July-September Highlights

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Curtain Goes Up Music Theatre’s 45th Season

Music Theatre Wichita’s 2016 season will showcase five Broadway musicals written by composers who changed the landscape of musical theater.

“Nice Work if You Can Get It,” a musical comedy showcasing Gershwin songs against a backdrop of 1927 society, kicks off the season June 15-19. The Wichita staging of this light-hearted musical will feature sets and costumes from the recent Broadway production. Disney’s beloved “Beauty and the Beast” will take the stage from June 29-July 3.

The ever-popular musical “Oklahoma!” celebrates the American heartland July 13-17. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II turned musical comedy into a genuine American art form when they joined forces to create this groundbreaking musical play.

Another groundbreaking favorite, the pop opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” by the incomparable Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will be performed July 27-31. The season will culminate with “Mama Mia!” which enjoyed a 14-year run on Broadway. Music Theatre Wichita will be one of the first regional theaters in the nation to create its own version of the ABBA-inspired musical when it premieres in Wichita Aug. 10-14, 19-21 at Century II.

Performances are Wednesday-Sunday evenings with weekend matinees at Century II Concert Hall. For tickets, call 265-3107 or visit MTWichita.org.

Frank Lloyd Wright house open for tours

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House in Wichita opens its doors for tours on Tuesday and Friday mornings as Thursday evening. Space is limited so reservations are required.

At the time Wright was working on the Imperial Hotel in Japan and those influences can be seen intermingled with the distinctive style of one of Wright’s last Prairie Style houses. The house was finished in 1918 and has been restored to that period. It contains 30 pieces of furniture designed by Wright and all of the original art glass.

To book a tour, visit flwrightwichita.org or call 316-687-1027. Cost is $12.

WAM hosts pop art exhibition

“Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses” from the collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation will be on display at the Wichita Art Museum Sept. 24-Jan. 8. Included are works by such pop icons as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Wayne Theibaud (above).

There will be an opening party for the exhibition and the one-year anniversary of the Art Garden on Sept. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m.

For more, visit wichitaartmuseum.org.