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The Lion King opens with previews October 4 & 5 at Shea's Performing Arts Center.


THE LION KING, touring production of the Broadway/Disney musical by Elton John and Tim Rice, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Previews Oct 4 & 5 at 7:30. Oct 6-30, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 1 & 6:30, plus Oct 27 at 1 (no evening performance on Oct 30). Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).


BENT, drama by Martin Sherman presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Marc Sacco, Chris LaBanca, Jonathan Shuey, James Wild, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Christopher S. Parada, Michael Seitz. Through Oct 15, Fri & Sat at 8. BUA Theater, 119 Chippewa St. (886-9239). Read more in this week's Cover Story.

COOL BLUES by Bill Harris, directed by Edward G. Smith, starring Kinzy Brown, Jerrold Brown, Kaitlyn Brzostowicz, Peter Johnson, Lisa Ludwig, Betty Stone. Through Oct 9, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013).

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, classic Broadway musical presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Dawn Marcolini Newton, starring Paul Bene, Dianna Kolek, Carolyn Quigley, Kathryn Ratka, Cassandra Grizanti, Emily Sinclair, Sophia Sorrentino, Dan Zerpa, Scott Mackmin, Colin Reboy, Diane Serra, Dan Morris. Through Oct 8, Fri & Sat at 7:30, plus Oct 2 at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda (284-6358).

42ND STREET, Broadway musical directed by Norm Sham, starring Debbie Pappas, John Fredo, Kelly Jakiel, Patrick O’Herron, Kelli Bocock-Natale, Sara Ball, Kelly Cammarata, Charmagne Chi, Devan Marie Corcoran, Greg Gjurich. Daniel Hess, Steve Jakiel, Peter Palmisano. Through Oct 9, Thu & Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668).

IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Robert Waterhouse, starring Katie White, Christian Brandjes, Richard Lambert, Kelly Meg Brennan, Patrick Cameron, Wendy Hall, Danica Riddick. Through Oct 9 Thu-Sat at 8, plus Oct 2 & 9 at 2. The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). Read more in this week's Theater Week.

MARAT/SADE by Peter Weiss, presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Kurt Schneiderman, starring Christopher Standart, Lisa Vitrano, Kevin Iuzzini, Becky Globus, Lawrence Rowswell, Michael Votta, Scot Kaitanowski, Leonard Ziolkowski, Elexa Kopty, Justin Krall, Candace Whitfield, Leo DiBello. Through Oct 15, Thu-Sat at 8. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).

OLIVER!, musical by Lionel Bart, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Brandon Barry, Megan Callahan, Matt Crane, Joe Donohue III, Philip Farugia, Cassie Gorniewicz, Amy Jakiel, John N. Kaczorowski, Eric Michael Rawski, Jenn Stafford, Brian Riggs, Adam Kluge. Through Oct 16, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).

PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL by Elizabeth Kann, Victoria Kann, and John Gregor, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Michael Walline, starring Arin Lee Dandes, Loraine O’Donnell, Marc-Jon Filippone, Kevin Craig, Nancy Sam. Through Oct 16, Sat & Sun at 2. Alllendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884-4400 x304).

PROCESSION, site-specific performance written and directed by Dan Shanahan, presented by Torn Space Theater, starring John Toohill, John Giovanni Joy, Diane Gaidry, Tim McPeek, Danielle Herrmann, Renee Herrmann, Carmen Swans, Christopher Titus, K. Cornelius, Jim Abramson, Justin Rowland. Through Oct 9, Fri & Sat at 8, plus Oct 9 at 8. The Theosophical Society of WNY, 70 Military Road (812-5733).


BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, comedy by Neil Simon presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions, directed by Don Gervasi, starring Maura Nolan, Andy Herr, Britany Hagen, Doug Anderson, Margo Davis, Tom Owen. Through Oct 1, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30. Lecture Hall in the Main Building at Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle (479-1587).

ELEGIES: A Song Cycle, musical by William Finn , presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Dale Zurbrick, starring Tom Doyle, Darryl Hart, Katy Miner, Scott Nykiel, Mary Kate O’Connell. Through Oct 2, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Erie Community College- North Campus, 6205 Main St., Williamsville (848-0800).

FLOYD COLLINS, musical by Adam Guettel and Tina Landau presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Jeffrey Coyle, starring Steve Copps, James R. Finan, Courtney Weather, Pamela Rose Mangus, Adam Yellen, Gary Darling, Josh Synder, Victor Morales, Dudney E. Joseph, Erin Brignone, Christopher Andreana, Richard Kraemer, Steven E. Sitzan. Through Oct 2, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3, plus Sep 28 at 7:30. Buffalo East, 1410 Main St.(634-1102).

THE GHOST OF FORT NIAGARA, world premiere of a musical by Neal Radice, starring David C. Mitchell, Roger Van Dette, Katy Clancy, Nicholas Lama, James Heffron, Nathan Miller, Paloma D’Auria. Through Oct 1, Thu-Sat at 7:30 (Sep 16 at 8). Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600).

INDIVISIBLE, dark comedy written and directed by Taylor Doherty, presented by the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, starring Ray Boucher, Dan Walker, Kathleen Golde, Anne Roaldi, Lisa Dee, Rolando Gomez. Through Oct 1, Thu-Sat at 8. William E. Swan Auditorium, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg (202-9033).

INTERNAL CONTINUITY, world premiere of the comedy by Shaun McLaughlin, directed by Scott Behrend, starring Matt Witten, Dave Hayes, Bob Grabowski, Sara Kow-Falcone, Aaron Krygier, Bethany Sparacio. Through Oct 2, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2, Road Less Traveled Theater, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

LA BÊTE, comedy by David Hearson presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, starring Brian Mysliwy, Vincent O’Neill, Josephine Hogan, Gerry Maher, Jessica Wegrzyn, Jennifer Fitzery, Scott Malkovsky, Kay Kerimian, Tim Newell, Kristen Tripp Kelley. Through Oct 2, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2 (Sep 16 at 8). Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC).

THREE ONE-ACTS, presented by the Western Door Playhouse, including The Audition by Steven Petix, directed by Robert Priest; Canker Sores and Other Distractions and Kitty the Waitress by Christopher Durang, directed by Sharon Priest, starring Sam Fadel, Paul Gadawski, Sami Granieri, Brandon Minicucci, Bob Priest, Dede Secic, Linda Silvestri, Tom Slaiman. Through Oct 2, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun. at 2:30. Woodbox Theatre, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls (297-5910).

Special Presentations

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, comedy by Bill Manhoff, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Katherine Ventresca, Todd Fuller. Through Oct 9, Thu & Sat dinner at 6, show at 8. Sun, dinner at 5, show at 7. Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster (683-7767).


GUYS & DOLLS, classic Broadway musical presented by Footlight Productions, directed by Rachel Bowden and Michele Busenlehner. Oct 7-15, Fri at 7, Sat at 2 & 7. Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls (579-5752).

HALLOWEEN DREAMS, comic-thriller by L. Don Swartz, starring Debby Koszelak Swartz, Joann V. Mis, Daniel Torres, Paul McGinnis, Jesse Swartz. Oct 6 at 7. Oct 7-22, Fri & Sat at 8, plus Oct 23 at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614).

LADYKILLERS, performance piece developed by Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara D. Haberberger, starring Kelly M. Beuth, Heather Fangsrud, Jane Cudmore, Theresa DiMuro Wilber, Maria Nicole Held, Martha Rothkopf, Diane McNamara, Jenny Gembka, Amy Wrzos. Oct 6-22, Thu-Sat at 8. Rust Belt Books, Allen and Elmwood (574-9139).

THE MIRACLE WORKER, drama by William Gibson presented by The Lancaster Regional Players. Oct 7-16, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).