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Welcome to our 2018-19 Season!

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

CenterStage has become a destination theatre for audiences thanks to the incredible response to our productions and great word of mouth from our patrons.

Our upcoming season of game-changing people and events is certain to continue that trend as we bring Rochester some of the hottest new works on the theatre scene today

Click here to watch Artistic Director Ralph Meranto's digital press release!

* Denotes Live Captioned Performance
Post-show discussions follow 1st and 2nd Sunday matinees.

JCC SummerStage Presents
Dogfight, the Musical

JULY 21-29, 2018
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Book by Peter Duchan; Based on the Warner Bros. Film by Bob Comfort
Winner: Best Musical - Lucille Lortel Awards
From the Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-Winning Composers of La La Land – Dear Evan Hansen – A Christmas Story Live – The Greatest Showman – James and the Giant Peach

AREA PREMIERE - It’s November 21, 1963 and three young Marines set out for a night of debauchery on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam. A young soldier plays a cruel joke on an unsuspecting girl, leading to a heartbreaking journey of romance and redemption. A hauntingly beautiful, critically acclaimed musical by the hottest song-writing duo of stage and screen.

Annual support of SummerStage provided by The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation in memory of Frumel Ureles

Saturday, July 21 at 8pm
Sunday, July 22 at 2pm*
Wednesday, July 25 at 8pm*
Thursday, July 26 at 8pm
Saturday, July 28 at 8pm
Sunday, July 29 at 2pm

JCC CenterStage 2018-19 Season

Becoming Dr. Ruth

By Mark St. Germain

October 6-21, 2018

AREA PREMIERE - Long before Dr. Ruth Westheimer became America’s favorite radio and television sex therapist, Karola Ruth Siegel escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and was a struggling single mother in America. Filled with humor, hope and life-affirming sprit, Becoming Dr. Ruth is the untold story of a remarkable woman who refuses to accept the status quo.

Saturday, October 6 at 8pm
Sunday, October 7 at 2pm
Thursday, October 11 at 7pm
Saturday, October 13 at 8pm
Sunday, October 14 at 2pm*
Thursday, October 18 at 7pm*
Saturday, October 20 at 8pm
Sunday, October 21 at 2pm


The Legend of Georgia McBride

A Comedy by Mathew Lopez

December 1-16, 2018

Featuring Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune

AREA PREMIERE - When a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator, with a pregnant wife at home, loses his gig to a pair of B-level drag queens, the stage is set for a hilarious and entertaining stand-off, complete with sequins, feather boas, and that iconic white jumpsuit. Before Elvis leaves the building, can a couple of drag queens teach him what it takes to be a real man?

Directed by David Runzo

Saturday, December 1 at 8pm
Sunday, December 2 at 2pm
Thursday, December 6 at 7pm
Saturday, December 8 at 8pm
Sunday, December 9 at 2pm*
Thursday, December 13 at 7pm*
Saturday, December 15 at 8pm
Sunday, December 16 at 2pm


The Hit Makers: The British Are Coming

Conceived by Ralph Meranto, Written by Jack Garner, Musical Arrangements by Casey Filiaci

February 2-17, 2019

ALL NEW SHOW – The musical and cultural impact of the British Invasion is explored in a rockin’ new show featuring songs by The Stones, The Who, The Beatles, Hollies, Kinks, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and more. Democrat and Chronicle columnist Jack Garner joins the creative team to explore the Brits that dominated the pop charts...and how musicians and record companies on our shore fought back.

Directed by Esther Winter and Ralph Meranto; Musical Direction and Arrangements by Casey Filiaci

Saturday, February 2 at 8pm
Sunday, February 2 at 2pm
Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm
Thursday, February 7 at 7pm
Saturday, February 9 at 8pm
Sunday, February 10 at 2pm*
Wednesday, February 13 at 7pm*
Thursday, February 14 at 7pm
Saturday, February 16 at 2pm
Saturday, February 16 at 8pm
Sunday, February 17 at 2pm



By Paula Vogel

March 30-April 14, 2019

AREA PREMIERE - Inspired by the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, this play with music by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel explores a troupe of Jewish immigrant actors who risked their lives and careers to perform at a time when art, freedom, and truth were on trial. Universally hailed as one of Broadway’s “Must-See Plays of 2017,” Indecent is a powerful and entertaining looks the Yiddish theatre’s impact on Broadway and an explosive moment in theatrical history.

Directed by Lyndsay Warren Baker

Saturday, March 30 at 8pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2pm
Thursday, April 4 at 7pm
Saturday, April 6 at 8pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm*
Thursday, April 11 at 7pm*
Saturday, April 13 at 8pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2pm

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II,
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

May 4-19, 2019

75 years after the original Broadway production, Oklahoma! remains a ground-breaking musical that set the standard for American musical theatre. Curly, Laurey, Will, Ado Annie, Judd Fry, Aunt Eller, and all your favorite songs are there, but our fresh look at this story of a dangerous love triangle and a semi-lawless territory at the turn of the century will have you seeing this classic in a whole new light.

Directed by Ralph Meranto, Musical Direction by Casey Filiaci, Choreography by Katie Keller

Saturday, May 4 at 8pm
Sunday, May 5 at 2pm
Wednesday, May 8 at 7pm
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm
Saturday, May 11 at 2pm
Saturday, May 11 at 8pm
Sunday, May 12 at 2pm*
Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm*
Thursday, May 16 at 7pm
Saturday, May 18 at 2pm
Saturday, May 18 at 8pm
Sunday, May 19 at 2pm



Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the infrastructure at the JCC, we are able to offer professional theatre at very affordable prices. Individual ticket prices are $33 (JCC Members $29). We strive to keep prices afforable for all. We don't inflate our prices so we can offer discounts. JCC Members recieve $2 off most shows. Student tickets are just $20 to encourage the next generation to attend live theatre. We do not have a senior discount, but many seniors chose to join the JCC for free (or discounted) through their insurance plans and take advantage of the Member rate.  

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