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Leon Stapleton; Standing Ovations

Apr 6, 2017

Leon's Thriftway might possibly be the oldest black-owned grocery store in the country. Meet Leon Stapleton, the 91-year-old who has owned it for 49 years.

Then: In Kansas City, are we a little too quick to rise to our feet after every show? Should standing ovations be saved for truly exceptional performances? Or is that snobbish?


  • Leon Stapleton, owner, Leon's Thriftway
  • Hampton Stevens, music and theater critic, The Kansas City Star and Flatland
  • Vanessa Severo, local actor
  • Jeff Lunden, freelance theater correspondent, NPR