Starring Buffalo Announces 2019-20 Season at Shea’s 710 Theatre
Starring Buffalo, a not-for-profit arts organization that brings together Broadway’s best performers, Buffalo’s top theater professionals, and talented area students to create unforgettable theatrical experiences, is proud to announce its second season. The organization will present the beloved tongue-in-‐cheek comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” in the fall, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony Award-‐winning smash “Evita” in the spring. Both shows will be presented at historic Shea’s 710 Theater.
Tickets are now on sale for Little Shop of Horrors, November 1-2 at Shea’s 710 Theater. This deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-‐fi smash musical written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) is one of the most popular shows of all time, and has been devouring the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.
The cast of Little Shop of Horrors will feature visiting Broadway stars Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening, War Horse) as Seymour, Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots) as Audrey, and Brandon Espinoza (Spongebob Squarepants, Gypsy, Les Miserables) as The Dentist, alongside Buffalo area star Dudney Joseph Jr (Artie Award – La Cage Aux Folles) as the evil plant Audrey 2. Buffalo’s Dominique Kempf, Alex McArthur, and Cecelia Monica-Lyn will be featured as the Urchins, sharing the stage with nearly 100 Western New York singers, dancers, and musicians.
As part of Starring Buffalo’s educational mission, students from Newfane, Fredonia, and Lockport high schools and the University at Buffalo’s Zodiaque Dance Company have been chosen to participate in Little Shop of Horrors under the guidance of Starring Buffalo Artistic Director Drew Fornarola, music director Alison d’Amato, choreographer Jeanne Fornarola, and production stage manager Susan Forbes.
Starring Buffalo events offer Buffalo audiences unrivaled access to the world’s greatest theater artists, while providing Western New York students the chance to learn from, work alongside, and be inspired in both master class and concert environments. The organization launched in 2018 with The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Broadway’s Ben Fankhauser (Newsies, Spring Awakening) and Dan’yelle Williamson (Memphis, The Lion King), and is excited to move into its new home, Shea’s 710 Theatre, for the 2019-‐2020 season.
Artistic Director Drew Fornarola says, “we look forward to bringing two of the most treasured shows in the musical theater canon to Buffalo this year, and to continue to foster collaboration between Buffalo’s outstanding professional theater talent and Broadway’s biggest stars. We are also thrilled to be moving to Shea’s 710 Theater, a place that has long represented our dual goal of providing both the highest quality theatrical and educational opportunities for Western New York.” For additional information and tickets, visit StarringBuffalo.org or Sheas.org.