By Bob Evans
Original review on KC Applauds
Get ready to explore the early 1950s and the struggle to find local support for the Arts–in this case the beginnings of the Kansas City Philharmonic–in a brand new musical, “Overture” that debuts at the Arts Asylum for the 2018 KC Fringe Festival
Two local playwrights, Krista Eyler and Barbara Nichols collaborated to create this musical that will tease audiences with an edited version of its first act in the Fringe. A full-blown, two-act production of the show follows in September with full orchestration and expanded musicians. The play shows the struggles then for the Arts to find secure footing in the KC Metro. What was true then remains true today. The Arts needs constand and consistent support to expand.
The story contains a mix of people involved in the struggle to gain funding. Of course, there is a love story involved, a crisis, and the hint that there’s more to come in Act II. The music is tuneful, well-planned, and has good lyrics. The dialogue is light, conversational, and naturally flowing. The characters are strong and the voices all good.
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