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Anthony Chase recaps his recent trip to London, New York and Miami.

Buffalo, NY – After two weeks off, Jim and Tony extend their thanks for your support during the WBFO Fundraiser. Tony also recaps his recent trip to London, featuring a trip to see Bombay Dreams.

Are Jim and Tony more like the new play "Wicked", or one of its songs "Popular"?

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony promise no wardrobe malfunctions, then talk about the new Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked, and feature its popular song, "Popular." Also, reviews of Tagged at the Alleyway Theatre, and the one-person show Paul Robeson Speaks Out with Willie Judson Jr., a presentation of Subversive Theater and Buffalo Entertainment Theater.

A review of Ujima Theatre's updated presentation of a classic Mark Twain story.

The Sad Sacks are back (but aren't Jim and Tony here every week?)

A great review for the latest Studio Arena production, as well as a birthday song for Chita!

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony sing(!) happy birthday to Chita Rivera, then talk about the Studio Arena production of A Raisin in the Sun. They also discuss Fully Commited at the Kavinoky, the great language in the Irish Classical Theater's presentation of Misanthrope, and Musicalfaire's Song and Dance. Also, updates on what's opening around town.

Beat the cold snap in a warm theater!

Buffalo, NY – Baby, it's c-c-c-cold outside, so Jim and Tony suggest stopping in a nice warm theater to heat up. They discuss Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance at Musicalfare, a series of short plays called Escaping the Box at Pandora's Box in the Alleyway Theatre, and the one-man show Fully Committed at the Kavinoky. Also, what's new at Studio Arena, the Irish Classical Theatre, the Theater of Youth, and the Sphere.

Jim missed the brief run of a two-days-only Buffalo appearance of an off-Broadway play, but he has the CD.

Music from The Last Five Years and a preview of upcoming shows.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Critics Jim Santella and Anthony Chase feature selections from the musical, The Last Five Year, which made a brief appearance in Buffalo for two shows in the past week. They also preview the opening of several new shows at area theatres.

Jim and Tony start 2004 with a trip to Oz.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the 2003 theater productions held over into the new year, and they feature Hugh Jackman's performance in The Boy From Oz. Also, a quick look at the Theatre of Youth's production of Pinocchio.

Watch out for the fruitcake!

Buffalo, NY – Naughty or nice? Will you get some of Jim's stale fruitcake, or fresh fruitcake? And what's the difference? Jim and Tony offer and exchange holiday greetings, discuss Buffalo talent on various theater road shows, and review Buffalo openings (the annual presentation of A Christmas Carol at the Alleyway), and Christmas week closings.

Some different interpretations of A Christmas Carol.

'Tis the Season for Holiday Plays

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review some local holiday plays, including Plaid Tidings, Starlight Express, and Guys on Ice. Also, they discuss a Broadway revival of Wonderful Town and the off-Broadway show Caroline, or Change.

Jim and Tony are away for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, so we have two special guests this week.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony took the holiday weekend off, so Weekend Edition theater critic Grant Golden and WBFO News Director Mark Scott take their place to review The Lion in Winter at the Kavinoky Theatre.

A sweet, loving, murderous royal couple takes the stage at the Kavinoky.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony enjoyed the historical comedy The Lion in Winter, especially the sharp dialogue. Also, the story of coming of age in Buffalo in 1945, in A. R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer, plus discussions of Guys on Ice, Plaid Tidings, and a new Tom Fontana offering being presented at Buffalo State College.

Some new plays open, some with new performance companies.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the opening of The Lion in Winter at the Kavinoky Theatre, and the BUA's production of Buffalonian A. R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer. In Snyder, you can see Guys On Ice, which is not about ice skating or hockey. Jim and Tony also talk about the richness of Buffalo theater, especially with four new production companies in town.

The hills are alive, with the sound of a great review.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony really enjoyed this week's traveling performance of The Sound of Music at Shea's, so much so that Jim almost gets in trouble with his wife. Also, conversation about Alleyway's Lines in the Sand, Musicalfaire's presentation of Guys on Ice, Twelfth Night at Nichols School, and more.

A Kander and Ebb tribute becomes a Liza Minnelli showcase.

Buffalo, NY – Tony talks about his trip to Los Angeles, where he says Liza Minnelli stole the show in a tribute to composers Kander and Ebb. Closer to home, the guys discuss Proof at the Studio Arena, Lines in the Sand at the Alleyway. Also, a mention of the upcoming week-long Sound of Music performance at Shea's, and the MusicalFaire presentation of Guys On Ice.

Jim and Tony say thanks for your fundraiser support.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony say thanks for your support during the recent WBFO Fundraiser. Also, they discuss the Buffalo United Artists presentation of Looking for Normal, and Copenhagen at the Irish Classical Theatre. Also, did Tony say he saw Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Ouch on Broadway?

What do Jim and Tony think of the local theater scene?

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony tell us how they would recommend local theater productions. Among the plays discussed: The Foreigner at the Kavinoky, Bitten By a Fly at the Alleyway, and the Buffalo United Artists production of Looking For Normal. Also, the guys rave about the number of live musicals that play in Buffalo.

Jim is running out of time to see Thoroughly Modern Millie, which closes this weekend.

Jim and Tony provide rave reviews for last week's WBFO Listener Expedition to Curtain Up!

Jim and Tony get ready to dress up for dinner and theater, with some WBFO listeners.

There's a new theater coming to the old bus station.

Jim and Tony discuss the New York theater scene.

Buffalo, NY – What? Is there really going to be a Theatre Talk Theme? Jim pulls a fast one, before he and Tony discuss the new theater season on the Great White Way in Manhattan.

Jim and Tony continue their Curtain Up! Preview, and discuss the stars (and planets).

From the planet Mars to the stars, to a discussion on the First Family of Theater. Also, more Curtain Up! previews, and Jim and Tony disclose the winners of their WBFO Listener Expedition.

Jim and Tony remember Gregory Hines.

Jim and Tony remember dancer Gregory Hines, who died last week. Also, an early preview of the fall theater season in Western New York.

Enjoying a Night at the Opera (no, not the Marx Brothers movie)

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony talk about opera, as Jim recaps his trip to Glimmerglass in Cooperstown.

Artpark presents a stage salute to the big band era.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony play some swingin' selections in honor of Artpark's presentation of Swing!

Much Ado about Shakespeare in the Park.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review the newest Shakespeare in Delaware Park production, Much Ado About Nothing. Also, Tony likes The Taffetas at the MusicalFare theater (which, by the way, stars and is choreographed by WBFO staffer Kelli Bocock-Natale). And, the guys discuss some new people and productions on the local theater scene.

A Comparison of Two Popular Broadway Musicals.

Jim and Tony compare and contrast Nine with Chita Rivera and Hairspray with Bernadette Peters.

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