THEATER TALK: Coronavirus continues to affect the theater community; McNally passes at age 81

Mar 27, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic is causing hardship because of social distancing (see the list of theatrical cancellations and postponements below) and it has led to the sad death of a wonderful friend of Buffalo theater, especially BUA, playwright Terrence McNally, many of whose plays were produced locally.


L-R Tom Kirdahy with husband 4-time Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally who passed away Tuesday at the age of 81 due to Coronavirus complications.
Credit Tom Kirdahy, husband of Mr. McNally, on Facebook

Many will remember BUA's productions of McNally's LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! as well as MOTHERS AND SONS, THE LISBON TRAVIATA, and SOME MEN. Other local companies had productions of LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART as well as A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE  and MASTER CLASS. McNally also wrote the book for some very popular musicals including RAGTIME (seen at both Shawfest and MusicalFare), THE FULL MONTY, and ANASTASIA which is still scheduled at Shea's for May 5-10. That's going to be a "wait and see."

Meanwhile, the 74th Annual Tony Awards, previously scheduled to air live on CBS on June 7th, will be rescheduled.. 

Here is a list of productions scheduled for WNY this Spring 2020, roughly in chronological order of opening. These are shows that are confirmed as cancelled, curtailed, or postponed in response to COVID-19. Some predictions put the peak of the pandemic in May or later. With various possible scenarios for the future progression of the virus, we can assume that other cancellations and schedule adjustments are forthcoming for the shows marked as ??? SCOTCH & MADNESS - ALLEYWAY 2/20-3/14HAND TO GOD - ROAD LESS TRAVELED PRODUCTIONS 3/5-29KISS OF SPIDER WOMAN - NEW PHOENIX THEATRE 3/6-28INDECENT - KAVINOKY 3/6-29 -- POSSIBLE SUMMER RUNTHE ONION GAME - IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE 3/6-29ECLIPSED - SUBVERSIVE - 3/6-28HELLO, DOLLY! - SHEA'S - 3/10-15CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME - ALL FOR ONE - @710 3/12-29DANCE ON WIDOWS ROW - PAUL ROBESON THEATRE 3/13-4/5THE OUTSIDERS - TOY 3/14-5/5THREE TALL WOMEN - SECOND GENERATION 3/20-4/5BUFFALO QUICKIES - ALLEYWAY 3/26-4/18EVERYBODY, UB THEATRE & DANCE, 4/1-5DIARY OF A WOMBAT - SHEA'S 710 - 4/7???DESDE EL PUENTE (10 MIN) - RAICES 4/10-26THE BAND'S VISIT -- SHEA'S 4/14-19LUCKY STIFF - O'CONNELL 4/16-5/10*GOSPEL AT COLONUS - UJIMA 4/17-5/10*ROBERT DUBAC’S BOOK OF MORON - SHEA'S 710 4/17THE DINING ROOM, CARRIAGE HOUSE PLAYERS, TAYLOR THEATER, LOCKPORT, APRIL 17- 26GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - MUSICALFARE 4/22-5/24 - POSTPONED IMAGINE THE WORLD - ALLEYWAY 4/23-5/16MODERN ORTHODOX - JEWISH REP 4/23-5/17 -- POSSIBLY MOVED TO NEXT SEASONCURIOUS CASE/WATSON ROAD LESS TRAVELED 4/23-5/17THE CHERRY ORCHARD - IRISH CLASSICAL 4/24-5/17WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? - NEW PHOENIX 4/24-5/23MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG -- UB THEATRE & DANCE, 4/24 - 5/3???SHEA'S BLACK-TIE GALA WITH AUDRA MACDONALD, 4/25MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY, SHEA'S, 4/29???MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP - KAVINOKY 5/1-24???BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR - PAUL ROBESON THEATRE 5/1-24FIVE SONGS FOR FILLMORE - TORN SPACE 5/1-17??? ANASTASIA AT SHEA'S 5/5-10BRIGHT STAR - MUSICALFARE@710 5/7-17GO DOG GO - TOY 5/9-6/6???ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS - BRAZEN-FACED VARLETS 5/15-5/31???TWO AFTERNOONS AT KELLY’S - SUBVERSIVE 5/15-6/6STEEL MAGNOLIAS - O'CONNELL & CO - 5/28-6/21MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF - OPERA-LYTES - 6/4 - 7???DRAMA AT INISH - IRISH CLASSICAL 6/5-28 (NOT NIXED YET...)SPUNK -- UJIMA - 6/5-28*???CABARET - SECOND GENERATION 6/12-28???AS YOU LIKE IT -- SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK -- 6/13 - 7/12???SWING SWING SWING - MUSICALFARE 7/8-8/9???A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM -- SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK -- 7/18 - 8/16 List courtesy of TheaterTalkBuffalo.com