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Theater Talk: The legacies of Tom Dooney, Roz Cramer and Pete Gurney

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Gregory Costanzo
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As one year closes and another begins, we look back on whom we have "lost" the previous year, but did we really "lose" folks? Truly, their legacy continues to inform us, educate us, and entertain us. 2017 saw the passing of local actor, director, and impresario Tom Dooney, as well as co-founder of the Theatre of Youth, Rosalind Cramer, and one of Buffalo's favorite sons, playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney.

OPENING

MAMMA MIA!, musical based on the songs of ABBA, directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato. Jan 5- 28, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

CLOSING

THE LION KING, touring production of the Broadway musical by Elton John & Tim Rice, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Jan 7, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 1, plus Dec 21, 27 & 29 at 1.  Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

Listings adapted from "On The Boards" appearing in Artvoice
 

Listen for Theater Talk, Friday morning at 6:45 and 8:45 during Morning Edition.
Even though "semi-retired," Peter Hall continues to wear many hats. He is the Sunday afternoon host on WBFO’s “sister station,” Classical 94.5 / WNED where he has produced over 1,000 radio interviews with musical artists. If you see him at a theater with a pen in his hand, he’s probably getting ready to co-host “Theater Talk” with Anthony Chase (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO) or to write a review for www.buffalorising.com. He is also a member of the "Artie Awards" committee (think “Tony Awards for Buffalo theaters”).
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