Curtain Up! to kick off theater season in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Every year, a special event celebrates the start of the Buffalo Theatre Season — Curtain Up!

The night will consist of three “acts.”


On Friday evening, The Patrons’ Dinner Gala will commence at 5:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, wine, and live music provided by Jazz Cache.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $100/person and can be bought by calling (716) 847-0850.

Also happening that night is the Greenroom Gala. For $50, guests can go to the Expo Market on Main St. for an open bar, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. That event will go from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets for both events will benefit the Theatre District Association of Western New York.


Following Act I, a variety of performances will start at 8 p.m. Here they are, courtesy of the Theatre District Association of Western New York:

710 Theatre
710 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS by Richard Alfieri ($44)

Alleyway Theatre
1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, NY 14202 | 716-852-2600 x0
KILLER RACK: The Feminist Horror Musical Comedy 
book, music and lyrics by Neal Radice
based on the motion picture written by Paul McGinnis and directed by Gregory Lamberson, including a song by Armand John Petri and Joe Rozler ($32)

Buffalo United Artists
at Alleyway’s Main Street Cabaret
672 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 | 716-886-9239
SONS AND LOVERS by Donna Hoke ($15-25)

Irish Classical Theatre Company
625 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 | 716-853-4282
DESIGN FOR LIVING by Noel Coward ($20-50)

The Kavinoky Theatre
320 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201 | 716-829-8141
THE PRODUCERS by Mel Brooks ($38-42)

Lancaster Opera House
21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086 | 716-683-1776
Rocking Horse Productions presents
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick ($10-26)

MusicalFare Theatre
4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 | 716-839-8540
PETER & THE STARCATCHER by Rick Elice ($44)

New Phoenix Theatre On The Park 

95 Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY 14201 | 716-853-1334
MY OLD LADY by Isreal Horovitz ($20-30)

O’Connell & Company

at Shea’s Smith Theatre
660 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 | 1-716-848-0800
GENTLEMEN PREFER DIVAS by Mary Kate O’Connell ($31)

Road Less Traveled Productions
500 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 | 716-629-3069
JOHN by Annie Baker ($20-35)

Subversive Theatre Collective
at Manny Fried Playhouse
255 Great Arrow Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207 | 716-883-0856
IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis ($25-30)

Torn Space Theatre
612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14212 | 716-812-5733
THE FEVER by 600 Highwaymen ($25)


Following the performances, a party in the Theatre District will begin and last until 1 a.m. There will be live music and street performers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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