Join us to experience Broadway musicals with some of Kansas City’s top talent in K.C.’s most beautiful venues. Destined for the stage? Audition in the spring to share the stage with an incredible cast of performers, designers and directors!
Summer Broadway Series
A legacy of inspiration and excellence! Every summer, The Culture House is privileged to stage a Broadway Musical on one of the best stages in Kansas City. Hundreds audition each year for the opportunity to come together and craft a telling of a musical tale worthy to be called an American hit. As director, Amy Sander has woven herself into the hearts of artist and audience alike as she pulls together the talent and vision for a memorable and moving experience. Whether you are an avid musical theater fan, have the talent to audition or want to be a volunteer to support the cast, there’s a place for you at The Culture House Summer Broadway Series.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
July 19th @ 7pm | July 20th @ 1pm & 7pm
Kauffman Center for the Performance Arts | 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Six summers of spectacular award-winning summer musicals and we are still going strong! "Les Miserables" (summer 2013 at Yardley Hall), "Big River" (summer 2014 at The Kauffman Center, winner of 6 International Music & Entertainment Association (IMEA) Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director), "Into the Woods" (summer 2015 at Yardley Hall, winner of 3 IMEA Awards), "Big Fish" (summer 2016 at The Kauffman Center, winner of 2 IMEA Awards), "Jesus Christ Superstar" (summer 2017 at Polsky Theatre, winner of 2 IMEA Awards, including Best Director), and our biggest and grandest show to date, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (summer 2018 at Yardley Hall). Be a part of our incredible summer tradition and help us "TELL THE STORY"!
From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime), comes the Olivier Award-winning "Once on This Island". This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, "The Little Mermaid", garnered eight Tony nominations in 1991 for its original Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. In 2018, the Broadway revival production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.
Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel's heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.