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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DECEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 31, 2014
Aggy Dune and Kasha Davis are back to high kick-off the New Year with an all-new show. Big Wigs on Broad(s)way is a tribute to the leading "ladies" of Broadway. Featuring dead-on impersonations of Barbra, Cher, Judy, Liza (with a "Z"), Madonna, Ethel Merman, Dolly Parton and more; Broadway favorites from Cabaret, Gypsy, Evita, Avenue Q, Mama Mia, Mame, 9 to 5, etc. come to life as you have never seen them before. That's Entertainment!
- Saturday, December 27 at 8 PM
- Sunday, December 28 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, December 31 at 9 PM (New Year’s Eve)
DECEMBER 31, 2014 – JANUARY 4, 2015
Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Joan Baez have enjoyed long careers in music, beginning as the female faces of folk in the 1960s.
American Songbook series creator Linda Foster and JCC favourite Laura Jean Smillie-Diekmann are joined by a fabulous group of musicians for a concert that explores the legacy of these amazing singer-songwriters. Featuring Turn, Turn, Turn, Tambourine Man, Amazing Grace, Someday Soon, Diamonds and Rust, Big Yellow Taxi, Both Sides Now and many more.
- Wednesday, December 31 at 7 PM (New Year’s Eve)
- Saturday, January 3 at 8 PM
- Sunday, January 4 at 2 PM
with special guest Viktoria Grimmy
JANUARY 10 & 11, 2015
Presented by TYKEs and JCC CenterStage
SOLO CIRCUS is a fast-paced, variety show for all ages featuring amazing magic, juggling, circus/sideshow stunts and audience interaction, all wrapped up in a cozy blanket of comedy.
Rochester native Michael DuBois’ appearances on Jay Leno and David Letterman catapulted him to international recognition, and he has since performed his unique SOLO CIRCUS at over 500 colleges, cruise ships, theaters and resorts all over the world.
Special guest Viktoria Grimmy is a fifth-generation circus performer and aerialist who created and performed circus acts for the Tony-award winning Broadway production of PIPPIN and has performed with the Big Apple Circus, Ringling Brothers Circus, Britney Spears Circus Tour, and in the film Burlesque.
Sponsored by Jamie and Loren Flaum
- Saturday, January 10 at 11 AM
- Saturday, January 10 at 2 PM
- Sunday, January 11 at 2 PM
- Sunday, January 11 at 4:30 PM
FEBRUARY 7 - 22, 2015
A look back at the “Brill Building Sound”
In the 1950s and 60s, at NYC’s legendary Brill Building, you could write a song, sell a song, record a song and publish a song…sometimes in the same day. Producers like Don Kirshner and Phil Spector and songwriters like Carole King, Neil Sedaka and Leiber and Stoller dominated the airwaves with chart-topping hits for The Shirelles, Coasters, Drifters, Righteous Brothers, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Lesley Gore, Little Eva, Fabian, The Shangri-las, Ben E. King, Dionne Warwick and many more.
Featuring over three dozen enduring tunes, this all-new musical, from the creators of last season’s Burt Bacharach show, revisits the legacy of the time and place known as The Hit Factory.
Written and conceived by Ralph Meranto and Sandy Foster
Directed by Ralph Meranto
Musical Direction by Casey Filiaci
- Saturday, February 7 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 8 at 2 PM
- Thursday, February 12 at 7 PM
- Saturday, February 14 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 15 at 2 PM
- Thursday, February 19 at 7 PM
- Saturday, February 21 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 22 at 2 PM
Sponsored by Dawn and Jacques Lipson
MARCH 14 - 29, 2015
by Darrah Cloud - It’s Our Town...Only Wilder!
*New York Premiere*
"A fresh take on a beloved classic. This beautiful, brand-new play is so full of honest human heart, humor, hurt, and hope that it is destined to become a classic." - DCMetroTheaterArts
This whimsically innovative reinterpretation of Thorton Wilder's Our Town moves the action from fictional Grover's Corners to the very real Skokie, Illinois in 1977. As neighboring families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, two teenagers fall in love, and the world is about to give everyone a serious dose of reality.
Our Suburb made it's world premiere in D.C. last year and playwright Darrah Cloud will be in Rochester to open this New York Premiere. Our Suburb is also available for school performances.
Directed by Kerry Young
- Saturday, March 14 at 8 PM (Opening Night Reception and Q&A with Author Darrah Cloud)
- Sunday, March 15 at 2 PM*
- Thursday, March 19 at 7 PM
- Saturday, March 21 at 8 PM
- Sunday, March 22 at 2 PM
- Thursday, March 26 at 7 PM
- Saturday, March 28 at 8 PM
- Sunday, March 29 at 2 PM
*ASL Interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing by StageHands. Please note "interpreted section" when you order to be seated in this section.
A new musical bound for national exposure, powerfully portrays the spirit of survival of a Holocaust survivor, who navigated through tremendous obstacles to find home and freedom during one of the history's darkest times.
Writer Deborah Haber and Composer Casey Filiaci share the development and creative process of this exciting new musical!
> How oral history and testimony inspires script and score
> How historical events relate to current world affairs and inspire thought-provoking discussion
- Thursday, April 16 at 7 PM
MAY 2 - 17, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel are just a few of your favorite storybook characters that collide in one epic adventure. Wishes will be granted, but when there are witches and giants about, "happily ever after" is not always the end of the story. Delightfully humorous and beautifully poignant, this Sondheim masterpiece is not a kids' story, but a wildly entertaining, family-friendly, adult fairy tale about the consequences of "I wish."
Directed by Ralph Meranto, Music Direction by Brian Clickner
- Saturday, May 2 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 3 at 2 PM
- Thursday, May 7 at 7 PM
- Saturday, May 9 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 10 at 2 PM*
- Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM
- Saturday, May 16 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 17 at 2 PM
*ASL Interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing by StageHands. Please note "interpreted section" when you order to be seated in this section
Presented in Memory of Hon. Wilmer J. Patlow
Sponsored by Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation
World Premiere Workshop Production!
October 8-25, 2015
Rochester's favorite Italian Mamas, Carmela and Delphine Calamari, have been dancing, singing and cooking their way into hearts of sold out audiences across the country. Their all new show, Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters! makes its debut at JCC CenterStage in October 2015, but you can be the first to reserve your VIP tickets and save $15 off the regular price.
In Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters! Carmela and Delphine get hired to cater a Jewish event without first reading up on the rules of keeping Kosher. As worlds collide, matzo ball soup will never be quite the same.
SAVE $15! EARLY BIRD OFFER...
Order before January 1, 2015 and VIP Tickets are just $25
PLUS get a $5 off Coupon for a upcoming CenterStage production!
SELECT SHOW DATES now OR select the EARLY BIRD VOUCHER option and to chose dates later!
Early Bird Offer Valid for performance October 8-18, 2015.
Click here for a personal greeting from Carmela and Delphine... thecalamarisisters.com