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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

11 Apr
Barry Williams

Royal Treatment in Kansas City

written by Barry Williams in Blog, barry | 1 comment

My run at the New Theatre in Kansas City, KS doing the musical comedy revue MARRIED ALIVE is coming to an end this Sunday, April 13th. I arrived on January 28th and opened our eight week run on February 13th. I have mixed feelings about it closing. Naturally I am anxious to get home. I have been away for a long time. But I have enjoyed this musical as much as any show I have ever done and I have appeared in more than 75 different productions.

The primary reasons I have enjoyed it so much is because I have never hung with more passionate fans and the wonderful people I have been working with. The New Theatre Restaurant is one of the most successful theaters in the country. The two producers, Richard Carrothers and Dennis Hennessy, run a tight ship and the sailing is smooth. The people they employ are loyal, thoughtful and helpful. Our show was totally sold out of its 637 seats nearly every performance, and I am not trying to take the credit. They have an enormous subscription. All I was responsible for were the few seats that remained available.

I lucked out with the cast. There are just four of us so there is a lot of interacting which made it very important for us to get along and we did. Cathy Barnett, who plays my wife, and Jessalyn Kincaid are both from this area and Allan Snyder came in from New York. All talented performers committed to making the show work and the audiences responded accordingly.

I have enjoyed my many visits to Kansas City, including twice playing the Starlight Theatre. At over 9,000 seats, this is one of the larger outdoor theaters in the country. But those have been shorter visits so this time I made it a point to get out a bit. Among the highlights: The KC Zoo, The Science Museum, and The Steamboat Arabia Museum which houses the largest collection of perfectly preserved frontier artifacts from the 1800′s in the world. Fascinating. And I must add, there’s no place better to be when KU’s Jayhawks win the NCAA Championships!

So, it has been a good experience, with great people and I will carry wonderful memories with me. Though it is soon time to go, this time it’s different. With thegregbradyproject.com, it will be easy to stay in touch.

 

1 Comment

    Christy
    on Apr. 16th, 2008

    I enjoyed your performance last month at the New Theatre. I am a ticket holder and have seen a number of performances at that locale. I always appreciate a good comedy! Thanks for the autograph on my birthday card!

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