Art/Theater

Can a stage musical make a successful transition to the silver screen?

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the movie Chicago, its numerous Oscar nominations, and how it translates from stage to motion picture.

Julie Andrews

A preview of Julie Andrews' visit to Western New York, plus a thank you for supporting WBFO.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony tell us what your WBFO Fundraiser pledge is used for, and they preview a Julie Andrews stop at Saint Bonaventure University. Also, reviews of Project, Drawer Boy, and other local theater openings and closings.

It's the chocolate, not the thought that counts!

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony exchange Valentine's Day greetings, and discuss the 13 Oscar nominations for Chicago. Also, a review of Jesus Christ Superstar at Shea's, the BUA's presentation of Dirty Blonde, and, a timely look at I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Jim and Tony rave about Naked By The River

Buffalo, NY – A great review for the Alleyway Theatre's presentation of Naked By The River, plus a remembrance of Nell Carter, how big should an orchestra be, and a sample of Mae West.

A blues legend is featured in a New York City musical.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss Ma Rainey's Black Bottom in New York, plus local productions of Avenue?X, What The Butler Saw and Shooting Craps. Also, a review of the New York presentation of Shanghai Man.

The Golden Globe awards may help in the resurrection of the musical.

Buffalo, NY – The success of Chicago at the Golden Globe awards may mean a boost for other musical stage presentations. Also, Jim and Tony remember cartoonist Al Hirschfeld, and discuss Nora Ephron's Imaginary Friends on Broadway, a 12 million dollar flop in Dances of the Vampire, plus local presentations of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Naked By the River, and Somebody Called.

Jim and Tony review several plays this week, locally and in New York.

Several reviews are highlighted this week, including the one man show Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act at the Kavinoky, March of Falsettos in New York, plus local productions of Avenue X, Shooting Craps, and What The Butler Saw.

A look at the 25th anniversary Kennedy Center honors, some trash talk, and Tartouf on Broadway.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony return after two weeks off (but no notes from their parents), and do some trash talking for the New Year. Featured are the Kennedy Center honorees for 2002, a review of Tartouf on Broadway, and a roundup of local stage presentations.

Santella Claus plays a coal dealer, while Tony shops for hats and art supplies. Oh, and there's a review or two as well!

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony sample some holiday stage offerings, including the Irish Classical Theatre's production of A Child's Christmas in Wales at UB's Center for the Arts. Also, Santella Claus checks if Tony's been naughty or nice, and Tony shares a visit from an old friend.

Plays for the holidays, and remembering a musical friend of the theater in Buffalo.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review several offerings on local stages, including several for the holiday season. Jim reflects on the Niagara University production of Songs for a New World while Tony talks about his trip to San Francisco. The guys also discuss the Studio Arena presentation of The Mousetrap, Mamma Mia at Shea's, and pay tribute to noted Buffalo pianist Al Tinney, who died this week.

A preview of Songs for A New World, plus some area holiday theater offerings.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony offer some music by composer Jason Robert Brown, in honor of its presentation in Songs for A New World, at Niagara University. Plus, quick reviews of some holiday stage offerings, including The Mousetrap, A Child's Christmas in Wales, A Christmas Carol and Christmas Confessions.

Tony wishes Jim a happy anniversary, before this week's reviews.

Buffalo, NY – A review of The Velveteen Rabbit at the Theatre of Youth, and Tony discusses a Buffalo connection in the Broadway production of Our Town with Paul Newman.

Poor Jim is subjected to Abba's Dancing Queen - in Spanish...but Tony loves it!

Buffalo, NY – This week, it's a preview of Mamma Mia at Shea's, a musical based on the music of Abba. Jim and Tony discuss "pop music" musicals, and review the film noir spoof Gun Metal Blues, and Sideman.

A little libido for My Fair Lady?

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review My Fair Lady at the Kavinoky Theatre, plus Mother Ginger at the Alleyway, the HAG Theatre presentation of Strange Light, and Sideman by the Ujima Theatre Company.

Jim and Tony enjoy the Studio Arena's presentation of the Alberta Hunter story.

Buffalo, NY – After a week away, Jim and Tony return with reviews of Cookin' at the Cookery at Studio Arena, Mother Ginger at the Alleyway, The Island at the Kavinoky, and Reservoir (with or without the Dogs).

Jim and Tony discuss several area stage shows, and talk about the health of musical theater.

Buffalo, NY – The Theater Guys talk about musicals, in coonection with the presentation of My Fair Lady at the Kavinoky. Also this week, reviews of Gun Metal Blues, Flower Drum Song, Cooking at the Cookery and Everybody's Ruby.

What do pears have to do with theater in Buffalo?

Buffalo, NY – Jim shares his pears, and talks with Tony about the variety in the theater scene in Buffalo.

Jim and Tony start with a pronunciation lesson, before reviewing two local plays.

Buffalo, NY – This week, reviews of Dinah Was, a Dinah Washington tribute at the Paul Robeson Theatre, and the Buffalo United Artists presentation of Servicemen. Also, Tony saw Sally Field's performance in The Goat.

Alleyway Theatre

Reviews of A Question of Color and Moon River on Buffalo stages.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review a successful Curtain Up! festival, they discuss A Question of Color at the Alleyway Theatre, and Tony enjoyed the Broadway presentation of Say Goodnight Gracie, except for a Buffalo joke.

A svelte Santella and Chase the judge peek behind the Curtain (Up)

Buffalo, NY – It's Curtain Up time, the start of the Buffalo theater season. Jim and Tony prepare for the festivities, and review One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lady Windemere's Fan, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Jim and Tony get ready for the new Buffalo theater season.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony get ready for Curtain Up, only a week away in Buffalo's Theater District.

Local theaters are gearing up for the fall, in advance of Sept. 20th Curtain Up! festivities.

Buffalo, NY – What do a mental institution, the New Orleans French Quarter, an English drawing room, and the segregated South have in common? Jim and Tony explain this week, and they discuss some notable musical composers.

What does the AARP have to do with Theatre Talk?

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony ogle over an AARP (Aged Actresses who Really Perform?!) photo spread of some "ladies who (still) lunch", and remember Ethel Merman and those she influenced.

Some last gasps of summer this week on Theatre Talk.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the closing days of the summer theater season, with reviews of Bedeviled Chest at the New Phoenix, Godspell at BUA, and Hay Fever at the Shaw Festival.

Jim and Tony discuss the new presentation of Hairspray on Broadway.

Buffalo, NY – A discussion and some music from Hairspray this week.

It's a discussion of Godspell, plus the current Shakespeare and Shaw presentations in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Buffalo, NY – Godspell opens at the Buffalo United Artists Theatre, while A Comedy of Errors continues in Delaware Park and House of Bernarda Alba is on stage at the Shaw Festival.

Jim and Tony talk about airlines, some upcoming honors for Chita Rivera, and a screwball comedy

Buffalo, NY – Tony has been jet-setting again, seeing Chita Rivera in House of Bernarda Alba in California (it's also at the Shaw Festival), and Moon Over Macau at Vassar College.

It's A Comedy of Errors this week (a review of the play, NOT a critique of Theatre Talk!)

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony preview the second half of this year's Shakespeare in Delaware Park presentation, A Comedy of Errors. They also provide a brief history of the Broadway musical, with a few selections from a jazz diva.

Jim and Tony play some Richard Rodgers favorites from The King and I, now playing at Artpark

Buffalo, NY – This year marks Richard Rodgers' 100th birthday, and Jim and Tony pay tribute with some music from The King and I, which is being presented at Artpark in Lewiston.

Jim and Tony talk about their Independence Day family reunions, and Tony tells of his most recent visit to New York

Buffalo, NY – Tony reviews Marian Seldes in Play Yourself in New York, and we get an update on the latest summer offerings from the stages of Western New York.

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