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Re: “Rick West Theater

I played in the band for a short time in 2011. I heard the promises that if I stuck with him, things would take off and I'd be rewarded handsomely. Naturally, I never saw a dime. He even charged me full price for my GF at the time to see the show. Oh, the stories I could tell of how the "star" was the most unprofessional, least talented of the bunch. But I'll leave you with one anecdote that convinced me it was time to move on.

At the time, I was living 65 miles from Independence. I drove round trip each Thursday for practice and each Saturday for the big show. That's 260 miles each week. A few times, I showed up for practice only to find out it had been canceled and "I thought I told so-n-so to call you." Plus, he was talking of adding a dance night on Friday which would bump me up to nearly 400 miles a week for the chance to play for free. Anyway, Rick's mother was in the hospital and he had the audacity to complain on stage of driving nearly 100 miles that week.

If somehow the band and backup singers I worked with could wrestle the theatre away from Rick, that place could make money.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Dobro Dan on 10/25/2014 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Rick West Theater

I can concur with all of the previous posters. I dont know when their blogs were posted, but I can tell you that everything said about him is true....unfortunately. I had the misfortune of working for him singing in his stage show for a brief time in 2007. He never paid me a dime, nor did he ever pay his devoted "zombie" band a dime. He must have slipped them some of that "kool-aid" bcuz they played and played for him for no pay, like he was really something. The band wasnt bad either. Sounds like another wanna-be ETA I was once associated with....who was glad to use everyone else's money, lie and deceive to get what he wanted, and to this day is still trying to be "Elvis". There will only be ONE Elvis, and no other talent can compare....and certainly not that wannabe or Rick West included. All I can say is, this outfit with Rick West and the theatre there in Indep MO was a disorganized mess. Rick soon showed his chauvanistic side by making it obvious that women were just a piece of meat to him. He disrepected me one time ON stage at a rehearsal on Sat afternoon in front of his zombie band, and that was it for me. I walked out on him, and as I left the building, his Octagenarian mother who was acting like a guard dog at the front door said to me....where are you going? I said I have had enough of disrespect an unprofessionalism. If you ask me, I think she was the one running the whole show, just to glorify the past when Rick West had a few "glory days" in Branson....and she could not let go of the past in which they were all living. I dont know what has become of Rick West today, but everyone says there are no shows anymore, and every time Im driving by that area, the theatre is deserted, and in run down condition. Never see any cars there. Guess he finally gave it up at last. This is 2014. Giving him one star because I cant post ZERO stars. Red Headed Songbird.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Debbie Willoughby Longchamps on 06/26/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Rick West Theater

I am giving this 'show' one star, because I can't give it a big zero. This old guy is really weird. Just the strangest dude I have ever seen. I though the whole show was a comedy, only to find out he was seriously trying to sing. Everyone is running around, like they are a part of Jim Jones' cult and they just drank the kool aid. Save your money. This is the most boring thing in Kansas City. You'd enjoy a trip to county jail better! It'd be more entertaining than this mess.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Football123 on 01/13/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Rick West Theater

So did Rick write the "Best show in town. Rick rocks!" review? Five stars, you can't be serious. He has always been a wanna be and will always be one. He knows nothing about entertaining and tries to convince others that he has a great career. He has broken all chances of ever working with the upper quality musicians and entertainers and now tries to find inexperienced people who don't know him and convince them he is someone great who is about to make it really big. A great example of no talent.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Country Music Promoter on 02/24/2013 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Rick West Theater

I know a few people who did work at the Rick West theater and were promised to be paid but never were. He has a long list of this occuring, from wait staff to contracters who all did the work and were never paid. He always wants something for free with the promise that great things will come if they wait but he is so terrible at buisness it never does. He also is a pervert so there's that too.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by katie on 02/05/2013 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Rick West Theater

Might I also add no one I know who has dealt with Rick West has any good to say about him. Local country legends and folks in Branson don't know him, and want to keep it that way.
If he was so damn talented he'd made it already instead of trying to "Get the show off the ground" for the last 5-6 years.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by kenny on 02/05/2013 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Rick West Theater

This is a terrible thing and should not even be considered entertainment.
This man is shady and a snake, and has no right telling other musicians how to play.
I earned a CMA award for top musicians and will never work with this man.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by kenny on 02/05/2013 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

The Kentucky Cycle...Terrific show!! Highly recommended. Don't miss it.

Posted by Sj Pagenkopf on 11/20/2012 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Off Center Theatre

Cant wait to cropdust the crowd!

Posted by TacoFlavoredKisses on 09/14/2012 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Off Center Theatre

This is an excellent place to see a show. The venue is intimate, there's a full bar with reasonable drink prices, and the shows are top-notch!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chad A. Gerlt on 04/13/2012 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Rick West Theater

Best show in town. Rick rocks!

5 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by D. Allison on 03/01/2012 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Starlight Theatre

Starlight is one of a kind. I would say it is the best outdoor venue in Kansas City. The staff is amazing, crowd control, and traffic control is always perfect too.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Robby Lowe on 08/21/2011 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Musical Theater Heritage

If you want to see the best talent in an intimate setting, go to an MTH production!!!

Posted by theater lover on 08/16/2011 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Rick West Theater

As far as I am concerned the Rick West show is one of the worst so called "professional Shows" in Kansas City. I don't know how long it has been since Rick West has picked up a guitar in Branson, but his show is far from being on par with any of the contemporary entertainers i have seen in southern, MO. West's show is absolutely unprofessional. There are players making mistakes, singers who can't hold a tune, a sound woman who needs to get a real job and repetitive incidents of West bossing people around in the middle of shows, adjusting and directing the sound person and lighting requests. If you want to see how it isn't supposed to be done this is the show for you. I will only take you one trip to the Rick West Theater to get what I am communicating. If you would rather get some value for your ticket price you might check out some other class night clubs or venues in the KC area. This is one place the train wont be stopping.
Rating Detail:
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 1

12 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by DMartin on 11/19/2009 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Rick West Theater

As far as I am concerned the Rick West show is one of the worst so called "professional Shows" in Kansas City. I don't know how long it has been since Rick West has picked up a guitar in Branson, but his show is far from being on par with any of the contemporary entertainers i have seen in southern, MO. West's show is absolutely unprofessional. There are players making mistakes, singers who can't hold a tune, a sound woman who needs to get a real job and repetitive incidents of West bossing people around in the middle of shows, adjusting and directing the sound person and lighting requests. If you want to see how it isn't supposed to be done this is the show for you. I will only take you one trip to the Rick West Theater to get what I am communicating. If you would rather get some value for your ticket price you might check out some other class night clubs or venues in the KC area. This is one place the train wont be stopping.
Rating Detail:
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 1

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by DMartin on 11/19/2009 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Rose Theatre of Rockhurst High School

I loved it!!!
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Jacob on 06/07/2009 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Rose Theatre of Rockhurst High School

It was amazing!! I loved the story line. I will attend all of there future performances!
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jessica on 06/07/2009 at 12:51 PM

Re: “The Midland

Vince is a whopping 19 Grammy award winner (as of 2008). I'm so glad he made a stop in Kansas City. Hearing his pure voice ring throughout the beautiful Midland Theater was absolute perfection for the senses. In short, he had 7 guitars circling him on stage to access for all of his songs & playing abilities and was a wonderful showman & personality, playing requests of his songs as his fans yelled them out and he told us stories behind many songs. And his voice is like butter! He listened to the audience & responded back, adjusting what he said & played according to his fans wishes. How kind. His 3 veteran backup muscians were just the right touch of class & musical genious in their own right. Vince started at 8pm on the dot and ended at 11:15pm. He was sitting down (encircled by the 7 standing guitars) due to recent knee surgery. He limped off at intermission & looked like he could've been in some pain. He sang to us like a trooper though, and told stories like we were all sitting together at home. Toward the end a few yelled out "We love you Vince" or "I will always love you Vince." Please come back soon Vince! We do indeed luv you in KC.
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Laurie on 09/24/2008 at 7:47 AM

Re: “The Midland

Vince is a whopping 19 Grammy award winner (as of 2008). I'm so glad he made a stop in Kansas City. Hearing his pure voice ring throughout the beautiful Midland Theater was absolute perfection for the senses. In short, he had 7 guitars circling him on stage to access for all of his songs & playing abilities and was a wonderful showman & personality, playing requests of his songs as his fans yelled them out and he told us stories behind many songs. And his voice is like butter! He listened to the audience & responded back, adjusting what he said & played according to his fans wishes. How kind. His 3 veteran backup muscians were just the right touch of class & musical genious in their own right. Vince started at 8pm on the dot and ended at 11:15pm. He was sitting down (encircled by the 7 standing guitars) due to recent knee surgery. He limped off at intermission & looked like he could've been in some pain. He sang to us like a trooper though, and told stories like we were all sitting together at home. Toward the end a few yelled out "We love you Vince" or "I will always love you Vince." Please come back soon Vince! We do indeed luv you in KC.
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Laurie on 09/24/2008 at 7:47 AM

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