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Home to the Irish Classical Theatre Company and named after a prominent culturally-active local family, this spectacular performing arts complex in the Buffalo Theater District has already established itself as one of the best in Western New York. From its intimate seating (none of its 200 seats is more than 12 feet from the stage) to its unimpeded sight lines, from the perfect acoustics to its arena-style stage, the space has won the hearts of both locals and visitors.
Billed as Buffalo's premier alternative theater, the New Phoenix, which first opened its doors in 1996, offers both interpretations of classic productions, as well as new and innovative contemporary productions. Located in an 1885 building in Buffalo's Johnson Park neighborhood, it was once home to Ebenezer Johnson, Buffalo's first mayor. The building had fallen into disrepair and figuratively rose from the ashes—like the legendary phoenix—when it was renovated by the theater company.
Since its opening in January 1926, this all-purpose arts facility in the Buffalo Theater District has presented the drama and comedy of some the most famous stars and scenes in the 20th Century. From the silly antics of the Marx Brothers and Bob Hope to powerful performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, Shea has seen it all. The National Register of Historic Places bestowed status upon the building in 1975 and today this baroque inspired facility still attracts some 300,000 patrons annually with its eclectic combination of Broadway musicals, opera, dance, children's programming, concerts and classic movies. Some patrons come just to see the theater in order to be dazzled with the ornate filigreed Rococo style and Tiffany-designed crystal chandeliers.
This stage might have been designed for vaudeville performers when it was built in 1913, but now it is almost strictly for the kids in today's renovated, modern Allendale Theater. The stage was built at the turn-of-the 20th Century in historic Allentown and since then this non-profit troupe has entertained audiences of all ages upon it. The group features professional actors that foment the passion of children for the performing arts and other creative, musical pursuits. Now, in its 475-seat, ultra-plush and ultra-modern home, the theater can carry forth that mandate—with the help of its dedicated volunteers.
Located on the historic campus of D'Youvile College in Buffalo's West Side, this professional theater has been producing award-winning dramas and musicals for over 20 years. A restored 1908 Victorian theater, inside this 260-seat space the air is filled with the sound of productions such as Sleuth, and Man of LaMancha and many other popular ones.
Located in the Black Rock suburb of northwest Buffalo, the American Repertory Theater of Western New York was founded by Matthew LaChiusa in 2007. Mainly known for producing contemporary theater, this theater company also promotes theatrical works of local playwrights through their yearly One-Act Showcase program and the Young Playwrights Festival. In the past, this community theater has staged productions of shows like Greater Tuna, The House of Blue Leaves, the musical Floyd Collins, and The Underpants, adapted from a German satire. In 2015, the theater moved from its erstwhile location in Linwood Avenue, to its current location on Amherst Street.
Presenting an educational union of drama and culture, the Jewish Repertory Theatre is a professional stage that endeavors to share Jewish culture and to celebrate Jewish playwrights with the Western New York community. While the plays focus on issues important to the Jewish community, they also relate the drama of the universal human experience, speaking to a diverse audience and bringing both Jews and non-Jews together to enjoy the performing arts. Additionally, check out the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, also located in Getzville, which has day care for children, water sports for the family, and fitness and recreational facilities.
Located in a turn-of-the-century building in Lancaster, east of Buffalo, this 350-seat arts center features a variety of performing arts: from operettas and contemporary musicals to jazz concerts, drama, and dance. The opera house runs a 10-month season from Sep to Jun. Past productions have included blockbuster hits such as Gypsy, West Side Story, and The Merry Widow. There are matinee specials for kids, and special event features such as The Haunted Opera House and Crafts In The Village.