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Well, the rhythm is certainly going to get you. How could it not. “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan” opened Saturday night at Shea’s with a hesitant but heartfelt production, and if does anything for you, it should make you move. That’s always been the Estefans’ gift: incredible Latin music, filling Miami clubs in the late-1970s, American…

In a Cheektowaga dining room with a dropped ceiling, paper tablecloths and a whooshing HVAC system, a great American tragicomedy is playing out. There is something about the venue for Kyle LoConti's marvelous production of "Steel Magnolias," which opened Sept. 21 in a Desiderio's Dinner Theatre production in Bobby J's Italian American Grille, perfectly suited to the mat…

On a March afternoon in 1990, Gloria Estefan was on her way to perform in Syracuse when her tour bus hit a jackknifed truck on a snowy Pennsylvania highway. The accident sent Estefan to the hospital with a broken vertebra, cutting down the Cuban-American pop singer at the height of her career. In Syracuse that night, concert promoter Albert Nocciolino and much of Estef…

Next week, “Will & Grace” will return to network television after 11 years. So much has improved in that brief time for the LGBTQ community. It feels different to be gay today than it did just 10 or 15 years ago. And yet, there is so much to fix. Progress tends to be a marathon. We’re still running. This is all I could think of during a performance of Donna Ho…

After a month of technical rehearsals in Shea's Performing Arts Center, the national tour of "On Your Feet!" is finally on its feet. The show, which chronicles the lives and careers of pop music star Gloria Estefan and her producer husband Emilio Estefan, opens with a preview on Sept. 22 and runs through Sept. 30. The Broadway production, directed and choreographed b…

After experiencing Torn Space Theater's presentation of "The Fever" Friday night, I wished nothing more than to be able to come back for Saturday's performances, to see what would happen then. Because, except for a few key players, it would have an entirely new cast, who also happen to be the ticket holders. Immersive theater is not yet a big thing in Western New York, …

Israel Horovitz's comedy “My Old Lady,” which opened Friday night at the New Phoenix, has a charming and absorbing premise. The play opens with Jim, a middle-aged man from New York, arriving in Paris to collect on his inheritance an apartment owned by his late father. Except there he finds Mathilde—the old lady—living there. And she will continue to, contractual…

There are certain pieces of drama that shock you into recognizing the limits of your taste and experience. Certain plays, such as Noël Coward's masterful 1933 comedy "Design for Living," contain the DNA of many things you may have imagined were sui generis, but are now revealed to be pale impressions of superior source material. For a generation raised on "Will &…

Cuban-American music legends Gloria and Emilio Estefan will visit Buffalo on Sept. 21 to promote the national tour of the musical "On Your Feet!" which launches Friday in Shea's Performing Arts Center. The pair, whose lives and careers are the focus of the popular Broadway show, will appear with Shea's President and CEO Michael Murphy, Broadway producer Albert Nocciolin…

Everything about “Killer Rack,” the new musical that opened at Alleyway Thursday night, should scare you. A stage adaptation of a horror movie about a flat-chested woman who gets breast augmentation surgery, only to discover that her implants have the power to kill men. It shouldn’t work on the stage, even by horror-camp standards. It bills itself as a “feminist…

There was never much doubt that the members of the Subversive Theatre Collective would be part of the Resistance. It's also not surprising that they have so much fun doing it. The company's season opener, "It Can't Happen Here," could come with the subtitle "Oh yes, it can!" as it takes on the current state of politics here and around the world. But especially here. …

It's a testament to the smart construction and sentimental appeal of Richard Alfieri's teary comedy "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" that even a sputtering production can easily earn a standing ovation. Sputtering is putting it kindly for the touring production of the play that opened Sept. 14 in Shea's 710 Theatre, starring Loretta Swit (known to many as Major Margaret…

Andy Anselmo, the vocal coach to stars including Mandy Patinkin and Liza Minnelli, is giving Western New York a new gift. Anselmo, 93, is spearheading the construction of an arts center at Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The new venue, announced today, is estimated to cost $3.5 million. Anselmo is pledging $500,000. "Music has been …

1) Resurgence Brewing Oktoberfest, noon to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at 1250 Niagara St. Free to attend. Commentary: One of the best parts of fall? No, not pumpkin spice or apple cider, but stein-hoisting competitions! All those forearm squeezes can pay off. Resurgence's Oktoberfest holds challenges for both men and women on Saturday, plus $10 steins (as you can see from t…

There isn’t a more perfect show to kick off a theater season than “The Producers.” It’s got showgirls and chorus boys, kick lines and cartwheels—it’s got sexy grandmas and prancing Nazis. What more do you need? After the riotous opening night performance at the Kavinoky Theatre, you might have needed a sedative. Three hours of exhausting laughter never felt …