Quality Hill Playhouse has “Magic To Do” with its latest cabaret

The Leading Player in 1972’s PIPPIN invited audiences to “join us … come and waste an hour or two” because the cast of that groundbreaking musical had “Magic To Do”. Your two hours certainly won’t be wasted in this sophisticated cabaret revue celebrating the era when traditional musicals gave way to innovative ones as the Broadway musical evolved in the 1960s and 70s. Join us as Quality Hill Playhouse presents hits from these two dynamic decades, including “Cabaret” (CABARET, 1966), “Don’t Rain On My Parade” (FUNNY GIRL, 1964), “Before The Parade Passes By” (HELLO, DOLLY!, 1964), and “On A Clear Day” (ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, 1965). As a new decade dawned, the concept musical took hold, and the first act’s later half includes songs that reflect this shift, including “Day By Day” (GODSPELL, 1971), “Gethsemene” (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 1971), “Corner Of The Sky” (PIPPIN, 1972), and “Home” (THE WIZ, 1974).

The jazz world also evolved to reflect an eclectic culture, and the second act presents this rich history through traditional standards written for film (“Moon River,” “The Shadow Of Your Smile”), songs with a Brazilian influence (“The Girl From Ipanema,” “Sunny”), tributes to Charlie Parker and Jon Hendricks (“Sermonette,” “Now’s The Time”) and songs made famous by The Manhattan Transfer, the vocal jazz group formed in 1969 (“Java Jive,” “That Cat Is High”).

A high-energy cast featuring vocalists Christina Burton, Katie Karel, Francisco Javier Villegas, and LeShea Wright, backed by Ken Remmert on drums and Ben Tervort on bass, all led by pianist/emcee J. Kent Barnhart, will cast their spell over Kansas City as they do their magic performing BROADWAY AND ALL THAT JAZZ: SONGBOOK OF THE 60S AND 70S. Opening April 27 and running through May 26.

Kansas City’s original home for classic and classy cabaret – only at The Q!

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