Theater Talk: Lion King, Christmas Carols, Ma Rainey all continue on Christmas weekend.

Dec 22, 2017

There are still very good shows to catch, with both A CHRISTMAS CAROLs wrapping up Saturday, December 23; MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM going to Sunday, Christmas Eve, and, at Shea's THE LION KING with all of its swirling movement goes until January 7th in the New Year.


Scrooge surrounded by, clockwise, the spirit of Christmas present, past, and future at the Alleyway Theatre through Saturday, December 23.

ONGOING

THE LION KING, touring production of the Broadway musical by Elton John & Tim Rice, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Jan 7, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 1, plus Dec 21, 27 & 29 at 1.  Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

CLOSING

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted and directed by Neal Radice, starring David C. Mitchel, Joyce Stilson, James Cichocki, Roger VanDette, Jerry Hudson, Emily Yancey, Michelle Holden, David G. Poole, Allison Barsi, Shawn Calmes, Jack Flammer. Through Dec 23, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 5 & 8. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted and directed by Tim Carroll, presented by The Shaw Festival, starring Michael Therriault as Scrooge. Through Dec 23, at the Royal George Theatre, Queen Street, Niagara on the Lake (1.800.511.7429) www.shawfest.com

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, play by August Wilson directed by Willie Judson Jr., starring Sandra Gilliam, Rachel Henderson, Leon Copeland, Ricky Needham, Sean Farrell, Tuhran Gethers, Roosevelt Tidwell, Al Garrison, Marcus Thompson Jr. Through Dec 24, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

MIRACLE IN LEVITTOWN, staged reading of a new comedy written and directed by Michael Fanelli, presented by Subversive Theatre, starring Constance Caldwell, John Profeta, Jack Agugliaro, Jenae Leonard, Bob Bozek, Kent Bostock, Becky Globus, Hasheen DeBerry, Ronald Hicks, Virginia Brannon. Dec 21-23 at 7:30. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499). www.subversivetheatre.org

UPCOMING

MAMMA MIA!, musical based on the songs of ABBA, directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato. Jan 5- 28, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 12/20/2017