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Flowers aren’t the only things that start to bloom in April. We’ve got a diverse group of new theatre openings happening throughout the month. From musicals to dramas to romantic comedies, there’s something for everyone. Here are your choices:

Opening April 6th is THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN at Subversive Theatre. This is a world premiere play by veteran playwright Gary Earle Ross that asks the question: What if on that fateful night in Florida the roles had been reversed and Trayvon Martin shot George Zimmerman? What kind of “justice” would Trayvon Martin had faced? Next at MusicalFare Theatre on April 19th is MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the night when four rock ‘n’ roll legends (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins) got together on Dec. 4, 1956 at Sun Records recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. April 20th features the opening of the romantic comedy, THE CEMETARY CLUB, at O’Connell & Company. This story involves three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. The next night, April 21st, THE WINSLOW BOY debuts at the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Based on actual events, this is a compelling story of family honor and the pursuit of justice. Also on April 21st, the ever popular musical, GODSPELL, opens at the Lancaster Opera House. GODSPELL was the first Broadway musical by Stephen Schwartz who went on to write the musical scores to such hits as WICKED, PIPPIN and the movies POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Stephen Schwartz is a multiple Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winner. Shea’s Performing Arts Center gets into the act on April 25th with the beginning of its week long national touring production of Kander & Ebb’s CABARET. The final weekend in April features two openings: on the 27th the Jewish Repertory Theatre continues its season long tribute to the works of Amy Herzog with THE GREAT GOD PAN. The New York Times called it “Haunting, deeply affecting, and unfailingly honest.” On April 28th at Road Less Traveled Productions Donald Marguiles’ THE COUNTRY HOUSE receives it regional premiere.

Shows that opened in March and continue into April include CLEOPATRA, which runs until April 8th at Buffalo United Artists. CLEOPATRA features a Buffalo treasure, the zany and wonderful actor, Jimmy Janowski. CHARLOTTE’S WEB continues at the Theatre of Youth (TOY) through April 9th. Finally, THE CORRESPONDENT ends its run at The New Phoenix Theatre on April 15th. In THE CORRESPONDENT a grieving husband hires a dying, clairvoyant woman to deliver a message to his recently deceased wife in the afterlife. When he receives letters describing events that only his wife could know, he must decide if the letters are real.

So there you have it. Another month chock full of theatrical choices. Enjoy the spring and enjoy the theatre!


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.