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"Tootsie," a musical based on the Tony nominated play, will launch its national tour in Shea's Buffalo Theatre in the fall of 2020. Specific dates and ticket information will be announced. However, "Tootsie" will be in Buffalo the month before opening for technical rehearsals as part of a state tax credit program. Other shows at Shea's that benefited from this program a…

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Let's not wait until the end to sum up: "Dear Evan Hansen" is an extraordinary piece of musical theater, and if you have a chance to see it at Shea's, you should go. The show is the modern-day story of Evan Hansen, a socially inept high school senior who struggles to make friends. His time-stressed mom has him in counseling, and his counselor has him on anti-anxiety dru…

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"Looking Through Glass," now onstage at Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York, is a window into another world. Here the boundaries between life and death become meaningless against the forces of love and faith, and leave us with the question, What happens to an unlived life? It is the story of a young woman who is possessed by the spirit of her dead true love jus…

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It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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“Fun Home” is a glorious musical. Indeed, this exquisite show reminds us why musical theater exists. When the need for the characters to express themselves reaches the limits of speech, their thoughts and emotions overflow into song. And in this intriguing story, adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, also called “Fun Home,” speech fr…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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Seasoned beef on a bed of shredded sharp cheese, with tomato, sour cream and hot sauce. One hard shell and one soft. Or fish, with slaw and citrus. Or maybe fresh cooked black beans, yum. That’s how I like my tacos. Food preferences are a funny thing. I know of exactly one person who doesn’t like tacos, and it’s because of physics – eating a thing that contains smaller …

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Before the joy of his Ninth, before the iconic da-da-da-dum of his Fifth, Beethoven wrote his Symphony No. 3. Though less famous than those later works, the powerful and intricate composition piece rewrote what 19th century Europe thought a symphony could be. Two hundred years later, it maintains its power and will be moving audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall in two perform…

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Time is a funny thing when, all of a sudden, the family ties that held your life together come undone. Three funerals in three years. First Momma, in 1967, then Daddy, in 1968 — the year the city burned — and now baby brother Andre, killed in Vietnam. It is Andre's funeral that has brought the Bradshaw sisters back home to Washington, D.C., and back to the Paul Robeson …

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It’s not often that a performance begins with a standing ovation, but here we are. That’s the level of anticipation that awaited Ujima Theatre’s founder and artistic director, Lorna C. Hill, as she greeted the opening night house of the musical “Passing Strange,” which she directed. As one might expect, there were some delays getting this first show off the ground: a ne…

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Zoe V. Scruggs is trying on different costume choices to see what works best under the stage lights. Brian Brown is somewhere behind the curtains, getting a guitar lesson -- his character plays, so he has to learn. Michelle Thomas sits at the piano, organizing the music, while other performers filter in for an evening rehearsal. Everything is coming together -- which…

The national touring production of “The Book of Mormon,” currently at Shea’s, maintains the cheeky fun of the original with admirable freshness and an excellent cast. Indeed, seeing this show again reminded me just how good it feels to give yourself over to unbridled laughter. “The Book of Mormon” tells the story of a pair of mismatched 19-year old Mormon missionaries, …

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It could be interesting to see how much overlap there is between the audiences at two concerts in East Aurora this weekend, one a choral display, the other celebrating the sax. The Freudig Singers of Western New York, an adult chorus directed by Roland E. Martin, closes out its season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church (345 M…