Arts/Culture

The WBFO Arts & Culture News Desk is co-funded by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

Jim and Tony continue their Curtain Up! Preview, and discuss the stars (and planets).

From the planet Mars to the stars, to a discussion on the First Family of Theater. Also, more Curtain Up! previews, and Jim and Tony disclose the winners of their WBFO Listener Expedition.

Jim and Tony remember Gregory Hines.

Jim and Tony remember dancer Gregory Hines, who died last week. Also, an early preview of the fall theater season in Western New York.

Enjoying a Night at the Opera (no, not the Marx Brothers movie)

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony talk about opera, as Jim recaps his trip to Glimmerglass in Cooperstown.

Artpark presents a stage salute to the big band era.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony play some swingin' selections in honor of Artpark's presentation of Swing!

Much Ado about Shakespeare in the Park.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review the newest Shakespeare in Delaware Park production, Much Ado About Nothing. Also, Tony likes The Taffetas at the MusicalFare theater (which, by the way, stars and is choreographed by WBFO staffer Kelli Bocock-Natale). And, the guys discuss some new people and productions on the local theater scene.

A Comparison of Two Popular Broadway Musicals.

Jim and Tony compare and contrast Nine with Chita Rivera and Hairspray with Bernadette Peters.

A tribute to the late Katharine Hepburn, and a comparison of east vs. west.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony remember Katharine Hepburn, who died last week. Also, Tony talks about his recent trip out west, comparing the Los Angeles and New York productions of The Producers. Plus, a review of Manifest Destiny at the New Phoenix Theatre, and its inclusion of Buffalo in some scenes.

It's easy to get to theater events in Western New York, and into Southern Ontario.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony celebrate summer theater in Buffalo, and how close it is to see Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the Shaw Festival, and other productions.

Also, what's the story about the WBFO Listener Expedition with Jim and Tony?

Jim and Tony remember Hume Cronyn and Gregory Peck, and discuss their upcoming WBFO Listener Expedition. Tony talks about his trip to London, and Jim reviews Three Sisters at the Shaw Festival.

A look ahead to warm weather theater in the Buffalo area.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony take a look at what's onstage...and outdoors...this summer in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

Jim and Tony preview the Tonys.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony preview this weekend's Tony award presentations, and, no, they are not named for Tony Chase.

Jim takes in some theater at Niagara-on-the-Lake, while Tony heads for Florida.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony do some traveling...Jim visits the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, while Tony discusses a (way-)off-Broadway presentation (in Miami!) of Little Shop of Horrors. While they head out on the road, back home in Buffalo, the Irish Classical Theatre offers One For the Road.

A musical selection from a new musical at the Alleyway Theatre, plus an Arties review.

Buffalo, NY – A review and sample from the new Eric Enders musical, A Week in the Life at the Alleyway Theatre, plus a recap of the Arties awards, and a Shaw Festival preview at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Jim and Tony preview the 2003 Artie awards.

Buffalo, NY – It's time to honor the best of Buffalo theater from the past year, with Artvoice's "Artie" awards. Jim and Tony, who both votes for the awards, offer a preview.

Jim and Tony have a lot of theater to talk about this week.

Buffalo, NY – In addition to a detailed list of activity on Buffalo stages, Jim and Tony have a brief preview of the 2003 Arties.

Jim gets another year closer to Social Security.

Buffalo, NY – Tony wishes Jim a happy birthday, but Jim brings the present...a selection from the Adam Guettel play Floyd Collins. Also, a preview of a new production of Gypsy with Bernadette Peters, and a review of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, at the Irish Classical Theatre.

Our two "Phantoms of the Radio" review Phantom of the Opera

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the springtime theater scene in Buffalo, which include a stop by a traveling company of Phantom of the Opera.

Jim visits with a noted film director, and who won the Pulitzer Drama Prize?

Buffalo, NY – Jim talks about his meeting with James Cameron. Also, Phantom comes to Buffalo, Jim and TOny discuss this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Tony shares his thoughts about Shear Madness.

Jim visits with a noted film director, and who won the Pulitzer Drama Prize?

Buffalo, NY – Jim talks about his meeting with James Cameron. Also, Phantom comes to Buffalo, Jim and TOny discuss this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Tony shares his thoughts about Shear Madness.

Tony does some name-dropping, and talks about an unexpected visit from Julie Andrews.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony talk about Julie Andrews' recent appearance at Saint Bonaventure University, plus Tony's unscheduled role as a tour guide. Also, discussions about All About Eve, O'Connell and Company's presentation of Taking My Turn, and References to Salvadore Dali Make Me Hot.

Jim apologizes for being stuffy, something Tony doesn't deny, as they discuss a lot of new local productions.

Buffalo, NY – This week, a discussion of Project at the New Phoenix Theatre, plus reviews of David Mamet's A Life in the Theater at the Kavinoky, and the Irish Classical Theatre's My Sister In This House, not exactly light and fluffy like Eat TV at the MusicalFare Theatre. Jim and Tony also list some other new presentations on local stages.

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.

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