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Can’t Miss Summer Theatre in Wichita

Tired of watching endless reruns and remakes on the screen this summer? Looking for something new? Most of these can’t miss shows at local live theatres are brand new to Wichita audiences.

Disney Magic at Music Theatre Wichita

Disney Magic at Music Theatre

Photo courtesy of MTWichita.org

Music Theatre Wichita has two new musicals this summer. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, running July 26–30, has songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, including many from the Disney film. MTW becomes one of the first regional theatres in the nation to create its own brand-new version of Disney’s Newsies, running August 11–20. This high-energy musical tells the story of resilient newsboys at the turn of the 20th century. 

MTW shows are performed at Century II Concert Hall.


The Smell of the Kill at Wichita Community Theatre

The Smell of the Kill at Wichi

Poster design ©2016 by Graf-X-tina.

If you liked “Desperate Housewives” and The First Wives Club, you’ll love The Smell of the Kill, a deliciously wicked comedy of marriage and murder. It plays at Wichita Community Theatre from June 7–18, with a special Girls Night Out show on June 14. Get the details on the Facebook event page.


Summer Laughs at Kechi Playhouse

Summer Laughs at Kechi Playhou

Photo courtesy of Kechi Playhouse Facebook page

Make the short drive to Kechi Playhouse for two new-to-Wichita comedies. In The Love List, running June 2–24, two friends discover that the old adage “be careful what you wish for” is especially true when choosing a mate! In the fun and flirty Women in Jeopardy, running June 30–July 30, divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. Is he just weird...or could he be a serial killer?


Hi-Hat Hattie at Roxy’s Downtown

Hi-Hat Hattie at Roxy’s Downto

Poster image courtesy of Roxy’s Downtown Facebook Page

Hi-Hat Hattie tells the compelling story of Wichitan Hattie McDaniel in words and music. McDaniel was a pioneering artist who earned a place in show business history, including the first Academy Award given to an African-American person. She is portrayed by Wichitan and Olivier Award winner Karla Burns. Word is that this was performed several years ago at the Wichita Art Museum, and so technically not new, but it’s still a must see! It runs for four days only (August 3–6), at Roxy’s Downtown.


The Bridges of Madison County at Guild Hall

The Bridges of Madison County

Poster image courtesy of Guild Hall Players Facebook Page

The Guild Hall Players will bring a new musical to the area with its production of The Bridges of Madison County, running August 3–6. Based on Robert James Waller’s popular novel (which was also made into a hit film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood), this musical made its Broadway debut only two years ago.


What shows are you looking forward to most this summer? Any recommendations? Share in the comments!

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