The musical Memphis is still going strong on Broadway, where it just played its 1,000 performance. Winner of four 2010 Tony awards, including Best Musical, the production is now starring Adam Pascal (pictured), who made his theatrical debut back in 1996 playing Roger in the off-Broadway, Broadway, and London productions of Rent. Pascal and co-star Montego Glover have just extended their Memphis contracts through October. The touring production of Memphis will play Shea’s June 5-10.
Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will play Artpark this summer under the direction of Randall Kramer and music direction by Jason Bravo, who will be conducting a 21-piece orchestra. Debbie Pappas will play the Stepmother; Paschal Frisina and Sheila Connors, the King and Queen; Charmagne Chi, one of the stepsisters; and David Autovino, Lionel, the Prince’s steward. The show runs August 9-17.
Up next for Red Thread Theatre, Frozen, a psychological thriller by British playwright Bryony Lavery. The play was nominated for a Tony award in 2004, and Bryan O’Byrne, who played the killer, won a Best Featured Actor Tony for his performance. O’Byrne, who was also nominated for Tony awards for his performances in Shining City (2006) and Doubt (2005), appeared with the Irish Classical Theatre Company in Buffalo many years ago. The local production of Frozen will be co-directed by Josephine Hogan and Eileen Dugan, and will star Dugan, Eric Rawski, and Lisa Ludwig. It opens May 18 at the Marie Maday Theatre at Canisius College.
Buffalo stage veterans Mary Craig and Annette Christian, along with newcomer Falisha Young, are set to star in the musical Three Sistahs, which opens May 4 at the Paul Robeson Theatre in the African-American Cultural Center. The production is directed by Thomas W. Jones II, who also wrote the book and lyrics for the show. Jones is the founder of Jomandi Productions, one of the largest African-American theater companies in the US. Three Sistahs runs through May 27. As is tradition, the 16th Annual PRT Mother’s Day Soul Food Dinner Theatre will be held Sunday, May 13, at 4pm.
The Marvelous Wonderettes, a jukebox musical featuring pop songs from the 1950s and 1960s, opens on April 19 at O’Connell & Company. Directed by Mary Kate O’Connell, the show will star Kelley Jane Burns, Maria Droz, Sara Kovacsi, and Victoria Perez. The show will run through May 12 at the company’s home at Erie Community College North.
Theater of Youth will conclude its season with the timeless classic Charlotte’s Web, directed by Meg Quinn and starring Danica Riddick in the title role. Opening on May 11, the show will also star Kurt Guba, Kurt Erb, Arin Lee Dandes, Chris LaBanca, and Adam Rath.
The Mystery Theatre Company has taken over producing responsibilities for the Playhouse of American Classics’ upcoming I Remember Mama, which is scheduled to open at the Lancaster Opera House on May 11. Jerry Kelly will direct the show, which stars, among others, Pamela Rose Mangus as Mama, Suzanne Fitzery, Katy Clancy, Mary Moebius, and Michael Starzynski.
Rolando Gomez portrays the title character in the upcoming reading of Mario Fratti’s play Che Guevara, which will be presented by Subversive Theatre on May 1 as part of the company’s annual May Day Staged Reading Series.
The New ALT Performance Group will present the world premiere of Understanding the Overtaken, a multimedia performance event directed by David Butler with choreography by Amy Taravella and original score by David Kane. The production will include, among others: The Vansittarts and the Bullworkers, a short play by Anthony Swerling starring Ann Hartley Pfohl and Alan Baumgardner; Sweet Drip, a new solo dance performed by Taravella; and The Bug, a monologue by Butler. The show runs April 20-May 6.
Kerrykate Abel will perform at BUA in her new cabaret show So Far, So Good, accompanied by Chuck Basil. Only three performances are scheduled: April 27 and 28 at 8pm, and April 29 at 7pm.
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