Top 25 New Places to Stay, Eat and Play: 2012
Kansas City, Missouri: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
We knew when we heard the lineup for the grand-opening performances that this new $413 million home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City would be a national destination. Diana Krall? Itzhak Perlman? Placido Domingo? They were there, wowing audiences inside a downtown building that reminds some of Australia's famed Sydney Opera House.
More than 50,000 Kansas Citians turned out for the free open house of the two theaters (one seats 1,600; the second seats 1,800) and a peek inside the limestone lobby, where soaring windows overlook Union Station and the city's skyline. Yo-Yo Ma will take the stage for three performances in January, and the Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet (about a 1956 recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins) launches a six-day run in March (816/994-7222; kauffmancenter.org).