Amy Schumer goes big, Led Zeppelin gets strung up, and Joyce DiDonato goes to War: fall’s performing-arts calendar

Monday, September 5
Pops in the Park, free community concert
Kansas City Symphony, Shawnee Mission Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, kcsymphony.org

Wednesday, September 7
A Streetcar Named Desire
Kansas City Actors Theatre, City Stage at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road; through Sunday, September 25, kcactors.org

Hand to God 

Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main; through Sunday, October 2; unicorntheatre.org

Virtuosos of the International Center for Music
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kauffmancenter.org

Thursday, September 8
Picasso at the Lapin Agile  
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main; through Saturday, September 24; metkc.org

A Night on the Town with Les Lankhorst
Musical Theater Heritage, Crown Center, 2450 Grand; through Saturday, September 10; mthkc.com

Friday, September 9
Evita
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, at Spencer Theatre, UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry; through Sunday, October 2; kcrep.org

The Music of Led Zeppelin with the Kansas City Symphony
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Late Night Theatre: Die Nacht der Nacht, the Night of Nights — Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Saturday, September 10
Becoming Dr. Ruth
White Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 5801 West 115th Street; also Sunday, September 11; thejkc.org

Thursday, September 15
I Do! I Do!
Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 North Chestnut, Olathe; through Sunday, October 23; chestnutfinearts.com

Friday, September 16
Kiss of the Spider Woman
The Barn Players, 6219 Martway; through Sunday, October 2; thebarnplayers.org

Saturday, September 17
Hansel and Gretel
Kansas City Lyric Opera, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; also September 21, 23 and 25; kcopera.org

Adam Devine
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Sunday, September 18
Buckets N Boards
Kansas City Symphony Family Series, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Bob Saget
7:30 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

Monday, September 19
Musical Monday
Musical Theater Heritage, Crown Center, 2450 Grand, mthkc.com

Tuesday, September 20
Musical Tuesday  
Musical Theater Heritage, Crown Center, 2450 Grand, mthkc.com

The Nine Who Dared: Courage in Little Rock
The Coterie, Crown Center, 2450 Grand; through Friday, October 21; thecoterie.org

Thursday, September 22
Have You Met Miss Jones?
New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster, Overland Park; through Sunday, November 27; newtheatre.com

Friday, September 23
Steve Martin and Martin Short, with the Steep Canyon Rangers
8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

25th Anniversary Season Fall Concert
Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, White Recital Hall, UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry; also Saturday, September 24; wylliams-henry.org

The Escher String Quartet, with guitarist Jason Vieaux
Friends of Chamber Music, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Saturday, September 24
David Bowie: A Musical Odyssey with the Kansas City Symphony
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra
Harriman Jewell Series free Discovery Concert, tickets required, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Sunday, September 25
Catalyst Quartet
Harriman Jewell at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, hjseries.org

Thursday, September 29
KCFAA presents: Ailey II
Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street,
follytheater.org

Friday, September 30
Annapurna
The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee; through Sunday, October 23; thelivingroomkc.com

Barry, Bette and Broadway
Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 West 10th Street; through Sunday, October 30;
qualityhillplayhouse.com

Picnic
University Theatre, KU, Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive, Lawrence; through Thursday, October 6; kutheatre.com

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, with violinist Stefan Jackiw
Kansas City Symphony, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, through October 2, kcsymphony.org

KU Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Caroline Goulding
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Saturday, October 1
Schubert | Beatles
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 West 13th Street, kcopera.org

Jessica Lang Dance
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kauffmancenter.org

Sunday, October 2
Hasan Minhaj
7 p.m. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Thursday, October 6
Songs of the Great War
Musical Theater Heritage, in collaboration with the National World War I Museum, Crown Center, 2450 Grand; through Sunday, October 16; mthkc.com  

Bianca Del Rio
8 p.m. The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.

Friday, October 7
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Kansas City Ballet, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, through Sunday, October 16; kcballet.org

Pianist Arnaldo Cohen
Friends of Chamber Music, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Saturday, October 8
Timeless Melodies: Michael McDowell, Pianist Without a Plan  
Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

The Capitol Steps comedy troupe
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Sunday, October 9
Basetrack Live, documentary theater  
Yardley Hall, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Wednesday, October 12
Mad About Mod: Kansas City Symphony free happy-hour concert
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Josh Blue
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Friday, October 14
The Invisible Hand
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, at Copaken Stage, 13th Street and Walnut; through Sunday, November 13; kcrep.org

O Beautiful
UMKC Theatre, at Spencer Theatre, UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry; through Sunday, October 23; umkctheatre.org

One Man, Two Guvnors
Olathe Civic Theatre, 500 East Loula, Olathe; through Sunday, October 30; olathetheatre.org

Kinsey Sicks: Electile Dysfunction, a benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City
Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Saturday, October 15
La Bohème

Wichita Grand Opera, Yardley Hall, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Renée Fleming, soprano
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kauffmancenter.org

Sunday, October 16
Zorá Quartet
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Wednesday, October 19
The Way We Get By
Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main; through Sunday, November 13; unicorntheatre.org

Thursday, October 20
Deathtrap
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main; through Saturday, November 5; metkc.org

Stern Conducts Mozart’s Requiem
Kansas City Symphony, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; through Sunday, October 23; kcsymphony.org

Maria Bamford
Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Friday, October 21
An Evening with Garrison Keillor
Yardley Hall, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Late, a Cowboy Song
University Theatre, KU, William Inge Memorial Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive, Lawrence; through Thursday, October 27;
kutheatre.com

Saturday, October 22
Art of Time Ensemble performs Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Yardley Hall, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Ben Bliss, tenor, in American recital debut
Harriman Jewell Series free Discovery Concert, tickets required, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Bridget Everett
8:30 p.m. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Monday, October 24
Physical Theater Festival
Byrd Productions, Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive; through Sunday,
October 30; justoffbroadway.org

Thursday, October 27
Milestones: Music and Movement
Owen/Cox Dance Group, Polsky Theatre, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, owencoxdance.org

Screenland at the Symphony: The Phantom of the Opera
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Friday, October 28
Boyz II Men with the Kansas City Symphony
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; through Sunday, October 30; kcsymphony.org

Denis Matsuev, pianist, in recital
Harriman Jewell Series, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Sunday, October 30
Brahms: Requiem
Kansas City Chorale, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 West 13th Street, kcchorale.org

Tuesday, November 1
Brahms: Requiem
Kansas City Chorale, Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 West 75th Street, Prairie Village, kcchorale.org

Thursday, November 3

Amy Schumer
8 p.m., Sprint Center, 1470 Grand

Cabaret 

Musical Theater Heritage, Crown Center, 2450 Grand; through Sunday, November 17; mthkc.com

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Cohen Community Stagehouse at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road; through Saturday, November 5; kcstarlight.com

Patty, Maxene & LaVerne
Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 North Chestnut, Olathe; through Sunday, December 18, except Thanksgiving week; chestnutfinearts.com

Nine
Spinning Tree Theatre, at the Living Room, 1818 McGee; through Sunday, November 20; spinningtreetheatre.com

Friday, November 4
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center — Friends of Chamber Music, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Crescendo 2016: Dream Within Reach, a benefit for the Conservatory of Music and Dance — Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kauffmancenter.org

Saturday, November 5
Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

The Marriage of Figaro
Kansas City Lyric Opera, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; also November 9, 11 and 13; kcopera.org

Sunset Boulevard
White Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 5801 West 115th Street, through November 20, thejkc.org

Tuesday, November 8
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
The Coterie, Crown Center, 2450 Grand; through Saturday, December 31; thecoterie.org

Wednesday, November 9
KU Wind Ensemble, with Joey Tartell on trumpet
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Thursday, November 10
Hannibal Buress
8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

Screenland at the Symphony: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Rachel
KC MeltingPot Theatre, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive; through Sunday, November 20; kcmeltingpot.com

Friday, November 11
AXIS Dance Company: Changing the Face of Dance and Disability
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Pooter McGraw Is Not Dead Party
University Theatre, KU, Stage Too, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive; through Sunday, November 20; kutheatre.com

Saturday, November 12
Notes & Letters: Bach Aria Soloists, with a guest actor
Kansas City Central Library, 14 West 10th Street, free tickets but reservations required, bachariasoloists.com

Sinbad
8 p.m. Ameristar Casino, 3200 N. Ameristar Dr.

Sunday, November 13
Charlie Albright, piano
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Tuesday, November 15
The Illusionists
Music Hall, 301 West 13th Street; through Sunday, November 20; theaterleague.com/kansascity

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir
Harriman Jewell Series, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Thursday, November 17
The Moth Mainstage
Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Black Violin, violin and viola hip-hop duo
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kauffmancenter.org

Friday, November 18
A Christmas Carol
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, at Spencer Theatre, UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry; through Saturday, December 24; kcrep.org

A Vivid Autumn: Beethoven and Brahms, with pianist Daniil Trifonov

Kansas City Symphony

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; through Sunday, November 20; kcsymphony.org

Friday, November 25
Christmas in Song
Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 West 10th Street; through Saturday, December 24; qualityhillplayhouse.com

Desire: An Evening of Plays Based on Six Stories by Tennessee Williams
UMKC Theatre, at the 116 Black Box Theatre, UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry; through Saturday, December 10; umkctheatre.org

Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, with pianist Robert Levin
Kansas City Symphony, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; through Sunday, November 27; kcsymphony.org

Saturday, November 26
Sister’s Christmas Catechism
Cohen Community Stagehouse at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road; through Sunday, December 18; kcstarlight.com

Monday, November 28
Musical Monday
Musical Theater Heritage, Crown Center, 2450 Grand, mthkc.com

Tuesday, November 29
Musical Tuesday
Musical Theater Heritage, Crown Center, 2450 Grand, mthkc.com

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Wednesday, November 30
An Octoroon
Unicorn Theatre, co-produced with UMKC Theatre, 3828 Main; through Monday, December 26; unicorntheatre.org

Thursday, December 1
Annie
Yardley Hall, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Handel’s Messiah
Kansas City Symphony, with the Symphony Chorus and the Independence Messiah Choir

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; through Sunday, December 4; kcsymphony.org

Friday, December 2
Tuba Christmas 2016, free lunch-hour concert
Kansas City Symphony, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; also Monday, December 12; kcsymphony.org

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Olathe Civic Theatre, 500 East Loula, Olathe; through Sunday, December 18; olathetheatre.org

R.U.R.
University Theatre, KU, William Inge Memorial Theatre in Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive, Lawrence; through Thursday, December 8; kutheatre.com

Saturday, December 3
Kansas City Christmas

The Nutcracker 

Kansas City Ballet, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, through Saturday, December 24; kcballet.org

The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays 

Yardley Hall, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Sunday, December 4
Holiday Vespers
KU School of Music, Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

Wednesday, December 7
Application Pending
Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main; through Monday, December 26; unicorntheatre.org

Classics Uncorked: Vivaldi’s “Winter” and Greensleeves
Kansas City Symphony, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro chamber orchestra, performing In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music
Harriman Jewell Series, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Thursday, December 8
The Santaland Diaries
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, at Copaken Stage, 13th Street and Walnut; through Saturday, December 24; kcrep.org

Friday, December 9
Jim Brickman with the Kansas City Symphony
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

A Spectacular Christmas Show
Musical Theater Heritage, Crown Center, 2450 Grand; through Friday, December 23; mthkc.com

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Yardley Hall, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard, jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Hello, Holidays!
Kansas City Chorale, Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall, Overland Park, kcchorale.org

Saturday, December 10
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Owen/Cox Dance Group, Polsky Theatre, JCCC, 12345 College Boulevard; also Sunday, December 11; owencoxdance.org

A Chorale Family Christmas — St. Michael the Archangel, 14251 Nall, Overland Park, kcchorale.org

Sunday, December 11
Hello, Holidays!
Kansas City Chorale, Karbank Building Event Space, 2000 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, kcchorale.org

Tuesday, December 13
Hello, Holidays!
Kansas City Chorale, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11 East 40th Street, kcchorale.org

Thursday, December 15
Christmas Festival
Kansas City Symphony with the Symphony Chorus, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway; through Tuesday, December 20; kcsymphony.org

WindSync wind quintet
Harriman Jewell Series free Discovery Concert, tickets required, Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, follytheater.org

Tuesday, December 27
Always … Patsy Cline
Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 North Chestnut, Olathe; through Saturday, December 31; chestnutfinearts.com