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Shen Yun, one of the most brazen pieces of religious propaganda currently touring North America, is back in town and stranger than ever. After yet another blitzkrieg marketing campaign complete with misleading commercials, posters in countless shop windows, print ads, billboards and door-hangers, the religious infomercial for the Chinese sect known as Falun Gong is runn…

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The annual Shea's Black-Tie Gala began with a cocktail hour in Shea's Buffalo Theatre before moving to the stage to enjoy dinner- the pinnacle of the evening was a special production held in Shea's 710 Theatre, on Friday, April 20, 2018.

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Theater people have opinions on "The Phantom of the Opera." They are not shy about sharing them. Few musicals in the history of the form have produced such polarized reactions from musical-lovers, whose takes on the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber classic tend to fall into one of two camps: "BEST SHOW EVER" or "CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY." As "Phantom" makes its way to Buffa…

Comedy

Decades of comedy performance on stage, screen and TV have turned Steve Martin and Martin Short into entertainment legends. If you’re looking to refresh yourself or relive some of their greatest moments before the April 12 show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, here are some essential media on the two comics. Steve Martin “The Jerk” (1979): After becoming a superstar…

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It feels like yesterday, but it's been 20 years since the Goo Goo Dolls released "Dizzy Up the Girl," launching the band into world-wide renown with such hits as "Iris" and "Slide." In celebration of the disc's 20th anniversary, the band is embarking on a special tour that brings it home for shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The ba…

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"School of Rock," the latest musical-from-a-movie to arrive at Shea's Performing Arts Center, is a jamming celebration of the fact that girls (and boys) just want to have fun -- even the kids at one of the country's most exclusive fictional private schools. So, when a substitute teacher arrives with no lesson plans, and really no plans at all beyond his dream of being a…

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Buzz has been building for months around the most sought-after shows in Shea's Performing Arts Center's 2018-19 season: The genre-expanding hit "Hamilton" and audience favorite "Dear Evan Hansen." But tonight, Buffalo's flagship theater announced the rest of its Broadway season, and it's likely to make Broadway fans swoon. Especially those with kids. In addition to t…

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The 2018-19 season at Shea's Performing Arts Center has more weeks than any in the history of the theater's Broadway series. That means more opportunities for ticket-seekers looking to snag good seats. http://buffalonews.com/2018/03/13/sheas-announces-a-packed-2018-19-season/ Here's how to do it: When it comes to clinching tickets for the season's most in-demand s…

Family

David Blaine's 36-date North American tour includes a stop in downtown Buffalo at 8 p.m. July 8 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Following the success of his breakthrough television special "Street Magic" in 2007, the revolutionizing illusionist-turned-death-defying endurance artist went on to deliver a number of high-profile events including "Buried Ali…

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Since the mid-1990s, Buffalo's theater scene has been running on steroids. Over the past 20 years, the number of professional and semi-professional theaters has approximately doubled, to about two dozen. Those companies, not including community theaters or the nearby Shaw Festival, mount more than 100 productions per year. The growth has come with challenges: As volu…

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Shea's Performing Arts Center is teasing a deal for $20 tickets to the touring production of "Waitress" that opened there on Feb. 6 and runs through Feb. 11. A post on Shea's Facebook page teases the deal, imploring theatergoers to grab them "while they last." The show, starring Desi Oakley in the role of a down-on-her-luck waitress who begins an unlikely love affair…

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The sweet aroma of freshly baked pies greeted visitors to Shea's Performing Arts Center, where the popular Broadway confection known as "Waitress" opened its six-day run on Feb. 6. As theatergoers filtered into the auditorium, a gigantic backdrop of a lattice-top cherry pie announced the all-American nature of what they were about to see. Even a singsong warning about t…

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Sara Bareilles is halfway between happy and exhausted. In a phone interview from New York City, where she recently returned to lead role in the Broadway hit "Waitress," the California-bred composer, lyricist and pop artist bluntly described what it was like to be back performing her own music and lyrics eight times a week. "I feel like I've been hit by a Mack truck t…

Buffalo

The president of Shea's Performing Arts Center is concerned about the limited availability of downtown parking for patrons, and particularly whether the recent reports of price-gouging by private lots will affect theatergoers. "There are people who get very concerned about the price of parking, and they express to us that it's not fair and very high for Buffalo," said M…

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There's a comforting American theory that all problems can be solved through pie. While this theory has problems, it certainly works that way for Jenna Hunterson, the main character of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film "Waitress" and its 2016 Broadway adaptation. Her life isn't going the way she planned. But through her love for the ultimate comfort food, and her skill in cre…