The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Crazy For You from May 2 to the 5. Crazy for You is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy, whose dream in life is to dance. Despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream in an unexpected place. It’s a high-energy comedy that includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers, and classic Gershwin music.
Wichita Center For The Arts presents How The World Began Wednesday, April 17 through Sunday, April 21. Susan, a high school biology teacher leaves Manhattan, New York for a job in Plainview, Kan. Susan is ready for more than a little culture shock, but she’s not prepared for the fire storm that engulfs the town when she makes an off-hand comment about the origins of the universe. This production is directed by Joyce Cavarozzi.
The Crown Uptown Theatre presents the hit 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun now through April 27. This timeless love story between sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler features songs from Irving Berlin including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”
The Crown Uptown Theatre presents the hit 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun March 22 through April 27. This timeless love story between sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler features songs from Irving Berlin including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”
Music Theatre for Young People will present Sweet Charity the Musical, March 8 - 10 at Mary Jane Teall Theater. The production features music by Cy Coleman, lyrics from Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon and is probably familiar to some audiences from the 1969 film adaptation, which starred Shirley MacLaine. Among the musical numbers are “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”
Coming to the Wichita theatre community is the world premiere of Radiating Like a Stone, adapted by adapted by Anne Welsbacher and Gina Austin-Fresh from the book of essays, “Radiating Like a Stone: Wichita Women and the 1970s Feminist Movement,” collected and edited by Myrne Roe.
Friends University presents George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 25, 26, 27. Raina Petkoff is rapturous about the romance of war and idolizes one of its ostensibly heroic warriors until a weary and desperate enemy soldier climbs into her bedroom window to hide. Her world and those who live in it will just have to change as they take a new look at "arms and the man."
Wichita’s Forum Theatre presents The Mystery of Irma Vep January 10 through February 3 with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees. Hailed as "the funniest two hours on any stage" by The New York Times, this comedy is a send-up to every B-rated Gothic Horror film ever made and the theatre of the ridiculous. This production features actors Ray Wills and Monte Wheeler.
Wichita Community Theatre will present Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs January 24 through February 10. Part of Simon’s semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy that follows Eugene Morris Jerome from New York to the army and back again via Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound, Brighton Beach Memoirs examines the protagonist’s struggles with puberty, sexual awakening, and his search for identity amid his daily struggles with family.