KC Events: New Musical, Eddie Griffin and Dancing Brothers



Greta Ogelsby will star in Unity Performing Arts Center’s new musical, “Broke Open,” alongside Sarah Tannehill Anderson.

Courtesy of Unity Performing Arts Center

The new Unity Performing Arts Center will present a new musical, “Broke Open”, this weekend.

Television, film and theater veteran Greta Ogelsby and Grammy and Emmy-winning soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson will star in a staged reading with musical performances. It will take place at 7 p.m. on August 12 and 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on August 14, and at 3 p.m. on August 15.

Written by Keith Andrews with music by Andrews and Robert Pherigo, “Broke Open” is set in the 1960s in Alabama and follows a friendship between two students of different races and the effect it has on their families.

The performances will benefit the Unity Performing Arts Center, which is housed in a former theater in the basement of the Unity Temple in the Plaza. Due to the pandemic, places will be limited with masks and proof of vaccination required.

Tickets are $ 20 at brokenopen.com.

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Sarah Tannehill Anderson will star in Unity Performing Arts Center’s new musical, “Broke Open,” alongside Greta Ogelsby. Courtesy of Unity Performing Arts Center

Other theater

â–ª “Rabbit Hole”, Smet Theatrics, August 12 to 14 at 7 p.m., Maison de la culture ($ 15 to $ 16). culturehouse.getmytix.net.

▪ “Frankenstein,” Theater for Young America, August 13 at noon and 7 p.m. and August 14 to 15 at 2 p.m., City Stage ($ 10 to $ 12). tya.org.

â–ª Newsies, 8:30 p.m., August 13-15, Gladstone Theater in the Park (free). gladstonetip.com.

The music

▪ Wilco and Sleater-Kinney with Nnamdï, 7 p.m. August 12, GrindersKC; moved from Arvest Bank Theater to Midland ($ 35 to $ 87.50). axs.com.

â–ª All Time Low with The Maine and Grayscale, 8 p.m. August 13, Kansas City Live! ($ 20- $ 85) powerandlightdistrict.com.

â–ª Webbie, 10 p.m. August 13, Blvd Nights ($ 40 to $ 100). eventbrite.com.

â–ª William Clark Green, 10:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Knuckleheads ($ 29.50). knuckleheadskc.com.

â–ª The Floozies with Emancipator, 5 p.m. August 14, GrindersKC ($ 27.50 to $ 75). grinderskc.com.

â–ª Mike Zito’s Big Damn Band with Tito Jackson, 7 p.m. August 14, Knuckleheads ($ 25). knuckleheadskc.com.

â–ª Soul Asylum with Local H, 8 p.m. August 15, RecordBar ($ 30). therecordbar.com.

â–ª Corey Taylor with Cherry Bombs, 7 p.m. August 17, GrindersKC ($ 39.50 to $ 75). grinderskc.com.

Kansas City native Eddie Griffin will perform his comedy act August 14 at the Uptown Theater. Adriana * Lopez Photo file

More entertainment

▪ For runners looking for fun rather than competition, the Beer & Bagel Run will be a “4 (ish) -mile” event at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at 9 am on August 14 ($ 45). beerandbagel.com.

â–ª “Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins” will open on August 14 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, until March 6, 10 am to 5 pm Friday to Monday and 10 am to 9 pm Thursday ($ 18, includes two other featured exhibitions). nelson-atkins.org.

â–ª Eddie Griffin, who made his comedy debut at the former Sanford and Sons Comedy Club, will return to his hometown for a show at the Uptown Theater at 7 p.m. on August 14 ($ 39.50 – $ 77). uptowntheater.com.

â–ª “Dancing With the Stars” Maks brothers and Val Chmerkovskiy will bring their Stripped Down tour to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on August 15 ($ 52.19 – $ 74.31). kauffmancenter.org.

Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy from “Dancing with the Stars” will perform on August 15 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Photo file

â–ª The month-long celebration of the 101st birthday of Kansas City native Charlie Parker will take place at the Tivoli Theater at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for “Bird 101: The Art of Charlie Parker in Kansas City,” which will include a screening of “Bird: Not Out of Nowhere” and panel discussion, 5:30 p.m. August 17 ($ 5). projectorcharlieparker.org.

Hybrid event

â–ª KC Baroque will perform “Moliere’s Versailles” with limited seats at the Catholic Church of the Visitation and via a live broadcast, at 7:30 pm on August 13 ($ 22 to $ 40). kcbaroque..org.

Kansas City Star Stories

Dan Kelly has been covering entertainment and arts news at The Star for 10 years. He previously worked for the Columbia Daily Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was also on the journalism faculty of the University of Missouri for six years and he wrote a historical novel, “Soaring with Vultures”.


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