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Get ready for 'Russell Salvatore: The Musical'

Few local businessmen are more colorful than Russell Salvatore, the restaurateur and philanthropist whose outsized personality and taste for the ostentatious have long fascinated Western New Yorkers.

Among those who have closely followed Salvatore's work and reputation are the creative thinkers at Road Less Traveled Productions, an adventurous Buffalo theater company known for working with local and national celebs.

On June 8, Road Less Traveled will mount a one-night, fundraiser performance of "Buffalo Stories: The Life of Russell Salvatore" in its home at 500 Pearl St. Tickets to the musical exploration of Salvatore's life go for $200 each, or $375 per couple.

This will be the third in the company's "Buffalo Stories" series, which has also chronicled the lives of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas and former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello.

"Russell J. Salvatore revolutionized fine dining in Western New York by the end of the 20th Century and then, content with a job well done, proceeded to retire ... only to discover that, in his case, life really did begin at 70," a release from the company reads. "What follows is a humorous and upbeat adventure full of philanthropy and world-class steak dinners."

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