What is “Curtain Up!”?
This year is the 37th Annual 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.
It will next be held on
Friday, September 14, 2018
Theatre District Association of Western New York,
cordially invite you to join us for
the 36th annual celebration of the opening of
Buffalo’s professional theatre season.
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.
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.
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.