On Stage: Gridiron, Jekyll & Hyde, Hollywood/Ukraine
If you've ever thought, “Say, I'd like to support higher education in Kansas while also laughing and having a good time,” you are just the audience member Gridiron is looking for. This Wichita tradition has been putting musical sketch comedy skewering local leaders and the news on stage for longer than any other show of its kind in the United States.
Gridiron is local all the way, presented by The Kansas Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, with producer-director Rick Bumgardner, the artistic director of Roxy's Downtown; Broadway’s Karla Burns as musical director; and starring local journalists from television, radio, and print, including some from KMUW. Proceeds from the show support journalism scholarships and education for students in Kansas colleges. You can catch this show at the Orpheum Theatre, March 26th and March 27th.
Running until March 28th at Mosley Street Melodrama is the comic spoof, Dr. Jekyll & Prissy Hyde, written by local playwright Carole Hughes and directed by Steve Hitchcock. Dr. Jekyll is hard at work at his Medicine Shoppe when something happens that turns his world upside down. This show is rated PG-13 for some innuendo. It is followed by Mosley Street's Classic Country Barn Burner, a musical comedy revue.
And at Roxy's Downtown, a pair of one-act plays create an evening of laughter, with A Day In Hollywood, honoring the Golden Age of film musicals, and A Night in the Ukraine, a Marx Brothers-esque farce. It’s Wednesdays through Sundays, from March 11th to March 22nd.