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Hart TheatreFor information, subscriptions and volunteer opportunities, call (585) 461-2000 x 235.

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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Supporters receive access to the 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.

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Post-show discussions follow 1st and 2nd Sunday matinees.

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Feb 11

Sunday
7pm

Add to Calendar 11/02/2018 7:00pm 11/02/2018 11:59pm America/New_York Tighten Your Borscht Belt JCC CenterStage PresentsA New Play Reading A Comedy by Hilary Bluestein-LyonsDirected by Virginia Monte Sunday, February 11 at 7pm, JCC Hart Theatre It’s 1952 and stand-up comedienne Hattie Zelig finds that getting a headliner slot on the Catskills ‘Borscht Belt’ boy’s club circuit is harder than breaking into Fort Knox. When a once in a lifetime opportunity appears, Hattie is forced to choose between family and career...and that’s no laughing matter. Free Admission - No reservations required. CenterStage at the JCC invites you attend the first public reading of a new play by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons. An audience discussion with the playwright and director will follow the performance.

Tighten Your Borscht Belt

JCC CenterStage Presents
A New Play Reading

A Comedy by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons
Directed by Virginia Monte

Sunday, February 11 at 7pm, JCC Hart Theatre

It’s 1952 and stand-up comedienne Hattie Zelig finds that getting a headliner slot on the Catskills ‘Borscht Belt’ boy’s club circuit is harder than breaking into Fort Knox. When a once in a lifetime opportunity appears, Hattie is forced to choose between family and career...and that’s no laughing matter.

Free Admission - No reservations required.

CenterStage at the JCC invites you attend the first public reading of a new play by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons.

An audience discussion with the playwright and director will follow the performance.



Feb 3 - Feb 18
Sunday
2pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
8pm
Feb 14 - Feb 17
Wednesday
7pm
Saturday
2pm

Location

Hart Theater

The Hit Makers: And the Beat Goes On

FEBRUARY 3-18, 2018

Created by Ralph Meranto and Casey Filiaci

“Superb singers, spot-on arrangements. Toes will be tapped and old favorites will be sung.” –Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

ALL NEW SHOW - Our popular Hit Makers series welcomes back favorite performers for a musical celebration  of the late 1960s featuring chart-topping hits by Sonny & Cher, The 5th Dimension, Marvin Gaye, Three Dog Night, Donovan, The Turtles, Otis Redding, Blood Sweat & Tears, James Brown, and many more.

  • Saturday, February 3 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 4 at 2pm
  • Thursday, February 8 at 7pm
  • Saturday, February 10 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 11 at 2pm*
  • Wednesday, February 14 at 7pm - Special Added Show! 
  • Thursday, February 15 at 7pm*
  • Saturday, February 17 at 2pm*
  • Saturday, February 17 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 18 at 2pm

Sponsored by Debby Goldman

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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Mar 10 - Mar 25
Sunday
2pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
8pm

Buyer & Cellar

MARCH 10-25, 2018

A Comedy by Jonathan Tolins

"Irresistible, delicious and wickedly funny! I tell you to go.”-New York Times

AREA PREMIERE – Alex More (Jake Purcell) is one of “the luckiest people in the world!” He’s scored the oddest of odd jobs as the lone employee of the shopping mall in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. Inspired by Streisand’s coffee table book, My Passion for Design, will this out-of-work actor develop a real friendship with Babs or will he be forever trapped underground? Loved by audiences and critics across the country, this irresistible comedy can finally be seen in Rochester.

Jake Purcell
Starring Jake Purcell as Alex

  • Saturday, March 10 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 11 at 2pm
  • Thursday, March 15 at 7pm
  • Saturday, March 17 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 18 at 2pm*
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7pm*
  • Saturday, March 24 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 25 at 2pm


Sponsored by Drs. Dawn and Jacques Lipson

Supported by...

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Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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Mar 12

Monday
7:30pm

Add to Calendar 12/03/2018 7:30pm 12/03/2018 11:59pm America/New_York Melvin Seals & JGB DEADHEAD ALERT: Back by popular demand, the JCC welcomes the JGB with Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band, Terrapin Flyer, etc.) for a one-night only event. Proceeds to benefit JCC Camp Seneca Lake. Monday, March 12 at 7:30pm Reserved Seats: $40 (Students $25)VIP Seats: $65* *VIP tickets are located in the front rows of the theater and include a meet & greet reception after the concert. Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Zach Nugent’s guitar and vocals, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with backing vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky's the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours. In addition to the often played staples, the band has recently been exploring the back catalog and performing a ton of super rare tunes, some of which The Jerry Garcia Band played only a few times over all those years.
Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him “Master of the Universe”. Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself! Melvin Seals – Organ, Vocals Shirley Starks – Vocals Cheryl Rucker – Vocals Pete Lavezzoli – Drums Zach Nugent – Guitar, Vocals Click for Tickets  

Melvin Seals & JGB

DEADHEAD ALERT: Back by popular demand, the JCC welcomes the JGB with Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band, Terrapin Flyer, etc.) for a one-night only event.
Proceeds to benefit JCC Camp Seneca Lake.

  • Monday, March 12 at 7:30pm

Reserved Seats: $40 (Students $25)
VIP Seats: $65*

*VIP tickets are located in the front rows of the theater and include a meet & greet reception after the concert.

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Zach Nugent’s guitar and vocals, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with backing vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky's the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours.

In addition to the often played staples, the band has recently been exploring the back catalog and performing a ton of super rare tunes, some of which The Jerry Garcia Band played only a few times over all those years.
Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him “Master of the Universe”. Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!

Melvin Seals – Organ, Vocals

Shirley Starks – Vocals

Cheryl Rucker – Vocals

Pete Lavezzoli – Drums

Zach Nugent – Guitar, Vocals

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Apr 21

Saturday
7:30pm

Add to Calendar 21/04/2018 7:30pm 21/04/2018 11:59pm America/New_York David Bromberg Quintet Proceeds to benefit JCC Camp Seneca Lake. Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm Reserved Seats: $40 (Students $25)VIP Seats: $65* *VIP tickets are located in the front rows of the theater and include a meet & greet reception after the concert. Americana godfather David Bromberg comes to the JCC! His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.   Click for Tickets  

David Bromberg Quintet

Proceeds to benefit JCC Camp Seneca Lake.

  • Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm

Reserved Seats: $40 (Students $25)
VIP Seats: $65*

*VIP tickets are located in the front rows of the theater and include a meet & greet reception after the concert.

Americana godfather David Bromberg comes to the JCC! His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.

 

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May 5 - May 20
Sunday
2pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
8pm
Saturday, May 19
Saturday
2pm

Location

Hart Theater

The Bridges of Madison County, the Musical

MAY 5-20, 2018

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the Novel by Robert James Waller

“A ravishingly beautiful musical play with a marvelous score” –Newsday

AREA PREMIERE - One of the most romantic stories ever written is now an irresistible, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical about the roads we travel and the bridges we dare to cross. From the composer of Parade and The Last Five Years, this epic story comes to life with a beautiful and powerful score that has a cult following with musical theatre fans.

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

Sponsored by...

Mach2

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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