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Musical brings famous Buffalonians back to life

As local holiday entertainment destinations go, Forest Lawn isn’t likely to top many best-of lists. But the world-renowned institution, which has been working to create more programming around its famous permanent residents, is well worth considering.

As most holiday shows wrap up, Forest Lawn’s cheekily titled production “It WAS a Wonderful Life” is going strong, with more shows at 2 p.m. Dec. 20, 21, 27 and 28 in its chapel at 1141 Delaware Ave. In a 2012 review, Ben Siegel called the show, written by Kavinoky Theatre Managing Director Joseph Demerly, “a delightfully salient little piece.”

The show resurrects – theatrically speaking – such famous Buffalo residents as Children’s Hospital founder Martha Williams, Robert B. Adam of AM&A’s department store and the comedian Al Boasberg. The show, Siegel wrote achieves, “actual warmth, rich musical harmony and truthful, authentic grasps at what is both a delightful and mindful time of year.”

Tickets are $30, with more information at 885-1600 or

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