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Music, theater, film, dance—it’s all right here in Rochester. Make your plans with the help of our comprehensive guide to what’s On the Town.


A Magical Journey
Thru Stages

875 East Main St., Rochester,, 935-7173

A Magical Journey Thru Stages is a nonprofit youth theatre company operating on the third floor of the Auditorium Theatre. The company performs high-quality plays and musicals that delight audiences, educate youth in theater arts, benefit local charities, and foster personal and professional growth.


Disney’s Aladdin (First Stage)

November 3 & 4

Take a “magic carpet ride” to get to this mystical show featuring Disney modern classics you’ll want to sing along to. The Genie, Jasmine, Aladdin, and, of course, Abu, the loveable monkey, all are waiting to give you an adorable and memorable performance. 


Rock of Ages (Mainstage Teen)

December 9–11

Featuring the music of 80’s favorites Journey, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard, this tale follows a young, aspiring singer from the midwest trying to make it in Hollywood but who finds love instead.


Footloose (Stages Junior)

January 27–February 5 

Dancing and rock music are illegal. What else could go wrong? Newcomer Ren, who comes from a big city, tries to turn the town upside down with his two new friends.

Twisted Tales of Terror (Stages Players)

March 17–19 

Based on a book by Jeanine Harvey, this spooky tale takes place in a graveyard in which Claudia retells tales of Dracula, Frankenstein, and more in a humorous, new way. 


Dear Edwina (Stages Kids)

April 7 & 8

This musical follows a 13-year-old girl who loves giving advice to her family and friends in the neighborhood and creates musicals out of her garage. 


Black Sheep
Theatre Coalition

274 N. Goodman St., Rochester,, 861-4816

The Black sheep Theatre Coalition is committed to providing live performance experiences to the Rochester area, emphasizing interactive, unique, and experimental formats. The theater also offers service opportunities for participating artists to give back to the community as well as educational opportunities for students to develop valuable skills for a life long journey of learning. 


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

September 2 & 3 

This 1967 musicalal comedy is based on Charles Schulz’s timeless characters. The play features a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends with original music by Clark Gesner, a notable playwright.

Blackfriars Theater

795 E. Main St., Rochester,, 454-1260

For more than sixty years, Blackfriars has provided quality theatrical entertainment to the greater Monroe County and Finger Lakes region. The professional theater company, located in downtown Rochester’s “Theatre Row,” mounts six shows each year as well as one special summer production. Its mission is to offer the best possible showcase for actors and actresses, theater artists, and technicians who have chosen to make Rochester their home.



September 2–24

Ever wondered about the lives of the assassins or attempted assassins of presidents of the United States? Now is your chance with this dark comedy “bending” history and the rules of the world in which Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth and more meet up and chat. 


The Boys Next Door

October 28–November 13

In a scenic New England town where a communal residence houses four mentally handicapped men and their social worker, Jack, this touching play shows us that everyone wants love, laughter, and a purpose out of their short time on Earth.

The Flight Before Christmas

December 16–30 

This story is written by three of Rochester’s finest, and follows a motley crew stranded in a “not-so-winter wonderland.” The characters must pool together their resources to find a way home in this fast paced comedic adventure. 


The Underpants

February 3–19

A story about a woman who can’t keep her underpants on and her husband Theo has a problem with that…? Theo sees this as a scandal, but when he rents out a room in his house to a poet and hypochondriac, they find the best of the situation. 


Hands on a Hardboy

March 17–April 2

Don’t mess with Texas. Or the brand spankin’ new truck one of ten Texans could win if they keep their hand on the truck while competing in a contest to win it. 


Death of a Saleman

May 5–21

Arthur Miller’s classic you read in high school comes to Rochester. Willy tries to follow the so-called American Dream but fails to see what is right in front of him. 


Bread & Water Theatre

172 W. Main St., Rochester,, 271-5523

Founded in the fall of 2000 by J. R. Teeter at Nazareth College of Rochester, Bread & Water Theatre is committed to making the arts accessible to a broad-based audience through simply styled theater where actors are the primary focus. It also strives to bring to light lesser-performed works of literature, made clear by its opening production in 2000 of a play by Christopher Marlowe. 


The Bristol Valley Theater

151 S Main St, Naples,, 374-9032

As the only venue of its kind in a fifty-mile radius, Bristol Valley Theater serves an audience that would not otherwise have ready access to professional theater productions. Its mission is to produce life-affirming theater for a diverse rural and regional audience, present a variety of performing arts, and provide training to young actors and offer scholarships to make such training possible. 


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

August 25–September 4  

Six actors onstage create a new version of the classic and timeless tale of the wild duo. 


The Paulsen Baker Band

September 17

An annual visit from a Finger Lakes local folk band.


Mystery Radio Theater

October 26–30 

Just in time for Halloween, the theater presents an old-fashioned mystery radio-esque show live on stage. 


The College at Brockport Fine Arts Series, Tower Fine Arts Center and Hartwell Hall at the College at Brockport

350 New Campus Dr., Brockport,, 395-ARTS

Brockport’s School of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences presents theater productions, music performances, dance events, and art exhibits both for enrichment of the student experience and for community enjoyment.

Cabaret Theatre

20 Windsor St., Rochester,, 325-4370

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre performs year-round on a repertory schedule. Since opening its doors in 1983, it has presented thousands of musicals, comedies, dramas, new works, and musical performances at a variety of locations. Fourteen years later, the theater found its current home at 20 Windsor Street and prides itself on producing unique works and hopes to attract nontraditional audiences and first-time theatergoers. 


Everyone’s Theatre Company

Various Locations,, 415-4747

This charming theater service strives to commitment to the community, providing a broad variety of programs to enrich and improve the quality of the future of theater. 


Christmas My Way

Date TBA


Geva Theatre Center

75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester,, 232-4382

Founded in 1972, Geva Theatre is home to productions created and rehearsed in and for Rochester. With two downtown venues, Geva has featured a wide variety of performances, from musicals to American and world classics. 


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

October 4–November 6 

A Tony winner, this show is fast-paced and quick-witted, taking place in ancient Rome. A slave will do anything for his freedom, including help his master win the heart of the girl next door. 


Mother (and Me)

November 13–20

Mother is slipping into dementia while daughter is slipping into middle age. The touching tale follows the two women who are “losing everything they ever had.”

The Lake Effect

February 2–19

A tale perfectly titled for New York State follows two estranged siblings who are trapped in the family restaurant overnight because of, yes, a lake effect snowstorm and spend the time reminiscing.  


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

February 14–March 12

While Joanna, a white woman with white liberal parents, brings home her African-American fiance, her fiance’s parents are ultimately the ones who disapprove of the relationship. The show is based on the 1967 classic, an Oscar winner. 


Sex with Strangers

April 13–30

A young male blogger amd a middle-aged female novelist trapped in a house during a snowstorm. What could go wrong? What could go right? A night stuck together proves you can’t judge a book by its cover. 


Private Lives

March 21–April 16 

Divorced for five years. New spouses. A terrible surprise run-in happens when the ex-spouses, on their honeymoons in the French Riviera, find themselves in adjacent suites. 


Greater Rochester
Repertory Companies

727 E. Main St., Rochester,, 234-1254

Founded in 1996, the Greater Rochester Repertory Companies is committed to providing an environment for actors, musicians, writers, and directors to teach and learn from each other, as well as giving local and regional authors a venue to perform their work. 


Amazing Grace

September 16–18

This one-act play follows fifty-year-old Victor, who is not happy about being a fifty-year-old. Victor gets invited to a mysterious club and invites his friend Joe along for the ride and the two have a night of hilarious adventures.

Mr. Marmalade

September 17 & 24 

Lucy is a four-year-old girl whose imagination is too active. The play follows the life of her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade, who has a cocaine addiction, loves to beat up his personal assistant, and has a thing for pornography.


JCC Centerstage Theatre

1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester,, 461-2000

Since 1977, CenterStage has served as the resident professional theater company of the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Under the artistic direction of Ralph Meranto, each year the theater presents a five-show subscription series of plays and musicals and an annual play-reading series and features accomplished high school and college students in its SummerStage musical and other special events. 



2171 Monroe-Wayne County Line Rd., Macedon,, 381-1541

Named after a renowned classical Sanskrit poet and dramatist, Kalidas is known as the Indo-American Theater Group of Rochester and debuted in November 2006 with Neil Simon’s Rumors


The Method Machine

142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester,, 319-7427

The Method Machine prides itself on producing daring and relevant performances and art exhibits. Founders David Henderson, Marcy J. Savastano, Michael Frances O’Connor, and its ensemble of artists hope to challenge self-discovery in the community through performance. 


Multi-Use Community
Cultural Center (MUCCC)

142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester,, 244-0960

The muCCC (“muck”) provides performance space for local theater groups and presents a great variety of shows year-round.

Nazareth College
Arts Center

4245 East Ave., Rochester,, 389-2170

Nazareth College Arts Center is a nonprofit institution that brings world-class dance, children’s theater, and international entertainment to the Rochester region annually. As well as housing the Nazareth College departments of arts, music, and theater arts, it is also the home of the Rochester City Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, Rochester Children’s Theatre, and Bach Children’s Chorus. 


Rochester City Ballet

September 9–11

In its New York State premier, Slightly Sinful is an award-winning ballet choreographed by Danny Rosseel. The ballet has a gothic vibe and is set to cathedral music. 


Vertex Saxophone Quartet

September 18 


Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

October 14–16, 21–22

A musical version of the movie of the same name, this story tells the tale of a woman who has two men trying to court her. The dysfunctional life of Pepa takes place in Madrid in the 1980s and is both heartwarming and hilarious. 


Ailey II

October 30 

Known as the country’s best, young dance talent, this troupe of dancers has merged spirit and energy into one with its creativity. 


Off-Monroe Players

Various Sites,, 232-5570

For more than thirty years, Off-Monroe Players has chosen its three shows per year from a pool of only thirteen works. 


Out of Pocket

142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester,, 319-7427

Since opening in 2008, Out of Pocket Productions’ mission has been to raise awareness and funds for local and national nonprofit organizations. The company presents high-quality shows with minimal production costs, to maximize the funds donated to these nonprofits.


The Penfield Players

Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield,, 340-8655

One of the oldest continuing theater groups in the Rochester area, the Penfield Players is currently launching its forty-ninth season with a mission to provide audiences with a welcoming and intimate theater experience. The nonprofit theater organization is sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department. 


Pittsford Musicals,
Pittsford Sutherland
High School Auditorium

55 Sutherland St., Pittsford,, 586-1500

Pittsford Musicals began as a PTA fundraiser in 1966 led by Pittsford parents and teachers and has since grown to include people from all over the Rochester area. The community has been integral to the success of the theater, and, thus, the theater is committed to giving back to the community. 


The Wizard of Oz

October 15, 16, 21, 22 

Follow the yellow brick road to Pittsford High School as the beloved tale of Dorothy and Toto comes to the local stage. 


Rochester Association of Performing Arts

200 W. Ridge Rd., Rochester,, 325-3366

RAPA is a nonprofit organization that has been entertaining the Rochester area with plays and musicals since 1978. It also serves as an educational community resources, providing theatrical, voice, and dance training for young people.

My Fair Lady

October 8–16 

This classic about a girl with a Cockney accent turned lady comes to the stage.


Winnie-the-Pooh: The Musical

October 22, 23 & 28–30

Oh bother! Pooh and his gang of loveable Disney characters make an appearance on stage in this musical for all ages. 


Miracle on 34th Street

November 19–27

The Christmas classic right in time for the holiday. The story follows the mishaps and misadventures of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a man parading around as Santa Claus at the Macy’s store on 34th Street and Herald Square. 


Sister Act

March 4–12

With music by the acclaimed Alan Menken, be sure to visit your sisters when they come to stage this spring. This story is about a convent in need of some change.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

April 22, 23 & 28–30 

The magical world of Narnia comes to stage and brings its most famous inhabitants, including Aslan, the lion, an evil ruler, the White Witch, and the object that brings four siblings to another land during World War II, the wardrobe. 


Rochester Broadway
Theatre League/
Auditorium Theatre

885 E. Main St., Rochester,, 222-5000

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) owns and manages Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre, which looks forward to hosting some of Broadway’s best productions during the M&T Bank Broadway Season. The Auditorium also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy, and dramatic events throughout the year and is used by local performing groups for recitals and other presentations. 


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

September 27–October 2

The story is about a brilliant fifteen-year-old who can’t interpret everyday life and is suspected of killing the neighbor’s dog and is convinced he should be the one to find the real person behind the crime. 


Finding Neverland

October 25 -30

We learn the truth behind B. M. Barrie, and, more importantly, Peter Pan in this drama. Barrie finds inspiration in four young boys and their widowed mother who have the imagination Barrie craves. 


Jersey Boys

November 30–December 3

What do you know as the four seasons? Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi are the true Four Seasons in this beloved true tale of music superstars. 


Community Players

142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester,, 234-7840

Rochester Community Players is one of the oldest community theater organizations in the country—its first production opened in 1925. RCP is home to the Shakespeare Players, who produce a free Shakespeare play every July in the Highland Park Bowl, and the Irish Players, who produce a play by an Irish author each year. 


The Gatesinger Company, Gates Hall

4107 Lake Rd., Pultneyville,, 589-3326

A not-for-profit, the company claims that Gates Hall is the oldest continuously operated community theater in the United States. 


TYKEs: Theatre Young Kids Enjoy, JCC Hart Theater

1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester, 723-6080

TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) is a nonprofit organization cofounded by Gina Donahue and Freyda Schnedier with a desire to present child-friendly theatrical productions to the Rochester community. Scripts are tailored for audience interaction, even occasionally allowing children up on stage to further deepen their connection to the performance. 


SkippyJon Jones: Snow What

November 11–13

Known as the cat with big ears and big dreams, this cat wants to be anything other than what he is.


Bad Kitty On Stage

January 14–22

Based on the comic books, this play is about a cat living the ideal life until a puppy enters the picture. 


Gulliver’s Travels

February 13–18

Gulliver’s travels take him to a far and distant land in an attempt to get to know his grown son. 


International Theatre Program at the University of Rochester, Todd Theater, River Campus, 275-4088

Established in 1990, the University of Rochester International Theatre Program has produced more than seventy-five full productions and is committed to producing four major works every year. Led by professional artists, the program aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the performance aspects and technical demands of theatre. 


WallByrd Theatre Company

142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester,

WallByrd is a theatrical art production company based in Rochester. For entertainment lovers seeking art as intelligent as it is enjoyable, WallByrd pulls forth modern and universal themes from classic works through an infusion of European performance technique and a heavy dose of art history.  


Webster Theatre Guild

421 W. 54th St., Webster,, 234-1069

Webster Theatre Guild is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that has been dedicated to enriching the community and supporting excellence in the arts since it began in 1936. It awards student scholarships and grants to youth in the Webster Central School District to further the mission. 



Garth Fagan Dance

50 Chestnut St., 4th Floor, Rochester,, 


Now approaching its forty-sixth season, Garth Fagan Dance features Tony award-winning choreography, most notably featured in the Broadway production of The Lion King. This dance troupe has received numerous accolades, including the New York Governor’s Arts Award and the New York Performance Awards. 


Hartwell Hall at the
College at Brockport

350 New Campus Dr., Brockport,, 395-ARTS

Brockport’s School of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences presents major theater productions, music performances, dance concerts, and art exhibits. All events are provided for both the enhancement of its students’ experience at the College at Brockport and for the enjoyment and enrichment of the life of the community. 


PUSH Physical Theatre

359 West Bloomfield Rd., Pittsford,, 415-PUSH

PUSH Physical Theatre describes its award-winning work as akin to watching a live-action movie. Founded in 2000 by husband-and-wife team Darren and Heather Stevenson, the company has toured across the United States as well as in England and Malta. 


Rochester City Ballet

1326 University Ave., Rochester,, 461-5850

Founded in 1987by Timothy M. Draper, Rochester City Ballet is a contemporary ballet company based in Rochester. The Rochester City Ballet is now under the artistic direction of David Palmer. 


Slightly Sinful

September 9–11

This ballet is mysterious, mythical and gothic all in one set to cathedral music. This is part of David Palmer’s first full season as artistic director for Rochester City Ballet. 



September 30–October 1 

Set to the music of composer George Gershwin. 


The Nutcracker

November 23–27 

Featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Bach Children’s Chorus, this beloved Christmas classic brings the Mouse King and the Land of Sweets to Rochester. 


Green Eggs & Ham

February 4, 5 

A retelling of Dr. Seuss’s kid favorite, this ballet is for the entire family.



April 20–23

There’s something for everyone in this ballet tribute to the music of legendary prog-rock band Pink Floyd.

University of Rochester Program of Dance
and Movement, 273-5150 

The Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester is committed to offering experiential and theoretical study of dance and movement practices that honor and inform the whole person. Through diverse dance techniques and contemplative practices from all over the world, this unique program explores dance and movement as art, as spiritual practice, as community building, and as personal and interpersonal development. 




Rochester’s LBGT film and video series runs October 6 to 16 and is now in its twenty-fourth year. Since its inception, the festival has evolved into more of an outreach program, offering special programming for youth, discounted tickets for people experiencing financial hardships, interpreting services, an annual literary publication, and special events happening outside the ten-day time frame. Screenings are at the Little and Dryden Theatres. 


High Falls Film Festival

Celebrating women in film, this series is presented with the George Eastman Museum in collaboration with the Susan B. Anthony house (fittingly, as Rochester is the birthplace of both film and women’s rights). Since 2001 the festival is a celebration of women behind the camera, in leading roles, and as the backbone of storylines. This is the festival’s fourteenth run this November 10 to 14. 


The Cinema Theater

975 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester,, 271-1785

Rochester’s oldest neighborhood theater since 1914 screens offbeat flicks to blockbuster hits, hosts events like weddings and parties, and is surrounded by a cluster of great South Wedge eateries from “cheap eats” to high-end.

The Dryden Theatre

900 East Ave., Rochester,, 271-3361

The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum is the sole exhibition spaces for showcasing its unparalleled collection of motion pictures, as well as fine selections from the world’s other great archives and premieres of new foreign and independent cinema. 


The Little Theatre

240 East Ave #100, Rochester,, 258-0400

Started as the “Little Cinema Movement,” the Little Theatre was a theater for showing alternative films in its heyday, starting in 1928. Today the theater does the same, presenting foreign and American independent films. 



Eastman School of Music

25 Gibbs St., Rochester,, 274-1000

For more than eighty years, the Eastman School of Music has provided world-class music thro

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