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35 Years Ago… The Folly Theater took on the passion project of developing an annual Jazz series. This series would bring unknowns, big names, and even local talent to the historic stage to showcase new and loved styles of Jazz. The Folly Theater Jazz Series has brought some world renowned artists to Kansas City including Eliane Elias,…

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A Little History First… Every year the Folly Theater hosts around 6,500 kids from around Kansas City to come and see plays that help them expand their knowledge of history, culture, and diversity. The folly has been running its, Kids’ series since the doors reopened. The directors and board at the time noticed a lack…

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KKFI Presents: Collaborations Live! at the Folly Theater!   June 30th, we will host an exciting night of innovative, original music, film, and dance. KKFI 90.1 is bringing seven sets of arts organizations that will perform a series of original & collaborative creations live! This will be a great evening of modern and classic performances fusing…

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On Friday, June 16th we’ll have the 3 time Grammy nominated, soul-diva, Ruthie Foster! Ruthie has been noted for her amazing performances and her unique sound blending together Soul, Gospel, Rock, and Blues. Below is a wonderful bio from Ruthie’s team that really shares her defining moments leading to her successful career. In the tightknit…

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Many of us who listen to Cecile McLorin Salvant for the first time comment on the fact that she reminds us of both Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.  But we mustn’t sell Ms. Salvant short–she has her very own style as is evidenced by the high praise she has received from jazz critics at the…

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Bob James and Fourplay: Folly Theater October 15, 2016 8pm (tickets on sale now)  FEATURING: BOB JAMES-KEYBOARDS/PIANO (YAMAHA ENDORSED PIANIST), RON OTIS-DRUMS, CARLITOS DEL PUERTO-BASS GUITAR, PERRY HUGHES-GUITAR September 15, 2016 There are a few things that the Bob James and Fourplay fans may not know about the music, the man, and the quartet.  Firstly, he is a…

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To become a Folly Theater usher is to join the ranks of some truly remarkable and amazing people.  Many of the Folly Theater ushers have been with the theater since the 1980s.  In addition to being able to spend time with these remarkable people, as a Folly Theater Usher, you will enjoy additional benefits such…

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While completing my Master’s Degree at UMKC, I had the luxury of taking a course on the 1960s taught by the ever-engaging Dr. Mary Ann Wynkoop.  In addition to enhancing our knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement and the complexities of the political landscape in the 1960s, Dr. Wynkoop impressed upon us the role that…

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