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Guide to Theater Shows This Season in WNY

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on August 24, 2021
Frozen / Photo by Deen VanMeer
Frozen / Photo by Deen VanMeer

Theater season has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome theater performances back into our lives! With in-person theatrics scarce since the start of it all, its a huge deal to have these theater companies and performance theaters back in action and ready to put on a show for the 2021-2022 season.

The local theater season kicks off this September, welcoming shows big and small to stages of equally varied sizes and appealing to a range of audiences. Join us in wishing the performers a fantastic and full season, won’t you?

Break a leg, Buffalo!

Here’s a guide to upcoming theater shows in Buffalo & WNY this month and beyond:

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Theater in Buffalo & WNY This Month & Beyond

White Rabbit Red Rabbit At Alleyway Theatre

Tue, Sep 21
All Day +more dates

$30

Alleyway Theatre
One Curtain Up Alley Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

A script sealed in an envelope. A different actor every night. Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Soleimanpour distills the experience ...

Disney’s Frozen

Tue, Sep 21
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$32

Shea’s Performing Arts Center
646 Main Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America, and the critics rave, ...

The Devil’s Disciple

Tue, Sep 21
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$28.25

Shaw Festival Theatre
10 QUEEN'S PARADE Niagara-On-The-Lake, L0S 1J0

Other

Dick Dudgeon is one of Shaw’s great puzzles. To the people of his Revolution-era New England town he is “the Devil’s disciple.” But when British ...

Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse

Tue, Sep 21
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm +more dates

$33.9

Shaw Festival Theatre
10 QUEEN'S PARADE Niagara-On-The-Lake, L0S 1J0

Other

He’s back. Everyone’s favourite detective returns to The Shaw – but this time it’s personal. When a much-loved uncle dies in mysterious circumstances, ...

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

Wed, Sep 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$38

MusicalFare Theatre - Daemen College
4380 Main Street Suite 123 Amherst, NY 14226

North Towns

Performance times are: Wed/Thu at 7pm Fri at 7:30pm Sat at 3:30 & 7:30pm Sun at 2pm The regional premiere of this hilarious screwball comedy ...

Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot

Wed, Sep 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$49

MusicalFare Theatre – Daemen College
4380 Main Street Amherst, 14226

North Towns

An all-new, re-conceived version of the Lerner and Loewe classic!  In this award-winning, soaring musical, an idealistic young King Arthur hopes to ...

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Smile All The Time at Rochester Fringe Festival

Wed, Sep 22
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm +more dates

$5.00

Other

Award-winning NYC-based theater artist Amanda Erin Miller will livestream performances of Smile All The Time through the 2021 KeyBank Rochester Fringe ...

From Honky Tonk to Protest: A Woman’s View of Country Music

Thu, Sep 23
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$40

The Kavinoky Theatre
320 Porter Ave. Buffalo, 14201

Buffalo

This “Women in Country” musical revue examines the stories and struggles of female Country artists from Kitty Wells to Brandi Carlile. With a full ...

World Premiere of Mark Humphrey’s SPEED OF DARK

Thu, Sep 23
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$1

American Repertory Theater of WNY
545 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222

Buffalo

The American Repertory Theater of WNY's 2021-22 season dedicated to Western New York playwrights gets underway with the world premiere of Mark Humphrey's ...

To The New Girl – A Play By Samantha Macher

Fri, Sep 24
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$25

New Phoenix Theatre
First Look Buffalo Stage Productions 95 Johnson Park Buffalo, NY 14201

Buffalo

SEPTEMBER 10TH - OCTOBER 3RD, 2021 FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS @8PM, SUNDAYS @2PM Performances will be held at the New Phoenix Theatre 95 Johnson Park, ...

Betsy Carmichael’s BINGO Palace

Sat, Sep 25
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$26

Shea’s Smith Theatre
658 Main Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Betsy is back! The pandemic is over and The BINGO Palace is opening its doors again.  What better way to celebrate than with BINGO!! Join Betsy as she ...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Fri, Oct 1
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$20

Lancaster Opera House
21 Central Avenue Lancaster, 14086

Cheektowaga and East

This underground stage hit became the cult classic Tim Curry film (The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during ...

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Tales from the Ghostlight

Thu, Oct 7
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$16

Ghostlight Theatre
170 Schenck St. North Tonawanda,, 14120

Niagara County

A world premiere play by L. Don Swartz. In the tradition of the "Twilight Zone", six tales written especially for the Ghostlight Theatre audience by the ...

A Chorus Line

Fri, Oct 15
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$26

Mainstage Theater: Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons
3200 Elmwood Avenue Tonawanda, 14217

North Buffalo

Set on the bare stage of a Broadway theater, the musical is centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. A Chorus Line ...

Carriage House Players Presents: Same Time, Next Year

Fri, Oct 15
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$10

Kenan Center Campus
433 Locust St Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Same Time, Next Year Opening October 15, 2021. Anniversaries should be spent with the one you love…event if you aren’t married to them! A man and ...

Photograph 51

Thu, Oct 21
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$10.00

Jewish Repertory Theatre
2640 North Forest Rd Getville, 14068

North Towns

This engaging and critically acclaimed play tells the fascinating and little-known true story of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists ...

Night of the Living Dead

Thu, Oct 21
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$18

Ghostlight Theatre
170 Schenck St. North Tonawanda,, 14120

Niagara County

Based on George Romero's classis film Adapted by Lori Allen Ohm and directed by DJ Swartz ...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Thu, Oct 28
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$30

Shea’s 710 Theatre
710 Main St. Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under ...

Hand to God

Thu, Nov 4
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$25

Road Less Traveled Theater
500 Pearl Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

November 4 - December 12   Directed by John Hurley*   Starring Dan Urtz, Maura Coseglia, Jenn Stafford, John Kreuzer and Henry Farleo   A 2015 ...

Golden Girls Lost Episodes: Vol 2 At Alleyway Theatre

Thu, Nov 4
All Day +more dates

$30

Alleyway Theatre
One Curtain Up Alley Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Cheesecake never tasted so sweet. The pandemic may have paused these girls, but Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy are all back with more cheesecake than ...

ALL IS CALM

Wed, Nov 10
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$49

MusicalFare Theatre – Daemen College
4380 Main Street Amherst, 14226

North Towns

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A ...

Starring Buffalo’s Rent

Fri, Nov 19
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$45

Shea’s 710 Theatre
710 Main St. Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Starring Buffalo is thrilled to return to live performances with RENT, the pop culture phenomenon about falling in love, finding your voice and living ...

A Christmas Carol at Alleyway Theatre

Fri, Dec 3
All Day +more dates

$30

Alleyway Theatre
One Curtain Up Alley Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

An Alleyway Tradition! Buffalo’s favorite family event returns for its 39th heartwarming year in a delightful adaptation featuring Scrooge, Tiny Tim, ...

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

Fri, Dec 3
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$13.00

Mainstage Theater: Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons
3200 Elmwood Avenue Tonawanda, 14217

North Buffalo

How the Boy became a Man. How the Man became a Legend. Based on the book by L. Frank Baum Book & Lyrics by Bert Bernardi Music by Justin Rugg Based ...

Tribes

Thu, Jan 13
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$10

Road Less Traveled Theater
500 Pearl Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

January 13 - February 6, 2022 By Nina Raines Directed by Doug Zschiegner* Starring David Marciniak*, Margaret Massman, Anna Krempholtz, Johnny Barden, ...

Waiting for Godot

Fri, Jan 14
All Day +more dates

Free

Irish Classical (The Andrews) Theatre
625 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

The absurdist plight of Beckett’s lovable tramps brought the O’Neill Brothers to WNY and inaugurated the ICTC. Now highlighting our triumphant homecoming ...

Buffalo Quickies #31

Thu, Feb 10
All Day +more dates

$30

Alleyway Theatre
One Curtain Up Alley Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

An all-new, all-comedy festival of short plays. Another year of brand-new short plays comes to Alleyway! Comedy and Drama. Laughter and Tears. Another ...

AMERICAN RHAPSODY 2022

Wed, Feb 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$49

MusicalFare Theatre – Daemen College
4380 Main Street Amherst, 14226

North Towns

A story featuring Artistic/Executive Director, Randall Kramer and a singing and dancing ensemble that looks at the social, racial and musical synthesis ...

Breadcrumbs

Thu, Mar 3
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$10

Road Less Traveled Theater
500 Pearl Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

March 3 - 27, 2022 By Jennifer Haley Directed by Scott Behrend* Starring Victoria Perez* and Pamela Mangus A brilliant, reclusive writer is diagnosed ...

Kinky Boots

Thu, Mar 17
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm +more dates

$30

Shea’s 710 Theatre
710 Main St. Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

This Tony Award Musical is an exhilarating story about a shoe factory in Northampton which will lift your spirits to high-heeled heights! Kinky Boots is ...

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emily/" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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