- $15 for one general-admission ticket (up to $25 value)
Carrie: The Musical
Stephen King and musical theater might seem like an odd pair, but that didn’t stop the creators behind Carrie: The Musical. Ostracized at school and tormented at home, Carrie White is at the mercy of both her classmates and her mother—until she begins to sense a power growing inside her. Soon she’s moving things without touching them and realizing she might not need to be a victim for much longer. The book written by Lawrence D. Cohen—screenwriter of the classic 1976 film—ratchets up the tension as the story builds toward the climactic, iconic prom scene. Throughout, a thrilling score by film legends Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford creates an experience that could never be had by simply reading the story, since it’s impossible to know what key to sing King’s book-ending “duh na na na naaa!” in.
American Repertory Theater of WNY
It started in 2008 with Axeman's Jazz, an original play by artistic director Matthew LaChiusa that explored a terrifying (and true) series of murders. While the subject matter was dark, the reception was anything but, earning the fledgling American Repertory Theater of WNY its first ARTIE nomination. Since then, they've kept up their winning streak with acclaimed darker material, as well as comedies such as Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor. It's not all plays, either—A.R.T. has explored the work of celebrated composer Michael John LaChiusa, a multiple Tony-nominee, native son, and sharer of the artistic director's family tree.