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CenterStage Theatre

CenterStage began in 1977 as the volunteer theatre company 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. 

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Jul 11 - Jul 19

Green Day's American Idiot

JULY 11 - 19, 2015

Music by Green Day; Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong

Book by Michael Mayer and Billie Joe Armstrong

First Ever Rochester Production! Based on Green Day's Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot is a Tony Award®-winning hit musical that "jolts you right back to the dizzying roller coaster of young adulthood" – NY Times

Directed and Choreographed by Ralph Meranto and Meggins Kelley
Music Direction by Matthew Wegman

  • Saturday, July 11 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM
  • Wednesday, July 15 at 8 PM
  • Thursday, July 16 at 8 PM
  • Saturday, July 18 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, July 19 at 2 PM

    Run time: approximately 95 minutes, no intermission

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JCC Member: $24     Non Member: $26, $20 students

There's Always Time For A Cocktail

AUGUST 1, 2015

Starring Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul's Drag Race

Cocktail Web

Direct from an acclaimed run in NYC, Mrs. Kasha Davis is proud to bring back the show that was developed here at the JCC and work-shopped at the Rochester Fringe Festival. "There's Always Time for a Cocktail" is the life story of little Eddie Popil's transformation from a young boy in Scranton, PA, to "International Celebrity Housewife, Mrs. Kasha Davis," and a star of RuPaul's Drag Race. Join the ultimate hostess for an evening of music, stories and party games with a heartfelt story of love, acceptance and finding your own path.

Written by Ed Popil
Music Direction & Accompaniment by Josh D. Smith
Directed by Ralph Meranto


  • Saturday, August 1 at 8 PM

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JCC Member: $18     Non Member: $20

Stardust & Butterflies

SEPTEMBER 24 & 26, 2015

Joni Mitchell
, Judy Collins and Joan Baez have enjoyed long careers in music as the female faces of folk in the 1960s. Linda Foster leads a team of musicians in a celebration of the legacy of these amazing singer-songwriters. Linda is joined by vocalist Laura Jean Smillie-Diekmann, Kevin Leib on piano, David Ianni on guitar and Kelly Schroeder on bass.

Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 pm
Rochester Fringe Festival, TheatreROCS Stage, Xerox Auditorium, Broad Street at Chestnut

Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 pm with Special Guest Connie Deming
Jewish Community Center Hart Theater, 1200 Edgewood Ave



John Sebastian & David Grisman in concert

OCTOBER 1, 2015 at 7:30pm
Doors at 6:30pm

John Sebastian and David Grisman's musical history dates back to college days at New York University circa 1963 when the Greenwich Village folk revival was in its' heyday. They made their first recording together as members of the Even Dozen Jug Band with future luminaries Maria Muldaur, Stefan Grossman and others. The rest, of course is musical history. John Sebastian became lead singer and songwriter of one of America's most popular bands - The Lovin' Spoonful and David Grisman spearheaded an acoustic music revolution with his genre-defying "Dawg" music.

Finally, after a 40+ year hiatus, their paths crossed again at a benefit concert in Mill Valley, California. After this mutually enjoyable evening of spontaneous music, it became obvious that they would continue collaborating and the result is a stunning collection of acoustic duets featuring traditional folk tunes, blues, classy instrumentals and originals by these two legendary masters.



Zone A: $55

Zone B: $75       

VIP: $125

Sebastian Grisman seat chart

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 Proceeds to benefit the JCC's Camp Seneca Lake

Oct 8 - Oct 25
Saturday, Oct 17
Saturday, Oct 24


Hart Theatre

Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters!

World Premiere!

October 8-25, 2015

When Delphine and Carmela Calamari are hired to cater an event at a Jewish funeral home, there's no telling what they'll whip up in their kitchen. From matzah balls to meatballs, challah bread to pizza dough, and gefilte fish to baccala, the girls try desperately to bridge the cultural gap.

The sisters pay their respects in the only way they know how — by singing, dancing, and cooking through memorable songs less-than-appropriate for your typical interment. Needless to say, by the end of the show, you’ll agree that death becomes the Calamari Sisters.


Click here for a personal greeting from Carmela and Delphine...

  • 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

    *ASL interpreted performance

JCC Members: $27 Regular Seats, $35 VIP Seats,

Non-Members: $29 Regular Seats, $40 VIP Seats

Students: $20 Regular Seats, $35 VIP Seats


(VIP Seating is in the front rows of the theater.)

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Ages 12 and up
Contact Marc Cataldi for more information.

Dec 5 - Dec 20

Coney Island Christmas

DECEMBER 5 - 20, 2015

East Coast Premiere

by Donald Margulies, based on "The Loudest Voice" by Grace Paley

When a young Jewish girl is cast to play the role of Jesus in the school Christmas pageant, her immigrant parents struggle to balance their holiday traditions with their new role as Americans. This new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music, merriment, and multi-holiday pageants into a delightful holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths.

  • Saturday, December 5 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, December 6 at 2 PM
  • Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 12 at 2 PM
  • Saturday, December 12 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, December 13 at 2 PM*
  • Thursday, December 17 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 19 at 2 PM
  • Saturday, December 19 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, December 20 at 2 PM

    *ASL interpreted performance

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JCC Member: $24     Non Member: $26, Students: $18

Dec 30 - Dec 31

Out of Costume

DECEMBER 30 - 31, 2015

Starring Janine Mercandetti

You know her as the booming voice of The Witch in Into the Woods, the hair-impaired Daphna in Bad Jews, the passionate wife of Leo Frank in Parade and the quirky half of the couple in The Last Five Years. Now, one of this area's most versatile performers is getting "out of costume" for a premiere event at JCC CenterStage.

From classics to contemporary, and of course a belt or two from Broadway, unwind with this charming and captivating reflection on life's quick changes and wardrobe malfunctions. Expect the unexpected with Janine Mercandetti - Out of Costume.

With special guests Ru Paul's Drag Race star Mrs. Kasha Davis and Broadway's MaryJayne Waddell.

  • Wednesday, December 30 at 7 PM
    Cheese and wine reception with Janine following the show
  • Thursday, December at 31 at 7 PM

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JCC Member: $24     Non Member: $26

Feb 6 - Feb 21, 2016

The Hit Factory 2

FEBRUARY 6 - 21, 2016

World Premiere Musical

Conceived and Written by Ralph Meranto and Sandy Foster

The team that brought you last year's sell-out sensation The Hit Factory is back with an all-new tribute to American popular music. Using last year's pop infused "Brill Building Sound" as jumping-off point, The Hit Factory 2 takes us to the end of that era as singer-songwriters became the norm and performers like Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Carol King and Bobby Darin became household names.

  • Saturday, February 6 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, February 7 at 2 PM
  • Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, February 13 at 2 PM
  • Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM
  • Thursday, February 18 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, February 20 at 2 PM
  • Saturday, February 20 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM

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JCC Member: $27     Non Member: $29, Students: $20

Apr 2 - Apr 17, 2016

Other Desert Cities

APRIL 2 - 17, 2016

Area Premiere

by Jon Robin Baitz

A searing comedy-drama in the tradition of August: Osage County and Bad Jews, the joys of a family reunion quickly unravel when a prodigal daughter returns to her family's Palm Springs home and announces plans to publish a childhood memoir. As her retired ambassador father, image-conscious mother, rehabbing aunt and ne'er-do-well brother team up to stop her, long-held family secrets continue to be revealed. This 2012 Broadway hit, from the author of Substance of Fire and the creator TV's Brothers and Sisters, was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

  • Saturday, April 2 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, April 3 at 2 PM*
  • Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, April 9 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM
  • Thursday, April 14 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, April 16 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, April 17 at 2 PM

    *ASL interpreted performance

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JCC Member: $24     Non Member: $26, Students: $18

May 7 - May 22, 2016

Ain't Misbehavin'

MAY 7 - 22, 2016

Tony Award® Winner, Best Musical

Music by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.

The Joint will be Jumpin' when the golden age of The Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom get recreated in this rollicking, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and bawdy tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900s. A stellar cast, including Di'ta Monique and Darren Frazier from The Hit Factory, sing the songs that made the inimitable "Fats" Waller an international sensation.

  • Saturday, May 7 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, May 8 at 2 PM
  • Thursday, May 12 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, May 14 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, May 15 at 2 PM
  • Thursday, May 19 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, May 21 at 2 PM
  • Saturday, May 21 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM

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JCC Member: $27     Non Member: $29, Students: $20