FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2009
The Theatre District Association of WNY and M&T Bank Present
CURTAIN UP! 2009
28th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, September 11, 2009
Buffalo, NY -- The 28th Annual CURTAIN UP!, presented by the Theatre District Association of
Western New York and M&T Bank, will be held Friday, September 11, 2009. CURTAIN UP! is the
official opening of Buffalo’s live theatre season and offers something for everyone with
theatrical productions at 13 participating theatres, associated events, a Creative Black-Tie Gala
Dinner on stage at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and a free community post party featuring
live entertainment on Main Street in Buffalo’s Theatre District.
“Curtain Up! is the Buffalo Niagara community’s celebration of the opening of the theatre
season. Thousands of people will gather to celebrate the vitality and diversity of theatre in our
community. This celebration offers something for everyone from its Creative Black-Tie Dinner to
the free street party with plenty of entertainment to suit any taste. The Theatre District
Association and its members are pleased to present this event for the community,” said Brian
Dusenberry, president of the Theatre District Association.
“Not only does the annual Curtain Up! event kick-off a new season of outstanding Buffalo
theatre, it also continues to advance the Buffalo/Niagara Region as a destination for arts and
cultural experiences. Western New York is rich with live theatre. The theatre community is proud
to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Buffalo and draw visitors to this unique downtown
celebration,” said Curtain Up! 2009 Event Chairman Robert H. Brunschmid.
CURTAIN UP! 2009 SCHEDULE
ACT I – COCKTAILS/DINNER/ENTERTAINMENT
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Cocktail reception in Shea’s Grand Lobby, open to the general public, with
a cash bar.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Annual Curtain Up! Creative Black-Tie Gala Dinner on Shea’s stage
including additional seating on the balcony level. Gala Dinner tickets must
be purchased in advance by calling 829-1172. Corporate tables are also
available. Theatre district restaurants will also be accepting dinner
ACT II – CURTAINS RISE! THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES
8:00 p.m. The evening continues with performances at participating theatres, starting
at 8:00 p.m. See schedule of performances below.
ACT III – PARTY!
10:00 p.m. Following the performances, a free community celebration offering a
variety of unique and new entertainment will be held following the
theatrical performances, from approximately 10:00 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Main
Street in Downtown Buffalo’s Theatre District. The event includes various
outdoor entertainment and post parties. For more information, go to
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All Curtain Up! performances September 11 start at 8:00 p.m.
THE CAREFUL GLOVER by Jim Baines. Directed by Neal Radice.
September 10 - October 3
Finally… Saul Elkin IS William Shakespeare! A cloud of intrigue settles on Arden Wood as the Bard of Avon
plays out a surprising last scene. His final masterpiece ready to shake the Elizabethan world unless
somehow his great voice can be stilled. The world premiere of an award-winning drama.
Thurs. & Fri. at 7:30 pm, Sat. at 4 pm & 8 pm. Tickets: $25
Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, NY 14202, (716) 852-2600, ext. 0. http://alleyway.com
Buffalo United Artists
THE PIPES ARE CALLING: AN ELEGY TO DAN HIGGINS, SR.
Written and Performed by Matthew Crehan Higgins. Directed by Javier Bustillos
September 11 – 19
Dan Higgins laid bricks, served the Buffalo Common Council and raised five children. His grandson
Matt could not relate. But when his grandfather's memory begins to fade, he is overcome with a
desire to make up for lost time. And as Dan's ability to relate in the present tense is lost, family roles
change, decisions are made, time is spent, unfiltered feelings surface and Matt sees clear
how the man his grandfather was shaped the one he has become. This fall, national award
winning playwright Matthew Crehan Higgins returns with his first new work in three and a half years,
using trademark unabashed humor in this examination of family and one's role in it.
Fri. & Sat., 8 pm. Tickets: $15 – 22.
BUA Theatre, 119 Chippewa Street, Buffalo, NY 14201, 716-886-9239, www.buffalobua.org
Irish Classical Theatre
BLOOD BROTHERS, A MUSICAL
Book, Music & Lyrics by Willy Russell
Directed by ICTC Producing Director Fortunato Pezzimenti
NOMINATED FOR SIX TONY AWARDS!
September 11-October 11
Now in its 21st year of continuous production on London’s West End, this enormously popular musical tells
the deeply moving story of twins separated at birth who, unaware of their true relationship and living at
opposite ends of society, declare themselves “blood brothers.” The ensuing powerful narrative, by the
author of Educating Rita, relates their tragic destiny as the brothers fall in love with the same girl.
Thurs. – Sun., 7:30 pm; Sat., 3 pm; Sun. 2 pm. Tickets: $32 - $42
Irish Classical Theatre Company at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 853-4282, www.irishclassicaltheatre.com
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Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions
I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnik
September 11 – 26
Comedy: A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, and is offered to play Hamlet
onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John
Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors,
the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot
young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the
Fri. 7:30 pm; Sat. 3 pm & 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10 - $14. Location: TBA
A FEW GOOD MEN by Aaron Sorkin
September 11 – October 11
Celebrating 30 years uncompromising artistic excellence, The Kavinoky Theatre, after enormous success
with Aaron Sorkin’s THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION last spring, presents this sizzling courtroom drama about
the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. Their Navy
lawyer a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and
a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer
eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the
Marine code of honor on trial. A WNY premiere production.
Thurs. & Fri. 8 pm; Sat. 4 pm & 8 pm; Sun. 2 pm. Tickets: $10 - $36.
Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201, (716) 829-7668. www.kavinokytheatre.com
2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS by Richard Greenblatt & Ted Dykstra
September 9 – October 11
The riotous tale of two boys sharing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. Two actors, two grand
pianos, and many, many comic characters grace the stage as fifteen years of learning the art of
piano playing unfolds. With music from classical to pops to jazz, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands features a show
of piano wizardry from Beethoven to Jerry Lee Lewis.
Wed. 7 pm, Thurs. 7:30 pm, Fri. 8 pm, Sat 4pm & 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. Tickets: $32 - $36
MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main Street, Suite 123, Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 839-8540 www.musicalfare.com
New Phoenix Theatre On the Park
FREUD AND THE SANDMAN: based on a Tale By Hoffman and an adaptation by Sigmund Freud.
Devised and directed by Robert Waterhouse
September 10 – October 3
A new and uncanny entertainment, featuring puppets by Michele Costa and an award-winning
score by Paul Kozlowski, about a nightmarish figure who steals the eyes of children….based on
E.T.A. Hoffman’s Tale THE SANDMAN and an original version by Sigmund Freud
Thurs., Fri., Sat. 8 pm. Tickets: $15 - $20
The New Phoenix Theatre On The Park, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 853-1334. www.newphoenixtheatre.org
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Paul Robeson Theatre
REVENGE OF A KING conceived by Herb Newsome & music by Derrick Walker
September 11 – October 4
Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet has been transplanted from Denmark to the streets of urban America. In
this multicultural hip-hop musical featuring original music, Hamilton L. King an aspiring hip-hop artist feels
helpless as elements unfold leading him down a path of self-destruction.
Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun. 4 pm
Tickets: $13.50 - $23.50; opening night $27.50 with reception & cast meet/greet.
Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 884-2013. www.africancultural.org
Road Less Traveled Productions
From local playwright Neil Wechsler: the winner of the 2008 Yale Drama Award, hand-selected by
master playwright Edward Albee
September 11 - October 11
Four friends embark on a fantastical journey to win the heart of the fabled Grenadine… the bonds
of friendship are challenges and ultimately reaffirmed by the quartet’s escapade through an
unfamiliar landscape. Starring RLTP favorite Gerry Maher, supported by a wonderful ensemble
including David Oliver, Jay Pichardo, Dave Hoffman, Peter Jaskowiak, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Lisa
Vitrano, and Chris Corporandy.
Thurs. - Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm; no show Sun. 9/13. Tickets: $5 - $30
Road Less Traveled Theater, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14201
(physical address; not mailing) (716) 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org
Shea’s Smith Theatre
ECLECTIC IMPROV COMPANY
September 11, 8 p.m.
See the live comedy phenomenon that Artvoice calls "a dazzling display of quick wit!" Now in its 11th
season! The Eclectic Improv Company is Buffalo's best comedy show. Every show is new, every show is
different! Seen us before? See us again...you never know what might happen because the show is
completely improvised from beginning to end. You can always count on a clean, hilarious show suitable
for your entire family. The Eclectic Improv company features the talents of Peter Cumbo, Don Gervasi,
John Kreuzer, Todd Benzin and Michael Hake. Also performing live the last Saturday of every month at
Shea's Smith Theatre. Tickets: $20
Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202
(800) 745-3000, www.sheas.org (please check website for updated on sale ticket information)
24 WITH MAGGIE written by local playwright Beth Geyer, directed by Kim Piazza
September 10 - 19
The world premiere. A series of shorts woven together by one character as she tries to make it through a day.
Everywhere Maggie Bauer turns she can’t seem to find what she needs. Her therapist needs her, her
writing group plagiarizes, her work is play and her book club is not. At the end of the day, at home, there
is no getting away from it. But what is it?
Thurs. & Fri. 8 pm; Sat. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10 - $20
Theatre Plus, Main Street Cabaret, 716-852-2600, ext. 0, http://alleyway.com
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Torn Space Theater
AREA by Dan Shanahan
September 10 – 27
AREA makes the smallest observations mythic through movement of people and objects in sculptured
space by use of light, sound and images as two women confront their roles in a visceral crime scene.
Sept. 10 – 12; 18 & 20; 25 – 27 at 8 pm. Tickets: $12 - $20
Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY,
Theatre of Youth
BARTENDERS by Louis Mustillo
September 11 & 12 at 8 pm
South Buffalo native Louis Mustillo is eager to perform in his hometown after previously sold out
performances and say farewell to BARTENDERS--his hit show! Mustillo, conceived, wrote and stars in this
critically acclaimed one-man performance. In ninety minutes Mustillo, explores the world of the career of
a bartender who has seen it all. Of all the bartenders Lou met, heard about or worked with, he picked
six. One is Buffalo’s own Eddie Brady. According to The New Yorker “The portraits Mustillo presents are as
bracing & bittersweet as a whiskey sour.”
Tickets: $30 & $28
Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street, Buffalo, 14201
(716) 884-4400, ext 304, www.theatreofyouth.org
Sponsors of Curtain Up! 2009 are (as of July 1) are: M & T Bank, AllPro, The Buffalo News, and Buffalo Spree
Publishing, Inc. All creative services have been provided pro-bono by Wynne Creative Group, Buffalo, NY.
Performances subject to change.