Lee Greenwood and Dailey & Vincent at the Kauffman Center on July 1

Lee Greenwood and Dailey & Vincent coming to the Kauffman Center

Country artists Lee Greenwood and Dailey & Vincent will perform July 1 in Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Kansas City, MO – Country musicians Lee Greenwood and Dailey & Vincent will open the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents series with a double-headliner concert on July 1 in Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

Lee Greenwood and Dailey & Vincent bring a celebration of country music to the Kauffman Center with their Red, White and Bluegrass tour. Greenwood is an icon in popular country music, with more than 30 albums and seven No. 1 songs, including his hit, “God Bless the USA.” The duo Dailey & Vincent has been hailed as one of the most exciting bluegrass bands in America.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.

ABOUT LEE GREENWOOD

Lee Greenwood has been recognized with awards from the GRAMMYs, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Greenwood’s hits include “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns If You’re the Rose” and “Somebody’s Gonna Love You.” His patriotic song “God Bless the USA” has been a top five country single three times – in 1991, 2001 and 2003. He released a children’s book based on the song’s lyrics in 2015. Greenwood’s most recent album, I Want to Be in Your World, features a guest spot from Michael McDonald and original songs, including one with Greenwood on saxophone, an instrument he started playing at age 12. Learn more about Lee Greenwood on his website.

ABOUT DAILEY & VINCENT

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent’s contagious brand of traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music has earned them three GRAMMY nominations, induction into the Grand Ole Opry, and a Dailey & Vincent exhibit at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The duo has been praised for the instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies. Together, they have garnered attention with their national television series, The Dailey & Vincent Show, on RFD TV and more than 500 airings of their PBS special, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert. The group’s most recent album, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard bluegrass charts. Learn more about Dailey & Vincent on their website.

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Penn & Teller at the Kauffman Center on June 22

Penn & Teller coming to the Kauffman Center

The comedy-magic duo will perform June 22 in Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Kansas City, MO – Comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller will close out the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents season on June 22.

For more than 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own niche in comedy. With sold-out runs on Broadway, Emmy Award-winning television specials, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and hundreds of TV appearances, comedy’s most enduring team shows no signs of slowing down.

Tickets for their June 22 performance go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org. Penn & Teller in Kansas City is generously supported by NetStandard.

ABOUT PENN & TELLER

With an amazing eight wins as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,” Penn & Teller’s 17-year run at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them one of the longest-running headline acts in Las Vegas history. Their acclaimed Showtime series, Penn & Teller: BS! was nominated for 13 Emmy awards. They currently host the hit series Penn & Teller: Fool Us! for The CW Network.

Penn & Teller have written New York Times bestsellers; hosted an Emmy-nominated variety show for FX; starred in their own specials for ABC, NBC and Comedy Central; produced the critically lauded feature film documentary The Aristocrats; and produced the acclaimed documentary Tim’s Vermeer. Penn & Teller recently returned to Broadway in a triumphant six-week engagement that USA Today called, “deliciously unsettling.” Learn more about Penn & Teller on their website.

 

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Alan Cumming at the Kauffman Center on May 13

Alan Cumming brings his new cabaret show to the Kauffman Center

The award-winning actor’s performance, “Legal Immigrant,” will be in Helzberg Hall on May 13

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Kansas City, MO – Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming will perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on May 13 as part of the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series.

Alan Cumming brings his latest cabaret show to Helzberg Hall on May 13. The performance, Legal Immigrant, features songs and stories of the Scottish-born actor’s life and loves in his adopted U.S. homeland, where he’s been a citizen since 2008.

Alan Cumming won a Tony Award for his performance as the emcee in the revival of Cabaret and an Olivier Award for Accidental Death of an Anarchist. His portrayal of Eli Gold on television’s The Good Wife earned him Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. His film credits include Emma, GoldenEye, and X2 of the X-Men series.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 23. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.

ABOUT ALAN CUMMING

Alan Cumming has been described by Time magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by The New York Times as a “bawdy, counter-cultural sprite” and by The Guardian as “European, weird, and sexually ambiguous.” He is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist and bon viveur.

Alan Cumming trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After leaving, he quickly found himself celebrated in his homeland for his TV work and his stand-up comedy. He found his biggest break in theater, where he was recognized for roles in Hamlet, Macbeth, The Threepenny Opera, and more. His previous cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, was described by The New York Times as an “emotional firestorm.”

Cumming has won more than 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE – Officer of the British Empire – for his contributions to the arts and LGBT equality. His 2014 memoir, Not My Father’s Son, was a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.

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Alice Cooper at the Kauffman Center on August 6

Alice Cooper will perform at the Kauffman Center

The horror rock pioneer brings ‘A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper’ to Kansas City on August 6

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A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper - August 6, 2018 - Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Theatrical rocker Alice Cooper will perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on August 6, as part of the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents series.

Known as the architect of shock rock, Alice Cooper – in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist – has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo. Cooper’s performance, A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper, will bring the dark and horror-themed theatrics he’s known for to the stage of Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

Tickets are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.

ABOUT ALICE COOPER

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of rock that was designed to shock. For more than five decades, Cooper’s show has surprised fans and exuded terror at every turn. Spending six months each year on the road, Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new.

The Alice Cooper band formed while its members were in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa, who signed the group to his record label. The band found success through the 1970s with albums including Love It to Death, Killer and School’s Out, building a more elaborate touring stage show with each release. Cooper released his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, in 1975, followed by many more solo releases, including 2017’s Paranormal.

Cooper’s television and movie credits include Wayne’s World, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and That 70’s Show. He will appear as Herod in NBC’s live staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar on April 1. The Alice Cooper band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

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2018 National Geographic Live School Matinees Come to a Close

Students attended Brian Skerry’s Ocean Wild presentation on January 9. Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

The Kauffman Center hosted another educational series of National Geographic Live student matinees this season, with performances for local students in January, February and March. The 2018 school matinees came to a close last week with a presentation by marine biologist/photographer Cristina Mittermeier about how different groups of people interact with water around the world.

Almost 4,000 students attended the matinees over the course of three dates at the beginning of 2018. Presenters for the National Geographic Live matinees included underwater photographer Brian Skerry, wildlife photographer Florian Schulz, and Cristina Mittermeier. These presenters covered a variety of topics ranging from the ecosystems of the Arctic to water conservation in Greenland.

Florian Schulz provided students with a glimpse into the vast world of animals who live in the Arctic region with his presentation, Into the Arctic Kingdom on February 6.

One teacher who attended said, “Many of our students have not been outside of their neighborhoods. The opportunity to have them experience a world class theater and presentation is invaluable. It inspires and motivates them to set higher expectations for themselves to help achieve short and long term goals because they have seen possibilities.”

Brian Skerry presented photos and stories to student audiences on January 9 in a presentation titled Ocean Wild. He amazed his viewers with facts about different sea creatures and spoke about some of the challenges currently facing the oceans and their ecosystems.

Also speaking about oceans, Cristina Mittermeier talked to student groups on March 6 about her experiences living with indigenous groups around the world and the relationships these groups have with water. Students gained appreciation and knowledge on the topic of water conservation in Mittermeiers performance, Standing at the Water’s Edge.

In advance of the presentations, the Kauffman Center provides educators with a study guide including classroom activities, vocabulary lists, and tips for what to expect at the student matinee.

“The study guide helped us prepare our students for what they were going to experience. We included vocabulary, visuals, geography and information about the speaker. We also used it upon return with the follow up activities and discussion,” said one teacher who attended.

The Kauffman Center is excited to provide educational opportunities like National Geographic Live student matinees for KC metro area youth through the Open Doors program. As part of the Open Doors program, the Kauffman Center offers schools opportunities such as the Open Doors Transportation Fund. This program aims to help offset the cost of bus travel for schools so that getting to and from the Kauffman Center for student performances is not an issue.

The Center also hosts student performances by resident arts groups Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. These performances give local students a chance to experience some of the best artistic features Kansas City has to offer. Visit the Open Doors webpage to sign up to receive more information about the Open Doors program and to view upcoming educational opportunities.

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