Buffalo Spree: Musical Weekend!

June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Buffalo Spree magazine theater critic Darwin McPherson updates Channel 7's Mike Randall on the best shows in town.

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FOUR-TIME TONY® AWARD WINNER MEMPHIS IS COMING TO SHEA’S PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
JUNE 5-10, 2012

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony® Award Winner for Best Musical, and the show that’s currently blowing the roof off Broadway, is coming to Shea’s Performing Arts Center on June 5 – 10, 2012 as part of the 2011-12 M & T Bank Broadway Series, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino.

Tickets (27.50 – 62.50) are on sale now. Call 1-800-745-3000, go to www.ticketmaster.com or to Shea’s Box Office, 650 Main Street. For more information, go to www.sheas.org or to www.memphisthemusical.com.

Performances are June 5 – 10: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

The show features a brand new Tony winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical’s book. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on the award-winning off-Broadway hit, The Toxic Avenger.

MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, who is currently represented by three shows on Broadway (Memphis, Jersey Boys and The Addams Family).

Scenic Design for MEMPHIS is by Tony® Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone, Reasons to Be Pretty), Costume Design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (In The Heights), Lighting Design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys) and Sound Design is by Ken Travis (The Threepenny Opera).

David Richardson of WOR Radio calls MEMPHIS “The biggest hit on Broadway” while Charles Isherwood of the New York Times says, ““David Bryan evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations, the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period.” The New York Post raves “Of such thrills, Broadway is made,” Newsday calls the show “A smash! An extraordinary show,” the Daily News promises that MEMPHIS will “Blast you out the door humming and happy” and NY1’s Roma Torre cheers, “MEMPHIS ROCKS!”

The national tour of MEMPHIS will be produced by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, and Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, with Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Richard Winkler, Alex and Katya Lukianov, David Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., 2 Guys Productions, Patty Baker, and Dan Frishwasser, in association with Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Memphis Orpheum Group, Vijay and Sita Vashee, Apples and Oranges Productions, Brian and Betty Dovey, John Yonover and Ron Yonover, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Jocko Productions/Scott and Kayla Union.

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USO COAST TO COAST
From the HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN to the STAGE DOOR CANTEEN
May 31 – June 17, 2012
featuring
CRAIG S. HODNETT, LYNN HODSON, JADE MAINES, PAMELA ROSE MANGUS, MARY MOEBIUS, MARY KATE O’CONNELL, IAN ROWLINS, DAN SCHROEDER, RON SWICK, CHRISTINA WOJTANIK ... and

O'Connell and Company's season wraps up with USO COAST TO COAST: From the HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN to the STAGE DOOR CANTEEN, May 31 - June 17, 2012. Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the USO with a patriotic, sentimental journey! The USO and the Canteens have entertained and supported troops with comedy skits, music, dance, and so much more. Their theme was and still is today, “until everyone comes home.” This truehearted showcase is sure to entertain as it brings the sights and sounds of the USO story to life with Hit Parade tunes, headlines of the day, jokes, stories and, of course, great memories.

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BABY: THE MUSICAL
June 8 -June 23

Is there anything more exciting, frightening, and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? Follow three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding, and agonizingly funny consequences of this universal experience!

Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr
Book by Sybille Pearson

Directed by Lisa Ludwig

Featuring an All-Star Cast: Greg Gjurich, Mary Coppola Gjurich, Bobby Cooke, Beth Gerardi-Wharton, Jake Albarella, Amy Jakiel
Miranda Lombardo, Nathan Miller, Geoff Pictor, Karen Szalach

Fridays* at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 PM

Please visit www.kaleidoscopetheatreproductions.com or call 716-479-1KTP for tickets.

*Note: no performance Friday, June 22nd