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Welcome to our 2017-18 Season!

Bringing A World of Theatre to Rochester...
Bringing Rochester Theatre to the World

Thanks to the support of our subscribers, donors and ticket buyers, CenterStage Theatre has emerged as a destination theatre for Rochesterians, as well as a player in the development of new works on the national scene.

Our 40th Anniversary Season was a memorable one! We opened with the unveiling of the new Lipson Patron Lounge and a remodeled lobby, and we closed with an epic event honoring our history and the 80th birthday of CenterStage founder Herb Katz. During the season we had record-breaking ticket sales and sold-out runs of The Hit Makers: Love & War, Titanic and Bring It On.

The line-up for this season features four musicals and includes the much-anticipated area premieres of three NYC hits I have had my eye on since they first opened. We are also thrilled to have the return of home-grown favorites, The Calamari Sisters and an all-new edition of our beloved series, The Hit Makers.

CenterStage’s new work development is being noticed across the country. Last season’s world-premiere play, Church & State, had an acclaimed 3-month run Off-Broadway where it received an Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for Best New Play and has been published by Dramatists Play Service. Church & State’s first regional theatre production has been announced and dozens of theatres across the country are exploring it for future productions. We have again partnered with the National New Play Network for another Rolling World Premiere. Playwright Allison Gregory will be at the JCC for the Sept. 9 & 10 opening of Wild Horses, and the play will continue with additional performances at the Rochester Fringe Festival.

We have also commissioned Wendy Kout (Naked in Encino) to write a new play about some very important Rochesterians. More information on that project is coming soon.

I’m beyond excited at the unprecedented growth of our theatre. Please consider joining our growing list of subscribers and supporters and help spread the word about CenterStage Theatre at the JCC. I will see you at the theater!

Ralph Meranto
Producing Artistic Director

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Cooking with the Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiana!

OCTOBER 5-29, 2017

“Laughter from Start to Finish” —Broadway World

THE GIRLS ARE BACK! - Rochester’s favorite sister-duo, Delphine and Carmela Calamari, sing and dance their way through the final broadcast of their WFAT cable access cooking show. Filled with outrageous comedy, audience interaction, onstage cooking, food fights and sisterly love, this new production of the show that started the Calamari Sisters phenomenon is certain to please first-timers and devoted fans alike.


First Date, The Broadway Musical Comedy

Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner

DECEMBER 2-17, 2017

“This is the one first date you don’t want to end!” —NY1

- When tightly wound Aaron is set up on a blind date with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, manipulative exes, and a curiously intrusive waiter. Can this dating disaster turn into something special before the check arrives?

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


The Hit Makers: And the Beat Goes On

Created by Ralph Meranto and Casey Filiaci

FEBRUARY 3-18, 2018

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

ALL NEW SHOW - A musical tribute to the late 1960s. We flip the musical coin from last year’s Woodstock-inspired set list as we bring a fresh take to chart-topping hits by Sonny & Cher, Marvin Gaye, Three Dog Night, Donovan, The 5th Dimension, 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*
  • Thursday, February 15 at 7pm*
  • Saturday, February 17 at 2pm*
  • Saturday, February 17 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 18 at 2pm


Buyer & Cellar

A Comedy by Jonathan Tolins

MARCH 10-25, 2018

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

– Alex More 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 alike, this irresistible comedy that has been playing to packed houses across the country can finally be seen in Rochester.

  • 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

The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical

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

MAY 5-20, 2018

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

- 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



Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the infrastructure at the JCC, we are able to offer professional theatre at very affordable prices. Most shows are $27/29. We strive to keep prices afforable for all. We don't inflate our prices so we can offer discounts. JCC Members recieve $2 off most shows. Student tickets are just $20 (or less) to encourage the next generation to attend live theatre. We do not have a senior discount, but many seniors chose to join the JCC for free (or discounted) through their insurance plans and take advantage of the Member rate.  

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