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CenterStage Theatre

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]

Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission

Visit our women-owned businesses in the lobby:

Fine Art by Lorraine Staunch
Indigo Tones
Moire’s Millinery
Panache Consignment by Natalie Rae
Vintage Soul

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!

Sponsored by

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.

Sponsored by:
Judge Karen Morris
Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

Community Partners:
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.

Support the Arts

It’s no secret that the arts were severely impacted by the pandemic. Even in normal years, ticket sales only cover around half of our total expenses. It’s our subscribers, sponsors, and donors that make it possible for us to present the high quality programming you have come to expect from CenterStage.
Gifts of $1,000 or more receive two subscription packages for all five season shows. Please contact us about show sponsorships and other underwriting opportunities. All donors over $100 receive listings in all season playbills and access to the Lipson Lounge for season performances. 

Donor: $100
Friend: $250
Patron: $500
Supporter: $1,000
Supporting Show Sponsors: $2,500
Lead Show Sponsor: $5,000
Supporting Season Sponsor: $10,000
Lead Season Sponsor $25,000

E-mail centerstage@jccrochester.org with any questions, or click below to give today!

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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.

Media Sponsors:

CenterStage Theatre at the JCC
is a proud member of TheatreRocs

Photos by Steve Levinson, Lou Schneider

Form 990 for year-end 6/30/2022 can be obtained by emailing mmarsh@jccrochester.org

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The JCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization