Posted Taste of Buffalo '09 to Buffalo Rising
The first day of Taste of Buffalo this year, while marred by the occasional rain, did nothing to stop people from coming out in droves for the event. Entering its 26th year, they welcomed 16 new restaurants and extended their reach from beyond WNY to include restaurants from Brockport, Rochester and Niagara to name a few. I spoke with Chairman Tom Muscarella: "We're excited about having a total of 61 restaurants this year, it is a record. More fine dining places like Torches are going to be here and there are 3 culinary stages plus music to fit everyone's tastes."...
Posted Call for Actors: ICTC and ART Hold Auditions to Buffalo Rising
Irish Classical Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theatre of WNY are seeking new talent. ICTC: During the announcement of the 2009-10 season at ICTC, it was mentioned that they strived to add a new face to every show produced by the company. The following shows need to be cast: Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness, The Relapse (or Virtue Endangered) by John Vanbrugh, The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, Engaged by W.S. Gilbert and Lovers by Brian Friel. Auditions are on Saturday, May 16, at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street in Buffalo. One contemporary monologue totaling...
Posted Hell Hole Honeys: Alleyway Theatre to Buffalo Rising
There is a saying: "I have to laugh or I would cry." So often during this groundbreaking show, staged and directed by Todd Warfield, Hell Hole Honeys makes you laugh, gasp and feel uncomfortable--sometimes all at the same time. While it has a message, and has powerful moments, you don't feel like it is preaching to you. It is fun, but dark with some quirk and romance added in for good measure. Written by the 2005 NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL and DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD-WINNING alumni team of Ben Budick, Steve Mackes, and David Ogrin. Mary Jo Huntsinger is...
Posted ICTC Announces Line Up of 19th Season! to Buffalo Rising
When you enter Irish Classical Theatre Company you get a sense that you are a part of something special. Carrie Beth Wicks, Director of Development said, "Irish Classical Theatre was always known as Buffalo's best kept secret, now I'm glad it's not so secret anymore." The ICTC focus is on giving the audience intelligent, thought provoking classic theatre for everyone to enjoy. They feel like whether a subscriber or a single ticket purchaser, their patrons are making an investment without a risk. Audiences know they will be getting a high quality show to make them laugh, cry and think....
Posted Spend an Evening with Broadway Legends at Shea's to Buffalo Rising
On May 2nd, Shea's will be hosting "An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin," when LuPone and Patinkin bring their critically acclaimed concert to Shea's in conjunction with the Annual Gala. Both actor/singers have been performing on stage and screen for decades. For those who might be unfamiliar with their stage work you may recognize Patinkin from "Criminal Minds" or "Chicago Hope". Lupone most recently received rave reviews for her role as Rose in the revival of "Gypsy" at New York's City Center. She has been seen on such shows as "Oz," "30 Rock," and "Life Goes...
Posted Avon Calling: Is There a Thespian in the House? to Buffalo Rising
Shakespeare in the Park Announces Auditions and Fabulous Feast! Shakespeare in Delaware Park is beginning its 34th season this summer and they are looking for actors and actresses to fill roles in their two productions: THE TEMPEST -June 18th through July 12th -Directed by Derek Campbell; and JULIUS CAESAR--July 23rd through August 16th--Directed by Steve Vaughan. Resume and headshots are required and you must prepare a Shakespearean monologue not exceeding 2 minutes. Open calls will take place on April 4th from 9AM-2PM with call-backs on Saturday and Sunday! Please call (716) 856-4533 on or after March 30 for...
Posted Shea's announces 2009-2010 Broadway Season to Buffalo Rising
Shea's Performing Arts Center has been bringing classics and favorites of the theatre for over 20 seasons! There was a full house on Thursday night for the big announcement of the 2009-2010 Broadway season. County Executive Chris Collins spoke of the importance of Shea's to Buffalos culture and how it will play a key role in the revitalization of downtown and Western New York. "Shea's will be part of Buffalo's road to a brighter future and will be the centerpiece of the culture in Buffalo. We want to bring tourists into the area and give them a first-class experience"...
Posted Last Weekend for Ujima's "The Visit" to Buffalo Rising
30 years ago, Lorna Hill opened a theatre in downtown Buffalo. The first play performed was a piece written by her called "Anansi the Spider and the Children's Bill of Rights". Since then Ujima has put on countless plays, musicals and performances, allowing countless actors, crewmembers and the like to experience firsthand what goes into a performance. Ujima is known for its diverse, thoughtful and often provocative shows. Nestled in Elmwood Village Ujima's theatre is intimate and comfortable. It is a non-profit theatre, and shows are produced by the company. Every company member, every volunteer, every actor participates in all...
Posted There Will be No Mourning at "The Wake" to Buffalo Rising
Every year the Irish Classical Theatre hosts the party of the year in true Irish style. One doesn't have to be of Irish heritage to attend, only the spirit is needed! According to Carrie Beth Wicks, Director of Development at ICTC, "You get the quality entertainment we are known for and a chance to let your hair down! Anything goes, and it is sure to be a terrific night to meet people and mingle with the actors and other theatre lovers." Presiding over the proceedings for the fifth consecutive year will be the hilarious Father Malarkey (Don Gervasi of...
Posted Passion is the Key Ingredient in "Souvenir" to Buffalo Rising
"Some may say that I couldn't sing, but no one can say I didn't sing" This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Souvenir at the Alleyway Theatre, based on the true life story of Florence Foster Jenkins. I also spoke with actress Mary Kate O'Connell who reprised her award-winning role of Jenkins, whom she played in Glorious at the Kavinoky. O'Connell and Company teamed with Javier Bustillos of Buffalo United Artist to produce this piece. O'Connell said me that Javier saw this show in New York City, off Broadway, when it first came out. "He called me during intermission...
Posted Rent: The Broadway Tour Returns to Shea's to Buffalo Rising
Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, on April 29, 1996 following a history-making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. It became one of the most loved and most acclaimed shows on Broadway, even spawning a major motion picture in 2005. Rent opens in Cleveland, OH on January 6, 2009 and comes to Shea's Performing Arts from January 13-18. In 1988, playwright Billy Aronson wanted to create a modern musical based on Puccini's La Boheme. He wanted to base his play on the rough edges of...
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