KC Based Musical Debuts At KC Fringe (Overture the Musical)

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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  1. Bev Chapman on July 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Krista Eyler has taken a lovely page from an old Kansas City scrapbook and turned it into a musical. “Overture the Musical” not only tells the story of the generous wealthy who kept the Kansas City Philharmonic alive during the early 50’s, but it illustrates how a community came together to support the arts.

    There are others not seen in the first act now showing at the Kansas City Film Festival, who are also a part of this story. There are thousands of adults in Kansas City and all over the country who as young children rode school buses downtown to see a live orchestra perform for the first times in their lives, thanks to the people portrayed in this production. Oh sure, we can tell you all about “Peter and the Wolf,” but most of us couldn’t name any of the people responsible.

    Thank you Krista and co-author Barbara Nichols for reminding us there are people to thank for those mind-blowing young experiences and teaching us about our past in a most entertaining way.

  2. Bev Chapman on July 23, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Krista Eyler has taken a lovely page from an old Kansas City scrapbook and turned it into a musical. “Overture the Musical” not only tells the story of the generous wealthy who kept the Kansas City Philharmonic alive during the early 50’s, but it illustrates how a community came together to support the arts.

    There are others not seen in the first act now showing at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, who are also a part of this story. There are thousands of adults in Kansas City and all over the country who as young children rode school buses downtown to see a live orchestra perform for the first times in their lives, thanks to the people portrayed in this production. Oh sure, we can tell you all about “Peter and the Wolf,” but most of us couldn’t name any of the people responsible.

    Thank you Krista and co-author Barbara Nichols for reminding us there are people to thank for those mind-blowing young experiences and teaching us about our past in a most entertaining way.

  3. Christina on July 27, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Super polished new musical. With its well-written melody and lyrics, it tells a charming story with local flair in a traditional, classical musical theatre style.
    Each of the characters if is well-fleshed out, the small chorus is mighty, and the voices are wonderful. The choreography is creative, the costumes are well done.
    After seeing a LOT of new shows, especially new musicals, I’m super impressed with the quality of this show and the music. Can’t wait for a full production in the fall.

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