Nearly 40 years ago, he abandoned a career in law for one in show business. And it worked out.
Mark Edelman is the long-time force behind the Theater League, an organization that brings in national tours of Broadway productions. Now, he's retiring.
He said the low cost of living and the local community helped him take the leap into the world of musical theater and, ultimately, have a successful life while working in a field that offers no guarantees.
"You can get it done in Kansas City," he told Steve Kraske during a conversation on KCUR's Up To Date.