Tonawanda News —
"Gather on the Delaware Park side of the gallery to witness the 1905 Albright Building come alive with color, light and movement. The gallery’s story will be told through never-before-seen images from our archives, as well as highlights from our famed collection," the site said.
I'll be there!
My first experience at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo was a touch underwhelming. I hesitate to say a negative word in connection with the gorgeous building and all the wonderful Broadway shows they bring to our area, but opening night of "Billy Elliot the Musical" left me feeling something — some spark — was missing from the show.
Don't get me wrong, the story of a 12-year-old boy who loves to dance — but finds resistance from his blue-collar miner father and brother — is at once charming and enjoyable. I just wasn't blown away.
The highlights of the show, for me, were the finale, the "Company Celebration," — which didn't seem to be as much a part of the story as it was a "last bow," so to speak — and the character of Michael, played by Sam Poon. Poon provided wonderful moments of levity and comedic relief in his penchence for dressing in his sister's clothing and trading a football jersey for nurse Barbie. The kid was brilliant.
But the show was a touch on the long side and some strange thrumming feedback in the show's audio proved to be distracting during quieter moments.
Rest assured though, this experience won't prevent me from taking in another show at this famed theater.
OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an exhibit or a play, but go check out the Hotel Lafayette. Seriously, do it.
I've had the opportunity to visit the historic building twice now — a wedding and a birthday party — and I have nothing but good things to say about it (well, except for the comparatively drab, listless hallways of the upper levels). An hour just milling around and exploring the different rooms, areas and levels is an education in the arts.