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The talents and effort of more than 90 students, from actors to the orchestra and backstage, will bring the musical "Les Miserables" to the Kenmore West stage at 7:30 p.m. on March 8-10. Tickets are $9 presale and $10 at the door. The award-winning musical, which first premiered in London in 1985, is based on Victor Hugo's novel. Set in 19th century France, the story fo…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Five years before his dancers first hit the stage, Jon Lehrer was lining up tour stops. The professional dancer, who toured for 13 years with two internationally-known dance companies as well as the Radio City Rockettes, knew the amount of work and planning that goes in to setting up a tour. Before he’d even selected the name for his new dance company, he set the wheels…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Before taking the helm of Shea’s Performing Arts Center last year, Michael Murphy had seen one production at its magnificent theater: "Annie" in the 1970s. He still has the ticket stub — and thousands of others — in a vase in his North Buffalo home. "It was gorgeous, but it needed the restoration it went through," said Murphy, Shea’s president, of the theater at that ti…

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Curtain Up! 2017, the 36th annual kick off to Western New York’s theater season, is adding a new party to its three-act evening on Friday, Sept. 15. The Greenroom Gala is a pre-theater gathering that’s an alternative to the traditional black tie gala. "We wanted to broaden the scope of Curtain Up and give more people a chance to enjoy what has become a tradition in Buff…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Diana Slawson intuitively knew what countless education studies have proved: students involved in theater programs earn higher standardized test scores, are better readers, have more self-confidence, are motivated to succeed, and have higher levels of empathy and tolerance. And it all started because she wasn’t athletic. "When other kids were outside playing sports, …

Kenmore West High School will present "33 Variations" at 7:30 p.m. May 25-27 in the school auditorium, 33 Highland Parkway. "33 Variations," a play by Moises Kaufman, tells the story of two people 200 years apart - one a fatally ill Beethoven scholar coming to terms with her daughter, the other a composer coming to terms with his genius. One is in present-day New York, …

Niagara County

NORTH TONAWANDA - The Starry Night Theatre will present its 30th anniversary production of "A Christmas Carol," adapted and directed by L. Don Swartz, beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 18. The show will be staged at   Ghostlight Theater, 174 Schneck St.  This year's production features a new set and minor  changes, making this year'…

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If you want to understand why theater exists, see Road Less Traveled's current production of "True West." Tight, brutal, comic and exhausting, it is one of the best plays Sam Shepard ever wrote and, under the direction of Scott Behrend, this Buffalo cast doesn't let Shepard down. The electricity starts flowing with the opening scene, a current alternating between the tw…

I have a confession to make: in the summer of 1964, I was shushed for giggling out loud while watching a live stage production of South Pacific at Melody Fair. I couldn’t help it. I was sitting in the front row with my family and a giant horsefly was crawling up Nellie’s leg during a love scene. I was 5 years old, and well, giggles happen. The actors, mercifully, didn’t fl…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Shea’s Performing Arts Center is no stranger to history. In its nine decades of hosting performances, the ornate Main Street landmark has welcomed show business legends such as the Marx Brothers and Frank Sinatra to its stage, while millions of patrons have filled its seats. It will take the spotlight again this fall, when Finding Neverland kicks off its first national …

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The greatest relationship between a band and its fans is one that’s reciprocal. The band toils to create impressionable music and, as thanks for this impactful work, fans buy albums, attend concerts and purchase band-branded gear to fashion their allegiance. But in recent years, this dynamic has been challenged. Despite the Internet and social media’s ability to make comm…

Buffalo’s theatrical scene celebrates 35 years of history and tradition. On Friday, Sept. 16, the official opening of Buffalo’s theater season will once again fulfill that ‘theater tradition’ – and then some. "This event continues to grow year after year because of the strength and creativity of our theater community, and, more importantly, because of the passion and dedi…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

The trickiest part about heading to a local performance is the “theater of dining” that goes on beforehand. Like a joke that flops, an entire night can be ruined when you don’t make a show on time. (Nobody wants to arrive breathless from running in heels to their seat before the curtain goes up!) Buffalo Magazine has some strategies to ensure you’re on time, and some r…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Think handmade cardboard set pieces, and anyone who’s willing in the cast. But times have changed. Actors may be recent college grads with a theater degree, or a retiree with time to invest in an old interest or new hobby. They’re talented and stage-ready. Some amateur companies even offer modest stipends; and if the show is a musical, orchestra members are almost always …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

In more than 35 years on Broadway, Albert Nocciolino has earned four Tony Awards and co-produced shows including Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Annie, Peter Pan and countless more. But, looking back on his career, Nocciolino says his proudest accomplishment has been helping to bring big-league theater to cities nationwide. As the Broadway League’s vice chair of the…