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Gem Theater at night; credit Kansas City CVA



Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

DESCRIPTION: Opening 2010, this $326 million architectural landmark will host performances by the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera and other art organizations; the center is a nearly 285,000-square-foot facility with in 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall and 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre


ADDRESS: 906 Grand Blvd  MAP



Gem Theater
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1912, this theater was fully restored to its former greatness — this point is significant because only a handful of Historically Black Theaters nationwide have been restored rather than destroyed; today, it serves as popular entertainment venue for small concerts in the 18th & Vine District; managed by the American Jazz Museum
BOX OFFICE: event dependent
ADDRESS: 1615 East 18th Street  MAP
PHONE: 816-474-VINE


Coterie Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Located in Crown Center, this popular family venue is widely recognized as one of the top five children's theatres in the country; American Heartland Theatre produces Broadway-style musicals and dramas while the Crown Center Cinemas offer blockbuster movies on six screens

BOX OFFICE: Tue-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 9:30a-4:30p

ADDRESS: 2450 Grand Blvd  MAP

PHONE: 816-274-8444


Starlight Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Since 1951, the Starlight has been home to concerts and Broadway plays; in 2001, the theatre introduced a Walk of Stars for performers who have graced the stage, including Cab Calloway; before each show, enjoy dinner before in the Applause Club or just enjoy the Shirley Bush Helzberg Fountain and Garden

BOX OFFICE: on showdays 10a-5p

ADDRESS: 4600 Starlight Road  MAP

PHONE: 816-363-7827


Kansas City Repertory Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Since 1964, the Repertory Theatre has been a premier Midwest professional theatre companys-in-residence at UMKC; they produce Kansas City Rep produces up to seven mainstage plays each season; has presented a critically acclaimed run of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

BOX OFFICE: lobby of Copaken Stage at 13th & Main, downtown; on performance days open until one-half hour after show time; on non-performance days: Monday-Friday 10a-5p

ADDRESS: 4949 Cherry Street  MAP

PHONE: 816-235-2700


Bonner Springs, KS

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

DESCRIPTION: Features 6,700 reserved seats, general admission lawn seating; also noted for its setting and great acoustics to deliver a superb outdoor concert experience

BOX OFFICE: better to use their website

ADDRESS: 633 North 130th Street in Wyandotte County Park  MAP

PHONE: tickets 913-721-3400


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