Currently in its 30th Anniversary Season, MusicalFare Theatre has produced over 180 productions since its inception in 1990, entertaining over 500,000 people and employing over 1,100 local actors, musicians and designers. It has been nominated for 546 Artie Awards and has won 110, 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 2 million dollars in the 2018/2019 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 its world premiere 2018 production of CHRISTMAS OVER THE TAVERN was sold out even before it opened. MusicalFare’s 2006 world premiere co-production of SAMMY & ME, with Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre, drew critic’s raves throughout New York State and was subsequently produced by The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
In addition to its over 200 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 and Niagara University has allowed students to gain valuable professional experience in such productions as HAIR, JAMESTOWN GALS, SWEENEY TOOD, URINETOWN, SONG & DANCE, VIOLET and IN THE HEIGHTS.
The 2019-2020 MusicalFare Theatre Subscription Season begins with the re-imagined classic musical, WEST SIDE STORY, followed by the Regional Premiere of the hysterical ELF: THE MUSICAL for the holidays! That is followed by the celebration of the life of blues singer Alberta Hunter in COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY. The season concludes with the Professional Regional Premiere of A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER and, in honor of our 30th Anniversary Season, the return of our 1996 smash-hit tribute to the 1940s golden era of swing and jazz music, SWING, SWING, SWING!
Plus, patrons can enjoy all of this along with upcoming performances in our Premier Cabaret.
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.