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SEPTEMBER 21 – 27
At the Rochester Fringe Festival
From the award-winning author of PARADE, Jason Robert Brown, comes this off-Broadway hit musical that looks at the lives of a couple – forward, backward and inside out. An inventive musical that is both emotionally powerful and hysterically funny, his story is told from beginning to end, hers from end to beginning. The incomparable Janine Mercandetti and Carl Del Buono reprise their performances from the acclaimed JCC CenterStage production.
Performances at the Xerox Auditorium
100 S. Clinton Ave., entrance on Broad Street
- Sunday, September 21 at 7:30 PM
- Saturday, September 27 at 9 PM
with Melvin Seals & Mark Karan
Music of The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band and more!
Legendary organist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band) and guitarist Mark Karan (Ratdog & The Other Ones), with Terrapin Flyer, bring their live show to the JCC Hart Theater. Performing music of The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band, (as well as some other interesting covers), these powerhouse talents have been delighting legions of Deadheads and classic rock fans across the nation.
$29 Reserved Seats
$50 VIP Seats (Center, Rows A, B, & C and side sections row A & B) includes post show Meet & Greet
All proceeds to benefit JCC Camp Seneca Lake
OCTOBER 18 – NOVEMBER 2, 2014
A comedy by Joshua Harmon
"Crackles with energy. The best comedy of the season." - NY Times
Things get personal when three cousins ignite a viciously hilarious brawl over who "deserves" a treasured family heirloom. A no-holds-barred, dark comedy about family, faith and survival, JCC CenterStage is the first theatre in the country to nab this acclaimed Off-Broadway hit.
Directed by Ralph Meranto
- Saturday, October 18 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 19 at 2 PM
- Thursday, October 23 at 7 PM
- Saturday, October 25 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 26 at 2 PM
- Thursday, October 30 at 7 PM
- Saturday, November 1 at 8 PM
- Sunday, November 2 at 2 PM
Sponsored by Debby Landsman
DECEMBER 6 - 21, 2014
A World Premiere comedy by Wendy Kout
Naked truths...and more...are exposed when five women of diversely different backgrounds gather for a self-help seminar. This laugh-out-loud comedy from the award-winning screenwriter of the film "Dorfman in Love" and the creator of the TV series "Anything But Love," makes its official world premiere at JCC CenterStage after an acclaimed developmental production in Denver. Playwright Wendy Kout will be in Rochester working with the cast and director for this World Premiere production and for a screening of "Dorfman in Love" on November 8, 2014. (Adult themes. Contains no actual nudity.)
Directed by David Runzo
- Saturday, December 6 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 7 at 2 PM
- Thursday, December 11 at 7 PM
- Saturday, December 13 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 14 at 2 PM
- Thursday, December 18 at 7 PM
- Saturday, December 20 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 21 at 2 PM
FEBRUARY 7 - 22, 2015
A look back at the “Brill Building Sound”
In the 1950s and 60s, at NYC’s legendary Brill Building, you could write a song, sell a song, record a song and publish a song…sometimes in the same day. Producers like Don Kirshner and Phil Spector and songwriters like Carole King, Neil Sedaka and Leiber and Stoller dominated the airwaves with chart-topping hits for The Shirelles, Coasters, Drifters, Righteous Brothers, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Lesley Gore, Little Eva, Fabian, The Shangri-las, Ben E. King, Dionne Warwick and many more.
Featuring over three dozen enduring tunes, this all-new musical, from the creators of last season’s Burt Bacharach show, revisits the legacy of the time and place known as The Hit Factory.
Written and conceived by Ralph Meranto and Sandy Foster
Directed by Ralph Meranto
Musical Direction by Casey Filiaci
- Saturday, February 7 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 8 at 2 PM
- Thursday, February 12 at 7 PM
- Saturday, February 14 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 15 at 2 PM
- Thursday, February 19 at 7 PM
- Saturday, February 21 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 22 at 2 PM
Sponsored by Dawn and Jacques Lipson
MARCH 14 - 29, 2015
by Darrah Cloud - It’s Our Town...Only Wilder!
*New York Premiere*
"A fresh take on a beloved classic. This beautiful, brand-new play is so full of honest human heart, humor, hurt, and hope that it is destined to become a classic." - DCMetroTheaterArts
This whimsically innovative reinterpretation of Thorton Wilder's Our Town moves the action from fictional Grover's Corners to the very real Skokie, Illinois in 1977. As neighboring families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, two teenagers fall in love, and the world is about to give everyone a serious dose of reality.
Our Suburb made it's world premiere in D.C. last year and playwright Darrah Cloud will be in Rochester to open this New York Premiere. Our Suburb is also available for school performances.
Directed by Kerry Young
- Saturday, March 14 at 8 PM
- Sunday, March 15 at 2 PM
- Thursday, March 19 at 7 PM
- Saturday, March 21 at 8 PM
- Sunday, March 22 at 2 PM
- Thursday, March 26 at 7 PM
- Saturday, March 28 at 8 PM
- Sunday, March 29 at 2 PM
MAY 2 - 17, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rupunzel are just a few of your favorite storybook characters that collide in one epic adventure. Wishes will be granted, but when there are witches and giants about, "happily ever after" is not always the end of the story. Delightfully humorous and beautifully poignant, this Sondheim masterpiece is not a kids’ story, but an entertaining look at the consequences of "I wish."
Directed by Ralph Meranto, Music Direction by Brian Clickner
- Saturday, May 2 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 3 at 2 PM
- Thursday, May 7 at 7 PM
- Saturday, May 9 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 10 at 2 PM
- Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM
- Saturday, May 16 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 17 at 2 PM
In memory of Wilmer J. Patlow
DECEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 31, 2014
Aggy Dune and Kasha Davis are back to high kick-off the New Year with an all-new show. Big Wigs on Broad(s)way is a tribute to the leading "ladies" of Broadway. Featuring dead on impersonations of the legendary Carol Channing, Ethel Merman and Dolly Parton along with Barbra, Cher, Judy, Liza (with a "Z"), Madonna and more, your favorite Broadway tunes come to life as you have never seen them before.
- Saturday, December 27 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 28 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, December 31 at 9 PM (New Year’s Eve)
DECEMBER 31, 2014 – JANUARY 4, 2015
Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Joan Baez have enjoyed long careers in music, beginning as the female faces of folk in the 1960s. American Songbook series creator Linda Foster leads a team of singers in a concert that explores the legacy of these amazing singer-songwriters.
- Wednesday, December 31 at 7 PM (New Year’s Eve)
- Saturday, January 3 at 8 PM
- Sunday, January 4 at 2 PM