Arts/Entertainment

KC Rep and Nelson-Atkins Partner for ‘Sunday in the Park with George’

For its 2015-2016 season opener, Kansas City Repertory Theatre collaborates with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

What better place to stage a musical exploring the struggles of painter Georges Seurat than Kansas City’s premier art museum?

As Kansas City Repertory Theater’s Spencer Theatre undergoes a $5.5 million renovation, its season-opening production, “Sunday in the Park with George,” runs now through Oct. 4 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Atkins Auditorium.

Photo by Don Ipock

Seurat’s efforts to complete his famous “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” are paired with the story of his fictional grandson, also an artist, to find his voice in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

“The musical exists at the intersection between theater and visual art and is about the tension between impressionist and contemporary art,” says KC Rep Artistic Director Eric Rosen, whose home is the beautiful backdrop for our September Inspired Entertaining feature on after-theatre entertaining. “I can’t imagine a more meaningful environment than the Atkins Auditorium, which sits stunningly between the museum’s grand neo-classical original building and the beautiful galleries of the Bloch building.”

KC Rep returns to Spencer Theatre in November for the annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” when theatregoers can see the modernized space for the first time. The renovation includes the new lighting and acoustic designs as well as a new stage floor, and 5,500-square-feet of new construction, including new restrooms, an expanded patron lounge and an expansion of the lobby.