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Theater Talk: Two funny musicals for two different crowds

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We have two musicals with somewhat different target audiences this week - PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL and MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

For the adults, PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL, by Albert Evans, Frank Kelly & Bill Russell, directed by Doug Weyand, stars Bobby Cooke, Matthew Iwanski, Chris Kelly, Ben Michael Moran, Tom Owen, Marc Sacco, Michael Wachowiak, Michael Walline. They aren’t drag queens, but this all-male cast plays beauty queens through December at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst on the Daemen College campus (enter through Getzville Road; it’s easier).

And for twelve year olds who get the dark British humour (sic) of Roald Dahl, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, a touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino is up only through Sunday evening at Shea’s.

Openings last night included JOE HILL’S LAST WILL, a one-man show with music by Si Kahn, presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Coyle, starring John Profeta through November 28 at The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Avenue.

And SYLVIA, a comedy by A.R. Gurney presented by The Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, directed by Taylor Doherty, starring Todd Benzin, Marisa Caruso, and Wendy Hall also opened last night. It’s  up through November 15 at 710 Main Theatre.

By coincidence, next summer’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park offerings include THE TAMING OF THE SHREW which also opened last night, presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Adriano Gatto. It’s on the NU campus through November 15.

Openings next Wednesday evening, Veterans Day include THE MOTHERF***** WITH THE HAT, a play by Stephen Adly Guirgis presented by Buffalo State Theater Department and Casting Hall Productions, directed by Aaron Moss opens next Wednesday and will run through November 21 at the Flexible Theater Space, Donald Savage Theater Arts Building, Buffalo State campus.

Also opening on Wednesday, SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN, a romantic comedy by Matt Murphy based on the best-selling book of the same title, is presented by Shea’s Performing Arts Center through November 15 at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main Street.

And this Saturday is your final night for a moving family drama, DANIEL’S HUSBAND, a play by Michael McKeever, presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Javier Bustillos, starring Tyler Brown, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Anne Hartley Pfohl, Eric Rawski, Michael Seitz at the  Alleyway Theatre.

Listen for Theater Talk, Friday morning at 6:45 and 8:45 during Morning Edition.
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