Recent editorials in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NPR pose the question, “Is theater in free fall?” But Anthony says some of the better-known, higher-rent, higher-paying theaters, such as Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum and New Haven’s Long Wharf, may be struggling with high overheads. No, but things look good here in Buffalo.
July usually means just Shakespeare at Delaware Park and the Shaw Festival at Niagara on the Lake, and 2023 will see both doing well, plus Musical Fairs and Twelfth Night in Chicago. Shakespeare) and other musicals will also be added (closing this weekend, all shows sold out) at O’Connell & Co.’s home theater on Bailey Avenue. (See list below.)
“Gypsies, A Musical Fable” by Arthur Lorenz, with music by Jules Stein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is written by Anthony, who leads a bus tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake, departing Wednesday, September 27th. It leaves Amherst’s AAA car park at 8:30am and returns at 6:30pm, dubbed “the perfect musical”. Click here to get your ticket:
Anthony’s review appears on Buffalo News (buffalonews.com) and Peter’s review appears on Buffalo Rising (buffalorising.com).
The local listing looks like this: closing (last chance to see these plays), then opening, then continuation, and then the 2023 Shaw Festival line-up.
Musical “Chicago”, Original: Fred Ebb and Bob Diane, Music: Jon Kander, Lyrics: Fred Ebb, Direction/Choreography: Joey Bucheker, Stage: O’Connell & Company, Starring: Nicole Simat as Roxie Hart , Amy Walker starring Velma Kelly, Gregory Urich as Billy Flynn, Mary Coppola Urich as Matron “Mama” Morton, Dan Ertz as Amos Hart,
D Piefer as Mary Sunshine. July 7-16 (8 performances only)
Remaining dates and showtimes are all SOLD OUT
• Friday, July 14, 2023 at 7:30pm
• Saturday, July 15, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 16, 2023, 3:00 p.m.
• Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 7:30 PM
O’Connell & Company, 4110 Bailey Ave., Amherst, NY 14226
Chicago Propaganda: Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian killers imprisoned in Cook County Jail, set in the legendary city of the ‘jazz hot’ ’20s. Nightclub star Velma finds her husband and her sister in bed together and goes to prison for her murder. Her cornered chorus girl Roxy is in her throes for shoving her cheating lover with her husband.
With no one resting on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison warden Mama Morton and high-skilled attorney Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a media hype like Murder of the Week. In this way, the world prepares for a flashy showbiz comeback. But Roxy has some tricks of her own…
Satanic and delightful, Chicago is a veritable Broadway landmark that utilizes minimal scenery and simple costumes (we’re talking about basic black, seriously) to deliver one big musical bang after another. is. Jon Kander and Fred Ebb’s now-classic score creates one fine show-stopper after another, keeping the story moving at a gunshot pace. The scantily clad dancers wear bowler hats in homage to the style of original choreographer Bob Diane, and his moves are just as relevant now as they were in his 1975 Chicago debut. But sexy and sexy. I feel like I had a really good time.
Openings: (listed alphabetically by title)
The Musical by Meredith Wilson, Music Man by Curtain Up Productions July 13-23, Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Lockport Palace Theater, 2 East Ave. Lockport, NY 14094 716.438.1130 held at lockportpalacetheatre.organization
Music Man blurb: Music Man describes how fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill tricks the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for the boy band he vows to organize. chase. He doesn’t know the trombone and the treble clef. His plan to get out of town with the cash goes awry when he falls in love with the librarian Marian, who turns him into a respectable citizen when the curtain falls. From July 13th to 23rd, enjoy a new interpretation of this classic show.
Continued: (listed alphabetically by title)
William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”, Shakespeare’s production in Delaware Park, directed by Virginia Monte, starring Daniel Lenzian, Gretchen Didio, Luke Brewer and Lisa Ludwig. It will be held from June 22nd to July 16th at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at “Shakespeare Hill” near the Rose Garden and Casino in his Park, Delaware. A picnic is recommended, bringing your own chairs and blankets. (716) 856-4533) www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org
Bitches take action: the Duke leaves Angelo to rule Vienna, where Angelo rules as a religious tyrant and soon sentences Claudio to death for immorality. However, Angelo offers to pardon Claudio if his sister Isabella sleeps with him. Isabella agrees, but actually gets Angelo’s fiancé to be exchanged for her. The Duke comes back to help Claudio, punish Angelo, and propose to Isabella.
“Twelfth Night” is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, conceived by Kwame Kwai-Armer and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, directed by Susan Drozd, performed by Musical Fair, and performed by 16 performers. The cast will appear. Wednesday, July 5th through August 6th Thursday 7:00, Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:30 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00 ) 839-8540
TWELFTH NIGHT BLURB: A modern take on the classic Shakespearean tale with a moving jazz-funk score by composer Shaina Toub. Named one of his best theatrical works of 2018 by Time, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Washington Post, Twelfth Night is Shakespeare’s classic romantic tale of false identities and self-discovery. It is an adaptation of his comedy with evocative contemporary music. This work tells the story of Viola, a young heroine who washed up on the shores of Illyria, disguised as a man, fell in love with the Duke and was hired to court her Countess. In her journey through this strange and wonderful new world, she discovers her true self and, in the process, her true love. The running time is approximately 2 hours including an intermission.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A PLAY is an hour of Shakespeare scenes and sonnets, adapted by Brendan Didio, directed by Norm Sham, performed in Shakespeare’s itinerant form at Delaware Park, with Emily Bassett, Heather Casselli, Connor Graham, Nathaniel Starring “Nate” WC Higgins. From June 14th to August 21st, all shows are he free from 7:00 (a matinee he added one, and on July 23rd he has a Freedom Run at his winery from 4:30) It would be held). See https://shakespeareindelawarepark.org/2023-tour-locations/ for dates and locations.
A picnic is recommended, bringing your own chairs and blankets.
The Shaw Festival Theater displays a listing by venue.
For more information, please visit https://www.shawfest.com/2023-season/.
at the festival theater
Musical Fable, by Arthur Lorenz
Music: Jules Stein, lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir suggests
By James Baldwin
at the Royal George Theater
Damian Atkins on stage
Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis
by Tom Stoppard
Based on “He Likes to Tell Jokes” by Johann Nestroy
Village Lament (2023 Lunchtime One Act Play)
by Bernard Shaw
shadow of suspicion
by Edith Wharton
At Jackie Maxwell Studio Theater
playboys of the western world
Written by JM Shinji
by Bernard Shaw
And the Shaw Festival will have two new ‘venues’:
Offer mirror tent
game of love and chance
A romantic comedy based on the novel by Pierre de Marivaux.
Improvisations by the Shaw Festival Ensemble – a new play every time.
Mother and daughter
Writer/Director: Selma Dimitrijevic
And “outdoor @ the show”.
Created by Alexandra Montanese and Mike Petersen
Commissioned by Shaw Festival
Rogers and Hammerstein
Magnificent Night for Singing – One Act – Concert
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
Music arranged by Fred Wells
Orchestration: Michael Gibson and Jonathan Tunick
Invented by Walter Bobby
And this holiday season, the Shaw Festival returns.
Lerner & Loewe
Composer, Lyricist: Alan Jay Lerner, Music: Frederic Loewe
Original dance by Agnès DeMille
Revised Book by Brian Hill
by Charles Dickens
Written and originally directed by Tim Carroll
Sears Buffalo Theater has announced a 2023-24 Broadway season.
Mrs.Doubt Fire September 24-30, 2023
Red mill! October 24-November 5, 2023
‘Special Engagement’ with ANNIE December 19-24, 2023
And here’s what the 2024 calendar looks like:
Girl from the North Country January 16-21, 2024
Funny Girl February 13-18, 2024
Les Miserables December 3-18, 2024
Oh mama! April 9-14, 2024
MJ The Musical June 11-16, 2024