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On January 17, 2014, months before first appearing on the Stephen Colbert Show, jazz musician Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, took the Folly Theater stage to perform for their first time together in Kansas City. With his New Orleans style of jazz, and his fingers dancing on the piano, Gale Tallis, executive director…

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The 2015 Class of Rising Stars has grown to include one of our very own.  Jeremy Lillig, Folly Theater Board Member, has been named a Rising Star of Philanthropy by The Independent, Kansas City’s Journal of Society.  Jeremy’s views on philanthropy have helped shaped the direction of Folly Theater, and we are always looking to strengthen this vision…

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Jazz is an important part of the Folly Theater’s personality. As are Groucho Marx, Humphrey Bogart, YoYo Ma, Joyce DiDonato, and Dave Brubeck. Jazz is but one of the many personalities the Folly has developed during its 113 year history. Perhaps you experienced a few yourself. Burlesque, vaudeville, family theater, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West…

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“Guitar god” might sound like hyperbole, but to many music fans of British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson it’s a suitable salutation.  He is regarded as much for his technical chops on guitar as for his darkly funny lyrics. He recently stopped by the NPR studios and shared stories and songs with David Dye of World Cafe….

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