Author: Anthony Higgins

A seasoned theatregoer, Anthony brings a wealth of experience to his reviews. After 25 years immersed in New York City's creative scene, booking talent for everything from Fashion Week to national commercials, his true passion lies with live theatre. Having devoured countless shows on and off Broadway, he embarked on a global quest, traveling across 46 countries and 44 states. This journey wasn't just about scouting talent and photo shoots; it was a relentless pursuit of the best theatre productions available. London's West End holds a special place in his heart, with over 80 visits to see shows. Now back in Buffalo, Anthony is thrilled to explore the local theatre scene and share his insights with Buffalo Rising readers. He has been truly impressed by the wealth of talent here as well as the volume of great companies producing shows.

The Basics: The Producers, A Mel Brooks Musical, at Lancaster Opera House located at 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14088. For tickets, visit www.lancasteroperahouse.csstix.com or call the Box Office at 716-683-1776. Production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm from June 7th through June 23rd. Thumbnail Sketch: The plot is simple: Max, a down-and-out Broadway producer, teams up with his mild-mannered accountant Leo to bring a get-rich scheme to fruition by producing the biggest flop in Broadway history, bilking millions of dollars from backers (little old ladies). Only one fly in the ointment: the show…

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The Basics: SHREK The Musical at Shea’s Performing Arts Center located at 646 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. For tickets: sheas.org or Box Office 716 847 0850. Production runs May 16-19th, 2024. Thumbnail Sketch: Your favorite ogre, Shrek from DreamWorks Animation’s beloved 2001 film, is back and on stage in a hilarious musical. Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess. Tony Award-winning duo Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (book) revisit their first collaboration, revising and updating the original 2008 Broadway show. SHREK is a colorful, joyful show that leans into the…

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The Basics: AIRNESS a play with music by Chelsea Marcantel, directed by Drew McCabe presented by Lancaster Opera House starring Amanda Funiciello, Jacob Applegate, Isaiah Brown, Zachary Kushner, Mara Westerling-Morris, Zachary Bellus, and DP Morris. The show runs April 19 through May 5, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm at Lancaster Opera House 21 Central Ave. Lancaster, NY 14086 | 716 683 1776 | lancasteropera.org | See teaser video RUNTIME: 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES including one intermission THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Airness is a music filled comedy about finding your tribe and your joy. It features fun air guitar…

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The Basics: The Price, a play by Arthur Miller, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, produced by Irish Classical Theatre Company starring Ben Michael Moran, Kate LoConti Alcocer, Tom Loughlin & Todd Benzin. Running Friday, April 19 through Sunday, May 12. Curtain times are 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 3 pm Saturday Matinees; and 2 pm Sundays. The Theatre is located at 625 Main Street ,Buffalo ,NY 14203. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at www.irishclassical.com, by phone at 716-853-4282 or in person at the ICTC Box Office. See Box Office hours on ICTC’s website. Runtime: 2 hours…

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