- BRIAN WILSON with CHICAGO
- Starlight Theater – Kansas City, Missouri
- June 20, 2022
My new definition of irony: while going to see “ain’t too proud” I was telling my wife about the members of the group. I rattled off Melvin Franklin, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards. I told her there was one more but I couldn’t for the life of me remember his name. Now I’ll never forget it.
The show opens outside the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit and we meet Otis Williams (played brilliantly by Marcus Paul James). Otis talks about his young life and his dream to put together a singing group. Through trials and tribulations he puts together a group of amazing singers. A chance meeting with Berry Gordy (Michael Andreaus), the founder of Motown Records, and a group name change, and the dream comes through. But unfortunately, not all dreams are good ones.
Bursting with over 30 classic songs, and featuring Tony-award winning choreography, “Ain’t Too Proud” is that rare look at success, that also includes the pitfalls that come with it. Whether it’s something petty, like trying to solve an issue democratically, or serious, like deciding to kick a member out of the group, the road to success is seldom smooth.
As the story moves forward we not only meet the Temps, but also get acquainted with other musical legends like Smokey Robinson, the Supremes and Tammi Terrell. The performances are amazing, with the vocals being backed by a first-rate orchestra. It’s not the Funk Brothers, but they do their memory proud. Special shout out to the bass player who, on songs like “Ball of Confusion” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” laid down the groove.
The Temptations remain among the greatest and most popular musical groups of all time. The story of how they achieved that acclaim, and the obstacles they did their best to overcome, is one that needs to be experienced.
“ain’t too proud” continues at the Music Hall in Kansas City through June 26, then continues on through August 2023. For information on when it’s coming your way, click HERE
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at the Kansas City Planet Comicon to give (5) readers the chance for them and a guest to attend the show this weekend (April 22-24).
All you have to do is let us know below what celebrity guest you’d like to see at a future show. Pretty simple.
(5) random entries will be chosen and those chosen will be contacted by email and advised how to receive their passes. GOOD LUCK!
I have a very special place in my heart for the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” I’ve had it since I was 13 years old when, while visiting my grandfather – who I called Bapa, which is now how my grandchildren refer to me – in Florida, I asked to go see the movie, which was playing at a nearby theatre. A quick phone call to my parents to make sure it was ok with them, and off I went. For those of you who may not have seen the film, I won’t let on how it ends. Let’s just say the ending haunted me on the way home and evolved into a long conversation with my Bapa. Years later I had the opportunity to see the show a couple of times with both Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson, who played Jesus and Judas, respectively, in the film. I was a guest backstage when I met both of them. I told Ted Neeley about my conversation with Bapa and his thoughts and kindness will remain with me for the rest of my life.
Rolling into Kansas City this week is the 50th Anniversary Tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and it is a fine addition to the show’s great history. A totally sung dramatization of the last week of Christ’s life, this production is very barebones, with an almost empty stage. Also, while normally presented in two acts, there is no intermission here. It’s a quick 80 minutes or so, but if you like to stretch your legs you’re out of luck.
The cast was excellent, both vocally and physically. There is a lot of dance and movement here and nobody missed a beat. Vocal standouts include Omar Lopez-Cepero (Judas), Jenna Rubaii (Mary) and Alvin Crawford (Caiaphas), whose amazing baritone shook the house. The score is one of the best ever written and the orchestra, perched high above the stage, was outstanding. Even the guys in the sound/light area could be seen grooving to the music.
The show continues in Kansas City at the beautiful Kauffman Center through Sunday, April 3rd. If you’ve never seen the show, I urge you to take a chance. If you have, see it again. You won’t be disappointed.
In October 2019, I had the great pleasure of attending an all-star tribute concert to celebrate the Beatles White Album. With a top notch band including Todd Rungren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, , Chicago’s Jason Scheff and Joey Molland from Badfinger, the show was an amazing celebration of music. Not only did they deliver the goods on the Beatles music but each one also performed a couple of their own hits. I should also note that, in my review, I lamented how Todd Rungren was not a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I also started an on-line petition to correct this error.
Tonight the band was back together, celebrating two other of the Fab Four’s classic albums, “Rubber Sou” and “Revolver.” Dolenz didn’t make the trip this time, but he was ably replaced by Moody Blues and Wings co-founder Denny Laine. Again, the Beatles music was great to hear live, but the real treat was getting to hear some of the other hits the musicians had been a part of. Two of the non-Beatle highlights were Laine’s rendition of “Band on the Run,” with a vocal that rivaled Maccas and a blistering “25 or 6 to 4” with a guitar solo that would have made Terry Kath proud.
The music was infectious, and the crowd responded by dancing in their seats and giving a well deserved standing ovation at the concert’s end. They also stood after the afore mentioned rendition of “25 or 6 to 4” and after a sing-along to Rungren’s “Hello It’s Me.” As I left the show, I was already praying that next year brings an “Abbey Road/Let It Be” tour!
Incidentally, this time around Todd Rungren IS a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Just saying!
Drive My Car, I Want to Tell You, Taxman, Eleanor Rigby, If I Needed Someone, Go Now, Band on the Run, I’m Only Sleeping, No Matter What, Baby Blue, Good Day Sunshine, In My Life, AYou Won’t See Me, Sailing, Ride Like the Wind, And Your Bird Can Sing, Here, There and Everywhere, Girl, Michelle, I Just Saw a Face, Norwegian Wood, Hard to Say I’m Sorry, 25 or 6 to 4, For No One, Nowhere Man, I Saw the Light, Hello It’s Me, Dr. Robert, Got to Get You Into My Life, Tomorrow Never Knows, The Word, Yellow Submarine.
Fun. That’s the first thing I thought of as the credits rolled on “The Lost City.” This movie was Fun!
Following the death of her husband, romance/adventure author Loretta (Bullock) is struggling to finish her next book. She has the action. She has the romance. But she just can’t find an ending. However, when Loretta finds HERSELF in peril, the story almost writes itself.
I have to admit that when I sat down I was expecting a watered-down retelling of “Romancing the Stone.” Nope. “The Lost City” is a film with great characters, rich locations and, darn it, here’s that word again…fun. I had no idea that Sandra Bullock was such an amazing physical comedienne. Whether traipsing through the jungle in a spangled jumpsuit or caught in the middle of a high-speed chase while tied to a chair, she effortlessly uses the situation to the audience’s benefit. She is joined by Tatum, who longs to be thought of as more than Ash, the cover model of Loretta’s novels. Radcliffe is also well cast as the villain of the piece, who is searching for a long-lost treasure. You may even spot a very familiar face who is enlisted to help track down the missing Loretta.
The is witty and adds a few surprises to the normal tropes found in a film like this. The pace is fast, but never hurried and the locations are lush and exotic. The musical score, by Pinar Toprak, helps set the mood and keep the story moving.
To sum it all up, “The Lost City” is a fun way to usher in the spring movie season.
Here’s some musical theater trivia that a lot of people are stunned by. Did you know that “West Side Story” did NOT win the Tony Award for Best Musical? That’s right. One of the most beloved musicals of all time did not take home the big prize. That honor went to “The Music Man,” also one of the most beloved musicals of all time – and currently running on Broadway starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
I mention this to not only promote the new film version of “West Side Story,” but to point out that another show whose title begins with the letter W, “Wicked,” also did not win the Best Musical Tony Award. That year the Best Musical was “Avenue Q.” The more you know.
“Wicked” comes to Kansas City in top form. The previous engagement for this company was in Cleveland and, due to COVID, seven understudies were given their chance to shine. At tonight’s performance, everyone was where they should be and the show was fantastic.
I’ve seen the show before, and what I like about this production is that not a lot has changed. I’ve seen some shows where lines and songs have been altered over the years but here the show was presented just as it was when it debuted on Broadway 18 years ago.
The cast was in great form as the story of witches Glinda (Allison Bailey) and Elphaba (Talia Suskauer) unfolded. With well known songs such as “Popular” and “Defying Gravity,” the audience tapped their toes to every note. Another standout was Cleavant Derricks as the Wizard. Mr. Derricks created the role of James “Thunder” Early in the original production of “Dreamgirls” and deservedly won a Tony for his performance.
If you haven’t seen “Wicked,” what are you waiting for? If you have seen it, see it again. It is definitely a show that shouldn’t be missed.
If you are looking for that special gift for that special someone or maybe your favorite family member…then look no further. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing the ultimate gift set for any “Sex and the City” fans. See below for full details around this amazing new release. (And don’t get scared off by the MSRP price below, you can find it on Amazon for under $100, see here)
BURBANK, CA (September 2, 2021) — Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release all six seasons of the groundbreaking HBO comedy series Sex and the City plus both Sex and the City feature films on Blu-ray for the first time on November 2, 2021. Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection will feature 96 unforgettable episodes of the iconic series plus Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 in one, elegant must-own box set. It’s the ultimate collection for any Sex and the City fan! Experience the friendships and the fashion in gorgeous high-definition and catch up on all the episodes and films before the highly anticipated next chapter, And Just Like That…, debuts on HBO Max later this year. Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection is priced to own at $179.99 SRP ($194.99 Canada). Sex and the City: The Complete Series, Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 are also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers, and to stream on HBO Max.
Winner of seven Emmy® Awards, and the first cable show to win Outstanding Comedy Series, Sex and the City celebrates the bond of female friendship. It’s a salute to New York City, and a celebration of fashion and style. It’s a revolutionary series that broke boundaries, changed television and liberated women. Sex and the City set cultural and fashion trends, taught women to have honest conversations about relationships, and showed viewers how to express their individuality through fashion and style. Now fans can re-live every iconic scene of the trail blazing series and films in dazzling, eye-catching high-definition.
Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a New York-based writer who explores and experiences the unique world of Manhattan’s dating scene, chronicling the mating habits of single New Yorkers. The series also stars cast regulars Kim Cattrall as PR executive Samantha Jones, who’s seen — and done — it all; Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, still trying to hold on to the idea of happily ever after; and Cynthia Nixon as corporate lawyer and mother Miranda Hobbes, a pragmatist trying to balance the idea of love with the realities of life.
Includes over 3 hours of previously released special features.
*Special features may not be in High Definition.
Sex and The City: The Complete Series, Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 are now available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.
Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection
|Street Date:||November 2, 2021|
|SRP:||$179.00/ $194.99 (Canada)|
|Aspect Ratio:||16×9 Widescreen|
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Searchlight Pictures to give (10) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new horror film “Antlers”
The screening will be held on Wednesday, October 27th, at the AMC Studil 28 Theatre in Olathe, Kansas.
All you have to do is click HERE. The first (10) readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once the allotted number of passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended.
Enjoy the show!
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Searchlight to give (10) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the latest film from Wes Anderson, “The French Dispatch.”
The screening will be held on Monday, October 25th at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City, Missouri. The film begins at 7:00 pm
To attend, just click HERE. The first (10) readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once the allotted number of passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended.
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If you’ve never experienced the biggest (and best) Comicon in the Midwest, Media Mikes is giving you the chance to win passes to the upcoming Planet Comicon Kansas City to see first hand what all of the fuss is about!
The event, which runs from August 20th through the 22nd, is an amazing gathering of fans of all mediums together under one roof. Whether you’re an avid comic book reader, fan of a certain television program or film or have a special celebrity you’ve always wanted to meet, Planet Comicon Kansas City is the place where you can do it all.
Celebrity guests this year include William Zabka and Martin Kove from “Cobra Kai,” 70’s television icons like “The Brady Bunch” star Barry Williams and “Laverne and Shirley’s” Cindy Williams to a film legend like Paul Sorvino. As I said, a little bit of something for everyone.
Thanks to our friends at Planet Comicon Kansas City – and I call them friends since I’ve been attending since the very first show in 1999 – we are giving away FIVE admit (2) passes to both Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd.
All you have to do is let us know below what celebrity guest you’d like to see at a future show. That’s it. Leave your choice, and also note which day you want to attend – Saturday or Sunday. It’s that easy!
Five (5) random names will be chosen and they will receive passes to the event. This contest runs through Wednesday, August 18th at 10:00 pm EST. Winners will be notified by email and told how to retrieve their passes. GOOD LUCK!
For further information about the Con, including a full list of Celebrity guests and ticket information, click HERE.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Lionsgate to give fifteen readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film, “The Protege,” starring Michael Keaton, Maggie Q and Samuel L. Jackson.
The screening will be held on Tuesday, August 17th at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City. The film will start at 7;00 p.m.
All you have to do to attend is click HERE. The first fifteen readers to do so will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once all allotted passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK!
Confrontation turns deadly when the world’s most skilled assassin becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer. Catch “The Protégé,” starring Maggie Q, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, in theaters August 20th.
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Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Searchlight Pictures to give fifteen readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “The Night House.”
The screening will be held on Monday, August 16th at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City and will begin at 7:00 p.m.
To go all you have to do is click HERE. The first fifteen readers to do so will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. This is a first come, first serve giveaway. Once all allotted passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK!
THE NIGHT HOUSE
408 N. Armour Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64116
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together – but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and disturbing – a mystery she’s determined to unravel.
As summer heads into it’s last month, comic fans in Kansas City were treated to an event that was designed for THEM. And they found it this past Saturday at the Fountain City Mini-Con, held at the Lenexa Community Center in Lenexa, Kansas.
Packed wall to wall with dealers and guest artists, a non-stop throng of fans stopped by to talk comics with some of the genre’s best. Non-comic fans were impressed with the variety of dealers represented, providing the opportunity to pick up anything from t-shirts and games to the new NECA JAWS “Quint” figure (guilty).
What I loved seeing the most, and I love seeing this at every show I attend, were the youngsters under 12, many in costumes, that walked the aisles with their folks, hopefully making memories that will last a lifetime. Think I’m kidding. I’m 60 years old and my first con was “Alien Encounters” in Tampa, Florida in 1978. Yes, I was a late bloomer but I’ve more than made up for it!
If you’re kicking yourself and thinking, “damn, I missed it,” you’ll be happy to know that there will be another show on Saturday, October 23. If you’re interested in attending, please click HERE.