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Starlight Theatre

4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO, USA
Seats (approximate)
7860

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
Starlight Theatre's story dates back to 1925, the year Rumania’s Queen Marie paid a visit to Kansas City. To celebrate her arrival, the Kansas City Federation of Music organized a showcase of local talent for the Queen that was also open to the public. While Kansas Citians had toyed with the idea of building an outdoor theatre before, the $7,000 that the showcase raised made it clear that Kansas City had an audience for such performances and that outdoor theatre could one day become a Kansas City tradition. After 15 years of proposals, the need for a venue to house celebrations commemorating Kansas City's 100th birthday sped up the process. A committee was quickly chosen, Swope Park was deemed the location, and construction began on a cold December day in 1949. While the theatre was still unfinished for the city’s 1950 centennial anniversary, the show went on, and thousands of Kansas Citians flocked to see the historical revue of their city, Thrills of a Century. The show's success then proved to be the perfect spark of motivation for completing Starlight and beginning the tradition of bringing Broadway to Kansas City. Community volunteers helped raise money and establish theatre policy; local craftsmen donated their time to finishing construction, and Starlight Theatre as we know it was born. In 1958, Starlight Theatre received a generous boost from Jerry Lewis. During an opening night performance, Lewis found the distance between performer and audience limiting. He then proposed to theatre personnel that they extend the stage so it covered the orchestra pit. When Starlight officials explained they could not finance the project, Lewis himself paid the cost! Although the extension was temporary for Lewis' show only, the idea was a good one. In the early 1980's the stage was permanently extended over the orchestra pit, bringing on stage action closer to the audience. This extension lasted until the building of the 10-story, climate controlled Jeannette and Jerome Community Stage in 2000. Another highlight in the history of Starlight Theatre came in a 1960s production of Mr. President. Starlight's producer, Richard Berger, who always had a knack for adding pizzazz to his shows, swayed President Harry Truman to make a guest appearance in the opening night show. Berger's casting of Truman was a sensation, although an attack of appendicitis forced Truman to leave Starlight by ambulance during the intermission. Since then, Starlight Theatre has steadily remained a staple of Kansas City's performing arts community and a favorite for those looking for summer-time family-oriented entertainment. And while there were once 38 other self-producing outdoor theatres in the U.S., today only three remain, making Starlight a landmark not just for Kansas City, but also the whole country.
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Musical Original Comedy
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Sweet Charity
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Jun 26, 2007 - Jul 01, 2007
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Doctor Dolittle - 2006
Jul 11, 2006 - Jul 16, 2006
Music by Leslie Bricusse; Book by Lee Tannen; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Musical Revival Comedy
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Jun 14, 2005 - Jun 19, 2005
Scenarist: Chad Beguelin
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Aug 17, 2004 - Aug 22, 2004
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
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The King and I - 2004
Jul 12, 2004 - Jul 18, 2004
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Jul 15, 2003 - Jul 20, 2003
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Jul 07, 2003 - Jul 13, 2003
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Musical Original Comedy
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42nd Street
Jul 23, 2002 - Aug 11, 2002
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Some Like It Hot
Jul 08, 2002 - Jul 14, 2002
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Musical Original Comedy
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The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Jul 10, 2001 - Jul 15, 2001
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Revival Comedy
Aida
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Musical Original Drama
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Aug 22, 2000 - Aug 27, 2000
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Musical Original Drama
Peter Pan
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Musical Revival Comedy
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Aug 09, 1994 - Aug 14, 1994
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Musical Revival Drama
Annie Get Your Gun
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Musical Revival Comedy
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Musical Revival Drama
Fiddler on the Roof
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Big River
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Musical Revival Comedy