June 29, 2012

Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America

FAIR BALL: Negro Leagues in America
Presented by Theatre for Young America
July 7 through July 27, 2012

Just in time for Major League Baseball's All-Star game in Kansas City, Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America is a musical play about the dramatic history and exemplary courage of the men and women who played against all odds of racial segregation and "Jim Crow" laws in the Negro Leagues baseball leagues. Gene Mackey wrote the script, with original music by Danny Cox.

Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America opens at Theatre for Young America on July 7, 2012 and plays through July 27, 2012. Performances take place on the H&R Block City Stage, which is located on level B in Union Station Kansas City. Union Station's address is 30 W. Pershing Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

Single tickets may be reserved online at www.unionstation.org or by calling Union Station at 816.460.2020, or Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083. The single ticket price is $8.00. Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. For group reservations, call 816.460.2020 or 816.460.2083. This one-hour play is suitable for all ages; all lovers of baseball and all those who wish to celebrate the accomplishments of this remarkable baseball league.

Theatre for Young America is offering a SPECIAL PRICE FOR THE ALL STAR WEEKEND PERFORMANCES on July 7, 8 or 9. Anyone who shows an All Star Fan Fest ticket stub at the Union Station ticketing counter will receive $4.00 off the regular ticket price.

Set in the locker room of the abandoned stadium, this musical production raises the ghosts of great baseball players of the Negro Leagues to play one last great contest to conquer the supposed supremacy of the all-white Major Leagues. An all-star dream team, managed by Rube Foster, includes Leroy Satchel" Paige, James "Cool Papa" Bell, Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan, Josh Gibson, Jackie Robinson, and Toni Stone, a female player who held her own in the largely male world of professional baseball.

Fair Ball's songwriter, Danny Cox, performs in the play. Danny Cox began his professional music career in 1960 as an 18 year old performing on a Hootenanny Folk Tour. In the early 1970s, Danny Cox recorded for the ABC-Dunhill, Casablanca, and the MGM labels. In 1969, Danny partnered a company called Good Karma Productions, which managed the acts of Brewer and Shipley, and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and his own career. Danny was a co-owner of the Cowtown Ballroom from 1970 to 1973. He was a regular on the Allen Luden and Danny Kaye TV shows and has been the opening act for Ray Charles and had Steve Martin as his opening act on tour. Danny is a featured performer in the documentary Cowtown Ballroom…Sweet Jesus. He narrated the KCPT documentary, Ain't Seen Nothing Like It Since: The Kansas City Monarchs. For Theatre for Young America he has previously created original music for The Legend of John Henry, El Gato Sin Amigos, Trains Across America, and Black Cowboy in t!
he Old West.

Also appearing in Fair Ball is Lonnie McFadden, a nationally recognized tap-dancer, singer and all around entertainer. Lonnie returns to Theatre for Young America after making his TYA debut last year in Monarchs of KC. Lonnie McFadden, along with brother Ronnie, is part of the famed McFadden Brothers. The duo performs all over the world and has appeared on the same bill with entertainment giants such as The Count Basie Orchestra, Miles Davis, Winton Marsalis, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Patrons can catch Lonnie at The Phoenix Piano Bar and Grill on weekends where he is currently performing.

The cast also includes Damon Patterson, Evan Lovelace and Chioma Anyanwu, and a live band of musicians.

The musical is a complete revision of The Monarchs of KC, produced at TYA last season, including new songs, characters and true stories from a tumultuous and richly entertaining era of baseball history. A National Endowment for the Arts grant makes this new production possible.

Show times for Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America at Union Station are:

Saturday 07/07/12 2:00 PM
Sunday 07/08/12 2:00 PM
Monday 07/09/12 7:00 PM
Tuesday 07/10/12 10:00 AM
Wednesday 07/11/12 10:00 AM
Thursday 07/12/12 10:00 AM
Thursday 07/12/12 12:00 PM
Friday 07/13/12 10:00 AM
Friday 07/13/12 12:00 PM
Saturday 07/14/12 2:00 PM *ASL Interpreted
Tuesday 07/17/12 10:00 AM
Wednesday 07/18/12 10:00 AM
Thursday 07/19/12 10:00 AM
Thursday 07/19/12 12:00 PM
Friday 07/20/12 10:00 AM
Friday 07/20/12 12:00 PM
Saturday 07/21/12 2:00 PM
Tuesday 07/24/12 10:00 AM
Wednesday 07/25/12 10:00 AM
Thursday 07/26/12 10:00 AM
Thursday 07/26/12 12:00 PM
Friday 07/27/12 10:00 AM
Friday 07/27/12 12:00 PM

Theatre for Young America is a professional theater company, which primarily employs local actors, including members of Actors Equity Association.

Theatre for Young America, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Gifts are tax deductible.

KC Stage cardmembers receive a discount of:
20% off. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

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