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Experience the world’s most iconic band and get back to where you once belonged with Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles. Only at Starlight July 21-23. Show History Synopsis: Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles performs songs from Abbey Road & the Rooftop Concert LIVE, in addition to all your favorite hits. This mind-blowing performance takes … Continued

Since 2006, Starlight has been helping young performers develop their unique gifts and experience the life-expanding possibilities of the performing arts through the Vincent Legacy Scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) middle-school students who display talent, passion, and an interest in community service. Following an application and … Continued

Starlight has launched a new mobile ticket delivery platform for all shows and concerts. Now, ticket buyers have access to a mobile ticket wallet, which can be easily accessed from any internet enabled device. Through this platform, Starlight is able to instantly update tickets when buyers make an exchange or purchase extra seats. Tickets can … Continued

Two adorable pups will be featured on the Starlight stage in Legally Blonde The Musical July 7-13. Get tickets online or call our ticketing services team at (816) 363-7827.  Starlight held “dog-ditions” earlier this year to find just the right dogs for the roles of Bruiser Woods, trusty sidekick to human Elle Woods, and Rufus, … Continued

The witty musical 1776 captured audiences’ attention with thought-provoking dialogue and choreography when it first premiered on Broadway in 1969. The current production at Starlight July 25-30 maintains the original wit while it guarantees that you have never seen these figures, or this pivotal story, like this before. A cast that reflects multiple races, genders, and … Continued

Jagged Little Pill is recommended for mature audiences only. The show unpacks struggles with addiction, trauma, and sexual identity, and may be uncomfortable for some audiences. Please consider the following content when deciding if Jagged Little Pill is a show you’d like to see. Jagged Little Pill is a show you feel. Joy, strength, love, courage, catharsis, LIFE: everything you want in … Continued

Starlight is serving up a new experience for concert goers. The new Ovation Lounge offers high-end liquor mixed with a dash of Starlight history and served in an intimate cocktail lounge. Add in a splash of air conditioning for the perfect spot to cool off on a summer evening.  “We’re excited to pilot the use … Continued

Here’s everything you need to know before you see Legally Blonde The Musical July 7-13! Show History Premiered on Broadway in 2007 Nominated for seven Tony® Awards Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film Synopsis The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at … Continued

Starlight Theatre has introduced Theme Nights for the 2023 Broadway season. Each show in the series has a theme night with special activities, speakers, or food and drink. All of the events include discounts on tickets. “Theme nights are a great addition to the summer fun at Starlight,” said Anna Gicinto, Private Events Coordinator. “They … Continued

A new sculpture by artist Douglas Kornfeld was revealed on the north lawn of Starlight Theatre on June 2. The work is comprised of two large, abstracted faces made of bent steel tubing painted boldly in red. The artist was inspired by masks symbolizing tragedy and comedy that originated in ancient Greece.   “The ancient masks … Continued

Here’s what you need to know before you see Jesus Christ Superstar at Starlight, June 20-25. Show History One of the most successful musicals in modern history, Jesus Christ Superstar was created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber when they were 25 and 21 years old. Initially, the team was unable to secure funding … Continued

Share your love of Starlight by voting for us in Kansas City Magazine’s 2023 Best of KC Awards.    Best of KC celebrates Kansas Citians’ favorites in more than 260 categories ranging from concert venues, restaurants, shopping, and more! Voting for us is an easy way to show your appreciation for Starlight and the arts experiences … Continued

Gabe in Group Sales has worked at Starlight for 1 ½ years but his love of Broadway musicals goes back much further. He knows who is starring in the current shows on Broadway as well as who isn’t. He has a banner of Barbra Streisand above his desk and recently saw 5 shows in one … Continued

Another season of Broadway shows and concerts has begun at Starlight Theatre, so now is a good time to review our weather policy!  Generally, all events are held rain or shine, with the exception of severe/dangerous weather. The following tips can help you stay dry and safe during your visit to Starlight.  Dress for Success: … Continued

Starlight is pleased to share the 2022-23 Blue Star Awards winners, who were just announced in a red-carpet ceremony at Starlight Theatre Wednesday, May 17. Twenty-nine winners took home the top prizes in 26 categories, and more than $6,500 in scholarships were awarded to deserving high school students. The ceremony also featured 11 onstage performances. … Continued

Do you enjoy a beer with Broadway? Candy at a concert? Starlight concessions offer a wide variety of food and beverage choices to satisfy appetites and quench thirsts. Whether you arrive hungry for a light meal or need a beverage to keep you cool, our concessions at Starlight are ready for your business. 2023 Concession … Continued

Here’s what you need to know before you see Tootsie at Starlight, May 19-21. Synopsis As a talented but difficult actor, Michael Dorsey struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. By creating the persona of Dorothy Michaels, his star begins to rise and soon he … Continued

Growing up in Burlington, Kansas, Kameron Cole was the only Black girl in her class—and sometimes the only one in her school.   “While being from a small town can bring a really strong sense of community, it can have its drawbacks,” said Kameron. “So, finding my own identity in a place, that at times … Continued

On the phone or in person, our team in the Ticketing Services department makes it as easy as possible for everyone to get their tickets to concerts and Broadway shows at Starlight. Tanis is one of the ticketing heroes who helps monitor the phone room and the help email inbox. If you haven’t spoken with … Continued

April is National Volunteer Month, dedicated to honoring volunteers in our communities and encouraging more people to become volunteers. Since 1959, Starlight Theatre has assembled a team of volunteers that go above and beyond to ensure that any event at Starlight goes off without a hitch! In 2022, our volunteers were here to help for … Continued

Each year, thousands of high school students across the Kansas City metro wait in anticipation for the announcement of the annual Blue Star Awards nominations. Today, Starlight leadership, staff, and board members revealed this year’s nominees via in school presentations and in a premiere video on Starlight’s social media. In the 2022-23 Blue Star Awards … Continued

Each fall at the Annual Benefit Gala, Starlight presents the Star Award to an individual or couple with exceptional support of Starlight and its mission, civic leadership, and a commitment to bettering the Kansas City community. This year, we are incredibly proud to announce our 2023 Star Award Honorees: Greg and Rebecca Reid. Greg and … Continued

A dancer since she was 4 years old, Phenix Watson performed in her first musical when she was in the 1st grade. Now, she’s a senior at Raytown High School and plans to continue her education in musical theatre after she graduates.  Her performance for Raise Our Voices is a tap dance to the song … Continued

Everything can change in a split second. But what comes after that second?  La’Ron Cooper is a professional Location Sound Mixer who created a soundscape called "Easter Sunday" to tell his story.  A “soundscape” is sound or a combination of sounds to form an immersive environment. The story he tells in this soundscape is deeply … Continued

Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Starlight and needs a furry friend to complete the cast. Does your dog have what it takes to be a star? The chosen Bruiser will be in great company with Nikki Snelson, who played Brooke Wyndham in the original Broadway production of Legally Blonde The Musical in 2007 … Continued

Making sure that Broadway shows and music concerts can be heard clearly can be a daunting job. Ryan is the Production Coordinator for Audio Services which means he’s responsible for the implementation, integration, and maintenance of audio systems at Starlight. On top of that, Ryan assists with recording, editing, and mastering audio content you may … Continued

Singer Catera Combs originally didn’t want to be in the spotlight. When she auditioned for a production in high school, she marked that she preferred not to be in the lead role. Her choir teacher, Jazz Rucker, recognized her talent and asked her to reconsider.   “She left the audience that year. She left the wings … Continued

If you were asked to finish the sentence “I am...”  would you know how to answer? Performer Tripp Starr shares his answer in the latest release of Starlight’s Raise Our Voices video series.   "Growing up, I struggled to know my worth and value as a person and an aspiring artist. I always found myself … Continued

Starlight and Charlie Hustle are excited to announce some out-of-this-world Communi-TEES. The two have partnered to bring Kansas Citians and Starlight fans a first-of-its-kind glow in the dark t-shirt. The collection includes two designs and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the tees will be donated to Starlight. “We’ve been fortunate to collaborate … Continued

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