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JUNE 22, 2016

Review: Off-Broadway ‘Fly By Night’ to play at Roxy’s

“Fly By Night,” with its Midwest premiere at Roxy’s Downtown, is a quirky, sweetly funny and sometimes devastatingly sad new musical about a romantic triangle involving a guy who falls for two sisters during the time of the 1965 New York City blackout.

But the message of this 2014 off-Broadway show – nominated for four Drama Desk Awards, including best musical


APRIL 28, 2016

Review: Roxy’s quartet makes ‘Party of 1’ a singular sensation

Put simply: “Party of 1” is lots of fun.

This four-person cabaret, which ran seven years to become the longest-running original musical in San Francisco, is a smart, sophisticated, sometimes deliciously naughty romp about...

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FEBRUARY 17, 2016

Review: Roxy’s ‘Golden Girls’ an affectionate tribute to iconic TV show

Roxy’s boys are as golden as “The Golden Girls.”

What sounds at first just like a cross-dressing farce with four guys portraying the indomitable dames of the beloved 1980s sitcom is actually an affectionate, nostalgic and often very funny romp...

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DECEMBER 1, 2015

Review: ‘Great American Trailer Park Musical’ cheerfully raunchy

The new Christmas sequel to the earthy, often hilarious “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” doesn’t quite have the quirky, heartwarming charm of the original, which ultimately reunited a reclusive, depressed mother with the son she “misplaced” as an infant 20 years before.

But it does have a lot of raunchy, blue collar laughs as the residents...

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Oh, the horror! Wichita’s stages scare up some laughs for Halloween

What do you get when you take a rowdy bunch of college kids pursued by demons in an abandoned cabin, stir in a...

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AUGUST 13, 2015

Review: Roxy’s ‘Pageant’ is frothy fun

Beauty may be only skin deep, but the beauty of “Pageant” goes all the way to the funny bone – and then some.

This 1991 musical spoof of beauty pageants, where the “girls” are actually...

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JUNE 24, 2015

Review: Lively ‘Cougar the Musical’ has heart

“Cougar the Musical” – being given its Midwest premiere at Roxy’s Downtown – is a little show with a big mouth and an even bigger heart. It’s about women of a certain age who discover that there is “Life” after divorce, widowhood and/or menopause.

Written with a naughty, knowing smirk by...

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JUNE 17, 2015

Rawwwr! Cougar at Roxy’s Downtown rediscovers femininity and sexuality

WICHITA - Cougar the Musical had its Midwest debut on June 19 at Roxy’s Downtown in Wichita and runs through July 18. It is a fairly young show in the musical scheme of things, having opened Off-Broadway...


JUNE 17, 2015

It’s girls night out for ‘Cougar the Musical’

“Cougar the Musical” began as a single joke by Donna Moore in her one-woman cabaret act.

“Why are we giving a woman a derogatory name for dating a younger man when the name for a man who dates younger women is – I’ve researched this – a man?” Moore bemoaned, getting a knowing laugh from women of a certain age in the audience.

Moore took the hint and expanded her act to a...

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FEBURARY 17, 2015

Roxy’s Downtown in Wichita presents Always... Patsy Cline

Always…is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was...

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NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Roxy’s Downtown ready for its close-up

John Hammer is convinced that the rebirth of Roxy’s Downtown – launching Friday with the holiday musical “Plaid Tidings” – was something that was...

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Cabaret Old Town to reopen as Roxy’s Downtown with new owners, former director

Cabaret Old Town, the longtime music theater venue at 412 1/2 E. Douglas, will get new life later this year...

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JUNE 17, 2016

‘Fly by Night’ not your usual romantic comedy

Love and life choices during the time of New York City’s notorious 1965 blackout are the subject matter of “Fly by Night,” a quirky new Off-Broadway musical that’s being given its regional premiere at Roxy’s Downtown.


APRIL 15, 2016

San Francisco composer/lawyer to direct ‘Party of 1’ at Roxy’s Downtown

Morris Bobrow doesn’t waste a lot of time pondering whether he’s a San Francisco lawyer who writes musicals or an award-winning composer/lyricist who...

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FEBRUARY 11, 2016

All-male cast spoofs sitcom ‘Golden Girls’ at Roxy’s theater

Wichita actors Kyle Vespestad and Monte Wheeler have been friends and frequent co-stars for more than 20 years and unabashed fans of TV’s “The Golden Girls” for even longer.

Now, they are joining with two other veteran local actors, John Bates and Tom Frye, to become “The Golden Girls” on stage at Roxy’s Downtown starting this...

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NOVEMBER 5, 2015

Jazz musicians jam at Roxy’s Downtown

For William Flynn, being a successful jazz musician in Wichita means more than just playing a mean guitar.

He’s organizer, promoter, teacher and cheerleader, too.

“That’s part of what helps a scene thrive,” Flynn said. “It really takes a lot of collective effort on the part of the musicians.”

Flynn is one of several musicians nurturing just such a scene at Roxy’s Downtown...

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APRIL 15, 2015

Review: Roxy Downtown’s ‘The Big Bang’ a comic gem

“The Big Bang,” now at Roxy’s Downtown, is a scream – often of hilarity, but occasionally of shock and awe in the vein of “oh, no, they didn’t just go there” – as Kyle Vespestad and John Bates camp and cavort their way through the entire history of civilization from the Garden of Eden to Woodstock in a breezy 90 minutes or so.

The show is very, very funny a la Monty Python of...

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APRIL 9, 2015

Duo back for the ‘The Big Bang’ at Roxy’s Downtown

It’s been nearly 15 years since Kyle Vespestad played wide-eyed Adam to John Bates’ demure Eve, exploring the delights of Eden’s “Free Food and Frontal Nudity” to a catchy calypso beat.

It’s been that long since Wichita also saw...

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DECEMBER 3, 2014

Review: ‘Plaid Tidings’ at Roxy’s Downtown evokes nostalgia

There’s enough solid close-harmonizing in “Plaid Tidings,” the holiday sequel to the nostalgic “Forever Plaid” jukebox musical about a 1950s quartet coming back from...

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NOVEMBER 10, 2014

Class Roxy’s returns to Wichita

Opening this month in Wichita, in her old “Cabaret” digs, is Roxy’s Downtown, a theatre with a rich history in the Air Capital city.

A Grand Opening Performance on November 22 of...

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NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Wichita stages: Holiday theater preview 2014

Are you wishing for a Christmas with “Plaid Tidings” all around? 

Or are you ready for...

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NOVEMBER 7, 2014


When the new Roxy’s Downtown at 412 1/2 E. Douglas has its grand opening on Nov. 28, it will also be...