Things to do in KC: ‘Christmas Carol’, other holiday events


Gary Neal Johnson will reprise his traditional role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Kansas City Repertory Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” which opens Nov. 18 at the Spencer Theater.

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The Kansas City Repertory Theater will perform “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” starring Gary Neal Johnson as Scrooge, starting this weekend at the Spencer Theater.

KC Rep’s annual holiday production will open at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and run through Dec. 24. Tickets ($39-$104) are available at

“Holiday Reflections” will return to the Grand Plaza at Union Station starting November 21. Roy Inman Special for the star

More holiday events

Holiday Boutique, 10am-9pm Nov 17-18, 10am-8pm Nov 19, 10am-5pm Nov 20, Overland Park Convention Center ($13-$15).

“Holiday Lights and Magic,” 6 p.m. Nov. 17-Jan. 1, Wyandotte County Park ($25 to $55 per vehicle).

Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival, 4-7 p.m., Nov. 18, City Hall, Kansas City, Kansas (free).

“The Immersive Nutcracker”, days and times vary from November 19 to December 19. 31, Lighthouse ArtSpace ($30).

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Kauffman Center ($79.50-$104.50).

Village-promenade “Holiday Reflections”, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 21 Nov.-Jan. 1 Union Station Grand Plaza ($7-$9).

“Christmas in the Sky,” 5-8 p.m. Nov. 23, Longview Lake Beach (free).

“Christmas in the Park,” 5:30-10 or 5:30-11 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 12 31, Frank White Jr. Softball Complex (free).

Classical music and dance

William Baker Festival Singers, Thanksgiving Concert for Human Need, 8 p.m. Nov. 18, Second Baptist Church, Liberty (free).

Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19, Building 1900 ($10-$30).

Midwest Chamber Ensemble, “Introducing Beaufort Winds,” 4:20 p.m. Nov., Resurrection Lutheran Church ($17).

“Our Song, Our Story: The Next Generation of Black Voices,” 6 p.m. Nov. 20, Folly ($12.50-$75).

Legendary soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples will come to the Lied Center on November 18. Dennis Van Tine File photo

more music

Tauren Wells, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Midland ($25-$70).

Mavis Staples, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Lied Center ($19-$50).

Reba McEntire with Terri Clark, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, T-Mobile Center ($45.75-$222.75).

Puscifer with Night Club, 8 p.m. Nov. 18, Midland ($39.50-$79.50).

LaChanze and Krystal Joy Brown, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Folly ($30-$150).

Steve Vai, 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Uptown ($47-$99).

Danielle Nicole Band, 11 p.m. and Nov. 25, Knuckleheads ($35-$60).

British author and television cook Nigella Lawson will appear on November 19 at Yardley Hall. File photo

More entertainment

Comedy musical duo Ninja Sex Party will entertain at Folly at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 (sold out).

The Black Repertory Theater will perform “Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous” at 1216 Brooklyn, opens at 7:30 p.m. November 18; until December 3 ($30).

Nigella Lawson, food writer and acclaimed TV cook, will appear at Yardley Hall, 8 p.m., Nov. 19 ($20-$115).

Ron White, former Blue Collar Comedy Tour, will present his number at the Ameristar, at 8:30 p.m. on November 19 (sold out).

TV sitcom legends Hal Linden and Sally Struthers will star in Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” at the New Theater and Restaurant, opens 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23; until February 5 ($37.50 – $67.50).

Fifty years after their first appearance in Kansas City, the Eagles will return with a full orchestra and choir to perform their 1976 album, “Hotel California,” along with other hits, at T-Mobile Center at 8 p.m. November ($129 – $499).

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Dan Kelly has been covering entertainment and arts news at The Star for 10 years. He previously worked at the Columbia Daily Tribune, the Miami Herald and the Louisville Courier-Journal. He also served on the journalism faculty at the University of Missouri for six years and wrote a historical novel, “Soaring with Vultures.”

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