Somewhat historical past, a number of leisure as EVITA and PROHIBITION encore this Saturday

Somewhat historical past, a number of leisure as EVITA and PROHIBITION encore this Saturday

THE BASICS:  EVITA, the 1980 a number of Tony Award-winning musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, in a “live performance efficiency” introduced by Starring Buffalo, with their signature technique of blending Broadway professionals, Buffalo professionals, and this time the highschool choirs from Metropolis Honors and Frederick Regulation Olmsted, opened on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 pm, with two remaining exhibits this Saturday, November 5 at each 2 pm and seven:30 pm at Shea’s 710 Theatre, on the nook of Most important and Tupper throughout from the “Theatre District” plaza.

Runtime: Two hours with one 20-minute intermission within the enticing 710 foyer/lounge space.

THUMBNAIL SKETCH:  Set in Argentina between 1934 and 1952, EVITA charts Eva Peron’s (born Duarte) rise from poverty to turn out to be probably the most highly effective lady in Latin America, with many very gratifying songs as well as, however positively not unique, to the hit “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”  Removed from a dry lesson in South American political historical past, it is a tuneful story of ambition run wild.

THE PLAYERS, THE PLAY, AND THE PRODUCTION: The Starring Buffalo live performance efficiency options Tony Award-Successful Lena Corridor (Finest Featured Actress in a Musical as “Yitzhak” in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) as Eva Perón.  (Enjoyable truth: Lena Corridor is the stage identify of Celina Consuela Gabriella Carvajal.)  Additionally onstage is Robi Hager (SPRING AWAKENING) as Che, and Nicholas Rodriguez (COMPANY, TARZAN) as Juan Perón, performing alongside Buffalo space stars Anna Fernandez (Artie Award-Nominee, A CHORUS LINE) as The Mistress, and Raphael Santos (Artie Award-Nominee, THE TOXIC AVENGER) as Magaldi with Blaise Mercedes (Artie Award-Nominee, WEST SIDE STORY), Victoria Pérez (a number of Artie Award nominations), Mateo Rivera, Joe Russi, Madalyn Teal, and Dan Torres, in addition to dozens of Western New York singers, dancers, and musicians (offstage, led by Daniel Bassin). 

Somewhat historical past, a number of leisure as EVITA and PROHIBITION encore this Saturday

As you may inform by lots of the final names, the producers have referred to as in a number of the finest Latin abilities, lots of them regionally affiliated with Raíces Theatre, Buffalo’s Latino theater group.  There have been three excellent performances. First, from Broadway’s Robi Hager as Che, a made-up character that narrates the motion and supplies another narrative to the blind worship of Evita.  Despite the fact that, in actuality, Juan Perón did meet a number of occasions with the Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, that’s NOT the character we see on stage.  Actually, in South America, the identify or nickname “Che” would possibly even translate to easily “man” or “dude.”  After the opening choral “Requiem for Evita,” Hager has the opening track “Oh, What a Circus” and he set the usual of excellence that, for probably the most half, was upheld all night.

Evita curtain name – picture by Peter Corridor

Additionally delivering at that top stage was Buffalo’s Raphael Santos as “Magaldi,” Evita’s old flame/stepping stone, and a sensuous tango singer with a clean and silky voice. Notice to Buffalo producers: ¡Queremos más Santos!  We would like extra Santos! 

The third spotlight got here from Buffalo’s Anna Fernandez, tall and wonderful, with a pure voice that captivated the viewers. She was additionally invaluable in group numbers serving to to sweeten the sound. Fernandez lately starred as “Morticia” in O’Connell & Firm’s ADDAMS FAMILY and I’d say that that is her 12 months.  On stage she sat subsequent to her ADDAMS FAMILY co-star, Madalyn Teal and the 2 of them appeared to be having a lot enjoyable!  A significant objective of Drew Fornarola when he started Starring Buffalo productions was to convey collectively musical professionals who won’t in any other case get an opportunity to work collectively and you bought the sensation that Fernandez and Teal had been “within the second.”

By the best way, in his opening remarks, director Fornarola defined that the group first assembled on Wednesday morning, and had put this all collectively in simply three days.  Superb.

My solely disappointment was within the vocal efficiency of Lena Corridor, who could have had a chilly.  Her voice was typically raspy and at occasions somewhat screechy.  That might not be solely on her.  The function is notoriously tough.  Actually, in an interview with the NY Occasions critic Jesse Inexperienced, Patti Lupone mentioned “EVITA was the worst expertise of my life…I used to be screaming my method by a component that might solely have been written by a person who hates girls.”  At intermission, a neighborhood director informed me that when Madonna sang the function, it was transposed all the way down to a extra cheap key.  He additionally steered that if the tempo of “A New Argentina” had been quicker, then Ms. Corridor may have simply touched on the excessive notes as an alternative of being compelled to carry them.

That apart, there are a lot of, many delights on this manufacturing of EVITA that I don’t have area for, however once you go, (it’s on stage once more Saturday November 5 at each 2 and seven:30) you’ll be greater than entertained.  I’m giving it 4 Buffalos, which signifies that “Each the manufacturing and the play are of excessive caliber. If the style/content material are up your alley, I’d make an actual effort to attend.”


In the meantime, throughout city, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra can be placing on a semi-staged little bit of music historical past.  As an alternative of Argentina within the Forties and 50s, it’s New York Metropolis and Berlin, Germany within the Nineteen Twenties, 30s, and 40s.

THE BASICS:  PROHIBITION, introduced on the BPO Pops Sequence, performed by Bradley Thachuk with three vocalists – Broadway’s Bronson Norris Murphy because the “Dapper Younger Man,” Off-Broadway’s Madison Claire Parks because the “Younger Ingenue,” and worldwide blues and jazz vocalist Myra Maud well-cast because the “Cabaret Singer” opened at a Friday morning Espresso Live performance with yet one more efficiency, Saturday night, November 5, at 7:30 at Kleinhans Music Corridor.  716-885-5000  Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission

THUMBNAIL SKETCH:  With classic pictures projected on the overhead display together with “silent film” cues in a retro typeface showing to flicker like an outdated film, we’re handled to 26 musical numbers, all organized by Jeff Tyzik, all introduced with out introduction, as issues transfer shortly alongside that includes quite a lot of (very retro) musical kinds on this extremely produced program.  This isn’t the music of your grandparents.  It’s the music of your grandparents’ grandparents.  And it’s a lot enjoyable!

THE PLAYERS, THE PLAY, AND THE PRODUCTION: After an orchestral quantity we’re first handled to 1931’s “My Canary Has Circles Underneath His Eyes” with lyrics by Ted Kohler.  If that identify rings a bell, it might be as a result of he was a favourite collaborator with Buffalo’s personal Harold Arlen.  So there are a number of extra now-forgotten songs, however then there are extra well-known hits together with “La Vie En Rose,” and “Mack The Knife,” and one made very fashionable by The Andrews Sisters with the Yiddish title “Bei Mir bist Du Schön” (To me you might be pretty).  Within the first half, we go between New York Metropolis and Berlin in the course of the Weimar Republic, a spot and time acquainted to many by the musical CABARET.

You may see all the playlist together with artist bios right here.

There’s an in depth section coping with the Nice Melancholy together with “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” adopted by extra upbeat numbers equivalent to “We’re Within the Cash,” “On The Sunny Aspect of the Road,” ending with Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”  

As talked about there is no such thing as a commentary as is common with Bradley Thachuk Pops Live shows.  As an alternative, the three vocal stars enter in numerous costumes to sing solos, duets, or trios.  There’s some dancing and typically they simply sit at a tiny desk for 2 and gaze into one another’s eyes singing a love duet.  

I have to say that in these anxious occasions it was reassuring to do not forget that as a nation we endured such nationwide errors as Prohibition and that we additionally obtained by The Nice Melancholy.  

As with EVITA, I’m giving it 4 Buffalos, which signifies that “Each the manufacturing and the play are of excessive caliber. If the style/content material are up your alley, I’d make an actual effort to attend.”


Kleinhans Music Corridor is at “3 Symphony Circle” Buffalo, 14201 the place Porter Avenue, Richmond Avenue, North Road and Wadsworth meet at a visitors circle.  Go to or name 716-885-5000.  Full-service bar within the foyer or throughout the foyer within the Mary Seaton Room.  Masks are elective.

*HERD OF BUFFALO (Notes on the Score System)

ONE BUFFALO: This implies hassle. A dreadful play, a extremely flawed manufacturing, or each. Except there may be some actually compelling purpose so that you can attend (i.e. you’re the guardian of somebody who’s in it), give this present a large berth.

TWO BUFFALOS: Satisfactory, however no nice shakes. Both the manufacturing is fairly far off base, or the play itself is problematic. Except you’re the kind of one who’s completely satisfied simply going to the theater, you would possibly go searching for one thing else.

THREE BUFFALOS: I nonetheless have my points, however it is a fairly darn good evening on the theater. When you don’t go in with large expectations, you’ll most likely be happy.

FOUR BUFFALOS: Each the manufacturing and the play are of excessive caliber. If the style/content material are up your alley, I’d make an actual effort to attend.

FIVE BUFFALOS: Actually very good–a uncommon ranking. Comedies that depart you weak with laughter, dramas that actually contact the center. Offered that that is the type of present you want, you’d be a idiot to overlook it!

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