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The hit musical comedy returns to The Living Room for a four week run! This audience favorite has been expanded and revamped with new scenes, new music, and some spectacular new faces!

Set in the early 20th century during the decline of vaudeville and the rise of Hollywood, The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe tracks the journey of an ultra-sharp but down-on-their-luck comedy duo as they navigate the rapidly changing world of entertainment.

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This witty and gleefully ridiculous musical comedy (from the team that brought you Milking Christmas) won a Best of Fringe designation in 2015, packed houses in its 2017 run, and last year won several awards including Best of the Fest at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival!

April 19 - May 12
Preview performances April 17 & 18

Book and lyrics by Brian Huther, Ben Auxier, and Seth Macchi (collectively Friend Dog Studios)
Music by Ben Auxier, Brian Huther, and Ryan McCall

Directed by Rusty Sneary
Musical director Ryan McCall
Choreography by Ashley Personett
Accompanists Jeremy Watson & Eryn M Bates

Starring Connor Branson, Shea Pender, Elise Poehling, Mike Ott, Brianna Woods, R.H. Wilhoit, Nellie Maple Parman, and Joshua Gleeson


Full of gratitude for the nine years we’ve spent in our home, we are announcing our tenth and final season at 1818 McGee. Due to soaring city taxes and rental costs in The Crossroads Arts District we can sadly no longer afford to stay.

We are proud of each of our over 50 productions, including more than 25 world premieres in our mission to develop new works executed entirely by Kansas City artists. It has truly been an honor to serve the community. In our tenth year we plan to continue to use the resources we have to focus on education and the development of not only new works but new local theatre companies. We could not have accomplished what we did without such a wonderful creative space and the endless help and dedication from so many talented and experienced professionals in this theatre community. In return we want to share the opportunity we got by inviting in and collaborating with new companies to share our stage.

In our final season we will continue to support the growth of Kansas City artists by developing new works in full scale or workshop style productions, along with readings and classes.  

We plan to maintain our 501c3 non-profit status as we explore more opportunities for the future of the company. We still very much thrive on your generous donations and can use any support in this transition.

We thank you for your love and support for the last insane but fruitful decade full of plays, parties, music events, art openings, screenings, and general artsy debauchery. We sincerely hope our efforts made a positive impact for local artists and patrons. We again have felt so fortunate for the opportunities we’ve been given.

We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have, and if we haven’t seen you yet for The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe we hope we you can make it this final week before it moves on for its future in Chicago!




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