JEFFREY SPIVAK and STEVE PAUL - Kansas City Star, Oct. 06, 2002:
To restore downtown's vitality, Kansas City must learn the art and sport of entertaining more...
The prospect of Julia Irene Kauffman's planned performing arts center has loomed over downtown in recent years like an Emerald City in the distance.
It is scheduled to open in 2007 with two new halls for the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera. One of the halls would be large enough to accommodate the largest Broadway touring productions, such as "The Producers," which is stopping in several of Kansas City's peers this fall but not here.