The Kauffman Center—home to resident organizations including the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Symphony, and innovative programming in the Kauffman Center Presents series—embraces a variety of audiences with different tastes, interests and passions. At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, everyone can have an opportunity to experience excellence.
Performances at the Kauffman Center happen in two venues: Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall. The 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre boasts a red color scheme and shimmering seating boxes, a design reminiscent of 18th- and 19th-century opera houses. Helzberg Hall’s 1,600 seats are arranged in the round, with no seat more than 100 feet from the stage. The Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, provides a stunning backdrop to the stage and features more than 5,500 pipes.
This summer, the Kauffman Center Presents series hosts exciting performances featuring Academy Award-winning actors, Emmy Award-winning TV hosts and dynamic live bands. Jazz collective Snarky Puppy performs on June 11. Fan-favorite characters from the movie Napoleon Dynamite host a Q&A after a full screening of the classic film on June 28. Actress and producer Jane Fonda shares a career retrospective live on stage on July 9 in An Evening with Jane Fonda: Stories from a Celebrated Career. Lifestyle author Iyanla Vanzant presents the Acts of Faith Remix Tour on August 23.