On this week’s episode, Gettin’ the Band Back Together rocks its Broadway debut, Dave premieres in D.C., Pretty Woman struts onto the Broadway scene and Hairspray shakes and shimmies to Starlight!
First Look at Gettin’ the Band Back Together
Gettin’ the Band Back Together, a new musical that tells the story of how a recently-fired banker reunites with his old bandmates to save his family home, has opened at the Belasco Theatre in New York City. Starring Rock of Ages’ Mitchell Jarvis and five-time Golden Globe nominee Marilu Henner, this musical comedy is for anyone who dreams to have a second shot at their first love. For more information on this feel-good new musical, visit gettin the band back together dot com.
World Premiere of Dave Musical
Based on the 1993 Oscar-nominated film, Dave made its presidential world premiere on July 13 at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. The musical adaptation of the comedic classic features a book by three-time Tony winner Thomas Meehan, music by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt and is directed by Tony nominee and SpongeBob Squarepants director Tina Landau. Waitress alum Drew Gehling will play both President Bill Mitchell and Dave Kovic. Dave plays at Arena Stage through August 19.
Pretty Woman: The Musical Arrives on Broadway
Nearly three decades after its 90s silver screen release, Pretty Woman: The Musical made its Broadway premiere at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City earlier this month. Best known for her role in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, actress Samantha Barks stars as Vivian Ward, playing alongside Tony nominee Andy Karl, who portrays Edward Lewis. While the new musical follows the plot of the classic film, the addition of a rock-infused score is sure to delight the film’s original fans and newcomers alike.
Tony Award Nominee Leads the Cast of Hairspray!
Get your aerosols ready... Hairspray opens tonight at Starlight! Set in 1960s’ Baltimore, Hairspray follows 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad, who intends to groove her way onto TV’s most popular dance program, all while changing the world, dethroning the reigning Teen Queen and trying to win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin. The show’s principal and ensemble cast includes a number of performers with Kansas City roots, many of whom are making their return to the Starlight stage! Don’t miss your chance to see this feel-good musical comedy sensation under the stars at Starlight! For ticket information, visit kc starlight dot com.