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Theatre Lawrence's 'Beauty and the Beast' a labor of love for set designer, costumer

If you ask costumer Jane Pennington or set designer James Diemer, the most important reviews for the Theatre Lawrence production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” won’t come from a grizzled theater critic. They’re much more concerned about the younger members of the audience — particularly the ones who have seen the movie three dozen times and who have practically memorized every stitch of Belle’s gold dress.

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Musical adaptation of Hanks, DiCaprio film to make debut at Theatre Lawrence

For its opening act of the 2017-2018 season, Theatre Lawrence will present the musical Catch Me If You Can, which director Ric Averill explains goes much deeper than a simple tale of cat and mouse.

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'The Music Man' comes to town

For Charlie Goolsby, Friday’s opening of "The Music Man" at Theatre Lawrence will be his third time directing the musical, which he says brings him back to his childhood watching the American classics on late-night television.

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Lied Center reveals 2017-18 season lineup

Includes new folk series, diversity of other shows

Save for one yet-to-be announced Broadway hit — the title of which is promised to be revealed in July — the Lied Center at the University of Kansas has shared its 2017-18 season lineup of shows. Kicking off this season is a performance by singer and composer Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on July 27. Following shows include Kenny Rogers’s Final World Tour, Dirty Dancing, poetry, holiday favorites and a variety of dance forms.

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Theatre Lawrence performance of 'Peter Pan' to include flying and personal twist

For Amy Nystrom, the set of Theatre Lawrence’s production of Peter Pan — from the wallpapered nursery to the multilevel pirate ship — is its own kind of Neverland.

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Tragic comedy 'for millenials, about millennials' to open at KU Theatre

Think of it as “The Big Chill” for a new generation. That’s how Peter Zazzali, the director of KU Theatre’s upcoming production of “Pooter McGraw is Not Dead Party,” describes the coming-of-age tale set to open Friday at 7:3o p.m. at KU’s Crafton-Preyer Theatre, 1530 Naismith Drive.

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Theatre Lawrence to open 40th season with 'A Chorus Line'

Judy Locy Wright is more than familiar with “A Chorus Line,” the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical slated to open Theatre Lawrence’s 40th season Friday evening.

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Lawrence Opera Theatre to celebrate Shakespeare in upcoming season

In his short (but by Elizabethan standards, fairly long) life, William Shakespeare authored — by himself or in collaborations — 38 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of poems and other verses. But in death, the Bard has lived on, with hundreds or possibly thousands of works inspired by his genius being produced since, from Broadway classics like “West Side Story” to thoroughly modern teen flicks like “10 Things I Hate About You” and “She’s the Man.”

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Things aren't always what they seem in Kansas Repertory Theatre's 'Angel Street,' 'Harvey'

In Kansas Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season, opening Friday at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall, things aren’t always what they seem.

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Theatre Lawrence to stage 'An Evening of Dean Bevan's Plays'

Years ago, long before the congressional debate over requiring women to register for the draft made headlines and sparked national debate earlier this summer, Dean Bevan was mulling over a more fundamental question.

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Theatre Lawrence's 'Guys and Dolls' to open Friday

A slice of 1940s New York City — complete with brassy dames, smooth-talking con men, dodgy alleyways and legally dicey dice games — arrives in Kansas this week. In Theatre Lawrence’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” opening Friday, the city is almost a supporting character to the big personalities who inhabit it, says director Jason Smith.

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KU Theatre explores hip-hop's racial, gender dynamics in 'Welcome to Arroyo's'

“Welcome to Arroyo’s,” which runs through Thursday at KU’s William Inge Memorial Theatre, is a thoroughly modern tale that deals in some pretty timeless themes — among them identity, loss and love. Penned by one-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz, the urban coming-of-age tale follows a pair of siblings, Alejandro (Juan Gonzales) and Molly (Alejandra Villasante), in the aftermath of their mother’s death.

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'A Streetcar Named Desire' to open this week at Theatre Lawrence

Most people familiar with “A Streetcar Named Desire,” says Piet Knetsch, are only familiar with just that — the name of the play itself, and not much else. Not much else, he says, beyond the now-famous scene in the 1951 film adaptation in which Marlon Brando, playing the brutish, broken Stanley Kowalski, yells out his wife’s name (“Stella!”) in a desperate plea for her forgiveness.

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'Real' characters, zany humor take center stage in Theatre Lawrence's 'Girls' Weekend'

After a successful launch just over a year ago at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Karen Schaeffer’s romantic comedy about a book club meeting gone awry is now slated to make its Kansas debut Friday at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr.

Play time: KU Theatre staging 'A Doll's House'; EMU Theatre performing one-acts with local ties at Percolator

The next few weeks — this weekend in particular — promise more than a few options for theater lovers in Lawrence. If you’re a recovering ...

The Poe Show: Arts Center's 'Midnight Visit' turns writer's dark life and works into a rock opera

Once every year for seven decades, a shadowy figure dressed in black paid tribute to Edgar Allan Poe by visiting the author’s grave in Baltimore. ...

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'Johanna: Facing Forward' brings powerful true story of domestic abuse to KU stage

“Johanna: Facing Forward” tells the extraordinary story of Johanna Orozco, who not only endured a sexual assault at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend but also a shattered jaw and disfigured face that she bravely refused to hide.

Zombie Walk shuffles back downtown Thursday; plus, stagings of classic spooky tales

Expect plenty of decomposing eye sockets, severed limbs, and maybe even an undead doggie or two when the ninth annual Zombie Walk returns to wreak ...

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KU Theatre's 'Detroit '67' explores race issues still relevant today

“Detroit ‘67” is, without a doubt, a period piece. The stage of Kansas University’s William Inge Theatre has been transformed into a Vietnam-era basement in preparation for KU Theatre’s newest production, opening Friday at Murphy Hall.

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Theatre Lawrence explores hope, faith, American Dream in 'Hands on a Hardbody'

The title of Theatre Lawrence’s newest production might sound a tad risqué, James Diemer admits, though “Hands On a Hardbody,” which opens its two-week run Friday, is anything but.

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