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Sing away

Western New York theatergoers will get a big dose of Rodgers and Hammerstein, the legendary songwriting team, when "South Pacific" comes to Shea's Performing Arts Center in May. In the meantime, for those seeking their fix of the prolific duo's music on the sooner side, MusicalFare Theatre is offering a sort of primer course on their career.

"A Grand Night for Singing," a revue of songs from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's most beloved shows -- including "The King and I," "Cinderella," "Carousel," "Oklahoma!" -- opens Wednesday in MusicalFare's home at 4380 Main St. in Amherst.

The production features performances from Charmagne Chi, Maria Graham, John N. Kaczorowski, Katy Miner and Tom Owen, backed up by music director Theresa Quinn. The show is directed and choreographed by Michael Walline, who recently directed the Alt Theatre's smash hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and features costumes by Kari Drozd, set design by Chris Schenk and lighting and sound design by Chris Cavanagh.

Tickets to the show are $38, with student discounts available. For more information, call 839-8540 or visit www.musicalfare.com.

-- Colin Dabkowski