CenterStage began in 1977 as the volunteer theatre company at the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Ralph Meranto since 2005, CenterStage is now a professional theatre utilizing the finest local actors, directors, and designers to present a 5-show subscription series of plays and musicals.
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FEBRUARY 6 - 21, 2016
World Premiere Musical
Conceived and Written by Ralph Meranto and Sandy Foster
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Casey Filiaci
Throughout the 1960s, the musicians in NYC's legendary Brill Building defined the pop charts with a string of chart topping hits including Twist and Shout, Hang on Sloopy, Piece of My Heart, and Sugar Sugar. When the British invasion sound hit our shores, these artists adapted to create a new American sound that made stars of Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Carole King, and many more. The cast and creative team from last year's sell-out sensation, The Hit Factory, are back with an all-new show and an exciting tribute to the songs we all know and love.
"The range and high level of singing in the cast will knock you out. The Hit Factory is a joyous celebration -- and a must see." - Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- Saturday, February 6 at 8 PM
- Sunday, February 7 at 2 PM
- Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM
- Saturday, February 13 at 8 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
Run Time: 2 hours including one intermission
Featuring....Bridge Over Troubled Water • Brown Eyed Girl • Cecilia • Come a Little Bit Closer • Cracklin Rosie • Doo Wah Diddy Diddy • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) • Hang on Sloopy • Hey Schoolgirl • Hurt So Bad • I Am...I Said • I Feel the Earth Move • I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight • I'm a Believer • I'm Into Something Good • (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone • It's My Party • Judy's Turn to Cry • Kentucky Woman • Kicks • Kodachrome • Lollipop • Love Will Keep Us Together • Make Your Own Kind of Music • Mrs. Robinson • Piece of My Heart • Pleasant Valley Sunday • Remember Then • So Far Away • Song Sung Blue • The Sound of Silence • Sugar, Sugar • Sweet Caroline • (Theme from) The Monkees • Twist and Shout • Ultimate Burt Bacharach Medley • We Gotta Get Out of This Place • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman • You've Got a Friend • You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' performed by a troupe of 10 amazing singers.
APRIL 2 - 17, 2016
by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by David Runzo
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.
CAST: Frederick Nuernberg and Patricia Lewis Browne as Lyman and Polly Wyeth; Marlo DiCrasto as Brooke; Davida Bloom as Silda and Danny Kunz as Trip.
"Witty, deeply enjoyable. All family reunions should be this satisfying." Ben Brantley, NY Times
- 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
*ASL interpreted performance
MAY 7 - 22, 2016
Tony Award® Winner, Best Musical
Music by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.
Directed by Zoe Walker-Itoh
Musical Direction by Casey Filiaci
Choreography by Esther Winter
Tony Award® Winner, Best Musical
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 (The Hit Factory 1 & 2), Oscia Miles (Hairspray), Lorenzo Shawn Parnell (Blackfriars' Violet) and newcomer Sable Stewart perform 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
Presented in memory of Marilyn Goldberg
The Calamari Sisters have the juiciest clams in town!
The Calamari Sisters are back at the JCC after their record-breaking run of "Oy Vey" with an all-new show! This summer, Delphine & Carmela are cooking up a delightfully zany and slightly fishy picnic. You'll laugh until your sides hurt as these two plus size siblings sing, dance, and cook their way through the ins and outs of an Italian clam bake. (Please note, no actual clams will be harmed in the making of this totally Kosher event.)
Run time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
- Wednesday, May 25 at 7 PM
- Thursday, May 26 at 7 PM
- Saturday, May 28 at 2 PM
- Saturday, May 28 at 8 PM
- Sunday, May 29 at 2 PM
- Wednesday, June 1 at 7 PM
- Thursday, June 2 at 7 PM
- Saturday, June 4 at 2 PM
- Saturday, June 4 at 8 PM
- Sunday, June 5 at 2 PM
JCC SummerStage will once again present a full-scale musical featuring a group of the area's most talented high school and college age musical theatre performers. Because there is also a professional production of this same title in the region, we are unable to announce the title until June 23, 2016. We promise this show will be must-see and continue in the fine tradition of SummerStage shows like West Side Story, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Green Day's American Idiot and Urinetown. Please click on the AUDITION area above to the left for audition info. Check back for updates and call us at (585) 461-2000 ext 235 if you have any questions.
- Saturday, July 16 at 8 PM
- Sunday, July 17 at 2 PM
- Tuesday, July 19 at 7 PM
- Wednesday, July 20 at 7 PM
- Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM
- Saturday, July 23 at 2 PM
- Saturday, July 23 at 8 PM
- Sunday, July 24 at 2 PM