Theater Talk

Theater reviews with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.

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With 15 shows on stages this weekend (see Artvoice's "On the Boards" below) how can you choose? Go high (culture) with Puccini's opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Rockwell and DESIGN FOR LIVING at Irish Classical, or go low with the campy KILLER RACK (breast augmentation with extreme prejudice and great songs by Neal Radice) at the Alleyway or Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS at the Kavinoky.


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Curtain Up! this Friday night, September 15, marks the opening of the 2017-2018 theater season, with a formal dinner, some informal dining at Expo, shows along Main Street between Tupper and Chippewa (recently dedicated as "The Chris O'Neill Way"), but all over the area as well, including a spectacular version of Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS at the Kavinoky Theatre on Porter Avenue.


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The 2017-2018 theater season has begun with the first of our Curtain Up! plays: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER: A GROWNUPS' PREQUEL TO PETER PAN directed by Chris Kelly, starring Renee Landrigan as "Molly" and Jesse Tiebor as "The Boy/Peter Pan"," two of the twelve actors who take on 100 roles.

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Did you know that Jerry Lewis got his theatrical start in Buffalo? At the age of 16 he was booed at a (now-gone) Burlesque house, but went back out on stage and started on the road to stardom.


Press Pass: Buffalo's global cuisine

Aug 29, 2017
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You're familiar with the Taste of Buffalo. Many other communities in the area hold their own "taste" events. And now, Buffalo Spree's September issue offers a Taste of the World. A dozen local  restaurants that offer global cuisine are profiled. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says each offer authentic dishes.


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The date has been set and you're invited! WNED|WBFO will be hosting a party on Monday night, November 6, 2017 in  honor of Anthony Chase and WBFO's weekly Theater Talk, on the air, continuously, for 25 years.

For over 700 years Joan of Arc has been an inspiration to millions, including such playwrights Shakespeare, Schiller, Shaw, Brecht, Maxwell Anderson and, just this year, a team of four women, members of Buffalo's "Brazen-Faced Varlets" theatrical troupe. 

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Anthony went down to New York City to take in some Broadway shows: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (a sung-through musical adaptation of a segment of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace) at the Imperial Theatre; A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (which imagines what happens when Nora returns 15 years later) at the John Golden Theatre; and HELLO, DOLLY! starring Bette Midler at the Schubert Theatre.

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Barbara Cook, one of Broadway's leading sopranos, died at home in Manhattan at the age of 89. On Broadway, and on cast recordings (although not in the movie versions), Cook was best known for three roles: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's 1956 CANDIDE (listen to "Glitter and Be Gay"); the librarian Marian opposite Robert Preston in 1957's THE MUSIC MAN (listen to "Till There Was You"); and Amalia Balash, the letter-writing heroine of 1963's SHE LOVES ME (listen to "The Ice Cream Song").

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Theater Talk observes the passing of Sam Shepard, an American playwright (44 plays!) with a particularly edgy off-Broadway slant, who was also an actor, author, screenwriter, and director.

Anthony and Peter are doing the first (of more, we hope) "Theater Talk Live" event – A Summer Theater Preview next Thursday May 25 at 10:30 am at the WNED-TV Studios! We'll provide an overview of musicals and plays being staged this summer across WNY and Southern Ontario.

Call it marketing, or branding, or just plain knowing your audience, but Buffalo theaters this week are delighting their niches with finely chosen fare.

The Tony Award nominations are out, and Anthony is pleased to report that this year no London performances were nominated.

This week on Theater Talk, Anthony sings the praises of three women currently on local stages (coincidentally about 300 feet from each other in Buffalo's Theatre District): Joyce Stilson in I'M FINE at the Alleyway Theatre, Kate LoConti in THE WINSLOW BOY at Irish Classical Theatre Company, and Mary Gordon Murray in the touring updated CABARET at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

It's not a pared down touring CABARET that comes to Shea's next week; it's the real Broadway show. For something a lot quieter, THE CEMETERY CLUB is a bittersweet comedy about three widows and a widower at O'Connell and Company. Anthony saw GROUNDHOG DAY the musical in New York and both Peter and Anthony agree that the set, sound, and lights at THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN are exceptionally well crafted.


This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss "Gruesome Playground Injuries" and other local productions.

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This week on WBFO's Theatre Talk, co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss Chita Rivera turning 80. 

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This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss the local production of "Angels in America."

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This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase review some of their favorite productions of this past year.

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This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss New York City's theatre scene.

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This week on Theatre Talk  co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase rundown a number of holiday theatre productions. 

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase review White Christmas and other local productions.

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Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella & Anthony Chase discuss 2012: End of the Road.  It's now on stage at Road Less Traveled Productions in Buffalo.

 

This week on Theatre Talk -- Neil Simon's "God's Favorite" at Lancaster Opera House.  Radio Golf -- at  The Manny Fried Playhouse and the Jewish Repertory Theatre performs the whipping man.

Just in time for the Halloween season, Jekyll and Hyde the Musical will open at Shea's Performing Arts Center.   WBFO's Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase kick off this week's conversation with a review of the show.

Theatre Talk: Charlo

Oct 19, 2012

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase review "Charlo" a musical about Charlie Chaplin.

This week on Theatre Talk, WBFO's co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony chase discuss The Book of Mormon.

Plus, a Victorian comedy called Mr. and Mrs. Nobody and the Bread and Puppet Theatre tour stops for a one-night show at the Foundry in Buffalo.

This week's Theatre Talk chat kicks off with a discussion on Young Audiences.

WBFO & AM-970's Jim Santella and Anthony Chase also review "A  Streetcar Named Desire" -- now on stage through this weekend at Torn Space in Buffalo.  And a reminder about Knuffle Bunny at the Theatre of Youth! 

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Billy Elliot The Musical is on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The story of a small town boy in England who takes ballet class while his father thinks he is at boxing lessons. 

WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk critics Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss the musical and review other local theatre.

Seth's Big Fat Broadway Show was one of the first show's of the season at 710 Main Theatre in downtown Buffalo.

Seth Rudetsky is the nationally known Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio.  His new touring one-man show came to Buffalo last week for Curtain Up! 

Theatre Talk co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase kick off this week's theatre review discussing the show.

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