Theatre News

Broadway's theaters will continue to be dark through at least Sept. 6, the Broadway League announced on Tuesday.

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Plans are in place for next month's Curtain Up!, the annual celebration that kicks off the start of Buffalo's theatre season.

Inspired by St. Francis: Francis, The Holy Jester

Oct 1, 2012
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

St. Bonaventure University is celebrating the Feast of St. Francis with some special events.  Tuesday evening  Italian stage star Mario Pirovano will perform Francis, The Holy Jester by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. 

St. Bona philosophy professor Dr. Michael Chiariello traveled to Italy where he convinced Pirovano to perform his internationally acclaimed one-man show in the U-S.  He agreed. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley had the privilege of interviewing Pirvoano just hours after arriving in Buffalo to discuss his North American tour. 

Shiny new doors preserve history at Shea's

Sep 13, 2012
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Shea’s Performing Arts Center officially unveiled its brand new brass doors in downtown Buffalo.

The doors are replicas of the Main Street original doors of 1926. 

Shea’s President Anthony Conte said local companies assisted in the replica project.

"We believe that these doors are exactly the same as the doors that were hear 86-years-ago," said Conte during a news conference Thursday morning in front of Shea's on Main Street.

The Pearl Street entrance doors to Shea's are also being replaced.

Photo from Shaw Festival Website, photo by David Cooper

Shaw Festival actor Ric Reid has one of the major roles of the season in Niagara-on-the-Lake this season.  He is portraying Doc in Come Back, Little Sheba. 

WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond had a chance to speak with stage veteran.

Photo from Shaw Festival Website

Shaw Festival actor Benedict Campbell returned for his tenth season.   Tue Canadian actor appearing in Regtime and His Girl Friday.

But the veteran actor has also appeared in Straford's Shakespeare Festival for ten seasons.  WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond had a chance to meet Campbell and discuss his career.

You can read more about Benedict Campbell's theatre career at the Shaw Festival Website.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A great American classic is being performed at the New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.  

Come Back, Little Sheba –depicting a broken down marriage – was the creation of American playwright William Inge.

WBFO and Am-970’s Eileen Buckley recently sat down with some of the cast members and director to learn why this production was selected.

Come Back, Little Sheba first hit the Broadway stage 1950, then in 1952 Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth stared in the Academy Award winning movie version.

Springville Center for the Arts opens "Guys on Ice"

Feb 9, 2012
WBFO News photo by Marian Hetherly

Springville is home to thriving arts community that is only about a half-hour south of Buffalo. 

In this small rural town, the Springville Center for the Arts is leading a renaissance of sorts.  The mostly volunteer-run Center went from an initial annual budget of $5,000 to today undertaking a two-point-one-million-dollar capital campaign to renovate the church it now owns outright and calls home.

Thursday night  the Center opens with "Guys on Ice".   WBFO'S Marian Hetherly took a ride down Route 219 to check out a recent rehearsal and produced an audio postcard:

Chinese New Year: Meaning & celebration

Jan 25, 2012

This week marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year --  the longest and most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

To celebrate, the Chinese Club of Western New York and the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute are planning a free afternoon of lively music, dance and martial arts demonstrations this Saturday at UB's Center for the Arts.

When I arrived at a recent rehearsal for Saturday's event, a group of about 10 adult dancers were practicing a Tibetan Dance of Peace.

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WBFO's Theatre Talk talk team of Jim Santella and Anthony Chase deliver their final 2011 review of the theatre world as they gear up for 2012.  

Listen as they talk about singer and Tony winner Barbara Cook, who was recently honored by the Kennedy Center. 

And Santella chats with Chase about the Buffalo United Artists January production of Jeffrey - a Staged Reading with the Original Cast as it celebrates its 20th year in 2012.    


Shea's Lion King

Buffalo, NY – The Lion King opened this week at Shea's Performing Arts Center in downtown Buffalo.

WBFO'S Theatre Talk critic Anthony Chase and Jim Santella kick off their theatre review with

Disney's stage version of The Lion King.

Photo from American Repertory Theatre of WNY

Buffalo, NY – American Repertory Theatre of WNY has extended Floyd Collins, the story of the greatest cave explore ever known.

In this edition Jim and Tony kick-off their weekly theatre review with music from Floyd Collins.

Photo from American Repertory Theatre of WNY

Buffalo, NY – A round up of the fall theatre scene across the Buffalo region.

Jim Sanetella and Anthony Chase explore the many new performances on stage that are underway for a brand new fall theatre season.

They kick things off things with "Buffalo" All the City's a Stage".

Buffalo, NY – The Theatre Talk guys are a little breathless this week. They've been busy making their way around town to all the shows opening before the curtain officially goes up on the new theatre season.

photo courtesy of Buffalo Place

Buffalo, NY – A new theatre season and so many choices! This week Jim and Tony help you sort out some of the offerings for Curtain Up.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony tell everyone to get ready for the flood of theatre that will soon unfold when the curtain goes up on a new theatre season.

Musicals lead the pack with such fare as Oliver at Musicalfare, 42nd Street at the Kavinoky and Pinkalicious at the Theatre of Youth.

photo courtesy ArtPark

Buffalo, NY – This week the Theatre Talk guys explore a theme of youth, with reviews of productions by the Chautuaqua Theatre Company, the new theatre group Post Industrial Productions, and Fame at ArtPark.

Buffalo, NY – Shakespeare is in the air - at least for another week. Jim and Tony remind everyone not to miss the final week of As You Like It at Shakespeare in Delaware. They also preview the Chautuaqua Theatre performance of Love's Labour's Lost.

Buffalo United Artists

Buffalo, NY – This week on Theatre Talk Jim Santella and Anthony Chase start out with a review of Buffalo United Artists premiere of The Birds Attack.

It's a comedy/satire written by and starring Jimmy Janowski and directed Todd Warfield. The play is based of the famous Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film The Birds.

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Jim and Tony review Tales of the City, a play from the creators of Avenue Q. They also take a look at As You Like It, now playing in Delaware Park.

Buffalo, NY – Sondheim's "Follies" are featured this week on Theatre Talk as Jim and Tony preview the one night only fundraiser performance for Buffalo United Artists.

The show stars a cast of Buffalo's musical best, including WBFO's own Kelli Bocock Natale. And there's music in highlight with a look at Niagara University's musical review of The World Goes Round. That and much more this week on Theatre Talk.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review the much-anticipated production of Chekov's Three Sisters at the Chautauqua Theatre. But the Theatre Talk guys caution, this is not your grandfather's Chekov.

Buffalo, NY – The Chautuaqua Theatre is highlighted in this week's Theatre Talk. Jim and Tony preview the Southern Tier theatre's production of Anton Checkov's Three Sisters. And they tell us about an historical drama being performed at Buffalo's waterfront. That and much more on this week's Theatre Talk.

Buffalo, NY – The Theatre Talk guys this week bring us a preview a new Frank Sinatra-inspired musical opening next week at Musicalfare. And talk about other original works up at local theatres.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Critics Jim Santella and Anthony Chase review the Tony Awards and more in this week's edition of Theatre Talk.

photo courtesy Sheas Performing Arts Center

Buffalo, NY – If you missed the Artie awards on Monday, don't fret. Jim and Tony have a complete run-down of the winners, the highlights and the sentimental surprises. And hear what the Theatre Talk guys have to say about the touring production of West Side Story now playing at Sheas.

Buffalo, NY – Get a sneak peak at this year's Artie awards event coming up Monday with a preview from Jim and Tony. The Theatre Talk guys give you scoop on all the behind-the-scenes highlights of this 21 year-old awards ceremony for the Western New York theatre community.

Buffalo, NY – This week Jim Santella and Anthony Chase talk about the upcoming Annual Artie Awards in Buffalo.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and and Tony ponder their final recommendations for theatre worthy to see before the end of the world. Historic Shakespeare tops their list and "Good People" on Broadway gets a nod.

Their tongue-in-cheek recommendations also include some local productions, in case you want to be closer to home for the Rapture. The American Repertory Theatre of Western New York offers "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," O'Connell and Company opens "Mame." And much more.

Buffalo, NY – This week Jim and Tony preview a gala being held tomorrow at Road Less Traveled Theatre. It will feature actor and acclaimed playwright Stephen Adley Guirgis. And they talk about the New Phoenix original play Fillmore. That and much more on this week's Theatre Talk.