They’re back!

Two of Wichita’s favorites are opening their doors again, with even more reason to celebrate.

Written by Natasha Park

The Orpheum

You must experience Wichita’s ornate and nationally recognized historic theatre, the Orpheum, on May 21 for its grand reopening! Enjoy a celebration of resilience and profound wisdom led by none other than Jenny Wood. A fitting opening theme for the Orpheum and its performers, after many cancellations and a long pause for our safety during the Covid pandemic.

The Orpheum hosts approximately 100 shows annually from all genres of entertainment including films, concerts, theatre, family shows, film festivals, annual film series, comedy shows, live acts, stage shows, dance performances and much more.

Jenny Wood will be joined on stage with a full band, featuring Kansas City favorites Katy Guillen, Stephanie Williams and Michelle Bacon, as well as other very special guests on Friday, May 21.

Check out their calendar at wichitaorpheum.com for more exciting and inspiring events.

“I love performing at the Orpheum because the stage and audience space are ideal for experiencing a live performance. It is intimate, yet large, enabling the audience to truly capture the depth of the emotion of the performance. The Orpheum has delivered renowned national and international acts, providing for Wichita’s art-hungry culture.” — Jenny Wood

Music Theatre Wichita

What’s more magical than MTWichita? MTWichita, under the stars while celebrating its 50th anniversary! This year’s season is expanded: Rather than five productions during the summer months, 2021 features seven experiences spanning April through November.

Four of the seven productions will take place at the new Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover. The other wonderfully grand productions will happen at the home of MTWichita in Century II. Expect the amphitheater ambiance to be festive with food trucks and drinks. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets for the outdoor productions.

This dynamic new facility is not only practical with its easily accessible public park and free parking — it also provides spectacular views from a perfectly manicured lawn. The professional lighting, large video screens and spacious lawn seating create the perfect atmosphere to become absorbed in the talent and showmanship of the entertainers.

Music Theatre Wichita 2021 season

To purchase tickets, visit mtwichita.org.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe in Concert
April 28–May 2
The songs of Leiber and Stoller.

No More Talk of Darkness: Phantom's Jeremy Stolle
May 13–16
An evening of showstoppers!

Mirette
June 16–20
A charming, all-family musical.

Red White and Broadway
July 2–4
The best Broadway patriotic songs plus fireworks!

Golden: MTWichita at 50
Aug 25–29
Broadway stars Matt Bogart (“Jersey Boys,” “Miss Saigon”) and Desi Oakley (“Wicked,” “Waitress”) return to lead a rousing evening of high-energy entertainment, celebrating 50 years of MTWichita's success in paving the road to Broadway for talented young artists.

Grease
Sept 15–19
An affectionate look at teenagers during the 1950s.

Twelfth Night
Nov 10–14
A lively and rousing romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery.

 
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