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Robert W Butler
Felicia Hardison Londr...
It's Not Easy Being Megee
Photos and biographical article about Ron Megee, "Kansas City's most wicked theatrical wit" and "the man behind some of the most dramatically lit produce in the Midwest," operating as both a theater director...
Jack Carson and Dick Powell Die: When Carson's Act Folded Here in 1935, Comedian Stayed Two Years as M. C. at the Tower Theater
Obituary article about Jack Carson, a comedian in Kansas City in the 1930s, dying at the age of 52. Photos and description of his career as a comedian in the early 1930s and stint as master of ceremonies...
JCC's Old Resident Theatre's History Profiled in New Book
January 5, 2012
Article discussing the history of the Jewish Community Center's Resident Theatre. Opened in 1932, the theatre was extremely popular from the 1940s through the 1960s. It closed in 1983. Richard Piland's...
Jesse James Motion Picture Scene
Exterior view of three actors in a scene from a silent motion picture. Although the movie is not identified, it is believed to be a scene from the silent movie Jesse James Under the Black Flag filmed in...
Jewish Entertainer Mandy Patinkin Brings His Talent Back to KC
January 12, 2012
Interview with actor Mandy Patinkin, who appeared in "An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin" at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts from January 17 to 22, 2012. In the article, Patinkin...
Biographical sketch of Joan Crawford (1906-1977), a movie actress starting in 1925 with silent pictures, growing up in Kansas City. Description of her life and career, moving to Kansas City in 1917 from...
Joe Sanders and Others
View of a group of people standing by an airplane. Included is Joe Sanders on the far left of the photo. The caption reads: "Texas City Benefit cast. We did two shows, one at Pt. Arthur & one at Austin."...
John Frank Dies at 72: Former Actor Suffers Heart Attack
Obituary for John Frank, "long one of Kansas City's most popular stage and radio actors," starting his career as a child actor in Kansas City, including the title role in "The Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen"...
Information about John Goodman, a television, motion picture, and theater actor born in Saint Louis and graduating from Southwest Missouri State University in 1975, moving then to New York as a theater...
Kansas City Crossroads: Theater Legend Touched Thousands
Photo and biographical article about Patricia McIlrath (1917-1999), founder and former director of the Missouri Repertory Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City starting in 1964. Noted as a...
Kansas City Repertory Theater
Material pertaining to the Kansas City Repertory Theater, a professional theater in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The theater was founded as the "Summer Repertory Theater," and became...
Kansas City Star Building
Postcard of the Kansas City Star Building
Kansas City's Famous Sons and Daughters
Extensive article about the definition of famous Kansas Citians, with an annotated and illustrated list of several people fitting this description, many in the entertainment industry, including Wallace...
KC Actor: the Man Who Would be in 'King'.
September 22, 2006
Interview with actor Bruce Heinrich.
KC Actors Tally Up Season
August 20, 2006
Survey of the history and first two seasons of the Kansas City Actors Theatre and the group's plans for the coming year.
KC Native Henry Stram Wins N.Y. Honors
January 8, 2005
Henry Stram, son of former Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, recently was honored by New York Magazine for giving one of the best three performances of 2005 on the New York stage. He appeared in the...
KC Public Library Offers a Film Vault to Bank On
May 23, 2007
The newly renovated Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, located in the Central library of the Kansas City Public Library, will debut May 23, 2007. The state-of-the-art mini-theater is located in the large vault...
KMBC-TV Noon Show
Dory DeAngelo (right) and two unidentified actors in the KMBC-TV musical production of South Pacific (1957).
December 6, 2003
Short death notice for actress Ellen Drew who died at age 89 on December 17, 2003. "She was born Esther Loretta Ray in Kansas City." She starred in the 1940s and 1950s with such actors as Joel McCrea,...
Lead Role Sticks with Area Native
July 24, 2005
Actress Shannon Durig has been successful playing the role of Tracy in the Broadway hit "Hairspray". Since her debut in October 2003, the 23-year old Overland Park native has appeared in the role about...
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