Few cities celebrate their theater with as much fanfare as Buffalo, where the Theatre District Association's annual Curtain Up! event recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Last September, the season-opening gala and street party drew the attention of the American Theatre Wing, the organization responsible for producing the Tony and Obie awards. A Theatre Wing crew was in town during the event to interview local theater community leaders about what makes Buffalo's scene special.
The result, a 17-minute spotlight on the event and the scene it was designed to promote, was released last week.
"I think if there's anything that other cities can learn from Curtain Up! and Buffalo, it would be the importance of celebrating community itself," Artvoice writer and Buffalo theater booster Anthony Chase said in the documentary. "To take a moment to celebrate the things that are good about the place where you are, [is] critically important. We've learned that by accident here, and it's been a terrific thing. I hope it continues forever."
Here's a look at the documentary, which also features interviews with Meg Quinn of Theatre of Youth, Tod A. Kniazuk of Arts Services Initiative, Vincent O'Neill of the Irish Classical Theatre Company and Richard Satterwhite of the Buffalo Theatre Alliance and Buffalo ComedySportz: