Buffalo Spree Magazine Curtain Up Preview with Darwin McPherson - December 20th

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM EDT

By WKBW News

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - On Eyewitness News "This Morning," Mike Randall and Darwin McPherson from Buffalo Spree Magazine discuss the Trans-Siberian Orchestra upcoming concerts at First Niagara Center on December 27 and the production of It WAS A Wonderful Life, now playing at the Chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) presents the live debut of the band's multi-platinum rock opera, "The Lost Christmas Eve." A modern classic that can stand side by side with a Charles Dickens tale, "The Lost Christmas Eve" is the newest chapter in the TSO holiday tradition.

"The Lost Christmas Eve" has been called "a story of loss and redemption" and features a diverse soundtrack fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway, and R&B, which takes audiences on a journey into the "Capra-esque" world of TSO creator / producer, Paul O'Neill.

The concert also features brand new songs from TSO's Fall EP release from Lava/Republic, "Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)", classics from TSO's debut album, "Christmas Eve & Other Stories" and the rest of the heralded catalogue of rock operas.

Tickets are available at the First Niagara Center ticket office, online at www.tickets.com, or charge by phone at 888-223-6000. Tickets range from $32.50-$70.50. Applicable fees may apply.

Forest Lawn’s popular holiday classic, It WAS A Wonderful Life (IWAWL), is back bigger and better this year and written and directed by Joseph Demerly. IWAWL will be narrated by John Lay (played by Joseph Demerly), the first person to be interred in Forest Lawn (in 1850).

Mr. Lay will introduce the audience to several of the friends he’s made over the last 160+ years at Forest Lawn – all portrayed by local actors – who will give the audience a glimpse into Christmases past, when they enjoyed life on this side of the Lawn.

Matinee performances will take place in Forest Lawn’s festively decorated historic chapel, through Saturday, January 5. Cost is $25 per person.

Seating is limited; reservations are required and can be booked by visiting http://www.forest-lawn.com/ or by calling 716.885.1600 for more information.

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