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CenterStage Theatre

Bringing A World of Theatre to Rochester...
Bringing Rochester Theatre to the World

 

CenterStage began in 1977 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. SUBSCRIBE NOW and lock in the best seats at the lowest prices.

Our passion is to bring Rochester audiences the best new plays and musicals, as well as developing new works that can go out into the world. Many of our shows are area premieres, so you may not be familiar with the titles, but we pledge to present you the best quality theatre we can find.  

CenterStage been has been involved in the evolution of new works including Jason Odell Williams’ Church & State (Off Broadway 2017, Off Broadway Alliance Nomination Best New Play), Mrs. Kasha Davis’ There’s Always Time for a Cocktail (Off-Broadway premiere 2015), Deb Margolin’s Imaging Madoff, Wendy Kout’s Naked in Encino, David Hein/Irene Sankoff’s My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Jason Odell Williams’ Handle with Care (Off Broadway 2013), Oy Vey, It’s the Calamari Sisters and our popular music series: The Hit Makers.

 

Click here for a video retrospective of our first 40 years!

 

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Hart TheatreFor information, subscriptions and volunteer opportunities, call (585) 461-2000 x 235.

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CenterStage performances are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Oct 5 - Oct 29
Sunday
2pm
Wednesday
7pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
2pm
8pm

Cooking with the Calamari Sisters

OCTOBER 5-29, 2017

“Laughter from Start to Finish” —Broadway World

THE GIRLS ARE BACK! - Rochester’s favorite sister-duo, Delphine and Carmela Calamari, sing and dance their way through the final broadcast of their WFAT cable access cooking show. Filled with outrageous comedy, audience interaction, onstage cooking, food fights and sisterly love, this new production of the show that started the Calamari Sisters phenomenon is certain to please first-timers and devoted fans alike.

Click here to watch the Cooking with the Calamari Sisters trailer!

Check out a sneak preview from 13 WHAM!

  • Sunday, October 22 at 2pm
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm
  • Thursday, October 26 at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 28 at 2pm
  • Saturday, October 28 at 8pm
  • Sunday, October 29 at 2pm


VIP Seats (front of theater): $40 (JCC Member: $35)
Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes (includes 15 minute intermission)

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Artist accommodations generously provided by
Rustic Village Apartments and Sherman Furniture Rentals



Nov 18

Saturday
7:30pm

Add to Calendar 18/11/2017 7:30pm 18/11/2017 11:59pm America/New_York Decoding the Tablecloth NOVEMBER 18, 2017 Written and performed by Gabriela Kohen and directed by Connie Grappo, Decoding the Tablecloth explores the psychological impact of trauma over five generations in Kohen’s family as well as her experiences as an immigrant girl growing up Jewish and Latina in New York. From pre-Holocaust Poland, to the tango halls of Argentina, to disco-era Brooklyn, Gabriela portrays over twenty characters as she weaves her family’s struggle to belong with their unique cultural identity and oral history.Presented by the American Group Psychotherapy Association, CenterStage Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Saturday, November 18 at 7:30pm 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Patron Pre-event Reception7:30 – 8:30 PM   Show8:30 – 9:30 PM   Talk-Back with Star and Director $75  Patron, includes preferred seating and pre-event reception$36  Preferred seating$18  Reserved seating Click for Tickets

Decoding the Tablecloth

NOVEMBER 18, 2017

Written and performed by Gabriela Kohen and directed by Connie Grappo, Decoding the Tablecloth explores the psychological impact of trauma over five generations in Kohen’s family as well as her experiences as an immigrant girl growing up Jewish and Latina in New York. From pre-Holocaust Poland, to the tango halls of Argentina, to disco-era Brooklyn, Gabriela portrays over twenty characters as she weaves her family’s struggle to belong with their unique cultural identity and oral history.

Presented by the American Group Psychotherapy Association, CenterStage Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

  • Saturday, November 18 at 7:30pm

6:30 – 7:30 PM   Patron Pre-event Reception
7:30 – 8:30 PM   Show
8:30 – 9:30 PM   Talk-Back with Star and Director

$75  Patron, includes preferred seating and pre-event reception
$36  Preferred seating
$18  Reserved seating

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Dec 2 - Dec 17
Sunday
2pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
8pm
Saturday, Dec 16
Saturday
2pm

Location

Hart Theater

First Date, the Broadway Musical Comedy

DECEMBER 2-17, 2017

Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner

“This is the one first date you don’t want to end!” —NY1

AREA PREMIERE - When tightly wound Aaron is set up on a blind date with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, manipulative exes, and a curiously intrusive waiter. Can this dating disaster turn into something special before the check arrives?

  • Saturday, December 2 at 8pm
  • Sunday, December 3 at 2pm
  • Thursday, December 7 at 7pm
  • Saturday, December 9 at 8pm
  • Sunday, December 10 at 2pm*
  • Thursday, December 14 at 7pm*
  • Saturday, December 16 at 2pm*
  • Saturday, December 16 at 8pm
  • Sunday, December 17 at 2pm

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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Dec 28 - Dec 31
Sunday
9pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
9pm

Big Wigs...Divas of Stage & Screen

DECEMBER 28-31, 2017

Back by popular demand! 7th Straight Year!

Back by popular demand, ring in the new year with Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Aggy Dune. This all-new show features dead on impersonations of your favorite stars of the silver screen and the boob tube. Favorites like Barbra, Liza, Judy, Tina and Cher will be there with some new "guests" as well.

  • Thursday, December 28 at 7pm
  • Saturday, December 30 at 9pm
  • Sunday, December 31 at 9pm

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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Dec 30 - Dec 31
Sunday
2pm
Saturday
7pm
Sunday, Dec 31
Sunday
7pm

Location

Hart Theater

UpScale

DECEMBER 28-31, 2017

Back by popular demand!

Returning after last year’s sold-out debut, our a cappella group of Matt Wegman, Marc Cataldi, Jason Mincer, Ashley Jake Wegman and Colin Pazik feature breath-taking vocals and delightful staging.

  • Saturday, December 30 at 7pm
  • Sunday, December 31 at 2pm
  • Sunday, December 31 at 7pm

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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Feb 3 - Feb 18, 2018
Sunday
2pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
8pm
Saturday, Feb 17
Saturday
2pm

Location

Hart Theater

The Hit Makers: And the Beat Goes On

FEBRUARY 3-18, 2018

Created by Ralph Meranto and Casey Filiaci

“Superb singers, spot-on arrangements. Toes will be tapped and old favorites will be sung.” –Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

ALL NEW SHOW - A musical tribute to the late 1960s. We flip the musical coin from last year’s Woodstock-inspired set list as we bring a fresh take to chart-topping hits by Sonny & Cher, Marvin Gaye, Three Dog Night, Donovan, The 5th Dimension, and many more!

  • Saturday, February 3 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 4 at 2pm
  • Thursday, February 8 at 7pm
  • Saturday, February 10 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 11 at 2pm*
  • Thursday, February 15 at 7pm*
  • Saturday, February 17 at 2pm*
  • Saturday, February 17 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 18 at 2pm

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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Mar 10 - Mar 25, 2018
Sunday
2pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
8pm

Buyer & Cellar

MARCH 10-25, 2018

A Comedy by Jonathan Tolins

"Irresistible, delicious and wickedly funny! I tell you to go.”-New York Times

AREA PREMIERE – Alex More is one of “the luckiest people in the world!” He’s scored the oddest of odd jobs as the lone employee of the shopping mall in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. Inspired by Streisand’s coffee table book, My Passion for Design, will this out-of-work actor develop a real friendship with Babs or will he be forever trapped underground? Loved by audiences and critics alike, this irresistible comedy that has been playing to packed houses across the country can finally be seen in Rochester.

  • Saturday, March 10 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 11 at 2pm
  • Thursday, March 15 at 7pm
  • Saturday, March 17 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 18 at 2pm*
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7pm*
  • Saturday, March 24 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 25 at 2pm

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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May 5 - May 20, 2018
Sunday
2pm
Thursday
7pm
Saturday
8pm
Saturday, May 19
Saturday
2pm

Location

Hart Theater

The Bridges of Madison County, the Musical

MAY 5-20, 2018

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the Novel by Robert James Waller

“A ravishingly beautiful musical play with a marvelous score” –Newsday

AREA PREMIERE - One of the most romantic stories ever written is now an irresistible, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical about the roads we travel and the bridges we dare to cross. From the composer of Parade and The Last Five Years, this epic story comes to life with a beautiful and powerful score that has a cult following with musical theatre fans.

  • Saturday, May 5 at 8pm
  • Sunday, May 6 at 2pm
  • Thursday, May 10 at 7pm
  • Saturday, May 12 at 8pm
  • Sunday, May 13 at 2pm*
  • Thursday, May 17 at 7pm*
  • Saturday, May 19 at 2pm*
  • Saturday, May 19 at 8pm
  • Sunday, May 20 at 2pm

Reserved Seats: $29 (JCC Member: $27)
Students: $20

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