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.


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 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?)

A couple of entertaining plays are featured this week.

Jim and Tony slick back their hair (or what's left of it) for Grease at Shea's

Buffalo, NY – The road show of Grease stops in Buffalo, and Jim and Tony offer their comments. Also reviewed, the music of Louis Prima is highlighted in Zooma Zooma at Musicalfaire, Visiting Mr. Green is a collaboration of the Jewish Repertory Theatre and Buffalo United Artists, and Jim and Tony discuss whether Private Lives at the Irish Classical Theatre really an "old chestnut."

It's the most favorite musical Jim and Tony have never seen!

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years, which opens in Toronto. They also feature a musical selection from the show. In addition, they review the Alleyway's production of A Night in November, and the Jewish Repertory Theater's collaboration with Buffalo United Artists, Visiting Mr. Green.

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Jim and Tony discuss A. R. Gurney's new play, Big Bill.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the difference between on- and off-Broadway, before reviewing Buffalo playwright A. R. Gurney's new show Big Bill. Tony also reviews the Stratford production of King Lear, which he saw in New York, and there are discussions of several Buffalo productions that are coming and going.

Remembering a Stephen Sondheim musical that only ran for six days on Broadway.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony note the 40th anniversary week of the opening (and closing) of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle. Tony also shares a story of a Buffalo connection to the original Funny Girl 40 years ago. Jet-setting Tony also tells about another visit to L-A, and the guys discuss local theater collaborations.

While We Were Bowling gets a strike, despite some technical gutter balls.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review the O'Connell and Company production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, with its great production and beautiful set. Also, a discussion about the 13th anniversary of Quickies at the Alleyway, and at Studio Arena, Tony enjoyed While We Were Bowling despite some tech problems. Tony also talks about his trip to Los Angeles.

Jim and Tony observe the 40th anniversary of a famous Broadway musical.

Buffalo, NY – After a quick musical sample from Passion, which opened this week at O'Connell and Company, Jim and Tony note that today is the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Funny Girl. They also talk about Communicating Doors at the Kavinoky, and tip us off on a couple of local shows that have extended their runs.

Jim and Tony offer a theatrical bouquet this week.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony had a busy week, with discussions of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, a dark comedy at the New Phoenix Theatre. Also, Jim's take on Renewing Wright at Musicalfaire, and Tony's reaction to the Irish Classical Theatre performance of Translations at the Andrews Theatre. In addition, they discuss Not Now Darling and Communicating Doors on local stages.

Tony tells of seeing an opera about Jerry Springer, and we hear an excerpt.

Buffalo, NY – Top o' the mornin' from Jim Santella, as he notes the arrival of Saint Patrick's Day next week. Then, Jim and Tony discuss local productions of Flanagan's Wake, Translations, and Renewing Wright, a musical about Frank Lloyd Wright's work in Buffalo with Darwin D. Martin. Tony also reviews the New York production of Jerry Springer the Opera.