Overture the Musical

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

Overture the Musical

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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.


Krista Eyler (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Krista Eyler is a performer, musician, voice artist, and teaching artist in Kansas City. Her business, Funky Mama Music, promotes and creates original rock n' roll for families, and as "Funky Mama," was invited to sing at the White House for the 2007 Easter Egg Roll. Krista has created a catalog of CDs, and has written musicals and performance works for both secular and sacred settings.

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.