A new story celebrating the extraordinary grass-roots efforts to save the Kansas City Philharmonic, with music and lyrics by Krista Eyler, book by Krista Eyler and Barbara Nichols.
It’s 1953, and the symphonic sounds of the Kansas City Philharmonic are dimming as the iconic cultural institution fights for its existence. Amid this existential battle led by the grass-roots efforts of the determined Philharmonic staff, their own personal struggles ignite a crescendo of passions which has each of them fighting for their own survival. A poignant love story about saving something extraordinary and building something beautiful, this real-life story plucks at our heart-strings through legit voices and contemporary musical sounds.
Overture the Musical originated at the July 2018 Kansas City Fringe Festival as one of the festival’s highest attended among its 80 productions. Overture had its first full production with an orchestra at The Arts Asylum (Kansas City, MO) in September 2018.
Ms. Nichols directs a cast of twelve, including Krista Eyler, Joel Morrison, Kay Noonan and Kipp Simmons with Whitney Armstrong, Erica Baruth, Jennifer Cannady, Stasha Case, JC Dresslaer, John Edmonds, Mark Murphy, and Rob Reeder.
Overture the Musical is presented by the New York Musical Festival. Producer: Sharp Women, LLC; Choreographer: Valerie Martin; Music Director: Kevin Bogan; Costume Designer: Joanna Windler; Stage Manager: MacKenzie Sammons; General Manager: SL Theatricals; Public Relations: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.