Curtain Up! at WNY Theatres!

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM EDT


There was no shortage of drama for the 30th Annual Curtain Up event on Main Street in the heart of downtown Buffalo. "The Ghost of Fort Niagara" at the Alleyway Theatre was one of 16 different productions that took part in Curtain Up 2011.

The live shows all began at 8 p.m. sharp kicking off the fall season of theatre in the Queen City.

"You don't have to come to New York or Toronto, you can come right here and have 23 theatres, all different types of theatre right at your door step," said Lisa Ludwig, Public Relations Chair for Curtain Up,

Shea's sold more than 13,000 tickets last year and they are already on pace to break that record this year, expecting more than 300,000 patrons.

Across the street at Bijou Grille, owner Bea Militello is celebrating a milestone of her own.

"We're celebrating our 20th year," said Militello.

With all of that experience she knows that her success has largely been dependent on a strong theatre community.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the great job that Shea's does and other keeps us going," explained Militello.

For information on shows for the rest of the season go to