TRIBUTE TO SIR ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL
Geva Theatre Center
A night of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes and true Rock ‘n Roll is what you’ll find at Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Blvd. from July 27 thru August 11. This production, Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, is direct for Las Vegas where it packed Caesar’s Palace and the Paris Casino. The show stars Rochester native David Dames as Billy Joel and Jeffrey Allen as Elton John in a piano-to-piano extravaganza. You’ll hear all your favorites – “Piano Man,” “Your Song,” “Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Tiny Dancer” and more. Call (585) 232-GEVA.
Editor’s Note – As a kick off to Geva’s 40th Anniversary Season, they’ll be offering forty tickets in the orchestra and balcony for just $25 to each performance of this show!
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Bristol Valley Theatre
Next up at the Bristol Valley Theatre, at 151 S. Main Street in Naples NY, is the classic Broadway hit musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. With music by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (of M*A*S*H fame), this zany romp through Ancient Rome is led by Pseudolus – a crafty Roman slave – desperate to win his freedom by helping his master to capture the heart of the girl of his dreams. Forum will be performed from July 26 through August 6. Call (585) 374-9032; or visit www.bvtnaple.org.
•SMITH OPERA HOUSE – Smith Opera at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva, NY will host the American Landmark Festival production of Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera, The Barber of Seville from August 3 thru 5. The show features Syracuse Opera’s Ryan Allen and Jimi James. Call (315) 781-5483.
•PENFIELD PLAYERS – A Readers’ Theatre performance of Blackpool & Parrish, a tale of good and evil by David Belke, will be offered by the Penfield Players on July 28 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Call (585) 472-5530.
•SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – The Livingston Players will present Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet from July 26 thru 29 and August 3 & 4 on the lawn outside Livingston Arts, 4 Murray Hill Drive in Mt. Morris, NY. Call (585) 243-6785.
•DOWNSTAIRS CABARET – Bad Connections starring Paul Cosentino is being staged at the DCT’s 20 Windsor Street location thru August 5. The tour-de-force solo performance comes to Rochester direct from the Toronto Fringe Festival. Call (585) 325-4370.
•MuCCC PRODUCTIONS – Coming up at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Avenue, is a production by Ned Bobkoff titled The Man at the Piano Is Not Here on July 28 & 29 – a dramatic monologue with music; and another titled To My Friends: The Life and Death of George Eastman on August 2, 3 & 4. That show is billed as “a supernatural play by Spencer Christiano.” Visit www.muccc.org.