Live theater with riveting music and movement will return to Shea’s 710 Theatre this fall as part of the 2022-23 Frey Electric season. In partnership with the theater’s producing partners, the upcoming season will include four productions: Once on This Island (Sept. 15-Oct. 2); All is Calm (Dec. 1-18); Agatha Christi’s Murder on the Orient Express (March 16-April 2); and Kinky Boots (May 4-21).
“We will return with a four-show season with an extraordinary lineup, including three musicals and one classic murder mystery,” said Nick Occhipinti, marketing manager for Shea’s 710 Theatre. “More than ever, we are so grateful to be in a place where we can gather to experience the breadth of what theater has to offer our audience members, immersing us in new worlds highlighted with some show-stopping musical numbers, movement, laugh-out-loud comedy and searing mystery.”
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Occhipinti said the intimate theater has upgrades for audiences this year including wider seats, improved lighting and sound systems and new carpet.
Once on This Island and Kinky Boots performances, which were postponed because of the pandemic, are finally returning this season.
Once on This Island, with support from Evans Bank, is the colorful sweeping musical tale of Ti Moune, a fearless Caribbean peasant girl in search of her place in the world, ready to risk it all for love. The show, Shea’s 710 Theatre’s first-ever self-produced piece, will feature Buffalo natives, George Brown (Tonton), who played Armand in the National Broadway Touring production of Once on This Island, and Shylah Douglas (Young Ti Moune), a sophomore at the Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts. The show’s second performance on Sept. 16 will be featured as part of Curtain UP! Buffalo, the annual street festival celebrating the official opening of the city’s theater season.
All is Calm, which takes place on the Western Front during Christmas of 1914, is the beautiful musical recounting of an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. The remarkable true story is told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. The production follows a sold-out run on the MusicalFare Theatre’s stage.
The classic murder-mystery, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express—adapted by Ken Ludwig and featuring his comedic styling—is the collaborative production presented by All for One Theatre Productions featuring Shea’s 710 Theatre, MusicalFare Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions, Irish Classical Theatre and Theatre of Youth. In this timeless murder mystery, a snowdrift stops a train in its tracks at midnight. The next morning, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times while his door is locked from the inside.
Kinky Boots, winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Score (Cyndi Lauper) and book (Harvey Fierstein), is a dance-stomping tale based on a true story about a shoe factory in Northampton that is full of glitter and glam. Based on the 2005 British film about a strait-laced young man who inherits his father’s shoe company and forges an unlikely alliance to save the business, and find passion, while transcending stereotypes along the way.
Shea’s 710 Theatre season ticket packages start at $127; three-show season packages will go on sale this fall. For more information on season or single tickets, visit sheas.org/710-theatre.