Theatre Talk

Theatre reviews with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.

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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Buffalo's fall theatre season takes center stage Friday evening with the 31st Annual Curtain Up!

WBFO & AM-970"s  Theatre Talk co-host Anthony Chase is this year's Curtain Up's chair.   Chase joins Jim Santella for a preview of tonight's event and planned performances.

Legendary radio host Jim Santella to retire

Sep 7, 2012

Jim Santella, a Buffalo Broadcaster Hall of Fame inductee who is known as the “Father of Progressive Radio” in Buffalo, will retire from his blues program at WBFO-FM 88.7 as of Dec. 1.

Jim began his radio career as a student DJ at the University at Buffalo’s WBFO-FM 88.7, hosting five hours of jazz. Forty-five years later, he has come full circle to conclude his career at WBFO, now owned by Western New York Public Broadcasting Association.

It's a packed-filled fall theatre season across the Buffalo area, and no one fills us in better than what's on stage then our Theatre Talk co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase!

One week from Friday, Curtain Up! will be held in downtown Buffalo to officially kick-off a new theatre season.

Mr. and Mrs. Nobody opens September 14th at the New Phoenix Theatre.  But if looking for something this weekend,  the Green Day musical, American Idiot is on stage Friday and Saturday at UB's Center for the Arts.

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Buffalo's theatre district is preparing for this seasons Curtain Up! 



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The annual event celebrates the city's many theatre groups, large and small.   WBFO & AM-970's long-time Theatre Talk host Anthony Chase is this year's Curtain Up! chair. 

Chase and Jim Santella discuss some of upcoming fall theatre for Buffalo in this week's Theatre Talk edition.            

Theatre Talk: Silo City

Aug 24, 2012
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Silo City opens on Buffalo's waterfront Saturday.  The old, abandon and historic grain elevators will come alive for performances by Torn Space Theatre Saturday.  That kicks off this week's Theatre Talk conversation with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase. 

Preparations are underway for the 31st Annual Curtain Up! 

That discussion kicks off this week's Theatre Talk conversation with WBFO & AM 970'S Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.

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Cinderella at Artpark, Shakespeare in Delaware Park and Mommie Queerest -- it's all in this week's edition of Theatre Talk with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase on WBFO & AM-970.

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss Far From Heaven and other stage productions.

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase remember the Broadway work of Sherman Hemsley.

This week on Theatre Talk we remember the career of Broadway and film star Celeste Holm who died at the age of 95.

WBFO & AM-970's Jim Santella is on vacation this week so Anthony Chase is joined by Eileen Buckley for our conversation of the national and local theatre scene.  Jim returns next week!

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