16 Magnificent Shows to See in March

Throughout the month of March, Buffalo’s theatre production companies are putting on a show. With over 15 plays, musicals and Broadway hits taking the stage, there’s literally something for everyone. Tense drama, raucous comedy and light-hearted family fun are all on the playbill. Check out these shows to see this month:

Something Rotten! at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St, Buffalo
Direct from Broadway, Something Rotten is a hit! Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits.
Playing March 6 to 11 – Tickets and showtimes at Shea’s

Spring Awakening at Shea’s 710, 710 Main St, Buffalo
A modern rock musical that follows a group of teenagers in late 19th-century Germany. A controversial and rebellious show, Spring Awakening serves as an expression of hope and determination for a new, progressive, and liberated generation in spite of conservative and authoritative adults.
Playing March 8 to 18 – Tickets and showtimes at Shea’s 710 Theatre

Jesus Christ Superstar at American Repertory Theater of Western New York, 330 Amherst St, Buffalo
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and Tim Rice’s lyrics dynamically explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.
Playing March 8 to 31 – Tickets and showtimes at American Repertory Theater of Western New York

The Nance at Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo
Set in the simmering cauldron of a NYC burlesque house in the depths of the Great Depression, this unfiltered tale follows the life of a professional “nance” — an openly gay stock character in both vaudeville and burlesque.
Playing March 8 to 24 – Tickets and showtimes at Subversive Theatre Collective

‘Night Mother at Brazen-Faced Varlets at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St, Buffalo
Mother and daughter spend an evening locked in a battle of wills over the latter’s shocking decision. Family secrets are revealed and gruesome truths are unearthed.
Playing March 9 to 24 – Tickets and showtimes at Brazen-Faced Varlets

Disgraced at Road Less Traveled, 500 Pearl St, Buffalo
Amir Kapoor, a breath away from making partner in his NYC law firm, is living the “American Dream”.  That dream, however, could come crashing down after Amir and his wife Emily host a dinner party for co-workers at their upscale Manhattan apartment, and find it’s their actions and intentions on the menu instead.
Playing March 9 to 31 – Tickets and showtimes at Road Less Traveled

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo
Something terrible has happened; someone took Junie B.’s favorite mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen full of many colors, she thinks she’s allowed to keep it. It’s okay to keep it right? Finders keepers, losers weepers, right? RIGHT?!
Playing March 10 to 25 – Tickets and showtimes at Theatre of Youth

That Championship Season at New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park
On the twentieth anniversary of their victory in the Pennsylvania state championship game, four members of the starting lineup of a Catholic high school basketball team have gathered to celebrate. The coach is terminally ill, and this reunion may be their last chance to reminisce with him. However, the fifth member of the starting lineup, Martin, has refused to attend the reunion for reasons unknown.
Playing March 16 to April 7 – Tickets and showtimes at New Phoenix Theatre

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave, Buffalo
A Tony nominee as Best Musical of the season, this dynamic mixture of rock, calypso and ballads utilizes a dozen singer-dancers in twenty numbers. In revue-style format, Don’t Bother Me explicates the African-American experience with vibrant song and dance.
Playing until March 25 – Tickets and showtimes at Paul Robeson Theatre

Ben Butler at Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo
When an escaped slave shows up at Fort Monroe demanding sanctuary, General Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma—follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history? Part comedy, part historical drama, Ben Butler is clever without being glib, meaningful without being pretentious, and sidesplittingly funny. It’s a timeless exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility.
Playing until March 25 – Tickets and showtimes at Kavinoky Theatre

The Night Alive at Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St, Buffalo
A mischievous and merciless study of the daily existence of a small group of low-life Dubliners, whose edgy survival instincts allow them to cope with adversity in a uniquely humorous and truly outrageous manner.
Playing until March 25 – Tickets and showtimes at Irish Classical Theatre

Betsy Carmichael’s Bingo Palace at Shea’s Smith, 658 Main St, Buffalo
O’Connell & Company present: Betsy and her cast of characters bring the audience “into the act” with special bingo games, prizes, fun and surprises! A bingo bash beyond belief… don’t miss a moment of the hilarity
Playing March 23 to 25 – Tickets and showtimes at Shea’s Smith

Charlotte’s Web at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave, Lancaster 
All the enchanting characters from the book are present in this beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give the audience an evening of enchantment.
Playing March 23 to 25 – Tickets and showtimes at Lancaster Opera House

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Beginning Again at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
Roland has been kicked in the head and everything is going to be different now. But the murky corners of his love and loss can be cleansed with the abrasive power of light, insight and self-examination.
Playing until March 10 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre

Far Away at Torn Space Theatre, 612 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo
Caryl Churchill brings her minimalist sensibility to a future world where all people, animals, and natural elements have taken sides in a perpetual war. While the loyalties are fragile, the constants in this dark existence are fear, innocence, and the consistent work for the milliner.
Playing until March 11 – Tickets and showtimes at Torn Space Theatre

Smokey Joe’s Cafe at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St, Buffalo
Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll. Now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including such favorites as “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me” and many more.
Playing until March 11– Tickets and showtimes at MusicalFare Theatre

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