Since 1977, CenterStage has been the resident professional theatre company of the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Ralph Meranto, CenterStage utilizes the finest local actors, directors, and designers to present a 5-show subscription series of plays and musicals.
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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
The Cast of The Hit Factory (Back row) Laura Jean Diekmann, Darren Frazier, Matt Wegman, Lauren MacDonough, Henry DuRocher, Di'ta Monique, Marc Cataldi, Sarah Goodman, Sammi Cohen, Angela Syrett. Front Row: Esther Winter and Musical Director Casey Filiaci. Photo by Steve Levinson.
Join us as this amazing cast sing over two dozen tunes of the era including:
It's My Party - This Magic Moment - Hound Dog - Lonely Avenue - Kansas City - Leader of the Pack - Teenager in Love - Chapel of Love - We Gotta Get Outta This Place - Charlie BrownBe My Baby - Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do - On Broadway – Spanish Harlem - Up On The Roof - Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Yakety Yak - Who Put the Bomp - Loco–Motion - Under the Boardwalk - Alley-Alley Blues - Hushabye - Can't Get Used To Losing You - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Calendar Girl - Stand By Me - Stupid Cupid - Where the Boys Are - Oh, Carol - Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen - Splish Splash - Dream Lover - One Fine Day - Sweet Talkin' Guy - Baby, I Love You - Chains - Baby it's You - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Only Love Can Break a Heart - Save the Last Dance For Me
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 Thornton 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 (Opening Night Reception and Q&A with Author Darrah Cloud)
- 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
*ASL Interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing by StageHands. Please note "interpreted section" when you order to be seated in this section.
A new musical bound for national exposure, powerfully portrays the spirit of survival of a Holocaust survivor, who navigated through tremendous obstacles to find home and freedom during one of the history's darkest times.
Writer Deborah Haber and Composer Casey Filiaci share the development and creative process of this exciting new musical!
> How oral history and testimony inspires script and score
> How historical events relate to current world affairs and inspire thought-provoking discussion
- Thursday, April 16 at 7 PM
MAY 2 - 17, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel 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 a wildly entertaining, family-friendly, adult fairy tale about 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
*ASL Interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing by StageHands. Please note "interpreted section" when you order to be seated in this section
Presented in Memory of Hon. Wilmer J. Patlow
Sponsored by Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation
World Premiere Workshop Production!
October 8-25, 2015
Rochester's favorite Italian Mamas, Carmela and Delphine Calamari, have been dancing, singing and cooking their way into hearts of sold out audiences across the country. Their all new show, Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters! makes its debut at JCC CenterStage in October 2015!
In Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters! Carmela and Delphine get hired to cater a Jewish event without first reading up on the rules of keeping Kosher. As worlds collide, matzo ball soup will never be quite the same.
Click here for a personal greeting from Carmela and Delphine... thecalamarisisters.com
- Thursday, October 8 at 7 PM
- Saturday, October 10 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 11 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, October 14 at 7 PM
- Thursday, October 15 at 7 PM
- Saturday, October 17 at 2 PM
- Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 18 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, October 21 at 7 PM
- Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM
- Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM
- Saturday, October 24 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 25 at 2 PM
JCC Members: $27 Regular Seats, $35 VIP Seats
Non-Members: $29 Regular Seats, $40 VIP Seats
(VIP Seating is in the front rows of the theater.)