Kansas City's American Heartland Will World-Premiere Two Musicals in 2007-08

News   Kansas City's American Heartland Will World-Premiere Two Musicals in 2007-08
American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, MO, will present the third world premiere musical — this time, a Christmas show — by the team of Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto in the 2007-08 season.

AHT premiered Grennan and Okimoto's Married Alive! (in 2006) and A Dog's Life (now through April 22). During the 2007 holidays, it'll premiere the two-character Another Night Before Christmas, one of two world premieres on AHT's freshly-announced schedule.

Also in the theatre's new season will be three Kansas City premieres (the comedy Moonlight and Magnolias, the musical I Love You Because and Robin Hawdon's comedy Perfect Wedding) and the world premiere of Ted Swindley's play with music, Stories My Grandmother Told Me.

Swindley's Always…Patsy Cline is also on the slate.

AHT shows feature both local and out-of-state performers.

Here's a look at AHT's two world premieres:

  • Another Night Before Christmas
    Book and Lyrics by Sean Grennan
    Music by Leah Okimoto
    Nov. 2-Dec. 30

    "'Twas the night before Christmas…and there's a burglar in the house. Or is it someone with an unusual attachment to reindeer!? From the writers of Married Alive! and A Dog's Life comes a new family holiday musical about a disillusioned woman with a lack of holiday spirit and an intruder claiming to be Santa Claus. Either he's really the 'right jolly old elf' or this is a present she's going to want to take back! Find the true meaning of Christmas (or maybe just come to laugh like a bowlful of jelly!)"
  • Stories My Grandmother Told Me
    By Ted Swindley
    Jan. 11, 2008-Feb. 24, 2008

    "This world premiere play with music, which was adapted from short stories by Ted Swindley, creator of Always…Patsy Cline, weaves a modern tale of a young man's relationship with the matriarch of his Southern family. Relive moments that are both funny and touching as seen through the eyes of a young boy and the man he becomes. This highly theatrical play with music will captivate your heart and remind you of the strong influences that grandparents and others have on your life and how they shape who you ultimately become." For more information about AHT, call (816) 842-9999 or visit www.ahtkc.org.


    AHT has produced over 118 shows during its 20 year history. AHT operates under agreements with Actors' Equity Association in a 440-seat theatre in downtown Kansas City's Crown Center.

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