). Starry Night at Starlight is a fundraising event to benefit Starlight’s Bob Rohlf Internship program. With your donation of $100 or more to this event, you can join in the fun! Your donation is your key to tickets to On Your Feet!, a pre-show cocktail hour with food truck fare and a post-show dance party with live music from Lost Wax. To learn more and join this year’s exciting Starry Night at Starlight event, visit kcstarlight.com/support.
The Karate Kid Musical in Development
Premiering in spring 2022 is a musical adaptation of “The Karate Kid.” The musical is written by the 1984 film’s original screenwriter, Robert Mark Kamen, and will feature music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini. Work sessions for the show will run this fall, with a pre-Broadway regional tryout to be held next spring in New York City. The production will feature a star creative team, including director Amon Miyamoto, choreographers Keone and Mari Madrid and scenic design by Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Derek McLane.
Wicked Concert Celebration Will Premiere on PBS August 29
“Defy gravity” with Wicked in Concert: A Musical Celebration of the Iconic Broadway Score, which will premiere on PBS August 29 at 8 p.m. Central Time. This concert celebration is held in anticipation of Wicked’s return to Broadway this September. Directed by Tony Award recipient Bayoork Lee, Wicked in Concert will feature several celebrity performers and will be filmed across numerous cities in the US. You won’t want to miss this “Popular” broadcast featuring new, reimagined musical arrangements and most-loved songs from the original Wicked soundtrack.
Tap Dance Stamps for the US Postal Service
Have any mail to send? Well, there may be the perfect stamp for you. Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy and art director Ethel Kessler recently created tap dance stamps for the US Postal Service. These stamps were created to celebrate the art of tap dancing and to recognize it “as a uniquely American contribution to world dance.” Tap dancing was created from a blend of dance styles including traditional African dance, the Irish jig and English clog dancing. By the 1920s, tap had made its mark on the Broadway stage, and it is still an influential dance style today. The Tap Dance stamps are issued as Forever Stamps, which means they will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price, and they are made in the USA. The stamps feature five dancers against bright backgrounds to emphasize the dancers’ movements. You can get them today at store.usps.com.