Weekly Feature



2009-01-07 / Entertainment

Theater

thurs. 8 .American Rhapsody — Wr itten and directed by Randall Kramer, the musical is a celebration and exploration of American music and the American spirit. The production includes blues, ragtime, jazz and early 20th century popular song from Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, W.C. Handy and Eubie Blake. Stars John Fredo, Randall Kramer, Jennifer Huffman, Immanuel Naylor, Loraine O'Donnell and Tim White. Performances: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Runs Jan. 7-Feb. 8 at MusicalFare Theatre, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com fri. 9 .Is He Dead — A long-lost comedy by Mark Twain. A fictional, farcical Paris-set yarn about Jean-François Millet, who fakes his death to score fame and fortune. Paul Todaro directs Beth Donohue, Ellen Horst, Barbara Link Larou, Kate LoConti, David Lundy, Jim Maloy, Tim Newell, Norm Sham, Joe Wiens, Tom Zindle and John Warren as Jean-François Millet. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Feb. 8, the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 829-7668, www.kavinokytheatre.com . Caroline or Change — Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner and score by Jeanine Tesori that combines Motown, Negro spirituals, blues, Jewish Klezmer and folk music. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 9-11 and 16-18, African American Cultural Center's Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-2013, www. paulrobesontheatre. org. . Souvenir — "A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins," by Stephen Temperley and presented by BUA. Fictional biogr aphy" of the wealthy society eccentric who suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune — but Jenkins did perform in a Carnegie Hall concert that sold out in two hours. The production, directed by Javier Bustillos, features Mary Kate O'Connell and Gregory Gjurich. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Jan. 31, Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 886-9239 tues. 13 .Rent — Jonathan Larson's Tony Award-winning rock musical based on P uccini's "La Bohéme." The story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Production stars original cast members Adam Pascal (Roger Davis) and Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen). Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 13-15; 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, S hea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www. sheas. org Continuing now-Jan. 10 . Cats: The Broadway Musical — Cats" continues to thrill audiences with a magical mix of songs, dance, costumes and sheer artistry. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday, through Jan. 10, Seneca Theatre, Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario; $. 1-877-990-7529 Announcements . Kaleidoscope Theatre — Do you enjoy volunteering for local arts and cultural events? Kaleidoscope Theatre will hold an information meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Marie Maday Theatre at Canisius College, 2001 Main St., Buffalo. The theater company is searching for enthusiastic arts supporters for: Ushers and theatre lobby staff during per formances. Public relations distribution. Special events assistance. Set construction and painting. Free snacks and beverages will be provided. Bring along your spouse, significant other, friend or co-worker. For more information, call 479-1KTP or visit www.K aleidoscopeTheatre Productions. com.

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