About Us

Founded in 1979, Theatre District Association of Western New York, Inc. is a not-for-profit community association dedicated to the promotion of the health and well-being of Buffalo’s neighborhood known as the Theatre District.

It is our goal to foster public awareness and appreciation of the unique aspects of the Theatre District as an urban cultural neighborhood and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas which may affect the welfare of the District and its members and to promote dialogue with other agencies or organizations which may impact our neighborhood.

TDA focuses attention on neighborhood cleanup and physical  improvement, and encourages programs for safety and security.

TDA also participates in the development and production of public events which showcase the Theatre District and promote its economic development and growth. Join us each September for Curtain Up!

Become a Member Today!

Benefits of Membership Include:

  • As a member of TDA you will help to foster public awareness and appreciation of the unique aspects of the Theatre District as an urban cultural neighborhood and promote the economic development and growth of the Theatre District
  • As a member of TDA you will help to focus attention on neighborhood cleanup and physical improvement, and encourage programs for safety and security
  • As a member of TDA you will help to promote dialogue with outside agencies or organizations which may impact the Theatre District
  • As a member of TDA you will help to participate in the development and production of public events which highlight the Theatre District

BECOME INVOLVED!

BECOME INVOLVED!

Theatre District Association welcomes membership by
property owners, tenants, businesses, non-profit organizations, residents … and any interested individuals.

Theatre District Association Members help move the neighborhood forward in areas such as:

– Public Relations and Marketing
– Special Events including Curtain Up!
– Advocacy
– Neighborhood Security and Maintenance
– Informational Forums and Presentations
– Promoting Membership and Welcoming New Neighbors

Members

Members

Theatre District Association welcomes membership by property owners, tenants, businesses, non-profit organizations, residents and any interested individuals.
View/Print Membership Application Form

Current Members of the TDA Board of Directors:

Lisa Ludwig, President (Shakespeare In Delaware Park)
Jackie Jonmarie, Vice President (Buffalo Place Inc.)
Mary Young, Secretary (Working For Downtown)
Karen Cullen, Treasurer (M&T Bank)
Barbara Macks, Membership Chair (Buffalo Spree Publishing)

Robert Brunschmid (Shea’s Performing Arts Center)
David Lundy (710 Main Theatre)
Michael Murphy (Shea’s Performing Arts Center)
Jonathan Piret (Hostel Buffalo Niagara)
Neal Radice (Alleyway Theatre)
Mathew Spencer (Comfort Suites Downtown)
Deborah Wanecski (Irish Classical Theatre Company)

Adam Hayes

Buffalo Musicians Association
Buffalo Place, Inc.
Buffalo Spree Publishing, Inc.
Dobutsu
Full Circle Studios
JCC
M&T Bank
Matinee- Craft Beer and Wine Bar
Osteria 166
Sinatra & Company Real Estate
St. Michael’s Church
Theatre Sports
Toutant
Working for Downtown (WFD)

 

 

Participating Theatres

For a complete list of Participating Theatres, click here: 2019 Participating Productions One-Sheet

The Bird’s Nest
Theatre of Youth
Buffalo United Artists
Paul Robeson Theatre
The Subversive Theatre Collective
CSz Buffalo
The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park
Irish Classical Theatre Company
UB Center for the Arts
Shea’s Smith Theatre
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Roadless Traveled Productions
O’Connell & Company Productions
MusicalFare Theatre
Jewish Repertory Theatre
Shea’s 710 Main Theatre
The Kavinoky Theatre
Alleyway Theatre
The Bird’s Nest

The Bird’s Nest

www.birdsnestbuffalo.com

Theatre of Youth

Theatre of Youth

www.theatreofyouth.org

Buffalo United Artists

Buffalo United Artists

Alleyway Cabaret, 672 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14202 716-886-9239

www.buffalounitedartists.org

Paul Robeson Theatre

Paul Robeson Theatre

 www.aaccbuffalo.org

The Subversive Theatre Collective

The Subversive Theatre Collective

www.subversivetheatre.org

CSz Buffalo

CSz Buffalo

www.cszbuffalo.com

The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

95 Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY 14201 | 716-853-1334 |

www.newphoenixtheatre.org


IZZY a musical revue by Jim Santella and Grant Golden


Izzy celebrates the musical tour de force of one of Buffalo‘s most famous, glorious, but unheralded composers, Israel Freel! An almost musical superstar who almost changed the
world. (Run dates: Sep 20-Oct 19 at 8 PM)


$30/general, $20/Student & Senior

Irish Classical Theatre Company

Irish Classical Theatre Company

625 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 | 716-853-ICTC (4282) |

www.irishclassical.com

UB Center for the Arts

UB Center for the Arts

http://www.ubcfa.org/

Shea’s Smith Theatre

Shea’s Smith Theatre

http://www.sheas.org

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

http://www.sheas.org

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

http://shakespeareindelawarepark.org/

Roadless Traveled Productions

Roadless Traveled Productions

456 Main Street Buffalo NY 14202 | 716-629-3069


THE AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY THE KID


“The West is what you make of it. Outside of that it doesn’t exist.” So says Ash Upson to Pat Garrett after he arrives unexpectedly at Garrett’s failing ranch in Las Cruces. Decades after the
deed, Garrett is living out his life as “The Man Who Shot Billy the Kid”. Or is he? When Upson confronts him with an audacious proposition and a very much alive Billy the Kid, Garrett must decide what to make of his past memories and, more importantly, his future legacy; if Billy the
Kid is alive, then who is Pat Garrett? With creativity and skill, this tantalizing “what-if” scenario blends fact and fiction in a drama that is at times both funny and unnerving as it first questions and then deconstructs our personal and cultural myth making. Directed By Scott Behrend (Run dates: Sep 12-Oct 6, Thu-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun at 2:00 PM)


$39/general, $22/student, $5/student Thursday

O’Connell & Company Productions

O’Connell & Company Productions

Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 | 716-847-1410

www.oconnellandcompany.com

GENTLEMEN PREFER DIVAS: BROADWAY LEGENDS Created and written by Mary Kate O’Connell

One Night Only – join us for a fabulous celebration of BROADWAY LEGENDS. Salute famous shows and performers that have graced Buffalo’s stages, from Shea’s to Melody Fair and every stage in-between. Hear about private backstage moments with these BROADWAY LEGENDS and relive stories from these wonderful shows that have entertained global audiences for decades! (Run date: September 20)

$45

MusicalFare Theatre

MusicalFare Theatre

4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 | 716-839-8540 |

www.musicalfare.com

Jewish Repertory Theatre

Jewish Repertory Theatre

http://jewishrepertorytheatre.com/

Shea’s 710 Main Theatre

Shea’s 710 Main Theatre

www.sheas.org

The Kavinoky Theatre

The Kavinoky Theatre

320 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201 | 716-829-7668 |

www.kavinokytheatre.com

HAIRSPRAY by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan.

Based on the movie by John Waters It’s 1962 Baltimore and plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When the African-American students teach her some of their dance moves, Tracy transforms into a star-using her newfound fame to advocate for racial integration on the TV show. This hit musical’s beautiful message of acceptance and progress teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for the equal rights of every human being. (Run dates: Sep 6-Oct 6)

$45/general, $40/seniors, military. Discounts available for students and groups

Alleyway Theatre

Alleyway Theatre

1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, NY 14202 | 716-852-2600 x0 |

alleyway.com

Curtain Up!

Friday, September 11th, 2020 is the 39th Curtain Up! Event which celebrates the opening of the theatre season in Buffalo and the continued strength of the Theatre District that has played a large role in Buffalo’s Resurgence. It is a unique event that involves three “Acts” in one evening.

Theatre District Association of Western New York and

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cordially invite you to join us for
the 38th annual celebration of the opening of
Buffalo’s professional theatre season.


Act I
38th Annual Gala Dinner at 500 Pearl

New location! Open Bar and Hor’s d’oeuvres Reception! Followed by a Scrumptious Sit-Down Dinner! Validated Parking!
Gala Dinner tickets are $100 ($110 after September 3)
Dinner begins at 5pm and will be done in time for you to arrive at your selected theatre for an 8pm curtain time.
And, for all-night revelers, get a special 500 Pearl/Aloft Hotel room rate with your Gala Dinner ticket purchase.

Act II
Participating Theatre Productions

The Curtain goes Up! at 8pm on the beginning of the theatre season. Participating productions are included below. Contact a theatre to reserve your seats!

Act III
Free Street Party on Main Street

Live Music! Street Performers! Food Trucks!
After the theatre, join the party on Main Street until 1am to celebrate!
Scroll down to check out the lineup.



THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Restaurants

For Act I of Curtain Up! or any time of the year,
you may wish to dine at one of these fine
Theatre District Restaurants.
(Make reservations early for Curtain Up!)

Encore
492 Pearl St. | 931-5001
Free parking with dinner & free shuttle to and from Theatre District.

Merge
439 Delaware Ave. | 842-0600 | Open until 4 AM.

Osteria 166
166 Franklin St. | 858-3118

SeaBar
475 Ellicott St. | 332-2928

SoHo Burger Bar
64 W. Chippewa St. | 856-7646

Dobutsu 
500 Seneca St. I 322-6004

Toutant 
437 Ellicott St. I 342-2901

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant
56 W. Chippewa St. | 854-9463

Bijou Grille
643 Main St. | 847-1512

Buffalo Chophouse
282 Franklin St. | 842-6900

Cabaret
490 Pearl St. | 842-4181

Chocolate Bar
114 W. Chippewa St. | 332-0484

Coco Bar & Bistro
888 Main St. | 332-1885

Matinee
698 Main St. | 202-0224