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What a night for dance it was Saturday in downtown Buffalo. The Neglia Ballet Artists, joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, were dancing “The Nutcracker” in Shea’s Performing Arts Center. And the mirror ball was whirling over the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, which played host to the World’s Largest Disco. It’s hard to imagine the disco, for all its glitz, h…

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When producers first approached Douglas Carter Beane about writing the book for a new musical version of “Cinderella,” the Tony-nominated playwright and screenwriter balked.“I passed because it seemed like there wasn’t enough story there. There wasn’t enough for two acts,” Beane said in a recent phone interview. But out of curiosit…

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At this point, resistance to “Mamma Mia,” the 2001 Broadway musical dedicated to the viral, synth-laden melodies of ABBA, is pretty much futile. The show is custom-designed to lodge itself in your ears and activate your synapses, and its local popularity is irrefutable. The unimaginably lucrative jukebox megahit, co-authored by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, re…

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When is dance more than dance?When it is Shaping Sound. That’s the name of a group of dancers who are going beyond the basics to give shape and sound to the form as “visual musicians.”Emmy-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson – all seen on such shows as “So You Think You Can Dance” a…

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Shea’s Performing Arts Center has set a new season-ticket sales record. Some 13,644 season tickets have been sold so far for the 2014-15 season, breaking the previous record of 13,092 reached in 2011-12. The new mark is 1,719 more than last year’s 11,925 total, and includes 2,950 new season tickets sold. “I continue to be amazed by the extraordinary support for our Broad…

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In recent years, Broadway producers have been all too eager to cast former “American Idol” stars in touring productions. And the results, to put it nicely, have been mixed. Local audiences may remember Taylor Hicks’ turn in an ill-fated tour of “Grease,” in which the southern crooner descended from above to deliver a barely intelligible version of “Beauty School Dropout.”…

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In the main plaza of Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem Hospital, a square structure lined with 12 stained glass windows peaks above the ground. From the outside, you can barely make out the shapes and colors of the windows. But from inside, as sunlight streams through the glass into the hospital’s subterranean synagogue, their swirling forms and figures come glowing to life. Marc Cha…

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Kelly Clarkson is ready to make it up to her Western New York fans - at least those who were supposed to see her last year. The pop star and original "American Idol" winner will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Shea's Performing Arts Center. The concert will be a do-over for Clarkson who was scheduled to perform at the Flickinger Center on Nov. 16 last year to commemorate…

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For more than two decades, operators of Shea’s Performing Arts Center have steadily added luster to the lavish, ornate and palatial theater. They’ve brought in new seats, drapes and carpeting, returned the historic marquee and blade sign, repaired walls and updated mechanical systems, among many other improvements. Now, the last major restoration of the Rapp & Rapp-d…

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Theatergoers can choose from among stories about a legendary football coach, one of the world’s most beloved comedians and the history of rock ’n’ roll among productions in the 710 Main Theatre and the Shea’s Smith Theatre during the 2014-2015 season.The scheduled plays were announced during a news conference.The 710 Main schedule features long-…

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There’s more than just a little bit of star quality in the touring production of “Evita” that opened Tuesday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center.The story of Argentina’s beloved and deeply flawed first lady, familiar to most Americans through Madonna’s iconic performance of the role in the 1996 film adaptation, has to rank as one of A…