CenterStage began in 1977 at the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Ralph Meranto since 2005, CenterStage is now a professional theatre utilizing the finest local actors, directors, and designers to present a 5-show subscription series of plays and musicals. SUBSCRIBE NOW and lock in the best seats at the lowest prices.
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Tickets available at the JCC Main Desk whenever the JCC is open: (585) 461-2000 x 0 or CLICK FOR TICKETS at the links below.
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For information on our brand new Lipson Patron Lounge, click here to contact us.
CenterStage performances are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Post-show discussions follow 1st and 2nd Sunday matinees.
* Denotes Live Captioned Performance (NEW!)
** Denotes ASL Interpreted Performance
MAY 6 - 21, 2017
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston, Story and Book by Peter Stone
WINNER! 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score
From the emboldened owner and builder who believed their ship was "unsinkable" to the emigrants in steerage searching for a better life in America, both the epic and everyday stories of the passengers on the legendary RMS Titanic are played out in this gorgeous and beloved musical.
Directed by Ralph Meranto and Esther Winter
Musical Direction by Casey Filiaci
- Saturday, May 6 at 8pm
- Sunday, May 7 at 2pm
- Thursday, May 11 at 7pm
- Saturday, May 13 at 8pm
- Sunday, May 14 at 2pm*
- Thursday, May 18 at 7pm**
- Saturday, May 20 at 2pm
- Saturday, May 20 at 8pm
- Sunday, May 21 at 2pm
Sponsored by Dawn and Jacquesz"l Lipson
MAY 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues! Duke’s his first exposure to a wide public as a founder of Roomful of Blues. 40 Years later, his vast credits include Blues Music Awards as "Best Blues Guitarist" (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and a 2007 Grammy nomination for Guitar Groove-a-rama. The great BB King called Duke "One of the great players," The Houston Post called him "one of God's guitarists. Don’t miss his rare Rochester appearance at the JCC Hart Theater
$30 Reserved Seating
$50 VIP Priority Section and Post-Show Meet & Greet
- Sunday, May 7 at 7:30pm
Proceeds to benefit JCC Camp Seneca Lake and CenterStage Theatre
Masters of Variety
JUNE 3 - 4, 2017
Back by popular demand!
Michael DuBois' Solo Circus and The Amazing Viktoria Grimmy amazed JCC audiences with magic, juggling and circus/sideshow stunts. Their new show...The Great DuBois features new tricks and routines wrapped up in a cozy blanket of comedy. DuBois got his start performing as a JCC camper before appearances on Jay Leno and David Letterman catapulted him to international recognition. Grimmy is a fifth-generation circus performer and aerialist who created and performed circus acts for the Tony® Award Winning Broadway production of Pippin and has performed with the Big Apple and Ringling Brothers Circuses.
- Saturday, June 3 at 11am
- Saturday, June 3 at 2pm
- Sunday, June 4 at 2pm
- Sunday, June 4 at 4:30pm**
JULY 15 - 23, 2017
Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt
Book by Jeff Whitty
Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green
Inspired by the motion picture, Bring It On, released by Universal Pictures and written by Jessica Bendingere
From the composers of Hamilton and Next To Normal. The cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading meets the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance.
Directed by David Schuler
Musical Direction by Matt Wegman
Choreography by Katie Keller
- Saturday, July 15 at 8pm
- Sunday, July 16 at 2pm*
- Wednesday, July 19 at 7pm*
- Thursday, July 20 at 7pm
- Saturday, July 22 at 8pm
- Sunday, July 23 at 2pm
SUNDAY, JUNE 11 at 11am
- Toast 40 years of CenterStage as we close our groundbreaking season and celebrate the premiere of our home-grown play Church & State Off Broadway
- Tribute to CenterStage founder Herb Katz on his 80th birthday
- Performances from CenterStage shows past, present and future
- Visit with friends old and new
- 2017-18 Season preview
$20 General Admission
$50 Patron Ticket (with name in the program)
Brunch by Harvest Eatery (Kashrut Observed)
by Henry Purcell
AUGUST 10 - 13, 2017
The first English opera, composed in 1688 and still fresh, tuneful and engaging, tells the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and her doomed relationship with the Trojan Prince Aeneas, bound by fate to abandon her for Italy. In the course of the drama we also meet a wicked sorceress, a drunken sailor, and various witches, spirits, and courtiers, all wrapped in emotionally affecting music from heartbreaking to comedic.
With Grammy-award winner Virginia Warnken as Dido; Jesse Blumberg as Aeneas; Laura Heimes as Belinda; Luthien Brackett as the Sorceress; and more. Directed by Andrew Eggert; musical direction by Michael Beattie; design by Julia Noulin-Merat.
More information www.pegasusearlymusic.org/opera
- Thursday, August 10 at 8pm
- Saturday, August 12 at 8pm
- Sunday, August 13 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talks 1 hour before each performance.
Patron: $100 includes
- Tax-deductible donation of $65 to Pegasus Early Music
- Preferred Seating in Hart Theater
All reserved seating