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Theater Talk: SGT in new home, ALADDIN opens at Shea's

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Aladdin North American Tour

Over the weekend the Second Generation Theater (founded by Kristin Bentley, Kelly Copps, and Arin Dandes) put on a retrospective of their past five shows, and gave a hint of their upcoming BIG FISH, at Shea's Smith Theatre, their new "home." Next door, at Shea's , the Disney musical ALADDIN opened, featuring Lissa deGuzman as Princess Jasmine, a role she's looked forward to all her life, as told to WBFO in conversation. And Donna Hoke will indulge a persistent Buffalo dream, to win a Superbowl, in ONCE IN MY LIFETIME, coming to Shea's Smith Theatre later this month.

OPENING

INTO THE BREECHES!, play by George Brant presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Laura Kepley. Aug 11-17.Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). www.chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company

ONGOING

ALICE IN WONDERLAND, adapted by Alice Gerstenberg, presented by Aurora Players, directed by John Szablewski. Aug 18, 19 at 7.  Outdoors in Hamlin Park, East Aurora. www.auroraplayers.org

DISNEY’S ALADDIN, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Aug 19, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 1 & 6:30, plus Aug 9 at 1. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Kyle LoConti, starring Todd Benzin, Kate LoConti, Nick Stevens, Melinda Carpeles, Gregory Gjurich, Chris Hatch. Through Aug 19, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

CLOSING

MURDER FOR TWO, murder mystery musical by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian, directed by Doug Weyand, starring Philip Farugia, Joseph Donohue III. Through Aug 12, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

NUNSENSE 2, musical by Dan Goggin directed by Debby Koszelak Swartz, starring Swartz, Joann V. Mis, Jenna Montesanti, Elizabeth Sanderson, Jill Anderson. Through Aug 12, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614). www.starrynighttheatre.com.

UPCOMING

ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy by Donna Hoke, ("For one night, fans at the downtrodden Miracle Bar discover that the impossible happens when you believe it can.") Aug 28 - Sep 8. Shea's Smith Theatre 658 Main Street, Buffalo (847-0850) www.sheas.org/performances/once-in-my-lifetime/

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice.

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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