Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Orville Mendoza, Jenny Ashman, Shanna Jones and Oliver Thornton Set for SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM at KC Rep, Jan. 27 – Feb. 19

Orville Mendoza

Orville Mendoza

Kansas City Repertory Theatre is presenting the acclaimed musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim, helmed by Artistic Director Eric Rosen and starring actors Jenny Ashman, Shanna Jones, Orville Mendoza and Oliver Thornton, January 27 through February 19, 2017 at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. Press night is scheduled for Opening Night on Friday, February 3, 2017. Appropriate for ages 13+. Some adult content and language. For tickets and more information, contact the KC Rep Box Office at 816.235.2700 or Spencer Theatre is located at 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110. For further information, visit

Nominated for both London’s Olivier Award and Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Musical, Side by Side by Sondheim celebrates the music and lyrics of Pulitzer-, Tony-, and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim. Side by Side by Sondheim ran in London and New York for well over a thousand performances, making it one of the most successful musical revues of all time. In a glittering evening of music, comedy, and song, the star-studded cast will perform beloved numbers from such Broadway hits as Gypsy, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Pacific Overtures. Featured songs include “Comedy Tonight,” “Broadway Baby,” “Anyone Can Whistle,” “A Boy Like That,” and the Grammy Award-winning favorite “Send in the Clowns,” to name a few.

“KC Rep audiences love Sondheim – among our biggest hits of all time are Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Company,” says Artistic Director Eric Rosen. Side by Side takes us back to Sondheim’s most prolific period, from when he was a young artist writing lyrics for Leonard Bernstein’s music in West Side Story to the triumphs of musicals like A Little Night Music that made him a legend. The show promises to be a dazzling and unforgettable night in the company of the most inspirational, influential, funny, and moving composer of this or any era.”

Side by Side by Sondheim is produced with the support of the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts.

Patrons may park in the faculty lot adjacent to the theatre, or on Levels 5 and 6 of the garage at 50th & Cherry Streets. An elevated covered walkway to Spencer Theatre is located on level 5. Get Directions.

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and


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