Theatergoers can choose from among stories about a legendary football coach, one of the world’s most beloved comedians and the history of rock ’n’ roll among productions in the 710 Main Theatre and the Shea’s Smith Theatre during the 2014-2015 season.
The scheduled plays were announced during a news conference.
The 710 Main schedule features long-running Broadway productions as well as collaborations with local theater companies.
The shows, with descriptions provided by the theaters, are:
• “Lombardi,” Nov. 13–23. Produced by Musicalfare Theatre. Sponsored by The Buffalo Bills. Although football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of longtime Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Directed by Tony nominee Thomas Kail, “Lombardi” is based on the best-selling biography “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.
• “The Mystery Of The Silver Chalice,” Feb. 5–22. Produced by Buffalo Laboratory Theatre. Thanks to a silver chalice and a magical new friend, Robert might have one last chance at love but he needs your help. Using the latest in theatre technology, the audience uses small remote control audience-response devices to control the choices Robert makes throughout the show. Will you pursue the beautiful bombshell, the sweet girl-next-door or the dark and brooding poet? Where will you take her on your date? What clothes will you wear? The audience chooses a different path each night, with 11 possible endings.
• “Say Goodnight Gracie,” April 16–26. Presented by 710 Main Theatre. George Burns, whose life spanned 100 years of American entertainment history, comes back to life in this play. “Say Goodnight Gracie” was Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for Best Play and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play. In the play, George is in limbo between this world and the next, unable to join his beloved wife and partner Gracie Allen until he gives the Command Performance of his lifetime for God.
• Seth Rudetsky, Sept. 19, (Curtain Up). Rudetsky, who hosts a show about Broadway on Sirius XM Radio, previously performed at the 710 Main Theatre in September 2012 for Curtain Up, and it was the first show at the opening of the 710 Main Theatre. (His appearance is not included with the 710 Main Theatre subscription package but subscribers can purchase tickets in advance of public sale.)
The shows coming to Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. next door to the Shea’s Ticket Office, include popular off-Broadway and award-winning productions in this 200-seat theater.
• “Blood Type: Ragu,” October 2014. Presented by Shea’s & Albert Nocciolino. “Blood Type: Ragu” is a coming-of-age story exploring a first-generation American’s dance between culture and identity. It is the 2012 and 2013 United Solo Award Winner for Best Comedic Performance and Best Comedic Script. The show was developed at the Belmont Playhouse in New York City , where it became the longest running show in the theatre’s 10-year history.
• “My Life On A Diet” Starring Renee Taylor,” Nov. 6–16. Presented by Shea’s. “My Life on a Diet” stars Renee Taylor, who played Fran Drescher’s mother on the television show “The Nanny.” The play includes dieting advice she received from numerous Hollywood luminaries including Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe, as well as stories of many other stars she knew and with whom she worked as well as her 47-year marriage to Actor/Director Joe Bologna. The play was written by Taylor and Bologna.
• Tommy Koenig’s “Baby Boom Baby – The Musicomedy, ” May 2015. Presented by Shea’s. National Lampoon and Comedy Central’s Tommy Koenig has always combined the worlds of stand-up comedy, theatre and rock and roll music in his many one man shows over the years. This show made its U.S debut at The Bellmore Theatre in Bellmore, NY in 2013.
• “Ain’t We Got Fun,” Sept. 19 (Curtain Up!) Robert Creighton was recently honored in New York City with the Bistro Award as “Outstanding Entertainer” for 2013 for his Cabaret “Ain’t We Got Fun!” He has performed in dozens of productions on and off Broadway, mostly in character roles. (This special engagement is not included with the Smith Theatre subscription package but Smith Theatre subscribers can purchase tickets in advance of public sale.)