Since 1977, CenterStage has been the resident professional theatre company of the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Ralph Meranto, CenterStage utilizes the finest local actors, directors, and designers to present a 5-show subscription series of plays and musicals.
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JULY 11 - 19, 2015
Music by Green Day; Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
This Tony Award® winning hit musical tells the story of three lifelong friends and their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world. Based on Green Day's GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before.
Directed and Choreographed by Ralph Meranto and Meggins Kelley
Vocal Direction by Matthew Wegman
Orchestra Direction by Aaron Staebell
- Saturday, July 11 at 8 PM
- Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, July 15 at 8 PM
- Thursday, July 16 at 8 PM
- Saturday, July 18 at 8 PM
- Sunday, July 19 at 2 PM
Run time: approximately 95 minutes, no intermission
October 8-25, 2015
When Delphine and Carmela Calamari are hired to cater an event at a Jewish funeral home, there's no telling what they'll whip up in their kitchen. From matzah balls to meatballs, challah bread to pizza dough, and gefilte fish to baccala, the girls try desperately to bridge the cultural gap.
The sisters pay their respects in the only way they know how — by singing, dancing, and cooking through memorable songs less-than-appropriate for your typical interment. Needless to say, by the end of the show, you’ll agree that death becomes the Calamari Sisters.
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- Thursday, October 8 at 7 PM
- Saturday, October 10 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 11 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, October 14 at 7 PM
- Thursday, October 15 at 7 PM
- Saturday, October 17 at 2 PM
- Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 18 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, October 21 at 7 PM
- Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM
- Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM
- Saturday, October 24 at 8 PM
- Sunday, October 25 at 2 PM
JCC Members: $27 Regular Seats, $35 VIP Seats,
Non-Members: $29 Regular Seats, $40 VIP Seats
Students: $20 Regular Seats, $35 VIP Seats
(VIP Seating is in the front rows of the theater.)
DECEMBER 5 - 20, 2015
East Coast Premiere
by Donald Margulies, based on "The Loudest Voice" by Grace Paley
When a young Jewish girl is cast to play the role of Jesus in the school Christmas pageant, her immigrant parents struggle to balance their holiday traditions with their new role as Americans. This new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music, merriment, and multi-holiday pageants into a delightful holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths.
- Saturday, December 5 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 6 at 2 PM
- Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM
- Saturday, December 12 at 2 PM
- Saturday, December 12 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 13 at 2 PM
- Thursday, December 17 at 7 PM
- Saturday, December 19 at 2 PM
- Saturday, December 19 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 20 at 2 PM
FEBRUARY 6 - 21, 2016
World Premiere Musical
Conceived and Written by Ralph Meranto and Sandy Foster
The team that brought you last year's sell-out sensation The Hit Factory is back with an all-new tribute to American popular music. Using last year's pop infused "Brill Building Sound" as jumping-off point, The Hit Factory 2 takes us to the end of that era as singer-songwriters became the norm and performers like Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Carol King and Bobby Darin became household names.
- Saturday, February 6 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 7 at 2 PM
- Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM
- Saturday, February 13 at 2 PM
- Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM
- Thursday, February 18 at 7 PM
- Saturday, February 20 at 2 PM
- Saturday, February 20 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM
APRIL 2 - 17, 2016
by Jon Robin Baitz
A searing comedy-drama in the tradition of August: Osage County and Bad Jews, the joys of a family reunion quickly unravel when a prodigal daughter returns to her family's Palm Springs home and announces plans to publish a childhood memoir. As her retired ambassador father, image-conscious mother, rehabbing aunt and ne'er-do-well brother team up to stop her, long-held family secrets continue to be revealed. This 2012 Broadway hit, from the author of Substance of Fire and the creator TV's Brothers and Sisters, was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
- Saturday, April 2 at 8 PM
- Sunday, April 3 at 2 PM
- Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM
- Saturday, April 9 at 8 PM
- Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM
- Thursday, April 14 at 7 PM
- Saturday, April 16 at 8 PM
- Sunday, April 17 at 2 PM
MAY 7 - 22, 2016
Tony Award® Winner, Best Musical
Music by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.
The Joint will be Jumpin' when the golden age of The Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom get recreated in this rollicking, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and bawdy tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900s. A stellar cast, including Di'ta Monique and Darren Frazier from The Hit Factory, sing the songs that made the inimitable "Fats" Waller an international sensation.
- Saturday, May 7 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 8 at 2 PM
- Thursday, May 12 at 7 PM
- Saturday, May 14 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 15 at 2 PM
- Thursday, May 19 at 7 PM
- Saturday, May 21 at 2 PM
- Saturday, May 21 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM