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Composer Mel Marvin never expected his musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to turn into a commercial success.That’s because he wrote it for an audience of one: his 9-year-old daughter.In a recent phone interview, Marvin recalled pitching the show to Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, where it debuted in 1994. For the…

The pure intellectual satisfaction of applying rigorous science to a theory, combined with the sheer joy of watching things blow up, brought a large, enthusiastic crowd of “MythBusters” fans to Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday night.From the moment “MythBusters” hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman appeared in a cloud of mist, the enthusiastic and utterly clued-in …

One of Western New York’s oldest productions of “The Nutcracker,” Greater Niagara Ballet Company’s 36th annual version of the ballet, filled the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School on Saturday afternoon, mixing “Nutcracker” tradition with a very kid-friendly slant. Choreographed by ballet company founder and artistic director Beverley Feder and…

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For thousands of Western New Yorkers hailing from other parts of the world, whether longtime residents or recent arrivals, the Raíces Theatre Company’s irresistible production of Carmen Rivera’s play “La Gringa” will undoubtedly strike a profound chord.The show opened Thursday night in the Road Less Traveled Theatre to an ecstatic reception from a diverse crowd eager to ce…

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The North Park Theatre’s marquee erupted in a whirl of reds and yellows, vertical blues, and greens and oranges Friday, as the relighting of the refurbished attraction signaled the 1920 moviehouse’s rebirth.Bigger surprises are coming in late January, when Buffalo’s last neighborhood theater – boasting the city’s largest screen – reopens in its former glory with independen…

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At the holidays, Buffalo’s theater and music scenes briefly swell with new members, as many of the city’s creative diaspora blow back home for at least a few days to visit. Many of those visitors are kind enough to get up on stage.This year, among the Buffalo-bred performers passing through town are Theatre of Youth alumni Jay Dref and Harry Lipsitz. They’ll give audiences…

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The holiday theater productions that began to appear like faint flurries in late November are about to become a lake-effect deluge. You could easily fill your entire weekend and then some with holiday fare if you were so inclined. Here’s one possible itinerary:Start with the Subversive Theatre Collective’s Thursday night opening of “You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the …

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Any Buffalo theater veteran will tell you that launching a new company here has never been easy.Ask Victoria Perez, who tried for two seasons to build an audience for Latino theater through a small company called Raíces before calling it quits in 2004.Or ask Kelli Bocock-Natale and Loraine O’Donnell, two actor-directors who helped launch the female-focused company Red Thre…

Buffalo

At the holidays, Buffalo’s theater and music scenes briefly swell with new members, as many of the city’s creative diaspora blow back home for at least a few days to visit. Many of those visitors are kind enough to get up on stage.This year, among the Buffalo-bred performers passing through town are Theatre of Youth alumni Jay Dref and Harry Lipsitz. They’ll give audiences…

Buffalo

The holiday theater productions that began to appear like faint flurries in late November are about to become a lake-effect deluge. You could easily fill your entire weekend and then some with holiday fare if you were so inclined. Here’s one possible itinerary:Start with the Subversive Theatre Collective’s Thursday night opening of “You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the …

Buffalo

Any Buffalo theater veteran will tell you that launching a new company here has never been easy.Ask Victoria Perez, who tried for two seasons to build an audience for Latino theater through a small company called Raíces before calling it quits in 2004.Or ask Kelli Bocock-Natale and Loraine O’Donnell, two actor-directors who helped launch the female-focused company Red Thre…

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It would be hard to imagine a more white-bread Christmas than the one depicted in “Plaid Tidings,” Stuart Ross’ defiantly uncool, resolutely old-fashioned and shamelessly nostalgic musical about a close-harmony quartet trying to sing its way out of purgatory with undercooked arrangements of holiday classics.This holiday jukebox musical, a sequel to Ross’ much more successf…

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British essayist, moralist and observer Samuel Johnson, never at a loss for words, said this about sailing the seas: “Being in jail with the chance of being drowned.”Right on again, Dr. Johnson. A case in point, the small but sturdy HMS Bounty, setting sail on Christmas Eve in 1787, bound for Tahiti, a 10-month journey to the South Pacific paradise, where breadfruit grew p…