Overture the Musical

Book by Krista Eyler and Barbara Nichols; Music and lyrics by Krista Eyler

Save something beautiful.

This is a story about saving something beautiful. Overture celebrates the extraordinary grass-roots effort to help the Kansas City Philharmonic survive during its 1953-1954 season. In 1953, the Kansas City Philharmonic debuted its first opera festival and was striving to become a world-renowned orchestra. At the same time, it was fighting for financial survival. Against this backdrop, we also discover two fictional characters, Lily and Christopher, who share the same passion for music and are fighting for survival in ways of their own.


Runtime: 2 hours including a 10-minute intermission.

Krista Eyler

Krista Eyler (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Krista Eyler is the lyricist, composer and co-book writer for Overture. She originated the role of Lily at the 2018 Kansas City Fringe Festival. Krista is a well-established performer and musician on many stages in the Midwest including New Theatre Restaurant, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Chestnut Fine Arts Center, Theatre in the Park, The Barn Players, and the Arts Asylum. Regional credits include Velma (Chicago), Narrator (Joseph...), Patsy (Always, Patsy Cline), Eva Peron (Evita). She has created a catalog of music, and has written musicals and performance works for both secular and sacred settings. Krista also established her KC-based business, Funky Mama Music, over a decade ago to promote original, rock n' roll for families, and as "Funky Mama," was invited to sing at the White House for the 2007 Easter Egg Roll.

Barbara Nichols

Barbara Nichols (Co-book writer; Director)

Barbara has worked extensively as a director and actor in the Kansas City area for over 20 years. As director, shows include Spamalot, Secret Garden, Les Miserables, Company, Chess, The Drowsy Chaperone, Evita, The Full Monty and1776. She collaborated with Krista Eyler on the 2010 original musical production of “Moo Juice: The Musical.” As an actor, Barbara’s favorite credits include August Osage County and God of Carnage.