To commemorate the launch of Buffalo’s theater season, the Theatre District on Main Street downtown becomes a spectacle of live street performances and music at Curtain Up!
Already home to 20+ professional theater companies, Buffalo’s reputation as a center for the arts continues to grow. You’ll find Broadway musicals, classic and contemporary musicals, the greatest works of dramatic literature, diverse plays by writers and artists of all backgrounds, work by up-and-coming and undiscovered playwrights, an eclectic menu of musicals, comedies and drama and family-friendly productions. Plan a theater-themed September with these 15 shows in September:
On Your Feet! at Shea’s, 646 Main St, Buffalo
From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Playing September 22 – 30 — Tickets & showtimes at Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 Main St, Buffalo
What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance.
Playing September 14 – 17 — Tickets & showtimes at Shea’s 710 Theatre
The Producers at Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo
Based on the Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, this Mel Brooks masterpiece has been hailed as one of, if not THE funniest Broadway Musicals of all time. This new Broadway classic is filled with a riotous mix of eccentric characters and show-stopping production numbers.
Playing September 8 to October 1 – Tickets and showtimes at Kavinoky Theatre
Peter & the Starcatcher at MusicalFare, 4380 Main St, Amherst
This Tony-winning story upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). This amazing show features a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters.
Playing until October 8 – Tickets and showtimes at MusicalFare Theatre
Design for Living at Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St, Buffalo
Three slick and stylish young bohemians in the 1930’s take us on a delicious romp only Noel Coward could conceive. Although this offbeat trio attempts to force their lifestyle’s triangular peg into the round hole of respectability, their shameless carryings-on make for an uproarious rollercoaster of a comedy.
Playing September 15 – October 8 – Tickets and showtimes at Irish Classical Theatre
Bunnicula at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo
On a dark and stormy night, the Monroe family brings home a peculiar new pet, an orphaned bunny with mysterious habits and sharp fangs. The family names it Bunnicula and it’s only a short time until strange things start happening.
Playing September 30 to October 29 – Tickets and showtimes at Theatre of Youth
Gentlemen Prefer Divas at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St, Buffalo
A cabaret-style show featuring an ensemble cast celebrating the many images of men and women through song, dance and laughter.
Playing September 15 – 17 – Tickets and showtimes at Shea’s Smith Theatre
It Can’t Happen Here at Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo
This version of Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 prophetic Novel was re-adapted for the stage in 2016 by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen and tells of the rise of a huckster populist who buys the presidential election and proceeds to turn America into a fascist dictatorship.
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Subversive Theatre Collective
John at Road Less Traveled, 500 Pearl St, Buffalo
A young couple, struggling with their future, arrives at a mysterious bed & breakfast in Gettysburg, PA – one brimming with watchful objects, where certain rooms are not to be entered and certain things are better left unsaid.
Playing September 8 to October 1 — Tickets & showtimes at Road Less Traveled
Blood at the Root at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave, Buffalo
A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus.
Playing September 29 to October 29 — Tickets & showtimes at Paul Robeson Theatre
Dear World at O’Connell & Company, 4625 Harlem Rd, Snyder
When Paris finds itself in a state of crisis, there’s only one woman out there who can save the day: Countess Aurelia, the madwoman of Chaillott. Dear World follows the countess as she fights to save the City of Lights from a bunch of scheming businessmen intent on drilling the land for oil.
Playing September 21 to October 22 – Tickets & showtimes at O’Connell & Company
My Old Lady at New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo
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 & showtimes at New Phoenix Theatre
Killer Rack at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
In a world that prizes certain physical features over accomplishments, Betty Downer impulsively books enhancement surgery with the evil Dr. Libby Niptuck… and then, all hell breaks loose with singing, dancing, musical mayhem.
Playing September 14 to October 7 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre
Sons & Lovers at Alleyway’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St, Buffalo
It takes fantasy, farce, and one fabulous makeover before truth flies free, and mother and son discover just how much they have in common.
Playing September 15 to October 1 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre
Roommates at American Repertory Theatre of WNY, 330 Amherst St, Buffalo
Roommates is the tale of two men who have to stay overnight in the same apartment. One man is a former stock broker who owes money to a gangster, the other has been sent by the gangster to keep him safe…
Playing September 15 to October 1 — Tickets & showtimes at American Repertory Theatre
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