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Folly Theater


address  300 W. 12th St.
 Kansas City, MO  64105
neighborhood Downtown
phone (816) 474-4444
hours Daily 10am to 5pm
parking Validated Parking is available in the garage at 12th and Broadway
www.follytheater.org

Upcoming Events

Oliver Button is a Sissy

Children's Theatre, Drama, Musical, Staged Reading
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 2ND – 5TH GRADE
A special co-production with the Heartland Men's Chorus!
“Oliver Button is a Sissy,” a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, is the story of a boy who stands up to bullies, not by fighting, but by staying true to himself. The story, based on the childhood experiences of Tomie dePaola, is a simple one. Oliver Button doesn’t like sports as the other boys do. He likes to read, draw pictures, dress up in costumes, and sing and dance.
His mother tells him he needs to get some exercise, and when Oliver mentions he likes to dance, his parents enroll him in Ms. Leah’s Dancing School. His father says it is, “Especially for the exercise.” Oliver loves to dance and loves his shiny new tap shoes. However, it hurts his feelings when the other boys make fun of him. One day when he arrives at school, he sees that someone has written on the school wall, “Oliver Button is a sissy.”
Despite the teasing and bullying, Oliver continues dance lessons. In fact, he increases his practice time in hopes of winning the big talent show. When his teacher encourages the other students to attend and root for Oliver, the boys in his class whisper, “Sissy!” Although Oliver hopes to win and does not, both of his parents are very proud of his dancing ability.
After losing the talent show, Oliver is reluctant to go back to school and be teased and bullied again. Imagine his surprise and delight when he walks into the schoolyard and discovers that someone has crossed out the word “sissy” on the school wall and added a new word. Now the sign reads, “Oliver Button is a star!”
Musical;Children's Theatre;kids show;Oliver Button;Folly Theater;Folly Kids series;field trip
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: Recommended for 2nd - 5th Grade
Price: $6
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/tags/oliver-button-is-a-sissy-april-7th/
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 • Wed 4/7/21 at 9:45am till 10:45am, 11:30am till 12:30pm 

An Evening with Eliane Elias

Jazz, Bossa Nova
Over the course of a distinguished career spanning nearly 30 albums, multi-Grammy-winning pianist/singer/composer Eliane Elias’ distinctive musical style has emerged as one of the most unique and immediately recognizable sounds in jazz. With over 2.2 million albums sold to date, Elias blends her Brazilian roots and alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills, while she consistently displays her pianistic mastery and ability to integrate the many artistic roles she takes on.
Elias’ most recent recording, Love Stories, is an orchestral, all-English album released in 2019, via Concord Jazz. “I am very proud of this production and feel it’s one of the most romantic sets of music I’ve ever produced,” she says of the project, which she recorded in Brazil and at London’s Abbey Road Studios alongside co-producers Marc Johnson and Steve Rodby. Eliane Elias last performed at the Folly Theater in 2017 closing out that season’s jazz series to an almost sold-out crowd!
Band Line-Up
Eliane Elias – Piano & Vocals
March Johnson – Bass, Drums, & Guitar
New Subscriptions available on July 13th
Individual tickets available on August 3rd
Eliane Elias;Bossa Nova;Brazilian Jazz;jazz;folly theater;
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: All Ages
Price: $20, $30, $40, and $55
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/an-evening-with-eliane-elias/
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 • Fri 4/9/21 at 8pm-10pm 

Clannad

Irish/Celtic
Formed in 1970, Clannad have given a unique voice to modern Irish music. They have combined a deep love of traditional strains with a bold approach to writing and recording.
www.clannad.ie
Ages: Children age three and under are not allowed. The Childrens series is recommended for children age kindergarten through twelve. Tickets are required for each patron, including any child occupying a seat. With the exception of the Folly Children's Series
Price: $39-$75
Payment Via: Cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover
Event Website: https://www.ticketmaster.com/clannad-in-a-lifetime-the-farewell-kansas-city-missouri-09-09-2020/event/0600584ECE5DC1E1
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 • Tue 9/14/21 at 8pm 

John Pizzarelli Trio "For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole"

Jazz
John Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader. The son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, New Jersey native John Pizzarelli has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz. Internationally known for his interpretations of classic standards, romantic ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings, Pizzarelli charms audiences with his warmth, sense of humor, and musical chops.
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: All Ages
Price: $20 - $55
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/john-pizzarelli-trio/
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 • Fri 9/17/21 at 8pm-10pm 

Karrin Allyson

Jazz
Vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Karrin Allyson is a five-time Grammy Award nominee, originally from Kansas, now living in New York City. Karrin has traveled the globe playing clubs, festivals, performing arts centers, and beyond.
Allyson’s impressive discography culminated in 2018 with the release of Some of That Sunshine, her first collection of all-original tracks and a further testament to her already impressive creative output. Christopher Loudon writes in Jazz Times, “With Some of That Sunshine, Allyson unleashes her equally impressive dexterity as a songwriter.”
With fifteen albums released so far and always more exciting projects in the works, Karrin’s range and creativity seem to have no bounds. What unites this wide world of music is Allyson’s warmth and depth. She’s not just singing a lyric; she’s telling you her story. And then that becomes your story. You hear the music from the inside out.
Band Line-Up
Karrin Allyson - Vocals & piano
Miro Sprague - Piano & Rhodes
Rod Fleeman - Guitar
Bob Bowman - Bass
Jerome Jennings - Drums
New Subscriptions available on July 13th
Individual tickets available on August 3rd
Karrin Allyson;Folly Theater;Folly Jazz;World Jazz;Vocal Jazz
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: All Ages
Price: $20, $30, $40, and $55
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/karrin-allyson/
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 • Sat 10/9/21 at 8pm-10pm 

Anat Cohen Quartetinho

jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Brazilian Choro, Modern Jazz, Classical
Featuring Vitor Gonçalves, Tal Mashiach, and James Shipp
Ever charismatic, prolific and inspired, Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. As The Wall Street Journal says, “What’s not to love about a young clarinetist and saxophonist who plays everything we love – modern jazz, world music, “hot” New Orleans style jazz – and does it all brilliantly?”
The perennial winner of “Clarinetist of the Year” titles from DownBeat, JazzTimes, and the Jazz Journalists Association, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross credits Cohen with “bringing the clarinet to the world” and The New York Times hails her a “Master.”
A unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, the Anat Cohen Quartet is a musical tour-de-force that propels the clarinet to its rightful place at the forefront of jazz. Performing repertoire spanning Anat’s career and deep catalog of recordings, the Quartet has been Anat’s core ensemble through the years.
Band Line-Up
Anat Cohen
Vitor Gonçalves
Tal Mashiach
James Shipp
New Subscriptions available on July 13th
Individual tickets available on August 3rd
Anat Cohen;Clarinet;Brazilian Jazz;jazz;classical music;Afro-Cuban Jazz;
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: All Ages
Price: $20, $30, $40, and $55
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/anat-cohen/
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 • Sat 2/12/22 at 8pm-10pm 

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet

Classical, Jazz
Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen Grammy Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.
Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music, and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra.
His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. D’Rivera continues to appear as a guest conductor. A Grammy was awarded the United Nation Orchestra in 1991, the same year D’Rivera received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contributions to Latin music.
D’Rivera’s most recent releases include Por La Rivera De Paquito and Kites Over Havana in 2017. Paquito’s most recent book “Letter to Yeyito”, published in 2015, is a captivating memoir of his history and experiences in the jazz world.
Band Line-Up
Paquito D’Rivera – AltoSax & Clarinet
Diego Urcola – Trumpet
Alex Brown – Piano
Oscar Stagnaro – Bass
Mark Walker – Drums
New Subscriptions available on July 13th
Individual tickets available on August 3rd
Paquito D'Rivera;Folly Theater;Clarinet;Alto-Sax;Jazz;Afro-Cuban;Cuban;
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: All Ages
Price: $20, $30, $40, and $55
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/paquito-drivera-quintet/
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Schedule
 • Sat 3/12/22 at 8pm-10pm