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KMUW commentator Sanda Moore Coleman looks behind the curtain to give listeners (and play goers) a bit of history and perspective.

Latest Episodes

On Stage: Gridiron, Jekyll & Hyde, Hollywood/Ukraine

If you've ever thought, “Say, I'd like to support higher education in Kansas while also laughing and having a good time,” you are just the audience member Gridiron is looking for. This Wichita tradition has been putting musical sketch comedy skewering local leaders and the news on stage for longer than any other show of its kind in the United States.

1 minMAR 9
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On Stage: Gridiron, Jekyll & Hyde, Hollywood/Ukraine

On Stage: 'Waitress' Is About Breaking Free

Nothing says spring is on the way like a musical, and Waitress is a musical that is all about growth and change.

2 minFEB 25
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On Stage: 'Waitress' Is About Breaking Free

On Stage in February

Whether you are blissfully wedded or still pitching woo, the Wichita Grand Opera offers a Valentine's Day celebration unlike any other you'll find in the city.

1 minJAN 28
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On Stage in February

On Stage: Stoppard's 'Leopoldstadt' Is His Most Personal Work

You could be forgiven if you thought Tom Stoppard, at the age of 81, had given up writing for the stage, but you would also be wrong. Leopoldstadt is his latest and is set in 1900 Vienna, the Jewish quarter, and follows the fortunes of a successful Jewish family who have escaped the pogroms.

1 minJAN 14
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On Stage: Stoppard's 'Leopoldstadt' Is His Most Personal Work

On Stage In January: 'Bandstand'

When words are not enough, we turn to music to express our deepest, most complicated feelings. Bandstand , an original musical composed by Richard Oberacker, with lyrics and book by Oberacker with Robert Taylor, is just such a musical. Set in post-World War II New York City, the plot revolves around Private First Class Donny Novitski as he tries to fit in and rebuild his life after the war. Donny is a singer and songwriter, and when he hears the news about a national competition to find the next

2 min2019 DEC 30
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On Stage In January: 'Bandstand'

This Season Of Holiday Shows On Stage

Tickets are going very fast for A Very Crown Christmas , onstage at The Crown Uptown. For the price of admission, audience members will select a buffet dinner, then see a musical revue that features the talents of several of our city's favorite performers. Join Madi White, Cindy Summers, Jenny Mitchell, Kyle Vespestad, Ryan Schafer, and John Bates, under the direction of Patty Reeder, in an evening of comedy, music, and fun. A Very Crown Christmas runs through December 28. For me, Charles

1 min2019 DEC 16
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This Season Of Holiday Shows On Stage

On Stage: Holiday Laughs

As we round the corner of Thanksgiving and head straight into the holiday season, you may be wondering how you're going to manage the sudden influx of calories, but fear not! Studies have shown that an hour of hearty laughter burns around 100 calories—that's about the same as vacuuming for 45 minutes or lifting weights for half an hour. So go ahead and indulge a little, then treat yourself to some comedy.

1 min2019 DEC 2
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On Stage: Holiday Laughs

On Stage: Ballet, Singing & Cheesy Movies!

Fans of science fiction and humor will be pleased to know the Orpheum Theatre is host to Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour . Based on the Peabody Award-winning television hit, the show features original host and creator of the show, Joel Hodgson, as well as trash-talking robots Crow, Gypsy, and Tom Servo, as they joke their way through the cheesiest movies the universe has ever seen. This farewell tour includes songs and sketches for a full evening of

1 min2019 NOV 4
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On Stage: Ballet, Singing & Cheesy Movies!

On Stage This November

Wichita State University's Opera Theater is teaming up with the university’s Wind Ensemble for the semi-stage premiere of The Path to Heaven . This one-act opera follows the changing fortunes of a family fighting to make it through the Holocaust. You can see it at Miller Concert Hall on November 15th and November 17th. The holiday season looms, but the Orpheum Theatre has it figured out for you. Kick off Thanksgiving with a dose of improvisational comedy as Whose Live Anyway? takes over the

1 min2019 OCT 21
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On Stage This November

On Stage: 'Anything Goes'

From Wichita State University comes the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes , directed by guest artist Bradley Allan Zarr. The idea for a musical set on board an ocean liner came from producer Vinton Freedley. Freedley had left the U.S. to avoid creditors, and at the time, was living on a boat. He asked P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton to write the book, and he wanted Ethel Merman to star in it.

2 min2019 OCT 7
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On Stage: 'Anything Goes'

Latest Episodes

On Stage: Gridiron, Jekyll & Hyde, Hollywood/Ukraine

If you've ever thought, “Say, I'd like to support higher education in Kansas while also laughing and having a good time,” you are just the audience member Gridiron is looking for. This Wichita tradition has been putting musical sketch comedy skewering local leaders and the news on stage for longer than any other show of its kind in the United States.

1 minMAR 9
Comments
On Stage: Gridiron, Jekyll & Hyde, Hollywood/Ukraine

On Stage: 'Waitress' Is About Breaking Free

Nothing says spring is on the way like a musical, and Waitress is a musical that is all about growth and change.

2 minFEB 25
Comments
On Stage: 'Waitress' Is About Breaking Free

On Stage in February

Whether you are blissfully wedded or still pitching woo, the Wichita Grand Opera offers a Valentine's Day celebration unlike any other you'll find in the city.

1 minJAN 28
Comments
On Stage in February

On Stage: Stoppard's 'Leopoldstadt' Is His Most Personal Work

You could be forgiven if you thought Tom Stoppard, at the age of 81, had given up writing for the stage, but you would also be wrong. Leopoldstadt is his latest and is set in 1900 Vienna, the Jewish quarter, and follows the fortunes of a successful Jewish family who have escaped the pogroms.

1 minJAN 14
Comments
On Stage: Stoppard's 'Leopoldstadt' Is His Most Personal Work

On Stage In January: 'Bandstand'

When words are not enough, we turn to music to express our deepest, most complicated feelings. Bandstand , an original musical composed by Richard Oberacker, with lyrics and book by Oberacker with Robert Taylor, is just such a musical. Set in post-World War II New York City, the plot revolves around Private First Class Donny Novitski as he tries to fit in and rebuild his life after the war. Donny is a singer and songwriter, and when he hears the news about a national competition to find the next

2 min2019 DEC 30
Comments
On Stage In January: 'Bandstand'

This Season Of Holiday Shows On Stage

Tickets are going very fast for A Very Crown Christmas , onstage at The Crown Uptown. For the price of admission, audience members will select a buffet dinner, then see a musical revue that features the talents of several of our city's favorite performers. Join Madi White, Cindy Summers, Jenny Mitchell, Kyle Vespestad, Ryan Schafer, and John Bates, under the direction of Patty Reeder, in an evening of comedy, music, and fun. A Very Crown Christmas runs through December 28. For me, Charles

1 min2019 DEC 16
Comments
This Season Of Holiday Shows On Stage

On Stage: Holiday Laughs

As we round the corner of Thanksgiving and head straight into the holiday season, you may be wondering how you're going to manage the sudden influx of calories, but fear not! Studies have shown that an hour of hearty laughter burns around 100 calories—that's about the same as vacuuming for 45 minutes or lifting weights for half an hour. So go ahead and indulge a little, then treat yourself to some comedy.

1 min2019 DEC 2
Comments
On Stage: Holiday Laughs

On Stage: Ballet, Singing & Cheesy Movies!

Fans of science fiction and humor will be pleased to know the Orpheum Theatre is host to Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour . Based on the Peabody Award-winning television hit, the show features original host and creator of the show, Joel Hodgson, as well as trash-talking robots Crow, Gypsy, and Tom Servo, as they joke their way through the cheesiest movies the universe has ever seen. This farewell tour includes songs and sketches for a full evening of

1 min2019 NOV 4
Comments
On Stage: Ballet, Singing & Cheesy Movies!

On Stage This November

Wichita State University's Opera Theater is teaming up with the university’s Wind Ensemble for the semi-stage premiere of The Path to Heaven . This one-act opera follows the changing fortunes of a family fighting to make it through the Holocaust. You can see it at Miller Concert Hall on November 15th and November 17th. The holiday season looms, but the Orpheum Theatre has it figured out for you. Kick off Thanksgiving with a dose of improvisational comedy as Whose Live Anyway? takes over the

1 min2019 OCT 21
Comments
On Stage This November

On Stage: 'Anything Goes'

From Wichita State University comes the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes , directed by guest artist Bradley Allan Zarr. The idea for a musical set on board an ocean liner came from producer Vinton Freedley. Freedley had left the U.S. to avoid creditors, and at the time, was living on a boat. He asked P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton to write the book, and he wanted Ethel Merman to star in it.

2 min2019 OCT 7
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On Stage: 'Anything Goes'
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