Our 2016-2017 Season
Winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, In The Heights is a potent reminder of the importance of chasing one’s dreams and finding where you belong. The show chronicles the lives of the residents of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, and it explores the universal themes of family conflict, first love, the meaning of home, and finding one’s own place in the world. This powerful story about family features a Grammy Award-winning score of jazz, pop, salsa, merengue, and hip-hop which serves as a rhythmic and touching backdrop for a community with dreams of succeeding in America while at the same time holding onto its culture and heritage.
By Lin-Manuel Miranda
July 29th, 30th, August 5th at 8:00 p.m.
August 6th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The second play in the “Ware Trilogy” by Suszan L. Zeder, The Taste of Sunrise takes us on a journey into the mind and memory of Tuc, from the fever dreams of his childhood that took his hearing, to the close relationship he shares with his father, to the deaf school where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language. Along the way, Tuc meets the mysterious Nell Hicks, who heals with herbs and singing spells; his first deaf friend, Roscoe, who gives Tuc his name-sign and cultural identity, and the intriguing sixteen year old Maizie, a wild child of deaf parents, who feels conflicted between a premature pregnancy and a head full of movie palace dreams. After the death of his father, Tuc must navigate the perilous path of loss, love and language as he struggles to weave a family out of wishes. The Taste of Sunrise is a moving prequel to Suzan Zeder's acclaimed Mother Hicks.
By Suzan L. Zedar
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., October 7th through October 22nd
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m., October 9th, 16th, and 23rd
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on October 20th
Once again, we bring this classic story to our stage in what may become a Center Stage tradition. With soaring music by a Disney musical genius, composer Alan Menken, A Christmas Carol
infuses the Charles Dickens holiday classic with music the whole family will cherish. Described the the New York Times as "a tonic for adults, and for children. A transfixing journey,” this musical favorite tells the timeless story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge. Our production will touch you, inspire you, and fill you with the spirit of Christmas!
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahren
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., December 2nd through December 17th
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m., December 4th, 11th, and 18th
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on December 15th
Let your heart take flight as you enjoy one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time! My Fair Lady is the story of a lowly Cockney flower girl as she transforms into a sophisticated lady -- with the help of a linguistics teacher who gets a bit more than he bargained for. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this beloved musical for the whole family boasts a score of classic Broadway songs, including “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” and “On The Street Where You Live”! My Fair Lady brings the glamour and style of classic Broadway theatre here to Center Stage!
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Lowe
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., February 10th through February 25th
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m., February 12th, 19th, and 26th
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on February 23rd
By the author of Lend Me a Tenor, which was enjoyed by our audiences in the spring of 2015, Moon Over Buffalo is an hilarious backstage farce, which will, once again, have audiences rolling in the aisles. Charlotte and George Hay, two fading stars of stage and screen, are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac "revised, one nostril version" and Noel Coward's Private Lives, when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. Unfortunately for them, everything that might go wrong does in this hysterically funny comedy. "Hilarious... building up its laughs methodically shtick by shtick... Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags ... and a neat sense of absurdity... Go and enjoy." - New York Post
By Ken Ludwig
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., April 7th through April 29th
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m., April 9th, 23rd and 30th
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on April 27th
** There will be no performances on April 14th, 15th, or 16th.**