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Starlight Theatre

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

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.

Productions Production Dates
Love Never Dies
Musical, Original, Drama
Aug 14, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018
The King and I
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Jun 12, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Musical, Original
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine; Book by Alexander Dinelaris
May 22, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Motown The Musical
Musical, Original, Drama
Aug 22, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017
The Bodyguard
Musical, Original
Aug 08, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017
Something Rotten!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 25, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017
An American in Paris
Musical, Original
Jul 11, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Jun 27, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 09, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Kitt; Book by Brian Yorkey; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Jul 26, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016
The Bridges of Madison County
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Robert Brown; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Jun 14, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Matilda The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
May 24, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Jul 07, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jun 30, 2015 - Jul 05, 2015
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
May 22, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jul 08, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014
We Will Rock You
Musical, Original
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Jun 17, 2014 - Jun 22, 2014
Flashdance The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Jul 09, 2013 - Jul 14, 2013
La Cage Aux Folles
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Aug 28, 2012 - Sep 02, 2012
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Jul 24, 2012 - Jul 29, 2012
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Jul 11, 2012 - Jul 15, 2012
The Addams Family
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Jul 03, 2012 - Jul 08, 2012
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 02, 2011 - Aug 07, 2011
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Jul 12, 2011 - Jul 17, 2011
9 to 5
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Jun 21, 2011 - Jun 26, 2011
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Jul 20, 2010 - Jul 25, 2010
Little House on the Prairie
Musical, Original
Music by Rachel Portman; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by Donna Di Novelli
Jun 22, 2010 - Jun 27, 2010
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 08, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Aug 11, 2009 - Aug 16, 2009
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman; Adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams; Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Jul 28, 2009 - Aug 02, 2009
Legally Blonde
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Jun 30, 2009 - Jul 05, 2009
High School Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 15, 2008 - Jul 20, 2008
The Drowsy Chaperone
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 17, 2008 - Jun 22, 2008
Sweet Charity
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Jul 10, 2007 - Jul 15, 2007
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Jeffrey Lane; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Jun 26, 2007 - Jul 01, 2007
Doctor Dolittle - 2006
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Leslie Bricusse; Book by Lee Tannen; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Jul 11, 2006 - Jul 16, 2006
On The Record
Musical, Original
Scenarist: Chad Beguelin
Jun 14, 2005 - Jun 19, 2005
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Aug 17, 2004 - Aug 22, 2004
The King and I - 2004
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Jul 12, 2004 - Jul 18, 2004
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Musical, Original, Comedy
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Jul 15, 2003 - Jul 20, 2003
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Jul 07, 2003 - Jul 13, 2003
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Sep 16, 2002 - Sep 22, 2002
42nd Street
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Jul 23, 2002 - Aug 11, 2002
Some Like It Hot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Jul 08, 2002 - Jul 14, 2002
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 17, 2001 - Nov 11, 2001
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Jul 10, 2001 - Jul 15, 2001
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 27, 2001 - Jul 08, 2001
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Aug 22, 2000 - Aug 27, 2000
Miss Saigon - Second National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 29, 2000 - Jul 09, 2000
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Jul 21, 1998 - Jul 26, 1998
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Aug 09, 1994 - Aug 14, 1994
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jun 22, 1994 - Jun 26, 1994
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Aug 03, 1993 - Aug 08, 1993
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jun 24, 1991 - Jun 30, 1991
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Aug 15, 1989 - Aug 20, 1989
Big River
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Lyrics by Roger Miller
Aug 19, 1987 - Aug 23, 1987