Curtain Up! 13 Shows to See in September

Buffalo’s remarkable theatre season officially kicks off tomorrow with the annual celebration that is Curtain Up! Stretching a full block of Main Street in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo’s historic Theatre District, this street party ushers in the spectacle and grandeur that come from our local production companies. And what a season it’s bound to be. Here are all of the jaw-dropping plays and perfromances to see in September:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at Shea’s, 646 Main St, Buffalo
This play is the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more at this everlasting showstopper!
Playing September 22 to 29 — Tickets & showtimes at Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo
With eight Tony Awards under its belt, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, dramatic, yet funny musical theatre classic.
Playing until September 30 – Tickets and showtimes at Kavinoky Theatre

Purlie at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave, Buffalo
Purlie Victorious, that strutting, new fangled preacher man is back home and he wants a church and he wants freedom. Witty, memorable music and a whole lotta of fun unfold in this play.
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Paul Robeson Theatre

Fahrenheit 451 at Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo
The reimagining of Ray Bradbury’s classic tale takes us into a sinister future where firemen are called upon to burn the true enemy of any authoritarian state: books. But one unsuspecting fireman is about to discover that there’s much more to life than what the well-ordered regime spoon feeds the populace.
Playing now October 6 – Tickets and showtimes at Subversive Theatre Collective

Pinkalicious: The Musical at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo
Let the little ones experience the joy again. This delightful musical will once again paint Buffalo a brilliant shade of pink!
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Theatre of Youth

Wizard of Oz at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave, Lancaster 
Follow the yellow brick road to this lovingly faithful adaptation of the classic tale of Dorothy, Toto and the whole gang.
Playing until September 23 – Tickets and showtimes at Lancaster Opera House

Pump Boys & Dinettes at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St, Buffalo
The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country, rhythm and blues and rockabilly songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway and a 1982 Tony nomination for best musical.
Playing until October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at MusicalFare Theatre

Golden Boy at Irish Classical Theatre – Photo by Gene Witkowski

Golden Boy at Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St, Buffalo
In this brilliant and timeless American classic, scrappy young Joe Bonaparte is torn between the desire for the modest and satisfying life of an artist and the pressure to pursue fame and fortune as a prizefighter.
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Irish Classical Theatre

Genetlemen Prefer DIVAs at O’Connell & Company, 4625 Harlem Rd, Snyder
This is the same cabaret format of songs, stories and humor as their ever popular DIVA by DIVA, the longest running show in Western New York.  This time the Gents join the DIVAs to explore the unique relationship between men and women, with a special emphasis on Buffalo Legends.
Playing September 14 only – Tickets and showtimes at O’Connell & Company

Shifting Gears at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
After six years of hiatus, the incomparable duo of Abel and Basil returns for one weekend only. This special event covers a wide array of topics from the past several years through song and story, with special guests each evening.
Playing September 14 to September 16 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre

Philosophus at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
An absurd, off-beat and funny reimagining of the famous Voltaire, along with his trusted companion Collini. It seems he’s stolen a treasured notebook from Frederick The Great and the monarch’s men have him surrounded in the German town of Frankfurt. It’s a theatrical entertainment devised for only the stout of heart.
Playing until October 6 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre

Heathers at American Repertory Theatre of WNY, 330 Amherst St, Buffalo
This play tells the story of Westerberg High School being terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the most popular and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.
Playing until September 22 – Tickets and showtimes at American Repertory Theatre

My Old Lady at New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park
A down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris and must live with the elderly woman that has inhabited it for decades. There, he learns friendship, falls in love, and must finally deal with the death of his father.
Playing September 15 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at New Phoenix Theatre

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