Kansas City Repertory Cancels One Night with Janis Joplin; Foreigner and After Robert Hutchens Added to Season

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08 Jul 2013

Kansas City Repertory Theatre announced that One Night with Janis Joplin will not be performed in its 2013-14 season.

The musical tribute, written and directed by Randy Johnson, is based on the life and music of the late Janis Joplin. One Night with Janis Joplin had originally planned a pre-Broadway production at Spencer Theatre, running Sept. 20-Oct. 13. Instead, the show will go directly to the Lyceum Theatre in New York, where performances begin Sept. 20.

Instead of One Night with Janis Joplin, the comedy The Foreigner will run Oct. 17-Nov. 3 at the Spencer Theatre, directed by the Rep's producing director, Jerry Genochio. The Foreigner was originally scheduled to play in spring 2014.

"The action in The Foreigner revolves around Charlie Baker, his friend Froggy and a fishing lodge in rural Georgia," press notes state. "To give Charlie much-needed peace and quiet, Froggy convinces the locals that Charlie doesn’t understand English. The plan backfires when the lodge’s inhabitants reveal deep secrets and diabolical plans in front of their quiet guest, resulting in hilarious misunderstandings and an outrageously funny climax."

The theatre also announced the world-premiere production of After Robert Hutchens, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire. Directed by Sheryl Kaller, who received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Next Fall, the musical will run April 11-May 11, 2014, at Copaken Stage.

"Two brothers, reunited at their mother’s funeral, discover her personal letters to and from a man who is not their father, which sparks their journey to find her true love," press notes state. "New understandings of family, relationships and honesty form the heart of this new musical."

Tickets and more information can be found by calling (816) 235-2700 visiting KCRep.org.