Century II

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Music Theatre Wichita will wrap up its summer season with Disney’s "Newsies," which began Aug. 11.

The professional theatre company is one of the first regional theatres in the nation to create its own brand-new version of the mega-hit show, which ran on Broadway from 2012 to 2014.

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The City of Wichita rejected a contract with a local union that represents theatrical workers at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

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Leaders and patrons of the arts organizations that call the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center home are watching closely as the city considers future options for the iconic round building with the blue roof.

Music Theatre Wichita is among the performing arts groups that have a strong interest in the upcoming decisions.

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The City of Wichita is exploring the possibility of creating a public-private partnership to pay for the next phase of its Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

At 48 years old, the downtown circular building with the light blue roof is showing its age, and the convention business has changed. Also, the city-owned public library next door will be vacant in a few years.

City Manager Robert Layton said Tuesday that the city is considering a number of options for remodeling Century II or building new facilities based on results from a 2014 market study.

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The Wichita City Council passed a motion today that will use nearly $1.5 million in taxes raised by tourism to improve cultural and tourism buildings. The council passed the motion unanimously.


Bill Maher is bringing his standup comedy to the Century II Performing Arts Center on Saturday night. The often-controversial talk show host has a made a career of moderating fiery political discussions for late-night TV. After almost a decade hosting Politically Incorrect, he now has a successful show on HBO called Real Time with Bill Maher. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur recently spoke with the comedian about his approach to entertainment.

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You can share your thoughts on the future of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center at several meetings coming up soon.

There's one tonight at 5:30 pm, and another on Monday night--both at Century II.

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The City council Tuesday voted to approve a new rate model and rental increases at Century II.

Rental rates have not changed at Century II since 2000.

Under the proposal changes, the performing arts and events center will go from a period rental model to a day rate model.

A 2 percent rate increase will go into effect in January of 2015.

Currently Century II rents for 6 hour periods in the concert hall and on a day rate for the expo halls.