Musical Theater Heritage presents “Bernstein's Broadway,” at Kansas City’s Off Center Theatre, located in Crown Center, opening Thursday, March 27 and running through April 13 in a remounting of the successful, original review about the life of Leonard Bernstein and the fabulous music he wrote for the Broadway stage. a spokesman said.
A press release from MTH announced the return of “Bernstein’s Broadway, written by MTH’s Executive Director and Broadway historian, George Harter, and MTH’s Artistic Director, Sarah Crawford. Bernstein’s Broadway celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s rarely-heard, music from “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” “Candide,” and “Wonderful Town.”
“Other than ‘West Side Story,’ Harter said, “the musicals by Leonard Bernstein are seldom produced. There is some fabulous music in ‘On The Town,’ for example that is never heard today; in songs such as ‘Lucky to be Me,’ ‘Some Other Time,’ and ‘Lonely Town.’ ‘On The Town’ in 1944 is especially historic, in that Bernstein’s music expressed the American Musical in symphonic terms for the first time.”
According to Harter, “Bernstein’s Broadway” was the first production by MTH at Crown Center’s new, Off Center Theatre in 2008, but only ran for eight performances. Since then, the MTH audience has grown from 3,200 people per year to nearly 10,000, so now Bernstein’s Broadway will run for 15 performances this time, a spokesman said.
“We’ve had many of our long-time subscribers asking to bring it back. So, we decided it was time to give our newest subscribers an opportunity to see this wonderful production. We are very proud of it.” Chad Gerlt, MTH Executive Producer, said.
This year’s production is again hosted and narrated by George Harter, with a cast of 15 consisting of Alison Sneegas Borberg; American Tenor, Ben Gulley; Stefanie Wienecke; Jacob Aaron Cullum; Justin McCoy; Megan Herrera; Linnaia McKenzie; Megan Horsman; Kami Rodgers; Robert Hingula; Tyler Eisenreich; and Bob Wearing. On piano, the show features the MTH’s Jeremy Watson, with Brian Wilson; on bass, and Kyle Brown on percussion.
“I think our audience is going to be absolutely blown away by our cast and the powerful, moving, music that Leonard Bernstein has created. We are thrilled to bring it back,” Sarah Crawford , artistic director, said.
Bernstein’s Broadway runs Thursdays thru Sundays, March 27 – April 13 at the Off Center Theater on the upper level of Kansas City’s Crown Center. Tickets are $17-$40, and student tickets are available for only $10. Box Office: (816) 545-6000. Online: www.MTHKC.com