Broadway Through The Decades
March 6 - March 12
In consideration of KCMO Health Department’s recommendations regarding attendance at events, especially by those persons 60 years of age and older, Quality Hill Playhouse has made the difficult decision to close our production of BROADWAY THROUGH THE DECADES as of March 12.
We are disappointed that this fabulous show is closing early, but we are making every attempt to reschedule it at a later time. All ticket holders will be contacted about this change. Please hold onto your tickets for now; we expect to have new performance dates announced very soon. We look forward to working with you to find a new date for you to experience this exciting exploration of Broadway’s musical evolution.
Keeping alive the classic and lesser-known works of Broadway is an important part of our mission. When we dedicated two entire seasons to looking at Broadway decade by decade, season ticket sales expanded exponentially. We’ll celebrate that growth with a look at Broadway then – and how it has changed since we opened 25 years ago! ~ J. Kent Barnhart
Join us for this delightful revue as we give our regards to Broadway. It is only fitting that we begin Act I with songs by George M. Cohan – the man who made Broadway. What was once a space for vaudeville, the theatre now turned its style to the book musical. And who better to tell those stories through their gorgeous melodies and heart-felt lyrics than the related pair of George and Ira Gershwin. With songs such as The Man I Love and Someone to Watch Over Me, these tunes have stood the test of time and have been performed and reimagined for decades following their debuts in LADY, BE GOOD! (1924) and OH, KAY! (1926). The Gershwin brothers inspired numerous songwriting duos like Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, famous for the Golden Age musicals CAROUSEL and THE KING AND I.
The second act features numbers that span over 70 years’ worth of Broadway hits. From socially charged shows like WEST SIDE STORY and LES MISÉRABLES, to inspirational stories like COME FROM AWAY, and those fun-loving comedies like KISS ME, KATE, people flocked to the theatre to feel something. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is praised for his sophisticated and poignant storytelling. With a career that is still influential to this day, we will feature songs from his works COMPANY, IN THE WOODS, and many others. It’s these stories that continue to entertain the masses and alter the lives of theatre goers one seat at a time and are the same such stories that have influenced our 25th Anniversary season production of BROADWAY THROUGH THE DECADES.