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. 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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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
by Annie Baker
MARCH 4 - 19, 2017
WINNER! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
WINNER! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
WINNER! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Three underpaid employees of a run-down movie theater tear tickets, clean up popcorn and attend to one of the few remaining 35 millimeter film projectors in usage. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles and become more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on the screen. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending plea for authenticity in a fast-changing world. A must-see for movie lovers.
Directed by David Runzo
- Saturday, March 4 at 8pm
- Sunday, March 5 at 2pm*
(Post-show talk back with cast and special guests Jared Case and Deborah Stoiber of the George Eastman Museum's Moving Image Department.)
- Thursday, March 9 at 7pm
- Saturday, March 11 at 8pm
- Sunday, March 12 at 2pm
(Post-show talk back with cast and special guest film critic and D&C columnist Jack Garner.)
- Thursday, March 16 at 7pm**
- Saturday, March 18 at 8pm
- Sunday, March 19 at 2pm
Sponsored by Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation
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APRIL 2, 2017 at 7:30pm
Blues legend and virtuoso John Hammond is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, as well as a Grammy and Blues Award winner. Over his career, he has recorded thirty-four albums. Since his debut in 1962, he has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Duane Allman, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. His most recent album, Timeless won the 2015 Blues Award for Best Acoustic Album and Hammond was named Artist of the Year. It was his fourth award for Artist of the Year. John’s last appearance in Rochester (at Geva Theatre Center) sold out, so get your tickets early.
$45 Reserved Seating
$75 VIP Priority Section and Post-Show Meet & Greet
- Sunday, April 2 at 7:30pm
Proceeds to benefit JCC Camp Seneca Lake and CenterStage Theatre
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
Doors open at 7pm, music at 8pm
presented by Abilene on the Road
Live at the Hart Theater at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester
General Admission Tickets...$23 Advance, $25 day of show
Tickets on sale at:
Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604
Record Archive, 33 Rockwood Street, Rochester, NY 14610
Online at: www.abilenebarandlounge.com
Info at: www.eilenjewell.com
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**
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