KANSAS CITY: A funeral doesn’t sound like the expected setting for a pop musical, but leave it to multi-hyphenate Nick Blaemire to do the unexpected. The actor/writer/composer wrote the book, music and lyrics for A Little More Alive, about a pair of estranged brothers who reconnect at their mother’s funeral and begin uncovering some family secrets. The show runs through May 11 at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Known for his short-lived, though beloved, Glory Days, which had a brief (single-performance) Broadway run, Blaemire also headlines his own band, Nick Blaemire & The Hustle, and is a fixture on the New York new-musical-theatre scene. Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall) and starring a who’s-who of young musical-theatre talent—including Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell) and Van Hughes (American Idiot)—Blaemire’s musical promises to be more than just a little alive.
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