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Shea's Performing Arts Center

646 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, USA
Seats (approximate): 3183

Shea's Performing Arts Center, located in Downtown Buffalo, New York, originally opened as an elaborate movie house in 1926 under the direction of Michael Shea. With its interior Neo-Spanish Baroque design and intricate architecture, Shea's is modeled after a European opera house and is a National Historic Site. Since opening its doors in 1926, there have been many great performers that have graced the stage at Shea's including George Burns, Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers, and Bing Crosby, among others. Shea's was designed by C.W. and George L. Rapp of Chicago. The Grand Lobby features a reproduction of the original rendering done by Tiffany Studios for Rapp & Rapp. The intricately ornamented ceiling and spectacular chandeliers fully reflect Tiffany's rendering, one of only four Tiffany-designed theatres still in existence. The lobby hosts fully restored eight-foot tall crystal chandeliers with 97 delicate bulbs, the intricately painted, fully restored lobby ceilings, the ornately detailed plasterwork in the main theatre, and the restoration of the original ticket booth in the main entrance. In 1999 Shea's completed the staghouse expansion project. Shea's now offers a 5,000 square foot stage (one of the largest in North America) and state-of-the-art stagehouse allowing major blockbuster musicals like Phantom of the Opera and Disney's The Lion King to perform on the Shea's stage. Today, Shea's operates as a full service performing arts center, and attendance has grown to over 300,000 patrons annually. Shea's now presents the widest variety of performing arts in the region including touring Broadway musicals, opera, ballet, variety and concert artists, family shows, educational programming, local school presentations and a free classic film series.


Productions Production Dates
School of Rock The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book by Julian Fellowes; Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Apr 03, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018
Something Rotten!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 06, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018
The Bodyguard
Musical, Original
Oct 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Musical, Original
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine; Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Sep 22, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
May 17, 2017 - Jun 04, 2017
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Apr 25, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 28, 2017 - Apr 02, 2017
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 20, 2017 - Feb 22, 2017
An American in Paris
Musical, Original
Nov 08, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
Finding Neverland
Musical, Original
Oct 07, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
May 03, 2016 - May 08, 2016
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Musical, Original
Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 20, 2016
Pippin
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jan 26, 2016 - Jan 31, 2016
Matilda The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Nov 03, 2015 - Nov 08, 2015
Newsies The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Sep 29, 2015 - Oct 04, 2015
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 02, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
Kinky Boots
Musical, Original
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Apr 21, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 18, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015
The Illusionists
Special, Original, Magic
Music by Evan Jolly
Mar 06, 2015 - Mar 08, 2015
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Feb 17, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Feb 06, 2015 - Feb 07, 2015
Motown The Musical
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 20, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Dec 02, 2014 - Dec 07, 2014
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 07, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
Evita - 2013
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jun 10, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
Once
Musical, Original, Romance
Mar 25, 2014 - Mar 30, 2014
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Musical, Revival, Opera
Mar 11, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jan 08, 2014 - Jan 26, 2014
War Horse
Play, Original, Drama
Songmaker: John Tams
Nov 12, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013
I Love Lucy
Play, Original, Comedy
Original Music Composer: Peitor Angell; Adapted for the Stage and with new material by Kim Flagg, Rick Sparks; Special Lyrics by Wayne Moore
Sep 17, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013
The Book of Mormon - Latter Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 11, 2013 - Jun 16, 2013
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
May 07, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Fela!
Musical, Original
Additional music by Aaron Johnson, Jordan McLean; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Book by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Apr 05, 2013 - Apr 06, 2013
Sister Act
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 19, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Musical, Original
Feb 19, 2013 - Feb 24, 2013
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2012
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 04, 2012 - Dec 09, 2012
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Oct 30, 2012 - Nov 04, 2012
Billy Elliot The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Sep 25, 2012 - Sep 30, 2012
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Jun 05, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Feb 28, 2012 - Mar 04, 2012
The Addams Family
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Dec 06, 2011 - Dec 11, 2011
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 03, 2011 - Oct 30, 2011
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Jun 07, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Apr 26, 2011 - May 22, 2011
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Mar 22, 2011 - Mar 27, 2011
Shrek
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 22, 2011 - Feb 27, 2011
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Jan 08, 2011 - Nov 13, 2011
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Dec 14, 2010 - Dec 19, 2010
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Oct 14, 2010 - Oct 31, 2010
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Apr 21, 2010 - May 09, 2010
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Mar 23, 2010 - Mar 28, 2010
In the Heights
Musical, Original
Jan 26, 2010 - Jan 31, 2010
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Nov 17, 2009 - Nov 22, 2009
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Sep 22, 2009 - Sep 27, 2009
The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 02, 2009 - Jun 07, 2009
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
May 05, 2009 - May 10, 2009
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 10, 2009 - Feb 15, 2009
Rent - Mark
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Jan 13, 2009 - Jan 18, 2009
Legally Blonde
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jun 18, 2008 - Jul 13, 2008
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Apr 29, 2008 - May 04, 2008
The Drowsy Chaperone
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 04, 2008 - Mar 09, 2008
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Jan 15, 2008 - Jan 20, 2008
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - 2007
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 18, 2007 - Dec 23, 2007
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Nov 06, 2007 - Nov 11, 2007
High School Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 25, 2007 - Sep 30, 2007
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Musical, Original
Original Songs by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally
May 29, 2007 - Jun 03, 2007
Monty Python's Spamalot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
May 01, 2007 - May 06, 2007
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Jeffrey Lane; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Mar 20, 2007 - Mar 25, 2007
Sweet Charity
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Feb 06, 2007 - Feb 11, 2007
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 03, 2006 - Oct 08, 2006
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Jun 06, 2006 - Jun 11, 2006
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Apr 18, 2006 - Apr 23, 2006
Little Shop Of Horrors
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Mar 28, 2006 - Apr 02, 2006
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Feb 28, 2006 - Mar 05, 2006
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Dec 06, 2005 - Dec 11, 2005
Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 15, 2005 - Nov 20, 2005
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 10, 2005 - May 15, 2005
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 24, 2005 - Apr 03, 2005
The Producers - Max
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Jan 04, 2005 - Jan 09, 2005
The King and I - 2004
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Oct 04, 2004 - Oct 10, 2004
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 08, 2004 - Jun 13, 2004
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 29, 2004 - Apr 04, 2004
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Feb 17, 2004 - Feb 22, 2004
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Musical, Original, Comedy
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Sep 20, 2003 - Oct 05, 2003
The Full Monty - 2
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by David Yazbek
May 13, 2003 - May 18, 2003
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 26, 2003 - Apr 20, 2003
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 11, 2003 - Feb 16, 2003
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 10, 2002 - Dec 22, 2002
42nd Street
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Oct 15, 2002 - Oct 20, 2002
Aida
Musical, Original, Drama
May 14, 2002 - May 26, 2002
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Apr 16, 2002 - Apr 21, 2002
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Feb 12, 2002 - Feb 17, 2002
Saturday Night Fever
Musical, Original
Dec 04, 2001 - Dec 09, 2001
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sep 18, 2001 - Sep 23, 2001
Fosse
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
May 29, 2001 - Jun 03, 2001
Ragtime - 1999
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Mar 13, 2001 - Mar 18, 2001
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 31, 2000 - Nov 05, 2000
Miss Saigon - Second National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 01, 2000 - Aug 06, 2000
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Apr 11, 2000 - Apr 16, 2000
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 14, 2000 - Mar 19, 2000
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Feb 01, 2000 - Feb 13, 2000
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Dec 07, 1999 - Dec 12, 1999
Titanic
Musical, Original
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Nov 02, 1999 - Nov 07, 1999
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 13, 1999 - Jul 18, 1999
Sunset Boulevard - Second National
Musical, Original
Jun 08, 1999 - Jun 13, 1999
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
May 04, 1999 - May 29, 1999
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Mar 02, 1999 - Mar 07, 1999
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Jun 16, 1998 - Jun 21, 1998
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Apr 14, 1998 - Apr 19, 1998
Big
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Shire; Book by John Weidman; Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Mar 17, 1998 - Mar 22, 1998
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Nov 25, 1997 - Nov 30, 1997
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 14, 1997 - Oct 19, 1997
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jun 05, 1997 - Jun 08, 1997
Man of La Mancha
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Apr 29, 1997 - May 04, 1997
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Feb 17, 1997 - Feb 23, 1997
Carousel
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jan 10, 1997 - Jan 12, 1997
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Dec 03, 1996 - Dec 08, 1996
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 15, 1996 - Oct 20, 1996
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jun 11, 1996 - Jun 16, 1996
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 09, 1996 - Apr 14, 1996
Aint Misbehavin
Musical, Revival, Revue
Jan 30, 1996 - Feb 04, 1996
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jun 02, 1995 - Jun 04, 1995
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
May 02, 1995 - May 07, 1995
Crazy For You
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 18, 1995 - Apr 23, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Feb 10, 1995 - Feb 12, 1995
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Nov 29, 1994 - Dec 04, 1994
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Oct 18, 1994 - Oct 30, 1994
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Apr 26, 1994 - May 01, 1994
The Will Rogers Follies
Musical, Original
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Mar 01, 1994 - Mar 06, 1994
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Dec 07, 1993 - Dec 12, 1993
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 08, 1993 - Oct 10, 1993
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 13, 1993 - Jul 18, 1993
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Apr 06, 1993 - Apr 11, 1993
Aspects Of Love
Musical, Original
Feb 02, 1993 - Feb 07, 1993
Lost In Yonkers
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Jan 12, 1993 - Jan 14, 1993
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 03, 1992 - Nov 08, 1992
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 07, 1992 - Jul 12, 1992
Grand Hotel
Musical, Original, Drama
May 08, 1992 - May 10, 1992
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 01, 1991 - Oct 06, 1991
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 23, 1991 - Jul 25, 1991
Starlight Express
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Nov 27, 1990 - Dec 02, 1990
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jun 19, 1990 - Jun 22, 1990
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
May 01, 1990 - May 06, 1990
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Feb 06, 1990 - Feb 11, 1990
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Mar 31, 1989 - Apr 02, 1989
Me And My Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 18, 1988 - Nov 20, 1988
Cats - Third National
Musical, Original
Apr 05, 1988 - Apr 10, 1988
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Apr 14, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987
Singin' in the Rain
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 19, 1986 - Aug 24, 1986