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10 Can't-Miss Holiday Shows in Kansas City

Make a list (and check it twice) … here are the hottest tickets of the season.

Delight in wonder. Be there at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as the Kansas City Ballet raises the curtain on an enchanting presentation of The Nutcracker, the largest in an eight-state region (Dec. 7-24).

Revisit a classic. What would the holidays be without A Christmas Carol? Almost 200 years later, this venerable story still rings true and wows crowds annually at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Count on a standing ovation (Nov. 22-Dec. 26).

Holiday Sing a LongBe our guest. Gather your family for the "tale as old as time," as Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast heads to the Music Hall (Dec. 10-12).

Enjoy holiday hilarity. KC Rep's Copaken Stage presents David Sedaris' irreverent and hysterical Santaland Diaries. Ages 13 & up (Nov. 29-Dec. 22).

Rock out, Rudolph. The sounds of the season continue at Sprint Center with what many consider to be its ultimate soundtrack—Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Lost Christmas Eve (Dec. 22).

Catch the holiday spirit. A local staple for more than 10 years, Quality Hill Playhouse’s Christmas in Song features some of KC’s most talented singers in an intimate setting (Nov. 21-Dec. 24).

Go ahead, sing along. Back by popular demand is A Spectacular Christmas by Musical Theater Heritage, a cabaret modeled after primetime television specials of yesteryear (Dec. 5-22).

Awe at the artistry. KC's masterful puppeteer Paul Mesner presents his incredible Nativity at downtown's Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral (Dec. 13-15).

Jingle all the way. The kid-centric fun continues with the Christmas Festival, a festive family sing-along featuring costumed characters and the 80-person Kansas City Symphony (Dec. 19-22).

Mix up merrily. Beautiful puppets and delightful holiday music pair for Kraig Kensinger's Storybook Christmas. Performance includes tour of the Puppetry Arts Institute (Dec. 14, 21 & 28).


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Add "A Christmas Carol" to My Event Calendar

"A Christmas Carol"

Dates: Nov. 22- Dec. 26 | Location: Country Club Plaza Area | Venue: Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64110

"A Christmas Carol"

Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition returns for a 33rd Season!...

Type: Theatre

Add "The Foreigner" to My Event Calendar

"The Foreigner"

Dates: 10/11/2013-11/3/2013 | Location: Country Club Plaza Area | Venue: Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64110

"The Foreigner"

Charlie Baker needs to get away, and his friend Froggy knows just the place - his favorite fishing lodge in rural Georgia. To give Charlie much needed peace and quiet, Froggy convinces the locals Charlie doesn't understand English. But the plan back...

Type: Theatre

Add How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to My Event Calendar

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Dates: Nov. 14-Dec. 1 | Location: Crown Center Area | Venue: Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3604 Main, Kansas City, MO 64111

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Power, sex, ambition, greed... it's just another day at the office! From the authors of Guys and Dolls comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. A satirical take on big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed… foll...

Type: Special Events,Theatre

Add Old MacDonald's Rhyming Ranch to My Event Calendar

Old MacDonald's Rhyming Ranch

Dates: Nov. 22-23; Dec. 20-21 | Location: Crown Center Area | Venue: Paul Mesner Puppets, 1006 E Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64109

Old MacDonald's Rhyming Ranch

Everyone sings along with the farmer we all know and love. Here at his rhyming ranch, all kinds of animals will be found and fondly remembered....

Type: Just for Kids,Music & Dance,Public Shows,Theatre

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"The Wiz

Dates: Nov. 12, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 | Location: Crown Center Area | Venue: The Coterie Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd., Ste. 144, Kansas City, MO 64108

This Tony award-winning, timeless classic is a multicultural view of Oz with a soulful twist. Based on The Coterie's 2011 acclaimed staging, described as “an event so unique and imaginative it's in a class by itself” (Kansas City Star), Dorothy and...

Type: Just for Kids,Theatre,Top Events

Add "The Santaland Diaries" to My Event Calendar

"The Santaland Diaries"

Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 24 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, MO 64105

"The Santaland Diaries"

America's favorite irreverent elf Crumpet arrives in Kansas City! David Sedaris' hysterical tale of elfin' woe is a hilarious one-man send-up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy's elf. The show skewers our sentimental love of all things Christm...

Type: Theatre

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"Seminar"

Dates: Oct. 16-Nov. 10 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111

"Seminar"

Vicious wordplay, romance, and biting comedy all become a weapon when four young writers get the schooling of their lives from a reckless and unorthodox international literary figure. ...

Type: Theatre

Add Clybourne Park to My Event Calendar

Clybourne Park

Dates: Dec. 4-29 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111

Clybourne Park

A fiercely provocative new play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each. Inspired by events from the Lorraine Hansberry classic, "A Raisin in the Sun." Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize and the Olivier....

Type: Theatre

Add Broadway Across America presents "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" to My Event Calendar

Broadway Across America presents "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"

Dates: Dec. 10-12 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilties, 301 W 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Broadway Across America presents "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"

Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to you! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million peopl...

Type: Theatre,Top Events

Add Christmas in Song to My Event Calendar

Christmas in Song

Dates: Nov. 21-Dec. 24 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Christmas in Song

Our annual cabaret revue of traditional and popluar music in celebration of the season....

Admission: $32-Adults; $29-Seniors/Students
Type: Theatre

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The Nativity

Dates: Dec. 13-15 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th & Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105

This celebrated annual spectacle comes alive for the tenth time this December. Come see beautiful seven-foot puppets gracefully move through the aisles of the historic cathedral with live musical and chorale accompaniment. A cast of over forty puppe...

Type: Holiday Activities,Just for Kids,Music & Dance,Public Shows,Special Events,Theatre

Add Theater League presents "American Idiot" to My Event Calendar

Theater League presents "American Idiot"

Dates: Jan. 11-12 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Theater League presents "American Idiot"

Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilara...

Type: Special Events,Theatre

Add The Mystery Train presents "Dead Air" to My Event Calendar

The Mystery Train presents "Dead Air"

Dates: Nov. 11-Jan. 4 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: The Golden Ox, 1600 Genessee, KCMO 64102; Californos Westport, 4124 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111; Finnigan's, 503 East 18th Avenue, NKCMO 64116

Interactive murder-mystery dinner theater in area restaurants, Thurs, Fri, Sat evenings.  Reservations are needed.  See our website for a complete schedule. "Dead Air" --The cast of a famous Kansas City radio show is taking their program d...

Admission: $54-$64 each
Type: Theatre

Add Silly Stuff! to My Event Calendar

Silly Stuff!

Date: | Time: 11:00 am & 2:00 pm | Location: East | Venue: Puppetry Arts Institute 11025 E Winner Rd. Independence MO,64052

In this version of an old English folk tale, the teeny tiny woman takes a teeny tiny walk, finds a teeny tiny bone, and suddenly her teeny tiny house echoes with the cry, "GIVE ME MY BONE!" This entertaining show is performed with hand puppets and a...

Admission: All ages $5 per person
Type: Theatre

Add Storybook Christmas to My Event Calendar

Storybook Christmas

Date: | Time: 11:00 am & 2:00 pm | Location: East | Venue: Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052

Storybook Christmas

Kraig Kensinger is back with his delightful holiday music and talented puppets. Admission also includes a tour of our puppet museum! Finger puppets of show characters are for sale at the front desk....

Admission: All ages $5 per person
Type: Theatre

Add Morris Finds Christmas to My Event Calendar

Morris Finds Christmas

Dates: Oct. 18, Oct. 24 | Location: East | Venue: Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E Winner Rd., Independence MO,64052

Morris Finds Christmas

This holiday puppet show is especially for children 2-6 years old. Performed by puppeteer Anitra Steele. ...

Admission: All ages $5.00 per person. Children recieve a free finger puppet with admission!
Type: Holiday Activities,Just for Kids,Special Events,Theatre

Add Dead Air to My Event Calendar

Dead Air

Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 31 | Location: Northeast | Venue: Finnigan's Hall, 503 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Interactive murder-mystery dinner theater on Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013. New Year's Eve. Reservations are needed. See our website for a complete schedule. "Dead Air" The cast of a famous radio show in Kansas City is taking their program down the tracks t...

Admission: $54 each
Type: Theatre

Add Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) to My Event Calendar

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Dates: Dec. 7, 14 | Location: Northeast | Venue: Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre and Events Center, 101 Spring St., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Weekends through 12/14/13.  The fun begins when a small acting troupe is about to perform Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for the umpteenth time.  Instead, they decide to perform every Christmas story ever told - plus Christmas tradit...

Admission: $30-$32 includes the all-you-can-eat buffet prepared by the Golden Ox Restaurant
Type: Nightlife,Theatre

Add Upstairs Tearoom Dinner Theater "The Beginning Downtown Weston Abby" to My Event Calendar

Upstairs Tearoom Dinner Theater "The Beginning Downtown Weston Abby"

Dates: Sat., Nov. 9 | Location: Northwest | Venue: Weston Chamber of Commerce, 501 Main St., Weston, MO 64098

Upstairs Tearoom Dinner Theater "The Beginning Downtown Weston Abby"

"The Beginning Downtown Weston Abby" Another slap stick comedy, audience interactive, heckling appreciated!!!  Dinner and play start at 7:00PM....

Admission: $25.50 per person
Type: Nightlife,Public Shows,Special Events,Theatre,Top Events

Add Drama "Bus Stop:" to My Event Calendar

Drama "Bus Stop:"

Date: | Time: 2pm-4pm | Location: Northwest | Venue: Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware St, Leavenworth, KS 66048

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In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling go...

Type: Theatre

Add Beyond Glory with Stephen Lang to My Event Calendar

Beyond Glory with Stephen Lang

Dates: Fri., Nov. 15 | Location: Southwest | Venue: Performing Arts Series at JCCC 12345 College Blvd Carlsen Center Overland Park, KS 66210

Beyond Glory with Stephen Lang

  Beyond Glory with Stephen Lang Friday, November 15, 2013 Star of Avatar, Gettysburg, The Men Who Stare at Goats 8 p.m. Yardley Hall The story of eight men of incredible valor Stephen Lang, award-winning playwright, stage and screen sta...

Admission: Prices Individual Orchestra Pit: $80 Orchestra/Tier: $42 Terrace/Balcony: $32
Type: Special Events,Theatre

Add Never Too Late to My Event Calendar

Never Too Late

Dates: Nov. 6-Jan. 19 | Location: Southwest | Venue: New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster St., Overland Park, KS 66212

Six time Emmy nominee George Wendt stars in this comedy with his real life wife, actress Bernadette Birkett. George is, of course, best known for his eleven years playing Norm Peterson on the smash hit CHEERS. In this Broadway hit, George plays a su...

Type: Theatre

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