CenterStage’s 2023–24 Season is Keeping it Real!
Our 47th season takes inspiration from real life stories, iconic figures, and beloved books.
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Love, Loss, and What I Wore
December 2–10, 2023
By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
Based on the Book by Ilene Beckerman
Directed by Karin Bowersock
Sisters Nora and Delia Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) transformed the book by Ilene Beckerman into a unique theatrical experience. A group of women portray 30 characters as they share true stories of pivotal moments in their lives through the lens of the clothing they wore.
Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 3, 2pm
Thursday, December 7, 7pm
Saturday, December 9, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 10, 2pm [OC]
Visit our women-owned businesses in the lobby:
Fine Art by Lorraine Staunch
Panache Consignment by Natalie Rae
Audience chat will follow each performance featuring special guests:
Joan Lincoln and Natalie Rae,
Panache Consignments (12/2)
Alyssa Whitfield, Dress for Success &
Moire Bagale, Moire’s Millinery (12/3)
Kerry Jones, Indigo Tones (12/7)
Pamela Nakoski, Vintage Soul (12/9)
Christina Thompson, Breast Cancer Coalition (12/10)
Ring in the New Year at the JCC!
Darren Frazier: It Ain't Over Yet
December 28 & 31, 2023
Hitmakers perennial favorite Darren Frazier has enjoyed a long career as a vocalist and performer in touring Broadway shows, cabaret houses, and a long-standing gig in STOMP! Now, at 60 years old, Darren takes the stage with some favorite songs from his past and a bucket list of songs he’s always wanted to sing. Join us for an incredible evening of Broadway, standards, R&B, and pop tunes with one of Rochester’s most celebrated musical performers. Featuring Casey Filiaci on piano.
Thursday, December 28, 7pm
Sunday, December 31, 3pm
Big Wigs featuring Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune
December 30 & 31, 2023
BIG WIGS is a high-energy, Las Vegas-style show featuring Mrs. Kasha Davis from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Rochester legend Aggy Dune. These two outrageous talents continue to deliver their dead-on impressions to sold-out crowds all over the country. This fast-paced show includes all your favorite divas: Cher, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, and many more.
Saturday, December 30, 8pm
Sunday, December 31, 8pm
Hitmakers: Rock vs. Disco
February 3–18, 2024
Written by Danny Kincaid-Kunz
Directed by Esther Winter
Musical Direction & Arrangements by Casey Filiaci
Perhaps no musical genre has been so embraced (and reviled) as the disco movement of the 1970s. While disco dance music was dominating the pop charts, the rock world was morphing with other genres like funk and R&B, and even created new musical subgenres like yacht rock. In this ninth edition of our beloved Hitmakers series, we explore those that created the music we love and the music we love to hate. Let the battle begin!
Debby Goldman and
Saturday, February 3, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 4, 2pm
Thursday, February 8, 7pm
Saturday, February 10, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 11, 2pm [OC]
Thursday, February 15, 7pm
Saturday, February 17, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 18, 2pm
Sisters in Law
April 6–21, 2024
By Jonathan Shapiro
Based on the book by Linda Hirshman
Directed by Alexa Scott Flaherty
While Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor had a lot in common as the first two women on the U.S. Supreme Court, their methodologies and political leanings couldn’t have been more opposite. This new play by Emmy and Peabody award-winner Jonathan Shapiro, based on the award-winning 2015 book, brings to life a friendship of two iconic figures that transcended political party, religion, and culture.
Judge Karen Morris
Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP
National Council of Jewish Women
Saturday, April 6, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7, 2pm
Thursday, April 11, 7pm
Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 14, 2pm [OC]
Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Saturday, April 20, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 21, 2pm
Beautiful, the Carole King Musical
May 4–19, 2024
Music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil; Book by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Lindsay Warren Baker
Music Directed by Andrew Cooke
Choreography by Katie Keller Groat
Long before she became the iconic singer songwriter we know today, a young Carol Klein was turning out hits for some of the biggest acts in music from her cubicle in Manhattan’s Brill Building. Packed with over two dozen chart-topping hits, Beautiful is both the story of the American dream and the underbelly of the music industry.
Sponsored by Dawn Lipson and
Saturday, May 4, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 5, 2pm
Thursday, May 9, 7pm
Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2pm [OC]
Thursday, May 16, 7pm
Saturday, May 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19, 2pm
[OC] denotes live open captioned performances.
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CenterStage Theatre has been delivering spectacular performances that touch and inspire audiences for more than 40 seasons, including original plays and Broadway hits. We continue to open minds, start conversations, and delight theatre lovers, thanks to the support of patrons, volunteers, and sponsors.
The mission of CenterStage Theatre at the JCC is to entertain, enlighten and educate the Greater Rochester community by providing quality theatre that is relevant to the Jewish experience and has universal appeal.
Our focus is developing new works, presenting world and area premieres of America’s hottest new plays and musicals and re-imagining beloved classics. We love plays and musicals that spark conversations, celebrate world-changing people and events and bring the world closer together.
Crafted from the actual testimonies of Rochester-based Holocaust Survivors, CenterStage Theatre and the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester commissioned this new play to put a human face on this important time in history. A cautionary tale on the risks of normalized hate, this inspirational and uplifting play ensures that the voices of our Survivors will never be silenced.
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