As the traditional theatre season comes
to a close before the summer hiatus (I put traditional in
quotes because there are summer theatres such as Shakespeare in Delaware
Park or The Shaw Festival and year round theatres such as MusicalFare)
there are quite a few productions that are either closing or opening in
May. Lets get right to the productions that have opened in April
and continue to run into May.
The world premiere of THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN at Subversive Theatre
closes on May 6th while that same weekend GODSPELL at The Lancaster Opera
House closes on May 7th. The following weekend features the closing of
THE WINSLOW BOY at The Irish Classical Theatre Company and THE FATHER
at The Kavinoky Theatre. Three separate productions run through May 21st
including THE CEMETARY CLUB at OConnell & Company, THE COUNTRY
HOUSE at Road Less Traveled Productions, and THE GREAT GOD PAN at The
Jewish Repertory Theatre. Finally, closing near the end of the month,
on May 28th, is MusicalFares acclaimed production of MILLION DOLLAR
QUARTET, which had the highest presale in the history of the theatre and
may set all-time box office records before its run is completed.
Openings this month include the romantic comedy, KALAMAZOO, at the New
Phoenix Theatre and THE OTHER MOZART at Sheas 710 Theatre, both
on May 4th. THE OTHER MOZART is the story of Nannerl Mozart, Wolfgang
Amadeus sister and a musical prodigy like her brother. Being female,
Nannerls career options were limited to concertizing while she was
young and marrying once she was older. In her society, a musical career
was not an option. On May 5th The Paul Robeson Theatre presents THE OLD
SETTLER by John Henry Redwood and the following day ELEPHANT AND PIGGIES
WE ARE IN A PLAY premieres at the Theatre of Youth. The final
opening of May is the return of the national tour of WICKED at Sheas
Performing Arts Center on May 17th.
Its really quite a diverse compilation of great theatre you can
see this month! Speaking of great theatre, congratulations to Buffalo
native, Jeffry Denman, who has been nominated for both a Drama Desk and
Outer Critics Circle Award in New York City for his performance in Off
Broadways KID VICTORY. This new musical has a score by John Kander.
Jeffry Denman was featured at MusicalFare in past productions of DANCING
IN THE DARK, THE HOLIDAY GUYS, SWEENEY TODD, and others. Way to go, Jeff!
Randall Kramer is the Artistic and Executive Director of MusicalFare
Theatre, the President of the Board of the Arts Services Initiative, a
member of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance and a past President of
the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo.