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2014-2015 Season

Broadway and Back

January 13, 2015

Lush scores, lavish costumes, lively plots and loving characters. These ingredients make great stage musicals. They also make great movies. No wonder so many musicals have been translated from stage to screen. Featuring songs from the classic musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, and Cole Porter, plus contemporary hits such as The Producers, Throroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard and Disney favorites. You’ll love this tribute to works that made the leap from Broadway to Hollywood and vice versa.

 

“A wealth of showstoppers and audience favorites.”
~ Kansas City Star
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“Broadway and Back shines like a new star”
~ BroadwayWorld.com
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“A fine evening of Broadway show tunes”
~ KCMETROPOLIS.org
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Cheek to Cheek

From the moment he made his screen debut in 1933’s Dancing Lady, Fred Astaire epitomized elegance, charm, sophistication, and grace. Join us as we kick off our season dedicated to film music by honoring one of American Film Institute’s “Greatest Male Stars of All Time,” a man who danced his way across the silver screen and into our hearts on soundtracks by Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, and Mercer. You’ll enjoy the best music from films of the 1930s through 1950s, including Top Hat, Shall We Dance, Royal Wedding, Funny Face, and more.

 

 

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Christmas In Song

Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season through its beloved songs and carols. From gospel to contemporary to classical, this intimate cabaret revue “captures the magic and the joy of the season with fresh takes on old favorites and new songs that surprise like unexpected gifts” (Kansas City Star). Treat your loved ones to the gift of music this season. With our signature blend of sacred and secular, popular and traditional, there is a little something for everyone, making it the perfect holiday tradition for the whole family!

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Judy Barbra Liza

Only a handful of performers are icons of such caliber that they can be identified by a single name. These ladies are among them. Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minelli have dazzled audiences with their bravura performances on the silver screen and in the concert hall. Celebrate these multi award-winning divas through their signature songs – “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” “The Man That Got Away,” “You Made me Love You,” “Evergreen,” “Happy Days are Here Again,” “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “Cabaret,” “Theme from New York, New York” and more.

“Hot vocals and blue smoke at Quality Hill Playhouse”
Kansas City Star
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“Judy Barbra Liza wows audience at Quality Hill Playhouse”
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“Powerful and Magnificent”
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That’s Entertainment

January 10, 2015

No studio dominated the movie musical more than Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With its roster of talent that included “more stars than there are in the heavens” – Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Frank Sinatra, Howard Keel, Lena Horne, Van Johnson, Elvis Presley – MGM musicals delighted audiences with their spectacle, glamour and joy, not to mention soundtracks by some of the best songwriters of the Great American Songbook. From Gone With the Wind to An American in Paris to Viva Las Vegas, relive the Golden Age of Movie Musicals through some of the best film music of all time.

 

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What They Did For Love

January 13, 2015

The sounds of 1960s and 70s cinema take center stage in this groovy cabaret tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach. Scores for the films The Sting and The Way We Were, plus theme songs like “Nobody Does It Better” and “Through the Eyes of Love” won Hamlisch multiple awards and the hearts of movie-goers everywhere. Bacharach ruled the airwaves with easy listening hits such as “I Say a Little Prayer,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” “Alfie,” “Close to You” and “The Look of Love”. Enjoy these pop favorites and more from two of the 8-track era’s foremost songwriters.

“Rousing and hopeful … a slickly produced and well paced show”
– The Kansas City Star

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2015 - 2016 Season

A Grand Night for Singing

April 15, 2015

Some of the most romantic music in the Great American Songbook came from the Broadway stage. This enchanting Tony Award® nominated musical features songs by two of the theatre’s greatest songwriters – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Behind the plots, characters, carnivals and surreys with the fringe on top are beautiful stories about people falling in – and out – of love. Enjoy these beloved songs in an entirely new way that will make for a grand night of singing indeed.

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“Flawless … Hits all the right notes.”
KANSAS CITY STAR

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Christmas in Song

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with this Kansas City holiday tradition! An intimate revue of beloved songs and carols, the sounds of the season are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with the most wonderful music you’ll hear! From our family to yours, celebrate Christmas with the gift of music.

“There’s nothing like Christmas at Quality Hill Playhouse.”
– Kansas City Star

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In the Mood

In the 1930s, Americans went wild for the swing music craze, and Big Band leaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey took the reins of the music industry, setting the course of American popular music for over a decade. Whether it be sweet or hot, tunes such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Star Dust,” “Route 66” and “Tuxedo Junction” made stars of vocalists like Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney and Ella Fitzgerald, and they still keep people swinging today.

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“Every single song in the show is a polished gem.”
The Kansas City Star

 

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Sing Out, Sister!

Since the Songbook began, women composers and lyricists have made significant contributions to American popular song. Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden and Billie Holiday gave us timeless classics “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Make Someone Happy,” “Just In Time,” and “God Bless The Child.” Contemporary songwriters such as Julie Gold, Carly Simon and Carole King have continued this tradition with hits like “From a Distance,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Natural Woman.” We celebrate these songwriters and more in this salute to women in music.

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The Dawning of Aquarius

EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Follow the evolution of American popular song into the 1960s and 70s as the singer-songwriter rose to the top of the Billboard charts. Baby Boomers searching for personal meaning in an era of turbulent change resonated with the stories of Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, James Taylor and The Beatles. Songs like “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mockingbird,” “Respect,” “Monday, Monday,” and “Yesterday” ruled the airwaves and ignited a nation. Explore the impact on both pop culture and our history by the folk singer-songwriter and their songs.

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“An Expert Production … KC’s most reliable Cabaret venue.”
~ Kansas City Star

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Tin Pan Alley

On a block of West 28th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, American popular song took root. This original cabaret revue pays tribute to the composers whose songs were played on this famed block throughout the first half of the 20th century – from ragtime (Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin) to blues and jazz (George Gershwin, Harold Arlen) to music from the Golden Age of movies (Johnny Mercer). Three fantastic vocalists backed by our piano, bass and drums combo will treat audiences to the finest of the foundational years of the Great American Songbook, including favorites such as “Maple Leaf Rag,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “My Man,” “How High the Moon,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive,” “Moon River,” and more, plus a few amusing surprises.

 

 

“Quality Hill hits a home run with first show of season”
“A fresh and surprisingly fun look at the first chapter of the American songbook”.
– Kansas City Star

 

 

 

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2016 - 2017 Season

As Time Goes By

February 11, 2016

The influence of World War II and the Greatest Generation on the Great American Songbook is unparalleled. Take a nostalgic trip through the music of the 1940s as we pay tribute to the songs that linked the hearts of GIs at the front with their loved ones back home. From “The White Cliffs of Dover,” “Over There,” and “G.I. Jive” to “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” this cabaret revue featuring four vocalists backed by piano, bass, drums, clarinet, and saxophone was hailed by The Kansas City Star as “alluring,” “charming,” “rousing,” and “heartbreaking”.

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Barry, Bette & Broadway

Bell bottoms and disco balls may have gone out of style, but the classic songs of Barry, Bette, and 1970s Broadway will live forever. This intimate revue opens with a set devoted to the Divine Miss M, with hits from her early recordings (“Chapel of Love,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Big Noise From Winnetka”) plus a selection of her signature songs (“The Rose,” “From a Distance,” “Wind Beneath My Wings”). The first act’s second half explores the influence of pop music on Broadway musicals of the 70s with “Millwork” (written by James Taylor for WORKING), “Anthem” and “I Know Him So Well” (from CHESS, written by members of ABBA), and “Corner of the Sky” (from PIPPIN). The second act pays homage to quintessential 1970s soft rock star Barry Manilow, featuring hits “Could It Be Magic,” “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “One Voice,” “I Write the Songs,” and more. Featuring vocalists Cindy Baker, Patrick Beasley, Ashley Pankow, and J. Kent Barnhart (also performing as pianist and emcee), with support from drummer Ken Remmert and bassist Brian Wilson, this cabaret tribute of 28 hits from the cassette tape era will be too divine to be missed!

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Christmas in Song

“There’s no place like home for the holidays.” At Quality Hill Playhouse, we think of you as family, and we invite you to come home for the holidays and another season of “Christmas songs that sound new and fresh” (Kansas City Star CLICK HERE to read the review). And we are pleased to welcome home Lindsey McKee, LeShea Wright, and Vigthor Zophoniasson to join with J. Kent Barnhart in sharing some of our favorite Christmas songs and carols with you – “Mary, Did You Know?,” “O Holy Night,” “More Than Wonderful,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Ave Maria,” and more. For the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home.

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I Got Rhythm

“Come and meet those dancing feet” as we sing and dance our way through music that will have you tapping your feet as we tap ours on stage. With songs from the early days of film musicals (“Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” “Cheek to Cheek”); songs about or inspired by dancing (“I Won’t Dance,” “The Continental,” “Dream Dancing,” “Begin the Beguine”); and songs from Broadway, including Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL (“Tap Your Troubles Away”) and the quintessential tap musical 42ND STREET (“We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “Lullaby of Broadway”); we’ll celebrate the music that will leave you declaring, “I GOT RHYTHM!” Who could ask for anything more?

 

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Unchained Melody

Take a romantic trip down memory lane in this cabaret revue featuring the unique American sound known as “doo-wop”. Doo-wop groups dominated the radio airwaves for over a decade, thanks to their songs’ simple melodies, tight harmonies, and frequent themes of love and relationships. Join us for a celebration of this exciting vocal style as we perform some of the most popular songs of the jukebox era, including “Sh-Boom Sh-Boom,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Blue Moon,” “Only You,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” “Cry,” “Where the Boys Are,” “I Love You For Sentimental Reasons,” and “At the Hop.” With hits like these and more from the Baby Boomer generation, you’ll fall in love with the ’50s all over again!

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“the appealingly velvety voices of Samantha Agron, Christina Burton, Tim Noland and Robert Erik Sobbe” – KC Star

“an evening of great music, amazing talent, and pure fun” – PerformInk KC

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You’ve Got a Friend

Only two weeks remain of our thrilling cabaret tribute that has audiences singing, clapping, smiling, and raving as they leave the theatre!

The times, they were a changin’, and so were the airwaves. Turn back the clock to the 1960s and 70s for this cabaret celebration of the music of the Baby Boomer generation. Enjoy hearing favorites written by Carole King (“I Feel the Earth Move,” “Up on the Roof,” “It’s Too Late,” “Natural Woman”) and James Taylor (“Fire and Rain,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Shower the People,” “Carolina in My Mind”) plus hits by Bob Dylan, Janis Ian, and Peter, Paul and Mary, all performed by our dynamite vocal trio backed by piano, bass, and drums, presented with the style and intimacy you’ll only find at Quality Hill Playhouse!

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AUDIENCES ARE RAVING!

“Fabulous! A must see!!!” ~ Genease G.
“It was one of our most favorite shows ever at the Q! A must see!” ~ Marsha R.
“an over the top performance…. There were cheers, yells, and whistles. People loved it!” ~ June S.

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2017 - 2018 Season

Billboard Blockbusters

May 5, 2017

In the days before earbuds and personal playlists, every week the country would wait to find out if our favorite songs made the Top 40. Few things were more successful than radio in bringing the Songbook into people’s homes and lives. From “Your Hit Parade” to Casey Kasem, revisit the Billboard hits from its origins to the early 1970s.

Only the best of the best make the cut in this production. All songs were Number 1 hits on the Billboard charts, starting with “Sing, Sing, Sing” from 1937. Take a journey through more than three decades of chart-toppers, including “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Candy,” “Tennessee Waltz,” “Rock Around The Clock,” “Catch A Falling Star,” “Yesterday,” “Downtown,” “Monday, Monday,” “Close To You,” and more.

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Christmas in Song

Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season through its beloved songs and carols as we present our 16th annual holiday cabaret, CHRISTMAS IN SONG. This year’s production once again features the Playhouse’s signature blend of sacred and secular Christmas songs, including beloved carols “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, “The First Noel”, “Joy to the World!”; classical favorites “O Holy Night”, “The Birthday of a King”, “Gesu Bambino”; a spirited gospel arrangement of “Go Tell It on the Mountain”; songs by pop artists Harry Connick, Jr., Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith; songs from the television classic A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (“Linus and Lucy,” “Christmastime Is Here”); and the quintessential holiday song, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”.

With something for everyone, this intimate cabaret revue is the perfect holiday event for the whole family and has become one of Kansas City’s most cherished Christmas traditions!

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“CHRISTMAS IN SONG delivers holiday music in spades, and with four incredibly talented and diverse artists celebrating the most wonderful time of year, you’ll most certainly find yourself dreaming of a white Christmas, and fa-la-la-la-laing all the way home” – PerformInk

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Here’s a short sneak peek of the show featuring just a few of the many treasured Christmas songs you’ll enjoy!

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I’ve Got a Crush on You

Great standards like “Someone To Watch Over Me” and “I’ve Got a Crush on You” were born on Broadway. The shows may be forgotten, but the songs live on. From the Gershwins and Berlin to “Send In The Clowns” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” we’ll look at the songs that began on Broadway and made it into the American Songbook.

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It’s Delovely

De-Lightful, De-Licious, De-Lovely lyrics abound in this original cabaret tribute to two of the wittiest songwriters of all time!

Our celebration of internal rhyme and worldly wit opens with a first act devoted to the work of American songwriter Cole Porter, featuring songs from his hit musicals ANYTHING GOES (“You’re the Top,” “It’s De-Lovely”), PARIS (“Let’s Misbehave”), and KISS ME, KATE (“Another Op’nin, Another Show”). Also included are novelty songs from as early as 1913 (“A Football King”), songs he wrote for film (“Use Your Imagination,” “Easy to Love”), and hilarious but seldom-heard pieces (“Make a Date with a Great Psychoanalyst,” “Find Me a Primitive Man”).

The second act turns to the brilliance of British-born Noël Coward, including songs well-known to Coward fans (“I Went to a Marvelous Party,” “Mad About the Boy,” “If Love Were All”) and some lesser-known gems (“That Is the End of the News,” “Uncle Harry,” “Why Do the Wrong People Travel?”).

Join J. Kent Barnhart as he tasks Lauren Bradshaw, Katie Karel, and Lindsey McKee with mastering the wordy-albeit-delightful tunes that forever raised the bar for lyricists who followed. From Cole’s early Broadway days to Noël’s legendary Vegas performances, we’ll break out the champagne and toast these two unsurpassed bon vivants.

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Sinatra’s Songwriter

From his early days with Tommy Dorsey’s band to the pinnacle of success in Las Vegas, one man was with Frank Sinatra all the way: Sammy Cahn. Sammy wrote for Sinatra, and Sinatra sang for Sammy. Together they made the perfect team, Sinatra as “The Voice” and Sammy as the words. From the highest of the highs (“Come Fly With Me”), to the lowest of the lows (“Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry”), to all of the happiness in between (“Love and Marriage”), Sammy could translate Sinatra’s creative ideas into the perfect lyrics. Their partnership produced 87 hit recordings and won Sammy four Academy Awards for Best Song (“Three Coins In The Fountain,” “High Hopes,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” “All The Way”).

Celebrate the career of Frank Sinatra through the man who penned much of it in this stylish cabaret revue featuring favorites from Sinatra’s early big band years in 1930s New York (“Until The Real Thing Comes Along,” “Please Be Kind,” “I Could Make You Care”) to hits from his Vegas acts of the 50s and 60s (“Teach Me Tonight,” “Only The Lonely”). Enjoy over two dozen Sammy Cahn-Frank Sinatra hits performed by vocalists Lauren Bradshaw, Lauren Braton, and Joseph Carr, led by pianist and emcee J. Kent Barnhart. Ken Remmert on drums and Ben Tervort on bass put the “swing” in this swinging tribute!

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That Old Black Magic

In a career that spanned six decades, Harold Arlen wrote over 400 songs and is, arguably, one of the Founding Fathers of the Great American Songbook. A master tunesmith, he wrote for The Cotton Club, Broadway, and Hollywood, and had a unique talent for infusing the blues into his songs. This intimate, original, and exciting revue features nearly two dozen of Arlen’s songs, including jazz standards “Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Blues in the Night,” and “That Old Black Magic;” Broadway tunes “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues,” “Sweet and Hot,” and “Come Rain or Come Shine;” and film songs “The Man That Got Away,” “One for My Baby,” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Vocalists Lauren Braton, Christina Burton, and LeShea Wright will heat up the cold winter nights with their sizzling renditions of these classic favorites, backed by J. Kent Barnhart on piano, Ken Remmert on drums, Kevin Payton on bass, and Matt Baldwin on clarinet and saxophone.

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2018 - 2019 Season

Christmas in Song

June 5, 2018

Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season through its beloved songs and carols. For the 17th consecutive year, we continue the tradition of presenting our signature blend of sacred and secular music in a cabaret setting in a production that, through the years, The Pitch has called “the best Christmas show in town” and “Kansas City’s most consistently stirring Christmas show for 15 years.”

This year’s show features traditional carols (“Silent Night,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Joy to the World!”) mixed with classical favorites (“O Holy Night,” “Ave Maria”) and Christmas songbook standards (“White Christmas,” Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song,” and “Christmas Time Is Here” from the perennial television favorite A Charlie Brown Christmas). Throw in some songs from the whimsical 1980s television special John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together and a couple of holiday cabaret surprises, and you have an intimate and moving original show that the whole family will enjoy. According to some subscribers, it just isn’t the Christmas season until you experience CHRISTMAS IN SONG at Quality Hill Playhouse.

“If CHRISTMAS IN SONG at Quality Hill Playhouse does not get you in the holiday spirit, then you are either the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge.”
~ Steve Wilson, BroadwayWorld

Joining us for this year’s holiday festivities will be Lauren Bradshaw, who made her Playhouse debut earlier this year in IT’S DELOVELY, and Lindsey McKee, who has shared her glorious classical voice with Playhouse audiences for many Christmas seasons and who recently was named one of the top six sopranos in the American Prize. Joining them will be Brad Dawdy, who is making his QHP debut with this production. The production is created and directed by Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart who also serves as pianist, vocalist, and emcee.

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Songbook of the 20s and 30s

This original cabaret revue, the first in our BROADWAY AND ALL THAT JAZZ series, chronicles the decades when songwriters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Dorothy Fields were writing the songs that became “standards.” Enjoy favorites “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” as well as classics from Broadway’s SHOWBOAT.

American popular song during this period also was heavily influenced by African American bandleaders, lyricists, composers, and singers. This revue explores that significant contribution through songs like “Strange Fruit” (made famous by Billie Holiday), Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and songs from the groundbreaking Broadway musical PORGY AND BESS.

Vocalists Christina Burton, LeTeesha McDonald Jackson, and LeShea Wright, led by pianist and emcee J. Kent Barnhart, will thrill audiences with the sweet and hot sounds of Broadway and vocal jazz from the 20s and 30s. Ken Remmert on drums and Ben Tervort on bass complete the ensemble.

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Songbook of the 40s

Join us for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s. Poet Rod McKuen captured it perfectly when he quipped, “1939-1945 was a terrible time for the world, but it was a glorious time for songs and fighter pilots.” A country battling the effects of war and its aftermath took solace in hundreds of songs of all types, from big band to romantic ballads to novelty songs, many of which are still standards today.

In the first act we explore some of the greatest musicals in Broadway history, including OKLAHOMA!, BRIGADOON, and PAL JOEY. Not only were these songs wonderful as they were performed on the stage, many also were rearranged in a swing style and became jazz standards that are still performed today. With favorites like “Come To Me, Bend To Me,” “Almost Like Being In Love,” and “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You,” you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds!

The second act turns to the popular music and vocal jazz tradition, with hits made famous by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. You’ll also swing to Glenn Miller tunes like “Route 66” and “Tuxedo Junction,” featuring tight vocal harmonies in the style of Manhattan Transfer.

“If you are looking for an escape from the dull winter blues, check out The SONGBOOK OF THE 40S.”
~ Steve Wilson, BroadwayWorld.com

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Songbook of the 50s

Perhaps no decade in American history had more personalities to its music than the 1950s, and this dynamite and dynamic cabaret revue will pay tribute to this variety of sound!

Our first act opens with songs from classic Broadway musicals including GYPSY, THE MUSIC MAN, and WEST SIDE STORY. American musical theatre’s influence stretched beyond the stage, however, as it provided source material for jazz and pop vocalists. This trend that started in the ’40s continued in earnest in the ’50s, and our talented cast will showcase this rising artform through uptempo, jazz versions of songs like “If I Were A Bell” (GUYS AND DOLLS), “On The Street Where You Live” (MY FAIR LADY), and “My Favorite Things” (THE SOUND OF MUSIC).

The revue’s second act represents the “All That Jazz” portion of the production, but jazz, like Broadway, could not be confined to just one style. This act will feature vocal jazz ballads (“When I Fall In Love,” “Guess Who I Saw Today”); vocalese (“Everybody’s Boppin’,” “Four Brothers”); easy, cool jazz (“Misty,” “Teach Me Tonight,” “Satin Doll”); and a seldom-heard four-part vocal arrangement of the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five.”

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Songbook of the 60s and 70s

Celebrate the era when traditional musicals lived alongside innovative ones as we explore the evolution of Broadway in the 1960s and 70s. This intimate cabaret revue opens with “Cabaret” from the 1966 musical CABARET and continues with “Don’t Rain On My Parade” (FUNNY GIRL, 1964), “Before The Parade Passes By” (HELLO, DOLLY!, 1964), and “On A Clear Day” (ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, 1965). As a new decade dawned, the concept musical took hold, and the first act’s later half includes songs that reflect this shift, including “Day By Day” (GODSPELL, 1971), “Gethsemene” (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 1971), “Magic To Do” (PIPPIN, 1972), and “Home” (THE WIZ, 1974).

The jazz world also evolved to reflect an eclectic culture, and the second act presents this rich history through traditional standards written for film (“Moon River,” “The Shadow Of Your Smile”), songs with a Brazilian influence (“The Girl From Ipanema,” “Sunny”), tributes to Charlie Parker and Jon Hendricks (“Sermonette,” “Now’s The Time”) and songs made famous by The Manhattan Transfer, the vocal jazz group formed in 1969 (“Java Jive,” “That Cat Is High”).

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Songbook of the 80s to the Present

“Over the top.” Nothing describes contemporary American musical theatre better. Thanks to advancements in live production technologies, Broadway producers of the late 20th Century to today have been able to push the boundaries of set, light, and sound design further than ever before, enabling them to tell ever-expanding stories. Musicals like LES MISERABLES (1987), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1988), TITANIC (1997), and THE LION KING (1997) featured lavish spectacles and epic plots. Our first act will feature song sets from these shows, including “The Music Of The Night,” “Think Of Me,” “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” and “The Circle Of Life,” plus songs from 1990’s ASSASSINS (“Unworthy Of Your Love”) and 1997’s JEKYLL AND HYDE (“This Is The Moment”).

While Broadway expanded starting in the 1980s, American popular artists like The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices returned to the humble roots of the Great American Songbook for inspiration. The Manhattan Transfer won accolades and audiences with contemporary versions of classic hits such as “The Boy From New York City,” “Operator,” and “Birdland,” a vocalese homage to the great Charlie Parker. Similarly, New York Voices had successes in the last few decades with fresh arrangements of the 1946 jump blues song “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” and the 1950 hit “Orange Colored Sky,” originally made popular by Nat King Cole. Our second act of “All That Jazz” features these songs plus modern takes on the Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They Are A-Changin’,” and more.

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2019 - 2020 Season

Cabaret Swings!

August 1, 2019

Over 25 years, we have continued to introduce new facets to our cabaret format. When we introduced bass and drums to our shows, we really began to swing – just like we’ll do in this exciting show of swing from the days of big bands to today. ~ J. Kent Barnhart

In the 1930s, Americans went wild for the swing music craze. That sound is still popular today, and whether it be sweet or hot, tunes such as “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” “In The Mood,” “It’s Only A Paper Moon,” and “Orange Colored Sky” keep people – and our theatre – swingin’!

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Christmas in Song

Each year since we opened we have celebrated Christmas in music. After trying out several different names, audiences fell in love with this title and format and made CHRISTMAS IN SONG Kansas City’s favorite holiday cabaret for over a dozen years. ~ J. Kent Barnhart

Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season through its beloved songs and carols. For the 18th consecutive year, we continue the tradition of presenting our signature blend of sacred and secular music in a cabaret setting in a production that, through the years, The Pitch has called “the best Christmas show in town” and “Kansas City’s most consistently stirring Christmas show for 15 years.”

This year’s show features traditional carols (“Silent Night,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Joy to the World!”) mixed with unique arrangements (“Ave Maria” in duet with “I Believe”) and Christmas songbook standards (“White Christmas,” Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song,” and “Christmas Time Is Here”). Throw in some pop favorites (“Because It’s Christmas,” “Grown Up Christmas List”) and a couple of holiday cabaret surprises, and you have an intimate and moving original show that the whole family will enjoy. According to some subscribers, it just isn’t the Christmas season until you experience CHRISTMAS IN SONG at Quality Hill Playhouse.

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FEED KANSAS CITY THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON. For every single ticket sold to CHRISTMAS IN SONG, Quality Hill Playhouse will donate $1 to Harvesters, a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Every $1 helps Harvesters provide three meals. We are thankful of the support we’ve received from Kansas City throughout our first 25 years, and we are proud to give back to the community that has nurtured us by sharing a portion of our sales to feed those in need.

 

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New Year’s Eve Cabaret

July 13, 2015

December 31
6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
(90 minutes with no Intermission)

Join us for our one-night-only extravaganza as we welcome back Christina Burton, Molliann McCulley, and LeShea Wright for a hilarious and nostalgic evening of cabaret. Celebrate the end of 2019 with these three powerhouse vocalists, backed by our piano, bass, and drums combo, all under the impeccable direction of J. Kent Barnhart. With Ken Remmert on drums and Brian Padavic on bass.

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6:00 p.m. performance
9:00 p.m. performance

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The Marvelous Marilyn Maye

August 22, 2016

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR 9:00 PM ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14.
All other performances SOLD OUT.

Kansas City’s hometown jazz hero – The Marvelous Marilyn Maye – returns for seven performances only! Featuring her signature take on Broadway tunes plus jazz favorites, it’s always a party with Marilyn in the room.

One recent reviewer commented simply: “Singing doesn’t get better than this.” (Philadelphia Magazine, November 2018)

Need we say more? Our Silver Anniversary wouldn’t be complete without including an appearance by this legend and treasured part of our history at The Q.

CLICK HERE to read the delightful article in THE NEW YORKER, “Johnny Carson’s Favorite Singer“.

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The Melody Lingers On

August 1, 2019

This first show of our Silver Anniversary Season is a re-imagined look at the very first show we produced in 1995. Intimate, original, funny, and exciting, this cabaret revue is a celebration of Irving Berlin, the father of the American Songbook. His career spanned six decades and touched every aspect of popular song, including standards (“Always”, “Blue Skies”, “How Deep Is The Ocean”), comic novelty songs, Broadway (“There’s No Business Like Show Business” and others from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Hollywood (“Cheek To Cheek”, “Puttin’ On The Ritz”), and patriotic songs including “God Bless America”. This fresh look at our inaugural show includes newly discovered songs and fresh, vocal jazz arrangements of standards, as well as Berlin’s signature songs that led Jerome Kern to say, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music; he IS American music.”

Features piano accompaniment.

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Special Event

Cocktails at The Q

July 10, 2018

This week we celebrate Quality Hill Playhouse and our new Lobby with our all-new event!

Thursday, August 2nd
Friday, August 3rd
Saturday, August 4th

6:00 PM … cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Lobby
7:00 PM … performance in the Theatre
Followed by dessert and drinks with the cast

Tickets $75
Sponsorships $1,000 (includes two tickets and special recognition)

Business Casual | Complimentary Parking | Theatre seating is reserved.

The evening’s performance will consist of highlights from our 2017-2018 Season, led by J. Kent Barnhart
and featuring Victoria Botero, Lauren Bradshaw, Christina Burton, Joseph Carr,
LaTeesha McDonald Jackson, Sarah LaBarr, Lindsey McKee, Tim Noland, and LeShea Wright,
plus Ken Remmert on drums and Danny Kaul on bass.

For more information, call 816-421-1700.

Let’s get ready to raffle!
From tickets to travel, we’ve got something you’re sure to want.
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event only; $25 each or 5 for $100.

4 KC Chiefs tickets in the Penthouse Suite: gold parking and all food and wine/beer/soft drinks included; $2,000 value
Santa Fe Condo: one week in a luxury condo located within 5 blocks of the Plaza in Santa Fe, sleeps 6; $2,000 value
Wine Tasting Dinner at Kansas City Country Club: elegant dinner with wine parings for up to 20 people; $2,000 value
Movie Night: dinner for 8 followed by a movie screening at the home of Lynne and Carl Weilert; $1,200 value

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Encore At Home: From Our Living Room To Yours

September 8, 2020

Join us for our virtual benefit event, ENCORE! AT HOME: FROM OUR LIVING ROOM TO YOURS. 

Available to stream from October 22nd – October 25th.

While we cannot be together this year, we can share what we love most from the safety and comfort of our living rooms! We need your help to keep the music playing at Kansas City’s only classy cabaret theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse. Enjoy show stopping, living room performances from QHP’s talented cast of Kansas City performers all while sipping wine from your very own Quality Hill Playhouse signature glasses and partaking in dinner from one of Kansas City Originals delicious restaurants!

Featuring J. Kent Barnhart with Samantha Agron, Lauren Braton, Christina Burton, Katie Karel, Sarah LaBarr, Molliann McCulley, Lindsey McKee, Robert Erik Sobbe, Francisco Javier Villegas, and LeShea Wright.

$10,000 Gold Sponsor
Online Performance for 20
20 – $30 Restaurant Gift Cards
10 Bottles – White or Red Wine
20 Quality Hill Wine Glasses
10 Quality Hill Logo Bags
2 Bottomless Wine Glasses for 2021-2022 Season
Recognition on web site
Delivery by QHP Actor

$5,000 Silver Sponsor
Online Performance for 10
10 – $30 Restaurant Gift Cards
5 Bottles – White or Red Wine
10 Quality Hill Wine Glasses
3 Quality Hill Logo Bags
1 Bottomless Wine Glass for 2021-2022 Season
Recognition on web site
Delivery by QHP Actor

$2,500 Bronze Sponsor
Online Performance for 6
6 – $30 Restaurant Gift Cards
3 Bottles – White or Red Wine
6 Quality Hill Wine Glasses
6 coupons – Free wine refill when theatre reopens
3 Quality Hill Logo Bags
Recognition on web site

$1,500 Patron Sponsor
Online Performance for 4
4 – $30 Restaurant Gift Card
2 Bottles – White or Red Wine
4 Quality Hill Wine Glasses
4 coupons – Free wine refill when theatre reopens
2 Quality Hill Logo Bag
Recognition on web site

$1,000* Friend
Online Performance for 2
2 – $30 Restaurant Gift Card
Bottle – White or Red Wine
2 Quality Hill Wine Glasses
2 coupons – Free wine refill when theatre reopens
Quality Hill Logo Bag
Recognition on web site
* $500 for individual Friend (1 gift card, 1 wine glass, 1 coupon for free refill)

$250 Couple
Online Performance for 2
2 – $30 Restaurant Gift Card
Bottle – White or Red Wine
2 Quality Hill Wine Glasses
2 coupons – Free wine refill when theatre reopens
Quality Hill Logo Bag

 

 

$150 Individual
Online Performance for 1
$30 Restaurant Gift Card
Bottle – White or Red Wine
1 Quality Hill Wine Glass
1 coupon – Free wine refill when theatre reopens
Quality Hill Logo Bag

 

 

Upon purchase of ticket to Encore! at Home you will receive a confirmation email.

On October 22 you will receive an email with a unique link to the recorded performance that you can watch at anytime between October 22 to the 25. The unique link can only be played on one device at time and cannot be shared. The performance can be paused, rewound or played again and can be watched on any device.

 

To make a reservation today, click HERE.

Or

You may call our box office at 816-421-1700 Monday through Thursday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.

 

** Quality Hill Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Amount of your gift over $50 per individual is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law**
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