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Jersey Boys

Next week, Jersey Boys, the greatest jukebox musical of them all, makes a return visit to Shea’s. In a show chock-a-block full of the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, we follow the formation, triumph, and eventual break-up of the group.

Moonlight and Magnolias

American Repertory Theater of WNY will finish its season with a zany comedy in which playwright Ron Hutchinson fantasizes about five days in Hollywood when movie titan David O. Selznick fired legendary director George Cukor from Gone with the Wind, shut down production, put the script through gazillion rewrites, and went on to make movie history. In Moonlight and Magnolias, Selznick locks director Victor Fleming into his office—newly yanked from The Wizard of Oz—along with screenwriter Ben Hecht, who has never read the book and doubts that it’s good movie material to begin with.

On The Waterfront

On the Waterfront, Budd Schulberg’s classic story of corruption on the New York waterfront and the kid who “coulda been a contender,” is best known in its unforgettable 1954 film version starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint. Late in his career, Schulberg and Stan Silverman adapted the piece for the stage, where it maintained its emotional power but never really attracted a major production.

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