Weekly Feature



2018-09-13 / Entertainment

Theatre

fri. 14

Curtain Up! — The 37th annual celebration of the opening night of Buffalo’s theatre season in three acts presented by the Theatre District Association of WNY and M&T Bank. Act I: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Patron’s Dinner Black Tie Gala at Fountain Plaza. Act II: Special 8 p.m. openings at participating theatres. Act III: After the curtain falls at theatres, the Theatre District becomes a free street party with live music, dancing and street performers, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Main Street at Tupper Street, Buffalo. 856-4533

Hello, Dolly — The production is directed by M. Joseph Fratello and features Dianna Kolek, Marc Ruffino, Michele Holden, Richard Plotkin, Angelo Heimowitz and Sarah Mullin. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Sept. 30. There will be a 3 p.m. performance Saturday, Sept.29. 260-2319

fri. 14-sun. 16

Shifting Gears — A cabaret performance featuring Kerrykate Abel with Chuck Basil at the piano, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (Curtain Up!), and Saturday, Sept. 15; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St., Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.buffalobua.org

ongoing: now-Sept. 22

Heathers The Musical — The American Repertory Theatre of WNY presents the local premiere of the musical based on the 1988 cult-classic film, “Heathers.” The musical tells the story of Westerberg High School being terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather (the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio). But when rebel with a clue, Veronica Sawyer, rejects their evil regime for a dark sexy stranger, J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their rightful six-feet-under place, Westerberg High will see a new sheriff in town once the smoke clears. The production is under the direction of Candice Kogut. Performances: 8 p.m. Sept. 13-15; 7 p.m. Sept. 16; and 8 p.m. Sept. 20-22 at The Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda; $. 983-4345, www.artofwny.org

now-Sept. 23

The Wizard of Oz — Stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s musical produced by Rocking Horse Productions. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, continues through Sunday, Sept. 23, at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

now-Sept. 30

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — Directed by John Fredo with musical direction by Alan Paglia. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 829-7668, www.kavinokytheatre.com. (Curtain Up! performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.)

now-Oct. 7

Pump Boys & Dinettes — The “Pump Boys” sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the “Dinettes,” Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country, rhythm and blues and rockabilly songs. Directed by Chris Kelly, with musical direction by Robert Insana. Performances: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at MusicalFare Theatre’s Mainstage Theatre at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com. (Curtain Up! performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.)

Golden Boy — Clifford Odets timeless American classic under the direction of Fortunato Pezzimenti. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo; $. 853-4282, (Curtain Up!, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.)

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