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Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Murder in Green Meadows at the Studio Arena Theatre.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Murder in Green Meadows at the Studio Arena Theatre. It continues through November 14th.

Written by Douglas Post and directed by Gavin Cameron Webb, Murder in Green Meadows is the Studio Arena's 300th production.

Jim and Tony reviews the latest Studio Arena production, and other local offerings.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony seem to like almost everything about Murder in Green Meadows, the 300th presentation in Studio Arena history... except the script! Also, they discuss an experimental production called Muriel Vanderbilt Goes Walking, the Shaw Festival staple You Never Can Tell at the Irish Classical Theatre, and they recap other local productions.

Portraying black urban street life has become a commercial standard of broadway, film and music. But it was a revolutionary idea in the early 1970's when Melvin Van Peebles wrote the Tony award winning play, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death. The Ujima Theatre is presenting a revival of the urban, cultural phenomenon.

WBFO Theater Critic Jim Santella previews The Producers at the Shea's Performing Arts Center, Murder in Green Meadows at the Studio Arena Theatre and You Never Can Tell at the Irish Classical Theatre.

In response to the PBS series, Jim prepares his own tribute to Broadway.

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella debuts his 32 second long history of Broadway and the Broadway musical, in response to the PBS special, but Anthony Chase calls it "stinko" (Jim's piece, not the TV special). Also, Tony reviews On Golden Pond at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and there's a quick rundown of current local stage productions.

Jim Santella reviews Broadway: The American Musical, a six part history of musical theatre that is narrated by Julie Andrews, airing on WNED-TV. Jim also previews TRANSFERENCE, coming soon to the Alleyway Theatre.

Buffalo, NY – Broadway: The American Musical

What: Six Part History of Musical Theatre(Narrated by Julie Andrews)

Rating: Five Stars (Five Star System)

Where: Airs on WNED

When: October 20-22 at 8 pm.

WBFO Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, written by Melvin Van Peeples and directed by Lorna Hill for the Ujima Theatre.

Buffalo, NY – WBFO Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, written by Melvin Van Peeples and directed by Lorna Hill for the Ujima Theatre.

It runs through November 7th at the Theatre Loft on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

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Jim and Tony provide an historic look at The King and I, currently at the Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Here are mini-reviews of A Symphony Down In My Soul from a concept by Joyce Carolyn written by Annette Daniels Taylor and Ain't Supposed To Die A Natural Death by Melvin Van Peebles.

Buffalo, NY – A Symphony Down In My Soul from a concept by Joyce Carolyn written by Annette Daniels Taylor.

What: A Black History Celebration

Rating: Three & One Half (Five Star System)

Where: Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley.

When: Through October 10th.

A look at more new shows this theater season.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss more new shows, including Ain't Supposed to Die A Natural Death at Ujima, and Jim coins a new term to describe Guido, The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre. Also, Peter Pan becomes Anna, as Sandy Duncan comes to Shea's in The King and I.

Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Hail Mary, now on stage at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Hail Mary, now on stage at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo. Written by Tom Dudzick of Over the Tavern fame, Hail Mary runs through October 10th.

This brand new comedy is the story of a plucky young novice who puts her future as a nun in jeopardy when she teaches her personal unorthodox views of God and religion.

Theatre Talk with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase review some of the opening offerings of the 2004-05 Buffalo theater season.

Theatre Critic Jim Santella reviews "Guido" by Tony Vitale. (Adapted from the movie "Kiss Me Guido.") It continues through October 9th at the New Phoenix Theatre On The Park in Buffalo.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre: "Guido" by Tony Vitale. (Adapted from the movie "Kiss Me Guido.")

What: Karaoke Musical

Rating: 3 Stars (Five Star System)

Where: New Phoenix Theatre On The Park, 95 Johnson Park. 853-1334

When: Through October, 9th.

Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews the Kavinoky Theatre production of "Anything Goes."

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews the Kavinoky Theatre production of "Anything Goes."

This Cole Porter classic plays weekends at the Kavinoky through October 16th. It's directed by John Fredo.

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Jim and Tony prepare their crowns, tiaras and toupees for Friday night's Curtain Up celebrations in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony prepare their crowns, tiaras and toupees for Friday night's Curtain Up celebrations in downtown Buffalo. They also pay tribute to Fred Ebb, and discuss the Kavinoky production of Anything Goes.

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A review of Change Partners inspires a discussion of local dancers.

Buffalo, NY – A discussion of MusicalFaire's production of Change Partners inspires a discussion of Western New York dancers. Also, a review of Harlequinade at the Shaw Festival, and an ABC of new theater openings (Anything Goes, Boston Marriage, and Confessions) prepares us for Curtain Up!

A musical about a cave explorer has impressive bloodlines.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review Floyd Collins, a Shaw Festival musical about a famous 1920s cave exploration. The composer is the grandson of Richard Rodgers. Also, with Curtain Up coming soon, some new productions are opening, including Tom Dudzick's latest, Hail Mary, at the Studio Arena. And, what does it take for a local production to go national?

Jim and Tony talk about A Chorus Line, at Artpark.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the Buffalo roots of A Chorus Line, play some music from the show, and review its current presentation at Artpark. Jim was not quite as fond of De Lovely, the move about Cole Porter. The boys also tell us about the end of this season's summer theater, and of an early date for Curtain Up!

Jim and Tony say summer theater used to be intense...or did they say "in tents"?

Buffalo, NY – Once again, Jim and Tony talk about the abundance of summertime theater presentations in the area. Conversation includes the final days of Pepper Park, a look at the Artpark presentation of Smokey Joe's Cafe, and mentions of Floyd Collins, a spelunking musical at Artpark, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park's

Jim and Tony take in the latest Shakespeare in Delaware Park presentation.

Buffalo, NY – There's more outdoor summer theater in Western New York, including The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, plus Smokey Joe's Cafe at Artpark. Also, time is running out to see the Buffalo United Artists' production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and Pepper Park at the Andrews Theater.

A local musical has fun with TV game shows.

A local musical weaves a story around the music of the Fab Four.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony don their Beatle wigs, to talk about Pepper Park: A Tribute to the Beatles by Jamie Moses, at the Andrews Theatre, at the Irish Classical Theatre. Also, a review of Don't Touch That Dial, a carefree summertime game show musical at Musicalfaire.

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Jim and Tony note the passing of two noted actors, from north and south of the border.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony recall the careers of Marlon Brando and Canada's Frances Hyland, who each died recently. Also, a discussion about Rutherford and Son at the Shaw Festival, and some upheaval at the new Sondheim presentation of The Frogs at Lincoln Center in New York.

Summertime, and the livin' is easy...so is the theater.

Buffalo, NY – Tony tells of a visit to the Kennedy Center in Washington, where works by Tennessee Williams are being featured this summer. That includes Sally Field starring in The Glass Menagerie. Also, a summary of some local summertime presentations, including Tinker's Wedding at the Shaw Festival, Catch a Rising Star with O'Connell and Company, plus Musicalfaire's Don't Touch That Dial.

Jim loves the latest offering at the Shaw Festival.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony offer a rave review of Pal Joey at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, along with an historical perspective. Also, the latest Shakespeare in the Park presentation features battles in Delaware Park!

Jim recaps his recent adventures in Toronto.

Jim and Tony review this week's Tony and Artie awards.

Buffalo, NY – There were some surprises at the Tony awards in New York, and the local theater scene is honored by the Arties. Jim and Tony recap both.

Jim and Tony pay their respects to Tony Randall.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony remember actor Tony Randall, who died last week. Also, a discussion on the economics of the current theater scene, or why some productions only have one, two, or three actors.

Jim and Tony discuss their AARP eligibility, as they feature another notable musical anniversary.

Buffalo, NY – Last week, we heard a review of the Tony award nominations. This week, Jim and Tony look at the Artie award nominations, for outstanding Western New York theater presentations of the past year. Jim also features a 25th anniversary selection from Sweeney Todd, prompting Tony to wonder about all of Jim's recent anniversary observances (especially since Tony remembers the original shows!).

Jim and Tony review the Tony award nominations, and speculate on local Arties.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review this year's Tony Award nominations, including a Buffalo-themed musical selection from the revival of Assassins. Also, some speculation on next week's nominations for the Arties, Buffalo's theater awards. (There are Tony awards, but what about Jimmys?)

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