• Anthony Chase

Remember When?

It's a sentimental time of year. Here are some memories of Buffalo's theatrical past.

"My Fair Lady" at the Kavinoky during the 1994-1995 season. David Lamb was Artie nominated and Maggie Zindle won an Artie for her performance.

Back in the 1980s, full musicals were produced at Reuben's Backstage on Pearl Street. You could see the show for $6.95, but dinner would cost you 7 bucks extra.


Michael La Rocca went from Reuben's to a Vegas career, but other cast members also went on to other ventures.

Anne Gayley as Judith Bliss and Paul Todaro as Richard Greatham in Noel Coward's "Hay Fever" during the Irish Classical Theatre's 2000-2001 season. Gayley won an Artie for her performance. Photo by Irene Haupt


The Buffalo Ensemble Theatre performed on the 5th floor of the Jackson Building, which is now the Hampton Inn at Delaware and Chippewa.

Kristen Kos and Anna Kay France in "Tamara L." at the Irish Classical Theatre, written and directed by Kazimierz Braun in 2001.

There's been a litany of holiday entertainments on Buffalo's stages. Back in the 1980s and '90s, when the World War II generation was in its 60s and 70s and made up the majority of the audience, many musical reviews featured 1940s music. 1995 saw this WWII nostalgia piece with a crew of youngsters, many of whom are still in the theater scene.


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