Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

At Play: Melody And Melodrama Prevail On Wichita Stages In The Coming Weeks

Opening this weekend at Mosley Street Melodrama is Carol Hughes’ Reno County 911: The Adventures of Starsky and Hutchinson. The production opens April 3 and will close May 24. Mosley Street Melodrama will present an uncensored performance of the play at a date to be determined during that run.

The Crown Uptown presents I Love A Piano April 5-26. I Love A Piano is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and of course,”I Love A Piano”

Wichita Center for the Arts presents War Paint April 16-20. The play tells the story of a young girl from the Muskogee-Creek Nation attempting to prove herself in college but facing a steep personal crisis. A death in her family and a unique Anthropology assignment force her to rediscover her true heritage as she alienates others, tries her family’s patience, and finds love along the way. The stories relevancy lies in the cultural limbo faced by American Indians often torn between mainstream society and the desire to carry on the traditions of their people.

Opening April 10 at Wichita’s Forum Theatre, it’s Man of La Mancha. The Tony-winning musical is based on the 1959 teleplay I, Don Quioxte by Dale Wasserman, which was in inspired by the literary classic Don Quioxte. Man of La Mancha debuted in 1964 and has been the subject of four Broadway revivals, most recently in 2002. Among the numbers featured in the musical are “The Impossible Dream” and “Little Bird, Little Bird.”