A Night at the Theatre: A Hard Day’s Night

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com The 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival is upon us! Every year, the Kansas City festival highlights the best up-and-coming playwrights in the region. Among one of those playwrights is Vicki Vodrey. Her latest production, A Hard Day’s Night, follows Kelly Kelley (Melissa Fennewald) as she deals with her family. Kelly’s parents, […]

A Night at the Theatre: The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com Recently, One of my favorite playwrights debuted a new play in Kansas City. Vicki Vodrey’s The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines focuses on a trio of elderly Southern Belles, who live in Shady Pines Retirement Home. However, their lives are turned upside down when Bertie (Sherri Roulette-Mosley) moves into their quad…despite […]

A Night at the Theatre: Bring It On! The Musical

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com I remember watching bits and pieces of Bring It On as a child. The 2000 teen comedy centered around Torrance Shipman (Kristen Dunst) and the Toros’ cheerleading team as they prepare to capture a sixth national squad.   However, things change when the group’s latest member informs them that their routines were […]

A Night at the Theatre: Sister Act The Musical

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com Four years ago, I was in London studying at the Syracuse University satellite campus. Among many of the shows that I saw at the West End was Sister Act-the Musical at the London Palladium. I remember watching Patina Miller (the show’s original Deloris for both the UK and Broadway productions) leading […]

A Night at the Theatre: Green Day’s American Idiot-the Musical

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com This September will mark the 10th anniversary of Green Day’s American Idiot. Green Day’s seventh studio album was a rock opera that focused on the character: “Jesus of Suburbia.” After capturing a plethora of awards including a Grammy, American Music Award and a BRIT Award, the band expanded on the album […]

The 5 Question Challenge with “American Idiot: The Musical’s” Turner Rouse, Jr.

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com Green Day’s high octane musical, American Idiot, is currently touring the country! The one-act musical focuses on the adventures of three men: Johnny, Will and Tunny, who flee suburbia and encounter difficult situations along the way. American Idiot will be performing three shows at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts […]

A Night At The Theatre: Beauty & The Beast

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com One of my all-time favorite Disney films is Beauty & The Beast! Watching this film (and later the Disney World stage show) was a pure delight for me. I have fond memories of the classic ballroom scene and still get chills when Angela Lansbury sings the title song as Belle and […]

A Night at the Theater: The Little Mermaid

By: Jacob Elyachar Last night, thousands of people dove “Under the Sea” at Starlight Theatre to see the stage adaption of Disney’s beloved animated feature the Little Mermaid. While it kept true to the original animated classic, The Little Mermaid musical adaptation added several new twists to the production that helped expand the story such […]

A Night at the Theater: Lucky Streak

By: Jacob Elyachar The 2013 Kansas City Fringe Festival is here! Each year, the Indie Arts and Culture event bring in artists, fashion designers and playwrights from around the Midwest to showcase the best in rising talent. One playwright that I admire is Vicki Vodrey. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2012 […]

Jacob’s Eye On…Catch Me If You Can: the Musical

By: Jacob Elyachar The Starlight Theatre 2013 season continues with its second show of the summer! Next week, Catch Me If You Can flies into town for a six-night stay at the outdoor theatre. Catch Me If You Can focuses on the 1980 autobiography of legendary con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr., who passed himself off […]

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