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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. Let’s 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 O’Connell & 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 MusicalFare’s 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 Shea’s 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, Nannerl’s 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 PIGGIE’S “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 Shea’s Performing Arts Center on May 17th.

It’s 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 Broadway’s 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.