“MusicalFare is (a) story of astounding success...Another cultural gem in the area's crown."
The Buffalo News
“WNY’s finest, most consistent, and most energetic producer of musicals.”
MusicalFare Theatre is a not-for-profit professional musical theatre company dedicated to bringing quality musical theatre to Western New York, and to becoming a significant regional theatre with national prominence by developing and presenting new musicals, new versions of traditional musicals and area premieres. MusicalFare Theatre is in residence at Daemen College, but independently operated, and performs year-round at its intimate 136 seat theatre.
Currently in its 23rd Season, MusicalFare Theatre has produced over 139 productions since its inception in 1990, entertaining over 400,000 people and employing over 1,000 local actors, musicians and designers. It has been nominated for 422 Artvoice Theatre Awards and has won 90, making it the most awarded musical theatre in Western New York. MusicalFare was the recipient of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's "Commitment to Excellence" award for 2003. The economic impact of MusicalFare and its audiences was over 1.8 million dollars in the 2011/2012 season.
MusicalFare’s 2009 world premiere production of AMERICAN RHAPSODY was covered by over 1100 online publications. Its regional premiere production of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY and world premiere production of BADA BING! BADA BOOM! were sold-out weeks before the end of their scheduled runs and were extended by popular demand, with BADA BING! BADA BOOM! attracting the attention of numerous U.S. regional theatres. MusicalFare’s 2006 co-production of SAMMY & ME, with Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre, drew critic’s raves throughout New York State.
In addition to its over 180 regularly scheduled performances, MusicalFare Theatre has implemented and continues to develop programs and works that have directly affected Western New York’s senior citizens (STORIES OF LIFE), suburban and urban relations (AVENUE X) and W.N.Y. architectural treasures (RENEWING WRIGHT). MusicalFare’s internship program with the University of Buffalo’s Department of Theatre and Dance has allowed students to gain valuable professional experience in such productions as HAIR, JAMESTOWN GALS, SWEENEY TODD, URINETOWN, SONG & DANCE and AVENUE X.
The 2012-2013 MusicalFare Theatre Subscription Season begins with an inspired version of the classic musical, THE MUSIC MAN, and the regional premiere of 33 VARIATIONS, a stunning play with music, followed by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning RENT. The season concludes with the regional premiere of the Gershwin extravaganza ‘SWONDERFUL and the world premiere of TALK TO ME NOW, a 19th century woman’s story told though the iconic music of today’s female songwriters. All in all, it’s a thrilling season that continues the exciting legacy of MusicalFare Theatre, where the very best and unique musical theatre is created and produced.
MusicalFare Theatre is located at 4380 Main Street in Amherst, NY (between Harlem and Getzville Roads). Parking is FREE, and the theatre is handicapped accessible, complete with a hearing-impaired system.
MusicalFare Theatre is also a proud member of The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo (TAB). Founded in 2004, The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo, a consortium of professional producing theatres, is a reflection of the remarkable growth and strength of Buffalo's theatre community over recent years. Many of the represented organizations have been serving Western New York for decades and the Alliance is intended to further cement theatre as Buffalo's most visible art form, while assisting members in the search for new strategies for success.
TAB Members: Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists, Irish Classical Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Kavinoky Theatre, Lancaster Opera House, MusicalFare Theatre, New Phoenix Theatre, O'Connell & Company, Paul Robeson Theatre, Playhouse of American Classics, Road Less Traveled Productions, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Subversive Theatre Collective, Theatre of Youth, Torn Space and Ujima Theatre Company.
MusicalFare Theatre is a proud, founding member organization of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance. Their mission statement is as follows:
"To harness the collective resources of our cultural organizations to position arts, culture and creativity as critical community assets and priority areas for public and private investment and engagement ."