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One Week Left To Apply To Rochester Fringe 2018

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:50:30 PST

Artists and producers have just one more week to submit production proposals to the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, through April 30 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Those proposals go directly to the 2018 Fringe's 20+ venues via rochesterfringe.com. Complete how-to-apply instructions are available on the website (backstage.rochesterfringe.com/before-applying). Based on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe model, the vast majority of the Fringe's 500+ shows are selected by the venues themselves from these submissions. Unlike most U.S. fringe festivals, there is no fee to apply, and the registration fees (ranging from $50-$150) are due only after the contract with a venue is finalized. Registration fees go toward the show's inclusion in the Fringe program guide and website, a centralized box office, and more. Venues accepting submissions this year are: The Avyarium by WallByrd Theatre Company, Blackfriars Theatre, Central Library (three spaces), Eastman School of Music (two spaces), Geva Theatre Center, Java's Café, Lyric Theatre (two spaces), MuCCC, School of the Arts (four spaces), and Writers & Books. A site-specific option is also available, in which the shows propose a location other than a traditional theatre space, such as a phone booth, parked cars, buses, and elevators. The Fringe is very much in favor of this sort of unorthodox theatre because it engages audiences in unexpected ways. Self- or Fringe-curated venues include Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, the Spiegeltent and Spiegelgarden, Parcel 5, Gibbs Street, Garth Fagan Dance Studio, George Eastman Museum, RIT at The Little, RIT's Gallery r, and Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery. The Fringe itself presents some big-name headliners and all free outdoor entertainment as a way to draw audiences to the festival's East End hub as well as to its Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) satellite hub. "In addition to making the arts accessible to audiences, our other key mission is to make audiences accessible to artists, providing them with a platform to share their ideas and develop their skills," Fringe Producer Erica Fee explains, adding that this philosophy holds true for the more than 200 fringe festivals around the world that now take place on every continent except Antarctica. The 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival (September 14-23) was "our most successful Fringe yet," reports the non-profit board of directors that organizes the fast-growing, multi-genre performing arts festival. Attendance at more than 500 performances and events - 175 of them free of charge - was estimated at more than 78,000. In addition, more than 85 ticketed, submitted performances at almost every Fringe venue sold out. Due to popular demand, the 2018 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival will expand to 11 days (Wednesday, Sept. 12 - Saturday, Sept. 22). The complete lineup will be announced Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Rochester Fringe Festival connects and empowers artists, audiences, venues, educational institutions, and the community to celebrate, explore, and inspire creativity via an annual, multi-genre performing arts festival. The not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation was pioneered by several of Rochester's esteemed cultural institutions including Geva Theatre Center, the George Eastman House and Garth Fagan Dance; up-and-coming arts groups like PUSH Physical Theatre and Method Machine; and higher-education partners such as the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. From its five-day debut in 2012 to its 10-days in 2017 that attracted more than 78,000 attendees, the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the fastest-growing and most-attended fringe festivals in the U.S. More than a third of the Fringe's 500 performances in 25+ downtown Rochester venues are free, and were attended by 49,000 people last year. Renowned among the world's 200+ fringe festivals for its large-scale, outdoor, free-to-the-public performances - including the U.S. premieres of France's Plasticiens Volants and Canada's Circus Orange -[...]



BWW Interview: Playwright j. Snodgrass Talks About the Buffalo Quickies 2018

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:03:09 PST

The Quickies are coming! Buffalo Loves The Quickies The 27th Annual One-Act Play Celebration put together by Joyce Stilson and performed at The Alleyway Theatre. I had the opportunity to interview a few of this event's Playwrights. Let me introduce to you the award winning Playwright j. Snodgrass. MCL: You have a Play that is a part of The Buffalo Quickes at Alleyway Theatre. Describe what The Quickies are. JS: The Quickies are short plays, each around 10 minutes, mostly by local writers (and when I say "local" I mean people who live locally, but many of whom have written plays that have been produced all over the country). Then they're assembled by some really talented Buffalo directors and actors, into a night of short-attention-span theater. MCL: Were you ever involved with this festival before this year? JS: My play "Clowntime is Over" was in the Quickies last year, and they did such a great job with it. MCL: What is the name of your One Act? JS: "Kick Your Heels Up and Shout!" MCL: Can you tell us the plot without spoiling it? JS: It's about a Buffalo Bills fan who tries to enlist his daughter (a teenaged witch) to magically assist in a victory. MCL: First thought when your Play was chosen? JS:Am I going to be burned alive after opening night? For blaspheming against the Buffalo Bills? MCL: The Buffalo Quickies has been a long tradition. Why do you think it's been so successful? JS: I think it's successful because of the way Joyce Stilson chooses these short plays from a wide variety of offerings, and arranges them so that, even though the individual pieces are very distinct, they work together as a cohesive evening of theater. MCL: What is the enjoyment of Writing a One Act Play? JS: Take the biggest topic you can think of, imagine it as a full-length play, then cut straight to the final scene. Turn the first two-and-a-half acts into a sentence of back-story and then run the big fireworks finale. MCL: What can the audience expect when they see this event? JS: An affirmation of what we love about this city. Something gritty next to something comical next to something emotional. The audience can definitely expect to see some hard work from Buffalo directors, performers and writers. I hope they'll also see a lot of joy in it. MCL: Joyce Stilson puts this together each year. I'm sure not an easy task. One word to describe Joyce Stilson. JS: Vibrant. ...the runner-up word was "Patient." MCL: Finally ... anything else you want to say about The Buffalo Quickies? JS: Last year I went to the Quickies multiple nights, and each time I saw something new in them - these are short plays, so you have only a few minutes to orient yourself in the story before it's over and the next one begins. But seeing the show numerous times allowed me to get to know each piece, and also to consider the ways in which these distinct short plays worked together. I would strongly recommend going to see it in the first week or two, in case you find that you want to go back again. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON j. SNODGRASS: Alleyway Theatre http://alleyway.com/box-office/ misterjsnodgrass.wordpress.com .[...]



ART/WNY Presents THE RAIN DOGS PROJECT In New Location

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:05:37 PST

(image) Tom Waits has been painting an Americana landscape with his music over the past three decades. Much of his lyrics weave fictional individuals through nonfictional settings in the same "dirty reality" style American short-story writer Raymond Carver and poet Charles Bukowski displayed in their works. The characters, the lives they lead, the dialogs, the monologs all within Waits vast encyclopedia of songs lend themselves to a theatrical setting where all are could be brought to life.


American Repertory Theater of WNY will conclude the 2017-18 season with the presentation of THE RAIN DOGS PROJECT. This production utilizes the talents of regional playwrights in a forum that combines their one-act works with the music of this legendary cabaret/carnival barker. Basing their works on Waits' "dirty reality" scenery, these pieces are coordinated with music composed from his vast encyclopedia. This joint collaboration between live music excerpts and Waits lyrics brought to life creates a La Ronde "feel" as characters intercept one another along the Project's journey. Featured playwrights include John F Kennedy's FUNERAL WATER, Matthew LaChiusa's IT'S COLD AND THERE'S NO MUSIC/LUCE, Ross McFarlane's CLOSING TIME, James Marzo's JERSEY GIRL, and Bella Poynton's WHAT'S HE BUILDING.

Running from May 10th to May 26th, Thurs-Sat 8 pm showtimes, THE RAIN DOGS PROJECT features musical direction by Jack Kruezer and Phoebe Herreid. The production is jointly directed by Nick Lama & Catherine Burkhart and featuring choreography by Carly Luksch. THE RAIN DOG PROJECT will feature the ART/WNY acting debut of John Profeta; John Kreuzer; Carly Luksch, with alumni Gary Andrews-Stieglizt; (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) Courtney Maj (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) and Candice Kogut (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE UNDERPANTS, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, HELLO AGAIN).

THE RAIN DOGS PROJECT will be held at a new performance space location. Jim Bush Studios at 44 17 West Street, Buffalo NY 14213 (in Buffalo historical West Side). Tickets are $25 for special "bar" seating, $20 General; $15 Industry; $10 Student & Veterans

To order tickets online visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3399845 or visit www.artofwny.org
Showdates May 10th, 11th, 12th May 17th, 18th, 19th May 24th, 25th, 26th Showtime 8 pm

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Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/20 - BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More!

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Los Angeles: Contributor Michael Quintos reviews FLYING SOLO. He writes "To reiterate the show's intimacy, Gunn is only joined on stage by his unassuming (but hard-working) musical director/pianist Michael Bagby, who pretty much stays behind the piano hidden in the shadows for the show's entirety. By contrast, Gunn moves about on stage throughout, taking on several other roles besides playing himself, as he reaches for props, costume accessories, and other minimal stage props from behind the antique chair that is a replica of the one that used to be owned by his father." Salt Lake City: Contributor Tyler Hinton reviews THE MUSIC MAN at the Hale Centre. He writes "Chris Brown as Mrs. Paroo (double cast with JaNae Gibbs Cottam), Christian Johnston as Marcellus Washburn (double cast with Matt Baxter), Allan DeWitt as Tommy Djilas (double cast with Cory Reed Stephens), Zac Zumbrunnen as Mayor Shinn (double cast with Brandon Suisse), and Shawnda Moss as Eulalie Shinn (double cast with Sharon Lynn Kenison) are also memorable in their parts." Denver: Contributor Chris Arneson reviews The Arvada's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. He writes "To produce a solid production of Sunday in the Park with George, it takes a theatre company that can successfully create the ambiance of Seurat's work using suitable tech. Few have the opulence of the Arvada Center, which may explain why this show is done less frequently. Directed by Rod. A. Lansberry, the production plays with an unpretentious sophistication, focusing on the characters but not overlooking the art of it all. Not only is the scenic design (by Brian Mallgrave) meticulously crafted, costumes by Claire Henkel emulate Seurat's work exquisitely, along with a delectable touch of mid-'80s fashion." Brisbane: Contributor Virag Dombay reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at QPAC. She writes "Once you've seen the show, it is clear to see as why the musical is a two-time Tony winner for Best Scenic Design of Musical and Best Lighting Design of a musical. John Mcintosh's bedraggled, grimy, two-level set is representative of the way the characters see the world around them and their role in it, however, it further allows space for Craig Wilkinson's video design to splash the walls with graffiti, live footage of the characters and newsreels of various political figures, such as the current American president. Mathew Marshall's lighting design compliments Lucas Newland's dynamic ensemble choreography (the only colour in the black and white world) through not only bringing light to nooks and crannies of the set in which the characters abide, but involves the audience in the narrative through quite frequently, leaving them in the light or, having the colourful lights circle around them, as if they were trapped in the same tale.My favourite lighting elements were the graffiti of the dates and handful of words from Johnny's diary entries splattered over the backdrop and the constant flashes of the television screen; the media becoming an eye surveilling each character's movements and relationships. Melaine Knight's costuming is the perfect punk-rock blend, with each character wearing clothing of a divergent design but of the same colour palette (with the exception of St Jimmy's bedazzled suite), additionally signifying how they are all the same, in their city of the damned." Denver: Contributor Chris Arneson reviews ALADDIN at the Denver Center. He writes "A few new songs are featured in the production. Some, like "Proud of Your Boy[...]



Kenny Awards Nominees Announced

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:01:52 PST

Shea's Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation announced the nominees for the 25th annual Kenny Awards in 14 award categories. Nearly 200 students and educators from the 10 finalist schools attended the announcement live at Shea's Smith Theatre. The announcement was also aired live on Shea's Performing Arts Center's Facebook page. Since the inception of the program, the Kenny Awards have recognized and honored countless outstanding musical productions in local high schools and put $120,000 into area high school theatre programs. Now in its 25th year, the Kenny Awards will again recognize local high school talent for excellence in producing and performing musicals with host and Kenny alum Lauren Hall from One Buffalo. The 25th Annual Kenny Awards ceremony will be held at Shea's on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony is the culmination of a year-long program that honors and recognizes the talent, hard work, and dedication of area students and teachers to high school musical theatre in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. Applications for this year's Kenny Awards program were accepted in October and reviewed by the panel of Kenny adjudicators. From the applicant pool, 10 schools were selected to participate as finalists in this year's program and be eligible for the Outstanding Musical Production award. The finalists for the 2018 Kenny Awards are: Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts - Chicago Dunkirk High School - Little Shop of Horrors Eden Jr/Sr High School - Catch Me If You Can Forestville Central School - Disney's Beauty & the Beast Lewiston Porter High School - Into the Woods Pioneer Central School - Mary Poppins St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute - The Hunchback of Notre Dame Starpoint High School - Mary Poppins Tonawanda High School - Jekyll & Hyde West Seneca West Senior High School - Anything Goes The Kenny adjudicators viewed and evaluated the productions and determined the nominees and winners based on what they saw. There are 15 award categories, including "The Kenny" for Outstanding Musical Production in which the winning school receives a $5,000 grant from the Lipke Foundation to be used solely by the school's theatre department. Other awards include individual performances in leading and supporting roles, as well as areas of technical production, orchestration, choreography, set design, and dance performance. The Kenny Awards is one of 40 regional awards programs nationwide participating in the National High School Musical Awards Program, aka The Jimmy Awards, which will allow the selected Outstanding Leading Actress and Actor of the Kenny Awards to win an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to New York City to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in June, 2018. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will include rehearsals and coaching sessions with Broadway performers, performances, and other beneficial experiences. Participants in "The Jimmy Awards" will compete for various college scholarships. The 2018 Kenny Awards nominees are: Outstanding Orchestral Performance Eden Jr/Sr High School, Catch Me If You Can Lewiston Porter High School, Into the Woods Pioneer Central School, Mary Poppins West Seneca West Senior High School, Anything Goes Outstanding Technical Design Lewiston Porter High School, Into the Woods Pioneer Central School, Mary Poppins Starpoint High School, Mary Poppins Tonawanda High School, Jekyll & Hyde Outstanding Choral Performance Lewiston Porter High School, Into the Woods St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Starpoint High School, Mary Poppins West Seneca West Senior High School, Anything Goes Outstanding Scenic Design Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts, Chicago Dunkirk High School, Little Shop of Horrors Starpoint High School, Mary Poppi[...]



BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY Adds Two Performances At Shea's 710 Theatre

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:29:54 PST

(image) MusicalFare Theatre, the company that brought Avenue Q and Ring of Fire, recently announced they've added two more performance dates for the Shea's 710 Theatre engagement of the uproarious comedy, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

The performances dates are May 10 to 13, with two additional performances on May 18 and 19.

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is fast-paced comedy that follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they solve their most notorious case: cracking the mystery of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" in a hilarious race against time. If you like comedy with your mystery, this show is a must-see.

For more information, visit www.sheas.org or call the Box Office at 716-847-0850.

More about Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Literature's most famous detective, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, comes to life in Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. This fast-paced play is full of humor as the intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit all while five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters.

Ken Ludwig's madcap adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mystery transforms The Hound of the Baskerville into an all-out comedic theatrical adventure. This engaging story marries mystery and the most diabolical cases of their careers.

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Archive Of Pioneering Comedienne Rose Marie Is Donated To The National Comedy Center

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:29:11 PST

The National Comedy Center is proud to announce the acquisition of an expansive archive chronicling the nine-decade career of pioneering comedienne Rose Marie, who passed away at the age of 94 in December 2017. National Comedy Center advisory board member Carl Reiner remarked, "There has never been a more engaging and multi-talented performer than Rose Marie. In a span of 90 years, since she was four years old, dear Rosie always had audiences clamoring for 'More!' She would be so, so, so, so happy to know that her work is getting the acclaim that it is, and that her memorabilia is being preserved for future generations by the National Comedy Center." The National Comedy Center is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy. This new 37,000 square foot, $50 million facility tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits. The Center is located in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York and opens August 1, 2018. One of Rose Marie's vintage trademark hair bows, along with other pieces from the archive, will be displayed at the National Comedy Center alongside artifacts from the careers of dozens of artists including Lenny Bruce, Phyllis Diller, Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Mary Tyler Moore, Dan Aykroyd, Jay Leno, and Bob Hope. At a moment when representations of women in professional creative roles were few and far between, Rose Marie's confident, intelligent, and very funny portrayal of comedy writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) galvanized a generation of aspirant women. As comedy writer Nell Scovell explains: "Gloria Steinem famously said 'You have to see it to be it' and Rose Marie's portrayal of Sally Rogers was what made so many women believe that we could be comedy writers. She was in the thick of it - one of the guys who was still very much a gal thanks to her signature bow. Rose Marie was a feminist role model who made us all laugh. That's a legacy that's hard to beat." Comedienne Paula Poundstone added, "Rose Marie was the perfect Sally Rogers. She was fast, and strong. She could hit the target with the timing of a line, like a lizard snaps a fly out of the air with its tongue. Even though the Sally Rogers character often talked about 'getting a fella,' what I saw, as a young girl, was a brazenly funny, professional, independent, career woman who held her own in a workplace full of men." The archive, which Rose Marie personally accumulated and organized, spans the 20th century and chronicles every facet of her unparalleled career from vaudeville, radio, and early films to Broadway, Las Vegas, and television. The centerpiece of the acquisition are dozens of meticulously prepared scrapbooks that contain never-before-seen photographs, rare memorabilia, and correspondence with paragons of American show business. The acquisition also includes backstage color footage shot on television soundstages, films of "lost" broadcasts, and audio recordings of Rose Marie and her frequent co-star, the virtuosic "Human Joke Machine" Morey Amsterdam, working on comedy material over the phone. Rose Marie's daughter, Georgiana Guy-Rodrigues, who donated the archive, explained: "My mother saved everything. She always loved to share her life with her fans, and having the National Comedy Center be the guardian of her personal and professional valuables is truly the icing on the cake." "Baby Rose Marie" began performing as a toddler and, by age 5, headlined a national NBC radio show. She entertained Presidents Coolidge, Hoover, and Roosevelt, and starred in some of the first "talking films," including the 1929 Vitaphone short Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder. In 1946, Rose Marie became the First Lady of Vegas when Bugsy Siegel contracted her to headline at[...]



Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Announces Return Engagement of TIL DEATH DO US PART?YOU FIRST!

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:30:22 PST

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre is pleased to announce a 3 - Week Return Engagement of:TIL DEATH DO US PART ... YOU FIRST !, written and performed by Peter J. Fogel, April 19 - May 6, 2018. Eternal bachelor Peter Fogel has MAJOR commitment issues. He also senses his own mortality and after much soul searching decides to revisit the scene of all his romantic disasters. And with that decision he brings you his auto - biographical tale of a comedian's Quixote Quest to find the one woman who can transform his life - with his hysterical multi - media solo show.

It's the holidays and Fogel is looking forward to a romantic evening with his girlfriend. Instead she dumps him. Distraught and confused, he is visited by a Special Visitor who mentors him on how he continually screws up his own love life. From the trials and tribulations of marriage... to on - line dating... to " studying for his prostate exam... " Fogel mixes his signature wit, along with riotous relatable characters and takes us on a whirlwind comedic journey of searching for, finding, and eventually surrendering to his Soul Mate ! It's the perfect show for those who are dating, divorced, or devoted ! Peter J.

Fogel is an award - winning comedian, actor, and playwright who has performed in the United States, Canada and Australia for over 25 years. In addition to writing and performing TIL DEATH DO US PART ... YOU FIRST !, Peter is presently the National Touring Star of Steve Solomon's hit solo show My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy ! Peter is also a motivational speaker, copywriter, and author of five books - that include Reboot Your Career:27 Ways to Reinvent Yourself in The Workplace (If You Still Have a Job). Over the decades, Peter's comedic journey has included working or appearing on over twenty - two television programs such as Comic Strip Live, Comedy on the Road, Married With Children, Unhappily Ever After, Chicago Sons (Jason Bateman) and Men Behaving Badly ! (Rob Schneider). Other network appearances include HBO, NBC MTV, PBS and A & E.

Performances of TIL DEATH DO US PART ... YOU FIRST ! will take place at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (near Eastman Theatre):Thursdays - April 19, April 26, and May 3 at 7pm Fridays - April 20, April 27, and May 4 at 8pm Saturdays - April 21, April 28, and May 5 at 4pm and 8pm Sundays - April 22, April 29, and May 6 at 3pm Convenient free parking is available in the ground lot at the corner of East Main and Scio Streets.

Ticket prices are $ 30 - 33 general admission (discounts are available for seniors age 60 + ; groups of 10 or more ; full - time students ; military personnel ; and current DCT members). Seating is reserved for parties of five or more and DCT members of $ 100.00 or more. The show runs 1 hour 30 minutes, without an intermission.

For reservations, membership and volunteering opportunities, call (585) 325 - 4370 or visit www.DownstairsCabaret.com. 20 Windsor Street, Rochester, NY 14605 - 2935 Telephone:(585) 325 - 4370 Fax:(585) 454 - 0260 WEB SITE:www.downstairscabaret.com.

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Ticket Lottery To Be Held For RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:45:32 PST

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RBTL's Auditorium Theatre announced today that a limited number of orchestra level seats will be available via lottery for $23* for every performance of Rent, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical. Two hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the box office may place their names in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, winning names will be drawn for the chance to purchase up to two lottery tickets for just $23 each. (*The $23 ticket price is inclusive of fees.)

The tradition of the lottery ticket began in 1996 in New York when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre. The producers of the show are committed to continuing the tradition of offering orchestra lottery seats in each city the show will play.

RENT performs at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre May 1 - 6, 2018 as a part of the 2017-2018 M&T Bank Broadway Season presented by RBTL and Albert Nocciolino. Performance times are:

Tuesday (5/1) @7:30pm (Lottery begins at 5:30pm)

Wednesday (5/2) @ 7:30pm (Lottery begins at 5:30pm)

Thursday (5/3) @ 7:30pm (Lottery begins at 5:30pm)

Friday (5/4) @ 8:00pm (Lottery begins at 6:00pm)

Saturday (5/5) @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm (Lotteries begin at 12:00pm and 6:00pm)

Sunday (5/6) @ 1:00pm & 6:30pm (Lotteries begin at 11:00am and 4:30pm)

For general ticket information, call the box office at 585-222-5000 Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm. Advance tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com, 800.745.3000 and the Box Office. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 585-277-3325.

Visit www.rentontour.net or www.rbtl.org for more information.

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Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/12 - LOVE NEVER DIES, FINDING NEVERLAND, FUN HOME, and More!

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature LOVE NEVER DIES, FINDING NEVERLAND, FUN HOME, and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! San Francisco: Contributor Linda Hodges reviews The Bridges of Madison County at TheatreWorks. She writes "Director Robert Kelley lovingly navigates Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman's script by slowly simmering the attraction between Francesca and Robert. Kelley sprinkles in small moments of laughter and cameos of country life, all the while leading us inexorably to the moment when Francesca and Robert cross over the line and into each other's arms, drinking in a love that they didn't know they were BWW Review: TheatreWorks Brings the Passion of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY to the Stage and Into Your Heart even thirsty for." Santa Barbra: Contributor Anna Jensen reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at Center Stage Theater. She writes "Out of the Box's concept for the production foregrounds this particularly American malaise, the dissatisfying circumscription of the self, bound by the parameters of commodity culture. The show's scenic design supports the theme of the individual defined as product, brand, social media alter-ego. To illustrate, a large screen hangs over the stage space on the upstage wall, continuously streaming a montage of text and imagery gleaned from commercials, news, and social media. Out of the Box regularly employs Center Stage's upstage back wall to great effect, expanding the visual perception of the intimate theatre's stage space. In this production, the upstage screen's imagery and text (designed with virtuosity by Timothy Reese) exists in precisely timed dialogue and sometimes counterpoint, with the action on stage." Sacramento: Contributor Courtney Symes reviews FINDING NEVERLAND at California Music Theatre. She writes "Ray makes Barrie inherently likable. He is whimsical, not immature. Creative, not childlike. In awe of the world around him, not naive. His strong vocal background comes through in numbers such as "My Imagination," "Neverland," and "When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground." Creative projections and scenic design by Scott Pask and a jewel-toned lighting theme by Kenneth Posner (both of Pippin) enhance the feeling of fantasy and make for some truly awe-inspiring scenes. "Hook" is not to be missed and, in a stronger second act, what may be sad is mitigated by the pure magic of the special effects." Jacksonville: Contributor Jordan Higginbotham reviews BEAUTIFUL at the Times Union Theater. She writes "The stage design of Beautiful was incredible. From the moment the show starts, the audience was mesmerized by "So Far Away". Carole, while sitting on her piano, is rolled away and the set is completely changed in a matter of seconds. Throughout the show, the audience is in awe of the ever-changing set, where one minute we viewed Carole and Gerry's office, and the next the piano and desks are switched to Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's office just on the other side of an invisible wall. One of the most incredible set changes was the change between Barry and Cynthia's office to the bright lights of Broadway in "On Broadway". The lights, the set, the performance truly captured Broadway at this time and was magnificent." Salt Lake City: Contributor Blair Howell reviews FUN HOME. He writes "As adult Alison's lover, Mary-Helen Pitman is correctly unshowy. The penultimate scene of Kennington's [...]



Kavinoky Theatre Presents THE FOREIGNER

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:05:23 PST

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The Kavinoky Theatre, a professional theatre on the campus of D'Youville College, completes its 38th season with its production of The Foreigner by Larry Shue.

When Froggy brings his pathologically shy friend Charlie to a fishing lodge, he has the perfect solution-just tell everyone Charlie doesn't speak English! Once the guests think he doesn't understand a word they say, things start to go awry, and Charlie suddenly finds himself privy to everyone's secrets-including a conspiracy to take over the lodge. Wickedly funny, The Foreigner has become one of the most celebrated comedies of all time. Director David Oliver has assembled a cast of some of Buffalo's finest and funniest actors, including Kevin Craig, Patrick Moltane, Aleks Malejs, Christopher Evans, Anne Gayley, David Mitchell and Dan Urtz. Tickets for The Foreigner are available by phone at (716) 829-7668 and online at KavinokyTheatre.com.

Performances begin Friday, April 27th, and run thru Sunday, May 20th. Show times are as follows: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The gala opening night performance on Friday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. includes a reception with the cast following the performance. Tickets are $42.00, with discounts available to seniors, students, military, and groups. For tickets, call (716) 829-7668 or visit KavinokyTheatre.com.

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Blackfriars Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Season

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:51:31 PST

Blackfriars Theatre is thrilled to present the 2018-2019 artistic season. The 2017-2018 season saw record growth and momentum under current Artistic & Managing Director, Danny Hoskins. Over 1500 Rochester residents attended the holiday production of Little Women, The Musical, Broadway's Rick Lyon will bring the original Broadway puppets to the theatre's upcoming production of Avenue Q, and for the first time in the theatre's 68-year history Blackfriars has added a third full time staff member. "Over the past couple of years we've been talking about 'redefining expectations' for our patrons, our subscribers, our artists and ourselves," notes Danny Hoskins. "We've challenged ourselves to broaden our connection to the community, we've engaged with over a hundred new artists over the last three years, we've grown our subscriber and donor base exponentially and we've raised the bar on what to expect when you walk through our doors. Each of the past three seasons have been full of artistic surprises, powerful partnerships and exciting immersive experiences and this season proves to build on those promises." The theatre will develop its current community partnerships while expanding their reach into new collaborations as well. Throughout the season and in different capacities, Blackfriars will collaborate with the Rochester Latino Theater Company, Record Archive, 94.1 the Zone, and Trillium Health - just to name a few. All of the artwork associated with the 2018-2019 artistic season is contributed by Nazareth College Visual Design students, Haotian Dong and Justine Chapron. All students in the design program at Nazareth present the Blackfriars team with samples, upon which time two winners are chosen and the remainder of the season is generated. This artistic partnership was anchored three years ago and continues to be a source of both community reciprocity and education. Mr. Hoskins feels a great sense of pride in the wide array of partnerships the theatre maintains. "From our season opening partnership with the Rochester Latino Theatre Company, to RuPaul's Drag Race Alum Mrs. Kasha Davis headlining The Rocky Horror Show and taking it to New York City, to our season closer with a full out rock club on stage, complete with a bar and live bands - we're definitely upping the ante this season." Fundraising and development will be a cornerstone of this season's efforts as the nonprofit continues to grow. To help set the stage for a fantastic new season, an anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $10,000 in new, increased or additional donations made to Blackfriars Theatre before June 30, 2018! The public and patrons of the theatre can double their impact with a tax-deductible gift through "The Dollar for Dollar Challenge" that runs April 9 through June 30. Donations can be made online at www.blackfriars.org or by mailing a check to Blackfriars Theatre at 795 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605. A CHORUS LINE Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante July 6-15, 2018 A CHORUS LINE is a stunning musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, A CHORUS LINE departs from the usual glossy backstage musical by presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre and continues to be recognized as a classic. ANNA IN THE TROPICS Written by Nilo Cruz September 7-23, 2018 ANNA IN THE TROPICS is a poignant and poetic new play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban[...]



MusicalFare Theatre Presents ONCE

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:04:24 PST

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From the very first note, ONCE draws you in and never lets go. This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won the Academy Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award and Tony Award! Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. The winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE promises to be an entertaining and unforgettable theatrical experience.

The MusicalFare company of performers includes actors Jacob Albarella, Ryleigh Grace Cavanagh, Mia Cimato, Katie Clark, Steve Copps, Philip Farugia, Robert Insana, Amy Jakiel, Renee Landrigan, Bob Mazierski, Theresa Quinn, Andrew J. Reimers & Nick Stevens and musicians Jayson Clark and Maggie Zindle.

Set, Lighting & Sound Design is by Chris Cavanagh, Costume Design is by Kari Drozd and Hair, Wig and Makeup Design is by Susan Drozd.

The performance schedule is April 25th - May 27th, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:00pm, Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 3:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. There will be a special "half-price preview" on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00pm. Meet-the-cast talkbacks take place after all Wednesday performances EXCEPT opening night, April 25th.

Ticket prices:

General Admission - $44

Student and Group rates available.

Ticket reservations may be made by calling 716-839-8540 or online at www.musicalfare.com

All seating is assigned. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and checks are accepted.

MusicalFare Theatre is a professional musical theatre company in residence at, but independently operated from, Daemen College. MusicalFare Theatre is located at 4380 Main Street in Amherst, NY (between Harlem and Getzville Roads). Parking is FREE, and the theatre is handicapped accessible.

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The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:55:56 PST

 The altogether kooky family made famous by the Charles Addams' 1960s sitcom will take over the Nazareth College Arts Center in The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy. Presented by the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department, this family-friendly musical brings all of your favorite macabre characters (back) to life at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in the Callahan Theater, located on the campus of Nazareth College at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, 14618.The cast is addressed by music director and Musical Theatre program director Corinne Aquilina.??The show was created by an award-winning team that includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party). It's directed and choreographed by New York City-based Robin Levine, whose accolades include starring in Mamma Mia! on Broadway, with musical direction by Corinne Aquilina, assistant professor and program director of musical theatre at Nazareth College.Two worlds collide when the famous child of gloom, Wednesday Addams, falls in love with her polar opposite: an upstanding and, respectable, young man, whose lack of interest in all things death and despair send shockwaves through the Addams' family mansion. In a night of frightfully hilarious antics, the family of darkness must attempt to bury their abnormalities in order to host a dinner for Wednesday's shockingly normal love interest and his family. Will these unusual characters be able to make it through "One Normal Night?"The Addams Family showcases a peculiar troupe of unusual personalities that form a delightfully spooky and dysfunctional family, bound together by centuries of family matters."They're creepy and they're kooky - like every family!" says director and choreographer, Robin Levine. "But as we consider this quirky clan, we also find a story of love and acceptance - two things we should all stop and consider more."In a story of love, family, and ominous peculiarities, The Addams Family shows audiences the importance of family first and family last, because "...when you're an Addams, you'll do what Addams do or die."Senior BFA Musical Theatre Majors Chris Salvaggio (Left) and Janna Kozloski (Right).Tickets to Addams Family are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students at the door with I.D. For tickets call - or visit - the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: naz.edu/artscenter.The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.Senior BFA Musical Theatre Major Abby Prem (Center) amongst fellow ancestors.The Addams Family cast features- Demetrio Alomar (Gomez Addams), Katja Stavenhagen (Morticia Addams), Anna Kostakis (Wednesday Addams), Charlie Bohrer (Pugsley Addams), Vinny Capluzzi (Uncle Fester), Micheala Shaffer (Grandma), Sam Melita (Lurch), Garrison Hunt (Mal Beineke), Abby Voss (Alice Beineke), and Justin Smith (Lucas Beineke); and ensemble members, Chris Peterkin, Chris Salvaggio, Brandon Wollke, Jake Smith, Janna Kozloski, Katie Buckert, Cassidy Halpin, Abby Prem, and Abigail Hazlett.The Addams Family design team consists of Robin Levine (director/choreographer), Corinne Aquilina (music director), Allen Wright Shannon (scenic designer), Emily Stork (lighting designer), Kyle Critelli (sound designer), and Yuanting Zhao (costume designer). Student creative team members are Regan Stacey (assistant to the director), Katlyn Feder (stage manager), Sam Antoniewicz (assistant stage manager), [...]



Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/6 - THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS, WICKED and More!

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS, WICKED and more! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Cincinnati: Contributor Abby Rowold reviews SOONER/LATER at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She writes "As usual, the Playhouse delivered on the technical side. The costuming by Teresa Squire humorously displayed Nora's fashion impediments and the set design by Narelle Sissons was simple and tasteful. It evoked the various locations of the play while conforming to the dimensions of the cozy space, managing to fit a stylish coffee shop, a boudoir filled with baskets, shelves, and racks of clothing, and a widow's walk looking over the sea under a starry sky without the stage seeming cluttered." Delaware: Contributor Greer Firestone reviews DIRTY DANCING at The Playhouse. He writes "The leads could dance, case closed on that. And there was some steam arising from the bedroom scenes. Aaron Patrick Craven (Johnny Castle), Kaleigh Courts (Baby) and Anais Blake (Penny) come from strong ballet upbringings. Craven's lines were beautiful, intensified by his height. He worked seamlessly - and should I say courageously - in his lifts of Courts and Blake. His tough guy vibe and attitude got a bit old and my guest lamented that he did not smile until the last 4 minutes of Act II." Raleigh: Contributor Lauren Van Hemert reviews THE COLOR PURPLE at the Durham Performing Arts Center. She writes "Five members of the original Broadway cast lead the national tour, including Adrianna Hicks (Celie), Carla R\. Stewart (Shug Avery), and Carrie Compere, who reprises her role of Sofia. Compere commands the stage with her unapologetic portrayal of Sofia and brings down the house with her rendition of Hell No! and rollicking romp through Any Little Thing with fellow Color Purple Broadway Alum J\. Daughtry (Harpo)." Buffalo: Contributor Michael Rabice reviews SCHOOL OF ROCK at Shea's Buffalo. He writes "The star of this production is the large ensemble of children. A prerecorded announcement from Andrew Lloyd Webber himself informs the audience that yes indeed, each child does play their own instruments on stage. These kids are all super multi-talented and have such infectious energy that you can't help but root for them. But their chance of winning a band competition may be spoiled when their parents overtake the school for parent conferences and their teacher is exposed as a fraud. Here the poignancy of the story allows each child's inner story to be exposed to their tough as nails parents by Dewey." Dallas: Contributor Kyle Christopher West reviews WAITRESS at Music Hall at Fair Park. He writes "Three talented leading ladies take on the bulk of the baking: Leanne Kingaman as quirky-but-cute Dawn; Charity Angél Dawson as the steadfast and sassy (and high belting) Becky; and Desi Oakley as down-on-her luck and damaged Jenna, who attacks the world with a tough-as-nails approach until a change in her routine gives her a fresh look at life. Oakley's performance takes a bit to warm up to, but once she soars on her emotional eleven o'clock ballad, "She Used to be Mine," we're there to hold her hand through the final curtain. Bryan Fenkart (Dr. Pomatter), Nick Bailey (Earl), and Ryan G. Duncan (Cal) prove perfect scene partners for the night, but it's Jeremy Morse (Ogie) who is hands-dow[...]



Existence Of Hell Questioned In Final Production Of RLTP's 2017/18 Season

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:43:44 PST

Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP) concludes its 2017/18 season with the topic of faith in its upcoming Western New York-premiere production of The Christians by Lucas Hnath. The Christians, nominated for 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, will star Dave Hayes, Aaron Moss, Steve Jakiel, Victoria Pérez, and Lisa Vitrano under the direction of RLTP Artistic Director Scott Behrend. The production will also feature area choir members from various churches in WNY. Production team includes Karen Saxon (music director), Dyan Burlingame (set design), John Rickus (light design), Maura A. Simmonds-Price (costume design/props), John Shotwell (sound design). The Christians is proudly sponsored by St. John Baptist Church. Synopsis: Today, Pastor Paul will reveal his honest belief that Hell does not exist. Today, his friend and associate Pastor Joshua will publicly oppose him-splitting our parish and dividing its families. Today, each of us will bear witness to their debate, forced to decide what we believe to be true, what we need to be true. "The Christians... doesn't have a 'message' or a point of view on salvation to proclaim. It's a harrowing dig through our hearts, a play about our deepest and, often, most noble desires and motivations and yearnings." - Alissa Wilkinson, Christianity Today The Christians opens Friday, April 27 and runs through Sunday, May 20 at the Road Less Traveled Theater at 500 Pearl Street. Regular performance times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Tickets are $35 general admission plus $5 students (Mighty Taco Student Thursday) $20 students (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Mighty Taco Student Thursday dates: April 26, May 3, 10, 17 ($5 student tickets available for purchase at door only w/valid ID). Tickets can be ordered online at www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org, by calling the RLTP Box Office at (716) 629-3069, or by visiting the Box Office during the 30 minutes prior to any performance. Advance purchase is suggested. Road Less Traveled Productions challenges audiences through provocative storytelling and passionate artistry. The RLTP Ensemble constructs bold and imaginative ways to explore, discuss, and understand timely and timeless issues that connect diverse communities, globally and locally, to the commonality of human experience. Our mission is to develop the canon of contemporary voices through production of new and notable works by regional and national playwrights, creating unforgettable live theatre experiences that bring value to our lives. RLTP, a member of the National New Play Network and Theatre Communications Group, is currently at 500 Pearl Street in the Theatre District of Downtown Buffalo, NY. For more information about RLTP and to purchase tickets, please visit www.RoadLessTraveledProductions.org or call (716) 629-3069. RLTP's work is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.[...]



2018 Global Connectivity Event YOU ARE NOT ALONE Aims for Change

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:34:01 PST

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Promotional artwork for YOU ARE NOT ALONE

In today's world, there has been a marked resurgence of humanitarian rallies and causes. People are standing up for their rights, demanding that the time has come for change. With movements like The Women's March and the #metoo campaign, it is clear to see that the up and coming generation are ready to cultivate a world that they can be proud to live in.

Unbounded Lioness Creations, a newly formed humanitarian-focused company, is determined to play their part in this movement. Through their, work the members of this company hope to foster a global community for change. One of the ways in which they hope to achieve this is through their Global Connectivity Events, which will see the same event happening in multiple cities around the world. The theme for the 2018 Global Connectivity Event is YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Currently, six different countries and eleven different cities are participating and the number is growing daily.

The New York City event is slated for 9 April at 19:30 at Studio B in Clinton Cameo Studios, hosted by the company's founder Mary-Anne Elizabeth Wright, and the Cape Town event will be on the 29 April at 15:00 at the main hall of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, hosted by Nicola Date.

The Global Connectivity Events are intimate events where performers can bring their own works, including monologues, dances, poems and scenes, related to the theme. As these events focus on creating a global community open to all, tickets are donation based on a pay-what-you-can basis.

"We wanted to focus on creating a way for people to connect and share as a global community. We also wanted to create a dialogue about things that have perhaps been silenced. After each show there will be an open forum where experiences can be discussed and shared, bringing the performers and audience members together to 'hold space' for each other," explains Wright.

Reserve your tickets by email, indicating in the subject line for which city you are booking. For more information about Unbounded Lioness Creations and their global connectivity events please visit the company's official website.

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BWW Interview: Playwright Matt Boyle Talks About the Buffalo Quickies 2018

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:10:56 PST

Playwright Matt Boyle Talks About the Buffalo Quickies 2018 The Quickies are coming! Buffalo Loves The Quickies The 27th Annual One-Act Play Celebration put together by Joyce Stilson. Performed at The Alleyway Theatre. I had the opportunity to interview a few of this event's Playwrights. Let me introduce to you the highly respected Matt Boyle MCL:You have a Play that is a part of The Buffalo Quickes at Alleyway Theatre. Describe what The Quickies are. MB: The Quickies are an annual 10 minute play festival. MCL:Were you ever involved with this festival before this year? MB: Yep, this is my 3rd Quickies. My 1st was a comedy/drama about a homeless man and a grad student, an appliance box and a gun. Called Brotherhood of the Whirlpool Box. That was 2014's Quickies. 2016. I had a dark drama about a vet, his pregnant wife and their battles with his PTSD. He is suicidal, but because of his religious convictions, he is afraid that suicide will condemn him to hell....so he is asking his wife to kill him, before he hurts anyone....especially his wife and their unborn baby (his great fear) MCL:What is the name of your One Act? Can you tell us the plot without spoiling it? MB: LAWN WARS. Two neighbors. One obsessively cuts, weeds, mows, edges....and the other who lets his grow wild. Their disagreement...and the fate of a wealthy 3rd neighbor who has a professional lawn service. MCL:First thought when your Play was chosen? MB: YES!!!!! 2nd thought....I better go back and reread. Was it even funny???!!??? And yes, it was and still is....as long as you live or have lived in the suburbs....the play does NOT translate well for cultures without a lawn trradition. MCL:The Buffalo Quickies has been a long tradition. Why do you think it's been so successful? MB: TWO WORDS--Joyce Stilson. Her dedication to fostering and encouraging the development of playwrights. MCL:What is the enjoyment of Writing a One Act Play? MB: 10 minute plays help us develop as playwrights. Hone our craft. They're pretty much also instant gratification......and seeds for longer pieces....some times, but not always....LAWN WARS two characters are done. They will most probably not have a life beyond LAWN WARS. MCL:What can the audience expect when they see this event? MB: Ten minutes you like. Ten minutes you really like. Ten minutes of meh....ten minutes you don't like....ten minutes you really laugh so hard you split your sides (that's my 10 minutes of the evening), etc. If you don't like a piece JUST wait ten minutes...it's fun....Joyce has a good eye for these pieces and selects well IMHO. MCL:Joyce Stilson puts this together each year. I'm sure not an easy task. One word to describe Joyce Stilson. MB: Passionate--Joyce one word MCL:Finally ... anything else you want to say about The Buffalo Quickies? MB: Yes. Don't miss them....OR you will have regrets. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON Matt Boyle: Alleyway Theatre http://alleyway.com/box-office/ Matt will be the Assistant Director and Producer for Annie at Springville Center of the Arts http://springvillearts.org/sca/events/annie/[...]



BWW Interview: DIRECTOR & PLAYWRIGHT JOHN KEHOE - 420 THE MUSICAL!

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:08:52 PST

The multi-talented John Kehoe is the Director and Playwright of the upcoming 420 The Musical at Alleyway Theatre. I'm not sure where he fit in the time to talk to me but he did. Thank you, John! MCL: What does the term 420 mean? JK: 420 is a word/phrase/term to go smoke some weed. It started with a bunch of friends who acquired a map to a field of pot and they would meet up at 4:20, after class and go search for it. They never did find it. One of the guys became a roadie for The Dead and kept using 420 and it slowly became a thing amongst the band and then their fans. MCL:What is the Francis Bacon Experiment? Who is Francis Bacon? How did it start? JK: The Francis Bacon Experiment was named for my cat. I booked a improv show but didn't have a group. So after I got a few friends to join me we needed a name for it. While getting high one night I was talking about my cat Francis Bacon. I had never had a cat for a pet, I'm more a dog person, and I said that he was my Francis Bacon Experiment and we both looked at each other and said that's the name of the group. Since 2008 it was been a improv group, a theater company, and a Production Company. MCL:What is your role in 420 The Musical? JK: My role is quite large in 420 The Musical, I wrote it, this year I'm directing it, along with doing set design, advertising, and promotions. I have played 3 characters throughout the past 7 years also MCL:How would you describe your directing style? JK:I have directed only a hand full of plays so I consider myself a rookie still. I'm very willing to let the actors explore the character rather than push and prod them. Once we find that right feel, I'll tweak it to get it as good as possible. I'm very flexible and calm in my style I'd say. MCL: What draws you, as a director, to 420 The Musical? JK: What draws me to it, first and foremost it's my creation so I know it inside and out and what it can be. Secondly, I haven't directed it in 2 years so I was itching to get back to it and C. It's just so fun! And the friendships I've made during this musical have been fantastic. MCL:Let's say you meet someone who has never been to live theater. What do you say to them to get them to buy a ticket? JK: I would tell them about the emotional impact of live theater weather it's drama or comedy or musical. I would then tell them that 420 is the funniest, sweetest, dirtiest, silliness musical they may ever see. If you like the Wizard of Oz, Cheech and Chong, and laughing then you'll love 420 The Musical! MCL:Finally ... What about 420 The Musical do you want the audience to know that we didn't cover? JK:I would like folks to know that it's not just for pot heads or stoners. It's for anyone who enjoys a good story and fun night out. The original music written by Buffalo's own Laura Lonski is fantastic and will have you humming them for weeks to come! FOR MORE INFORMATION ON 420 THE MUSICAL: http://alleyway.com/ Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays April 5th - 21st Alleyway Theatre 1 Curtain Up Alley Buffalo NY For tickets 420TheMusical.com and 420themusicalbuffalo.brownpapertickets.com[...]



BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:38:14 PST

Andrew Lloyd Webber has become a household name and he is having a resurgence in popularity of late. His 1970 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR garnered great accolades this past Sunday in it's TV presentation. Buffalo audiences will have no less than 4 of his works to see in the next year in the Shea's Buffalo Broadway Seasons with PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LOVE NEVER DIES, and CATS all in the lineup. But his latest musical to hit Broadway is SCHOOL OF ROCK and the slick new touring production is in town for the week. In what could be called a modern day SOUND OF MUSIC, we meet a down trodden would-be rock musician, who through some comical mixups becomes a substitute teacher in a well to do private grade school. Knowing nothing but music, his class of children from affluent families soon learn of their inner musical abilities that have been thwarted by over bearing parents and school teachers. They must march with military precision and behave like automatons to achieve scholastic perfection. Lord Webber has returned to his roots in rock and roll that he honed so well for SUPERSTAR and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. His score for SCHOOL OF ROCK obviously is grounded in rock, but it is not always up to the caliber of his previous works. Webber at times inundates the score with loud or very loud rock riffs, blaring electric guitars and pulsing bass. Some variation in the sound would have been appreciated, especially for the kids who inherently are a little harder to understand when belting rock lyrics at the top of their voices. Lyrics by Glenn Slater often sounded a bit stodgy, especially coming from the mouths of ten year olds. The book by Julian Fellowes, best known as the writer of "Downtown Abbey" and "Gosford Park," is slow to start but by the second act is quick and comical. Director Laurence Connor and Choreographer Joann Hunter move the production along swiftly and imbue the kids with a hyperactive energy that only children of a certain age can maintain. The cast is all top notch, led by the affable Rob Colletti as Dewey, the substitute teacher. Colletti is instantly likable due to a great inherent sense of humor and slovenly appearance. Recently kicked out a rock band, he attempts to teach his class all he knows, which is rock and roll. Mr. Colletti is endearing and down right hysterical at times as he brings out each child's inner talent and ultimately their own personalities. He knows how to sell a rock song with that screaming belt that one associates with the likes of Mick Jagger or Gene Simmons. The highlight of the rather slow first act comes in the "You're in the Band" number where each child blossoms with the excitement of joining a band ( anyone recall THE MUSIC MAN?) An excellent foil to Dewey is the uptight principal Rosalie, played with prissy pinpoint accuracy by Lexie Dorsett Sharp. In a moment of inspiration, Webber has melded the Queen of the Night's aria from the Mozart's The Magic Flute into a rock number for Rosalie. Ms. Dorsett Sharp handles the coloratura with ease and comedy at the same time. Webber lightens the rock motif slightly with a lovely power ballad for Rosalie, "Where Did The Rock Go?" The star of this production is the large ensemble of children. A prerecorded announcement from Andrew Lloyd Webber himself informs the audience that yes indeed, each child does play their own instruments on stage. These kids are all super multi-talented and have such infectious energy that you can't help but root for[...]



PUSH Physical Theatre Debuts with RPO

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:47:51 PST

Rochester's award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre will make its debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik in a unique collaboration on Friday and Saturday, April 13 & 14 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre: Breaking Boundaries with PUSH Physical Theatre. The concert will feature PUSH's interpretations of Tyzik compositions, including his New York Cityscapes and "Blue Funk," as well as the world premiere of a new Tyzik work written specifically for PUSH's Galileo. Music by other composers will also be included in the performances that will "push" audiences' preconceptions of a symphonic concert. "From the moment I first saw PUSH perform, I was intrigued by their unique and interesting way of telling a story by using body movements in an unconventional way. I was immediately interested to see what PUSH and the RPO might be able to create together that would be completely different from anything we have ever done before," explains Tyzik. "This collaboration is an exciting experiment and a new direction in thinking about how a concert can be presented." PUSH is well known locally, nationally, and internationally for its intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics and soulful artistry, setting a new standard for physical storytelling. Founded in Rochester in 2000 by Brighton husband-and-wife team Darren and Heather Stevenson, PUSH has received the Performing Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, the Community of Color/Anton Germano Dance Award, and the University of Rochester's Lillian Fairchild Award. They were finalists on truTV's Fake Off, during which judge/Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. said: "You guys are superhuman!" Full-length works include Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, Arc of Ages, as well as 2013's choreography for composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon's Pulitzer Prize-nominated opera, Comala. In 2016, Zohn-Muldoon, fellow Eastman School of Music faculty and composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, PUSH, and many other Mexican and U.S. artists collaborated on the award-winning, multi-media opera called Don't Blame Anyone (No Se Culpe). Many shorter works include "Red Ball," a study of interplay between the real and virtual worlds using iPad technology, created in collaboration with RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. "PUSH is absolutely honored to work with Jeff and the RPO," adds PUSH Co-Artistic Director/Founder Darren Stevenson. "This whole process feels new and original, even though its actually very primal. We humans have been gathering together to tell stories through movement and sound even before we figured out how to use language. This project is just a continuation of that legacy." In addition to the Stevensons, the current company also features veteran PUSHer Jonathan Lowery, former Cirque du Soleil performer Avi Pryntz-Nadworny, and Fulbright scholar and dancer Katherine Marino. Although a busy touring schedule takes them all over the U.S. and the world, PUSH is very involved with arts-in-education programs and runs its own PUSH Pins Summer Camp, Teen Training, and Summer Intensive for adult students from all over the world in Rochester. Tickets for Breaking Boundaries with PUSH Physical Theatre start at $24 and are available online at rpo.org, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or in person at the RPO's Patron Services Center (108 East Ave., Rochester) and at all Wegmans That's T.H.E. Ticket! locations.[...]



Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/30 - PRETTY WOMAN, LES MIS, BOOK OF MORMON, and More!

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature PRETTY WOMAN, LES MIS, BOOK OF MORMON, and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Chicago: Contributor Misha Davenport reviews PRETTY WOMAN. He writes "The fault does not lie with the casting. Samantha Barks (Éponine in the film version of "Les Miserables") is making her Broadway debut as Vivian Ward, the hooker with the heart of gold played in the film by Julia Roberts. She is radiant and likeable in the role and can belt out the score with an emotional intensity. This could be her breakout Broadway moment much like the film was for Roberts' career." Milwaukee: Contributor Kelsey Lawler reviews LES MIS at the Marcus Center. She writes "The women of the revolution - a grown-up Cosette and Eponine, played by Jillian Butler and Emily Bautista, respectively - are each incredibly strong. With one a sweet soprano and the other a sky-high belter, these parts can sometimes play out as shrill or try-hard. Butler and Bautista consistently strike the perfect chord." Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews THE GREAT LEAP at Seattle Rep. He writes "Director Eric Ting does a fantastic job of switching between the time periods and locales and keeping the action moving with never a wasted moment. Yes, it's literally writ large on the stage but the tone shifts are palpable as well with each moment building beautifully on the last until they all come to a head in an incredibly fast paced game of words. And kudos to Christopher Kuhl for his lighting and Shawn Duan for his projections which aid in that tension build immensely." Long Island: Contributors Anthony Hazzard and Scott Stolzenberg review MAMMA MIA! At the Smithtown Center. They write "Finally, Sophie's groom to be is just sensational. The great Niko Touros is absolutely fabulous as Sky! As much as we support Sophie's self-searching and Donna's breakdown, we are on team Sky the whole way and certainly don't want his warm heart to be broken. Mr. Touros is a triple threat who deserves every ovation coming to him as he flies and glides through every lavish song and dance number with the widest of smiles." Central PA: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES at Servant Stage. She writes "The songs, though predictible, are enjoyable. The Fifties set, in the first act, is the wholesome, non-controversial popular music of teen love ("Lollipop," "Mr. Sandman") and teen loss ("Lipstick on Your Collar"). The Sixties, though, are more mature and more rebellious, and so are the Wonderettes ("You Don't Own Me," "Son of a Preacher Man," "Leader of the Pack," "Respect"). Because of that, and because of the plot, as they say, having thickened over ten years, the second act is more energetic and more edgy, but that's a deliberate construction in the plot." Louisville: Contributor Annette Skaggs reviews YOU ACROSS FROM ME at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She writes "Ms. Guha's Mother's Blessings was perhaps the least entertaining of the evening. While the actors did well in grasping what is considered an Amish tongue and di[...]



100 Theaters Join Playwrights in The Nationwide Ticketing Initiative

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:07:56 PST

Playwrights Welcome, the nationwide free ticketing initiative created by Samuel French for Dramatists Guild of America members, is thrilled to announce that over 100 theaters have joined the program. These Participating Theaters, located in 26 states, have joined Playwrights Welcome to invest in the success and artistic health of our industry writers, and by extension, the vibrancy of the American theatre. Knowing that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft, Playwrights Welcome was created to provide free theatre access to playwrights, composers and lyricists. The program was established in 2016 with the support of the Dramatists Guild of America, as well as all major publishing and licensing houses. Playwrights Welcome offers available tickets to Dramatists Guild members and student members on the day of a performance, free of charge. These tickets are ones that would otherwise go unsold; Samuel French and all other publishers firmly believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could otherwise be sold. "With Playwrights Welcome, theatre writers can do what has previously been almost impossible due to the prohibitive cost of tickets both in New York and across the country: stay current with their craft," comments Doug Wright, president of the Dramatists Guild. "We are grateful for the community of theatre makers who are committed to fostering the craft of playwrights, composers and lyricists, the originating artists in the theatre," says Bruce Lazarus, Samuel French's Executive Director. "We encourage theaters at every level to make a commitment by joining Playwrights Welcome. Samuel French looks forward to adding the next 100 in the coming year." With Playwrights Welcome continuing to grow, Participating Theaters have also found that the program provides a positive a way to give back to their local playwrights. "The Alliance thoroughly enjoys welcoming Atlanta-based Dramatists Guild members to our productions, especially since we offer a group Playwrights Welcome night during the run of every show in our season," says Celise Kalke, ALLIANCE THEATRE Director of New Projects. "The playwrights help to build word of mouth and have become a cornerstone of our audience engagement activities. We thoroughly enjoy this partnership!" As of March 27, 2018, the Participating Theaters of Playwrights Welcome are: Actors Collaborative Toledo (Toledo, OH) ALLIANCE THEATRE (Atlanta, GA) American Repertory Theater of WNY (Buffalo, NY) American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA) American Stage (St. Petersburg, FL) Amphibian Stage (Fort Worth, TX) Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) Atlantic Theater (New York, NY) Axis Theatre (New York, NY) Barnstormers (Grants Pass, OR) Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield, MA) Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA) Bishop Arts Theatre Center (Dallas, TX) Boston Playwrights' Theatre (Boston, MA) Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (Boulder, CO) Camp Death Productions (Dallas, TX) Capital Stage Company (Sacramento, CA) Center Stage (Baltimore, MD) Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN) Cleveland Public Theatre (Cleveland, OH) CoHo Productions (Portland, OR) Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Colorado Springs, CO) Community College of Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) Coterie Theatre (Kansas City, MO) Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX) Denver Theater Center (Denver, CO) Dorset Theatre Festival (Dorset, VT) The Dra[...]



Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/23 - PHANTOM, IN THE HEIGHTS, WAITRESS and More!

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature PHANTOM, IN THE HEIGHTS, WAITRESS and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Orlando: Contributor McKenzie Lakey reviews WAITRESS at the Dr. Phillips Center. She writes "Center stage Oakley shines in every number she takes part in, and her chemistry with co-star and on-stage love interest Bryan Fenkart (in the role of the quirky Dr. Pomatter) is palpable. Their scenes on-stage together don't disappoint as they range from humorous to intimate and poignant. Oakley's depiction of Jenna's personal struggle with her situation is highlighted well through dramatic comparisons to Jenna's childhood and her mother's own experiences. These recollections help the audience understand the deeply intimate connection they shared through baking-all leading up to Oakley's soaring ballad of "She Used To Be Mine." Chicago: Contributor Emily McClanathan reviews AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at The Goodman Theatre. She writes "Philip Earl Johnson shines as Thomas Stockmann, the idealistic doctor who discovers the deadly bacteria infesting the water supply of his beloved hometown. Johnson movingly portrays Stockmann's journey through a variety of stages - disillusionment when the local authorities fail to act in the interest of their constituents' health, outrage when the townspeople whom he seeks to protect label him a traitor to society, and, finally, determination to stand alone for what he believes." Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews IN THE HEIGHTS at the Engeman. She writes "Excellently leading the cast as bodega owner Usnavi - Mr. Miranda's role from the Broadway showing - is Spiro Marcos in his Engeman début. Mr. Marcos receives roaring applause and laughs for his natural wit and first-rate renditions of "96,000" and the show's title number with the company. Also, Mr. Marcos' performance of "Hundreds Of Stories" with Tami Dahbura, portraying Abuela Claudia, the town grandmother, is truly endearing and an audience favorite." New Orleans: Contributor Tara Bennett reviews THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Saenger Theatre. She writes "Directed by Laurence Connor, PHANTOM still emits a sense of wonder and the macabre. The combination of talents from its cast, consisting of newcomers and Broadway vets, make for a compelling and engaging story. In the title role, Quentin Oliver Lee is overall triumphant in his sensitive interpretation of the tragic, disfigured outcast behind the mask. With a resonant voice that haunts the stage - even when he's not on it - Lee reigns with a commanding physical presence, towering over his scene partners. His spell was initially broken during the first act as his voice seemed straining his notes out at times. However, by the second act, he sang with the intensity you expect from the Phantom." Miami: Contributor Roger Martin reviews ONCE at the Actors' Playhouse. He writes "Jodi Dellaventura designed the bar, remarkable in its authenticity and detail and Jeni Hacker provided choreography and musical staging that lagged not a whit. Ryan McCurdy direct[...]



I DO! I DO! Opens April 5th At O'Connell & Company

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:11:36 PST

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O'Connell & Company, the professional theatre company in residence at The Park School of Buffalo, presents the Broadway musical hit, I DO! I DO!, April 5 through May 6, 2018.

I DO! I DO! is directed and choreographed by Bobby Cooke and musically directed by Charles Basil. The story of a marriage is at the center of I DO! I DO! and this production stars real-life husband and wife, Mary Coppola Gjurich and Gregory Gjurich.

The creative team includes: Marcy Mickelson (Production Manager/Stage Manager), David Guagliano (Lighting Design), Paul Bostaph (Set Designer), Pamela Snyder (Properties), Collin Ranney(Costumes), Emily Pici (Website Designer), Gayle Petri (Season Logos Designer), Allegra Printing Cheektowaga (Season Poster Design) and Mary Kate O'Connell (Artistic/Executive Director).

I DO! I DO! is an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks). Written as a star vehicle for theatre legends, Mary Martin and Robert Preston, the original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations.
The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family and negotiate midlife crises. Michael eventually admits to his infidelity, and, although Agnes is angered by his actions, she forgives him and the couple reconciles. They rediscover how much they really need each other. Then, after 50 years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds.

This touching journey of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to a tuneful, charming score.

I DO! I DO! is onstage at O'Connell & Company in residence at The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, NY 14226, April 5 through May 6, 2018.

Show times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30 with discounts available to seniors, students, industry, military, groups and
The Park School community.

For information and tickets call 848-0800 or visit www.oconnellandcompany.com

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Announcing BWW Buffalo on Stage Facebook Group

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:28:08 PST

BroadwayWorld is excited to announce we're launching a new Facebook Group for the Buffalo Theatre community, bringing together performers, audience members, theatre groups, and more to create a local space for discussion and networking.

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We're launching a Buffalo Facebook group to help bridge the gap between theatre-makers and audiences. Requesting membership is easy... just follow the link below and request membership. Groups, unlike pages, are meant for discussion and sharing. Once approved, share your thoughts on currently running shows, find out what's coming up, network with patrons and performers, and make new theatre loving friends in the Buffalo area.

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Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/16 - IN THE HEIGHTS, GUYS AND DOLLS, MOTOWN and More!

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature IN THE HEIGHTS, GUYS AND DOLLS, MOTOWN and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Louisville: Contributor Keith Waits reviews DO YOU FEEL ANGER at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He writes "By the end of the show, I found that I was a little disappointed - not with any of the performances, production value or even writing, as all of that was at a level befitting the Festival's history. I wanted to have answers. I was angry with what happened to the characters I had fallen in love with. I was as powerless to help them as they were to help themselves. I think that was precisely the point, but it didn't make the play an easy watch by the end. I'll put it another way by borrowing the play's title and one of Sofia's empathy exercises:" Indianapolis: Contributors Dylan and Celeste Caraker review LES MIS at the Old National Centre. They write "The costuming, wonderfully designed by Adreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland were expertly crafted and Matt Kinley's incredible set and images (literally based on images by Victor Hugo) provide a topnotch backdrop for the action. As a techie, if any part of the production design could really be the star of the show last night, it would have to be the intense lighting design by Paule Constable, which perfectly recreated the world of Hugo's France with admirable skill. The lighting was absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous, and it really helped focus the attention of the audience with ease and created a sense of wonderment as the story unfolded." Raleigh: Contributor Jeffrey Kare reviews THE WIZARD OF OZ at North Carolina Theatre. He writes "Though under the direction of Dean Sobon, there is a wonderful cast of performers that should keep audiences invested. Kalie Kaimann as Dorothy Gale gives a performance that really makes you care for her throughout the show. Her three companions in Oz are perfectly portrayed in this production with Chris Duir as the brainless Scarecrow, Christopher Russell as the heartless Tinman, and Victor Legarret as the Cowardly Lion. As the story's classic antagonist, Emily Perzan is wickedly spunky as The Wicked Witch of the West." Palm Springs: Contributor Stan Jenson reviews SISTER ACT at Palm Canyon Theatre. He writes "The energy throughout the evening is spectacular, especially in the numbers where Tillman is leading the sisters in enthusiastic sacred production numbers. Tillman hails from Asbury, New Jersey where she is the Worship Leader of the Shore Christian Church, so her role indeed finds art imitating life. From her first number in the nightclub, "Take Me to Heaven," we know that she is a very special talent, and it is obvious why PCT was willing to transport her across the country to take on this role. There doesn't seem to be a moment in the show when she sits back and takes a breath." Jacksonville: Contributor Jordan Higginbotham reviews Motown at the Times Union Center. She writes "Berry Gordon, played by Kenneth Mosley, was spectacular. My first though[...]



BWW Interview: Playwright Mike Randall Talks About the Buffalo Quickies 2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:06:33 PST

The Quickies are coming Buffalo Loves The Quickies The 27th Annual One-Act Play Celebration put together by Joyce Stilson. Performed at The Alleyway Theatre. I had the opportunity to interview a few of this event's Playwrights. Let me introduce to you to good guy Mike Randall. MCL: You have a Play that is a part of The Buffalo Quickes at Alleyway Theatre. Describe what The Quickies are. MR: Buffalo Quickies is a play festival started by the Alleyway Theatre 27 years ago. It's a presentation of short plays. I call it "short attention span theatre" because most of the plays are 10 minutes or less. So as an audience member- if you are not grabbed by one-you are sure to like the next. It's also a great opportunity for playwrights to flex their editing muscles because writing something with a beginning, middle and end- that runs 10 minutes or less and makes sense is a big challenge. MCL: Were you ever involved with this festival before this year? MR: I'm pleased to say that this is my third year involved with the Quickies. My first year was a play called "SHOOT THE WEATHERMAN". Last year my play GUNS AND ROSES won the Max Mazumdar playwriting contest! What do they say? "Have three plays produced and you must really be a playwright." Don't they say that? MCL: What is the name of your One Act? MR: My play is JOHNNY STORMTRACKER. Which is not only a great name for a short play but as far as I'm concerned-probably the best possible name for a weatherman. MCL: Can you tell us the plot without spoiling it? MR: My story is about a much loved local TV weatherman who has had the proverbial "last straw" sprung on him by his news director. He's ready to walk out of his long term TV gig until he is counseled by a young smart co-worker. I would say it is autobiographical, but I'm still employed. It's really universal. Haven't we all wanted to quit at one time or another? MCL: First thought when your Play was chosen? MR: I was surprised because as I say, I had a play in the last two years and the "third time is a charm". I was very happy and very excited and I still am!!! Can you tell by my exclamation points!!? MCL: The Buffalo Quickies has been a long tradition. Why do you think it's been so successful? MR: Honestly? This town is so far ahead of other places (that shall remain nameless). To support the diversity of theatre that we see in Western New York and the variety of venues-it should be no surprise that locals love the Quickies and the idea of seeing short, new works never performed before. EXCITING!!! MCL: What is the enjoyment of Writing a One Act Play? MR: For me, the fun part is coming up with the idea. The hard part is writing it. Then the really, really grueling part is rewriting and rewriting and rewriting....Then the part that I hate is rewriting more....And then-if it gets produced - the enjoyment comes when actors say your words and the audience applauds. MCL: What can the audience expect when they see this event? MR: It's a fun night to see a bunch of NEW works being presented by some wonderful actors. Plus there's usually wine during intermission! MCL: Joyce Stilson puts this together each year. I'm sure not an easy task. One word to describe Joyce Stilson. MR: WON[...]



BWW Interview: Playwright Michael Fanelli Talks About the Buffalo Quickies 2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:07:15 PST

The Quickies are coming! Buffalo Loves The Quickies The 27th Annual One-Act Play Celebration put together by Joyce Stilson. Performed at The Alleyway Theatre. I had the opportunity to interview a few of this event's Playwrights. Let me introduce to you the highly respected Michael Fanelli. MCL: You have a Play that is a part of The Buffalo Quickes at Alleyway Theatre. Describe what The Quickies are. MF: Buffalo Quickies is an annual program of short plays produced by Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. MCL: Were you ever involved with this festival before this year? MF: I was involved in Quickies once before, 2005. The Quickies playbill always has an image of a buffalo humping another buffalo from behind. The buffalo on top has a tragic face and the one on the bottom, a comedy face. My play discoursed on the conundrum. MCL: What is the name of your One Act? Can you tell us the plot without spoiling it? MF: My offering is called "The Death of Melendez". The plot of Melendez involves two friends, so close that they are referred to as the right and left kidney. They attend a baseball game. One character is excitable and hates the pitcher, Melendez. His friend is subdued and keeps score. The rest of the play involves a wild and crazy trip to the bathroom, a missed play on the scorecard, and a gun. MCL: First thought when your Play was chosen? MF: Whenever any company selects one of my absurd pieces, I am surprised and tremendously pleased. MCL: The Buffalo Quickies has been a long tradition. Why do you think it's been so successful? MF: Buffalo Quickies has been around from time immemorial. I was a finalist in their Mazumdar new playCcontest in the 1990's. This forum gives playwrights the opportunity to let their hair down, and, I suppose, gives theatergoers a chance to see non-traditional, creative work-perhaps even avant garde. MCL: What is the enjoyment of Writing a One Act Play? MF: I used to hate short one-acts because they seemed superficial. But once I figured out that you could easily play with form as well as substance, I was hooked. If you experiment with a full-length, that's a lot of effort to waste if you're not successful. Ten-minute plays can be the free verse of theater. MCL: What can the audience expect when they see this event? MF: The audience will see a variety of styles. From mainstream, to whimsical to absurd. There may be a play or two where they walk out muttering, "What the hell was that?" I hope they say that about mine. MCL: Joyce Stilson puts this together each year. I'm sure not an easy task. One word to describe Joyce Stilson. MF: God bless Joyce for sticking to this format for so long. It's an oasis of originality. My one-word description of Joyce is "playful". MCL: Finally ... anything else you want to say about The Buffalo Quickies? MF: I have said enough. This interview, conducted as it was on jet skis in the Buffalo Small Boat Harbor in early March, has been bracing if not exhausting. Let's pull into shore, Mark C. MCL: Holy dinghy, Michael Fanelli (I Love the word dinghy) FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MICHAEL FANELLI OR THE BUFFALO QUICKIES: https://moxtundra9.wixsite.com/bufftheater http://alleyway.com/ Alleyway Theatre 1 Curtain Up Alley Buffalo, NY 14[...]



Special Talk-Back Performance Announced for BEN BUTLER

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 23:45:00 PST

(image) The Kavinoky Theatre Proudly Presents: A Special Talk-Back Performance/Reception with Playwright Richard Strand Friday, March 16th at 7:30 pm

The Kavinoky Theatre, a professional theatre on the campus of D'Youville College, continues its 38th season with its production of Ben Butler by Richard Strand.

Playwright Richard Strand will be attending the Friday March 16th performance of his critically acclaimed play and will take questions from the audience after the show. Following the talk-back, the audience is invited to attend a complimentary wine and cheese reception with the Playwright and actors.

Closing on March 25th, Ben Butler is a historical Drama/Comedy about an escaped slave demanding sanctuary. General Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma-follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history?

Director Robert Waterhouse has assembled a cast of some of Buffalo's finest actors, including John Fredo as Ben Butler, Christopher Evans as Lieutenant Kelly, Tom Loughlin as Major Cary, and Atlanta based actor Patrick Coleman as Shepard Mallory.

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