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!

Members

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.
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
Working for Downtown (WFD)

 

 

Participating Theatres

For a complete list of Participating Theatres, click here: 2018 Participating Productions One-Sheet

The Bird’s Nest
Theatre of Youth
Buffalo United Artists
Paul Robeson Theatre
The Subversive Theatre Collective
CSz Buffalo
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

Production Title: WONDERLAND”

Description: Come celebrate wonder, whimsy and your unbirthday with The Bird’s Nest! Allow your curiosity to take you down the rabbit hole where down is up and time is an illusion. Our aerialists, dancers and acrobats will be retelling your favorite scenes from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, meeting somewhere between the floor and the ceiling. You’ll see feats previously only possible in your imagination!

Ticket Price: $45

www.birdsnestbuffalo.com

Theatre of Youth

Theatre of Youth

Production Title: “Pinkalicious”

Description: Experience the joy again! This delightful musical will once again paint Buffalo a brilliant shade of pink! Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe–a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Oh, just a friendly reminder…pink dress code is in effect!

Ticket Price: $15-28

www.theatreofyouth.org

Buffalo United Artists

Buffalo United Artists

Production Title: “Shifting Gears”

Description: A night at the cabaret with the divinely talented Kerrykate Abel and Chuck Basil at the piano. You do not want to miss these two legends of Buffalo!

Ticket Price: $15-$25

Website: www.buffalobua.org

Paul Robeson Theatre

Paul Robeson Theatre

Production Title: “Purlie”

Description: Purlie Victorious Johnson, that strutting, newfangled preacher man is back home and he wants a church and he wants freedom. Witty, memorable music and a whole lotta fun unfold as Purlie outmaneuvers ol’ Colonel and gets his girl Lutiebelle (or she gets him!) . . . From the composers of Shenandoah.

Ticket Price: TBA

 www.aaccbuffalo.org

 

The Subversive Theatre Collective

The Subversive Theatre Collective

Production Title: “Farenheit 451”

Description: Farenheit 451 takes us into sinister future where firemen are called upon to light fires instead of extinguish them. And what do they burn? The true enemy of any authoritarian state: books, of course. 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 . . . and join a bizarre resistance faction where rebels become the very books the state is obsessed with destroying.

Ticket Price: $30 (general) $25 (students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members)

www.subversivetheatre.org

CSz Buffalo

CSz Buffalo

Production Title: “ComedySportz”

Description: ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played as sport. Two teams of professional comedians compete for laughs and points while a referee calls fouls and gets suggestions from you, the fans! At the end of the night, only one team heads home victorious.

Ticket Price: $9-12

 www.cszbuffalo.com

Irish Classical Theatre Company

Irish Classical Theatre Company

Production Title: “Golden Boy”

Description: In this brilliant and timeless American classic, scrappy young Joe Bonaparte is torn between his desire for the modest and satisfying life of an artist and the pressure to pursue fame and
fortune as a prizefighter. Joe’s loving Old World Italian father fears that the siren song of
fast money, fast cars and faster women will destroy his son’s sensitive soul, leaving him
nothing. Odets’ powerful language with its jazzy musicality and gritty vernacular heightens
Joe’s gut-wrenching struggle to choose between the exquisite quivering notes of the violing
and “the sweet science”–the brutal world of boxing.

Ticket Price: $50

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

O’Connell & Company Productions

O’Connell & Company Productions

Production Title: “Gentlemen Prefer DIVAs: Buffalo Legends”

Description: This 90-minute cabaret classic is onstage at Shea’s Smith Theatre for its beloved annual
limited run. This year for Curtain Up the theme is “Buffalo Legends,” featuring an all-star
cast presenting songs, stories, history, and jokes about Buffalo and her famous Buffalonians
past and present.

Ticket Price: $30

www.oconnellandcompany.com

MusicalFare Theatre

MusicalFare Theatre

Production Title: “Pump Boys & Dinettes”

Description: 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. Touching and hilarious stories told with guitars, piano, bass, and, yes, kitchen utensils.

Ticket Price: $44

www.musicalfare.com

Jewish Repertory Theatre

Jewish Repertory Theatre

http://jewishrepertorytheatre.com/

Shea’s 710 Main Theatre

Shea’s 710 Main Theatre

Production Title: “Hamiltunes: An American Singalong”

Description: Shea’s Performing Arts Center invites fans of Broadway’s blockbuster Hamilton to test their lyrical chops with Hamiltunes: An American Singalong. Whether you’ve seen Hamilton, know every word of every song, or just want to find out what the excitement is all about, all are welcome! While everyone is encouraged to sing along with fellow Hamil-friends from the audience, there will be opportunities for participants to lead songs from the Shea’s 710 Theatre stage.

Ticket Price: $17.76

www.sheas.org

The Kavinoky Theatre

The Kavinoky Theatre

Production Title: “Sweeney Todd”

Description: 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. The infamous 19th century tale of the revenge-seeking demon Barber of Fleet Street has shocked and awed audiences across the world. Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies will be available during the show . . . are you brave enough to sample?

Ticket Price: $42 (general) $38 (senior) $15 (students)

 www.kavinokytheatre.com

Alleyway Theatre

Alleyway Theatre

Production Title: “Philosophus”

Description: A true and terrible recounting of the horrible events to befall one Francois-Marie Arouet, otherwise known as “Voltaire,” at the vile hands despotism and tyranny, as represented by Baron Franz von Freytag and his insidious persecution of said philosopher, which, over the course of a few weeks, dictated the fate of liberty and freedom in the historical trajectory of Western civilization.

Yes, it’s as absurd, off-beat and funny as it sounds. Voltaire, along with his trusted companion Collini, is on the run. It seems he has stolen a treasured notebook from Frederick The Great and the monarch’s men have him surrounded in the German town of Frankfurt. A theatrical entertainment devised for only the stout of heart! Winner of the 2017 Maxim MazumdarNew Play Competition. World Premiere Comedy. 

Ticket Price: $32

www.alleyway.com

Curtain Up!

LYNNE KURDZIEL FORMATO TO BE HONORED IN BUFFALO’S THEATRE DISTRICT PLAZA OF STARS

Ceremony to be held at THE PLAZA OF STARS Monday September 10, 2018

Lynne Kurdziel Formato born and raised in Buffalo recently retired as an Associate Professor of Performing Arts at
Elon University, she is currently maintaining a busy professional career as a Director/Choreographer not only in
Buffalo but all around the world. She is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC)
and has over four hundred productions to her credit.

PRESS RELEASE

 

Sponsors

Sponsors

 Curtain Up! is sponsored by:

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Has also been supported by

Buffalo Spree
Buffalo Place
Full Circle Studios

Photos of Curtain Up! courtesy of Full Circle Studios.

 

Acts

Acts

Act I: The Curtain Up Gala

One of the hottest tickets in town each fall, this black-tie Gala is an opportunity for sponsors, theatre patrons, and theatre executives to mingle and celebrate one of the best theatre industries in America. The Gala typically sells out quick, maxing out at 400 tickets.

Patron’s Dinner Gala at Fountain Plaza
Black Tie, Gourmet Dinner, Wine, and Live Music

Tickets: $100 per person / Online at Ticketmaster or by phone 716.847.0850

Act II: The Season Openings

The main event of the evening is not really one event, but 12 at one time! A dozen theaters and companies all open their seasons on this night at 8pm. Theatre goers can chose from a wide variety of performances—from classic musicals to the avant- garde.

Act III: Free Late-Night Street Party

After the opening night performances, the Theatre District really comes alive with multiple bands, bars, circus performers, and food trucks. Technically the event ends at midnight, but its Buffalo . . .

Often imitated (but never duplicated), other cities around the country have now begun to emulate Buffalo’s Curtain Up! However, the event in Buffalo remains one-of-a-kind and one of the biggest cultural events of the year, garnering both local and national acclaim.

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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

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