Michael Rabice

Michael Rabice Michael Rabice has over 30 years of experience attending plays, musicals and opera all over the world. He is a frequent performer in opera and has appeared with the Glimmerglass Opera, Artpark Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera and Nickel City Opera. He has extensively studied the history of the American musical theatre throught the past century. In addition, he has written many essays on the impact of musical theatre on American culture, as well as how musical styles of a specific era impacted the Broadway stage and it's orchestrations. He regularly attends theatre in Buffalo, Toronto , Niagara-on-the-Lake, and New York City.


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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at STARRING BUFFALOBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at STARRING BUFFALO
Posted: Oct. 22, 2018


BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
Posted: Oct. 31, 2018


BWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Shea's 710 TheatreBWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Shea's 710 Theatre
Posted: Nov. 5, 2018


BWW Review: Expert Acting in SIVE at BUFFALO'S IRISH CLASSICAL THEATREBWW Review: Expert Acting in SIVE at BUFFALO'S IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
Posted: Nov. 19, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Tailor made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' at SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: Tailor made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' at SHAW FESTIVAL
Posted: Dec. 4, 2017


BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
Posted: Apr. 30, 2018


BWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVAL
Posted: Jun. 11, 2018


BWW Review: THE AWFUL TRUTH at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATREBWW Review: THE AWFUL TRUTH at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
Posted: Apr. 24, 2018


BWW Review: Expert Acting in SIVE at BUFFALO'S IRISH CLASSICAL THEATREBWW Review: Expert Acting in SIVE at BUFFALO'S IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
November 19, 2018

Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre Company has programmed and produced a gem of a play in their most recent outing, SIVE, by John B. Keane. Such a perfect blend of expert acting and captivating story telling is playing out in a play that would seem to have been exclusively written for this company. But while SIVE is a well known commodity on the other side of the pond, it's relative obscurity in the States allowed Buffalo's audiences to be sucked into the brilliant story.

BWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Shea's 710 TheatreBWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Shea's 710 Theatre
November 5, 2018

A new entity has formed where the name of the game is collaboration and pooling talents to serve the greater good. Buffalo's All For One Theatrical Productions mounted their inaugural play last weekend with THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Obviously their company's name had a great deal to do with the chosen first venture, but more about that later.

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
October 31, 2018

Jewish oppression, immigrant families struggling to keep together, and an exodus of foreigners fleeing to America for a better life. Topics ripped from headlines of CNN are also the basis for the classic 1964 musical comedy FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The record breaking musical is as relevant today as ever, and the National Tour settled into Shea's Buffalo Theatre last night after it's launch in Syracuse, NY two weeks ago.

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at STARRING BUFFALOBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at STARRING BUFFALO
October 22, 2018

Youth, ingenuity, and courage can be held responsible for Buffalo's latest artistic endeavor, STARRING BUFFALO. This new production company has creatively brought the concert musical to the Queen City and in it's inaugural production of Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, they got off to a flying start.

BWW Review: GOLDEN BOY at Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre CompanyBWW Review: GOLDEN BOY at Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre Company
September 22, 2018

The quest to achieve the American dream is not a foreign concept, especially in today's society. But everyone's idea of what that dream entails can vary by sex, socioeconomic status and ethnicity. Clifford Odet's 1937 play GOLDEN BOY examines one family's quest to dodge stereotypes and social status and rise with dignity in the process. Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre Company is presenting this fascinating play in a gut wrenching production.

BWW Review: A WITTY WHODUNNIT IN 'THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES' at SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: A WITTY WHODUNNIT IN 'THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES' at SHAW FESTIVAL
August 20, 2018

How do you dust off an old classic and make it engaging and fresh for a 21st Century audience. The Shaw Festival has done just that in its gem of production THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Many have heard the title but may not be familiar with the details of the intriguingly convoluted case that Sherlock Holmes and his pal Dr. Watson take on.

BWW Review: An Eye-Popping ALADDIN at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: An Eye-Popping ALADDIN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
August 17, 2018

An eye-popping event that only Disney could produce...That is the spectacle ALADDIN that is completing it's run at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. This stage adaptation of the family favorite film is packed with more visual effects and glorious costumes than one is likely to see in 3 other Broadway shows combined.

BWW Review: STAGE KISS is a Delightful Summer Romp at SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: STAGE KISS is a Delightful Summer Romp at SHAW FESTIVAL
June 21, 2018

When the stage directions in a script indicate 'to kiss' any good actor knows it will be 'stage kiss.' That is, kind of awkward at first attempt in the rehearsal hall, but hopefully with practice becomes convincing enough to the audience without the actors actually becoming emotionally involved with each other during the run of the play. That's alot of information to digest for an action that merely calls for two people playing their lips on each other's . Briefly stated, that is the underlying premise in the Shaw Festival's delightful romp, STAGE KISS playing at the Royal George Theatre.

BWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVAL
June 11, 2018

'People come, people go,' 'some have, some have not.' Simple lyrics that can expose a myriad of stories and wounds. Just what one would expect in a busy hotel. No one is ever quite sure what happens behind the closed doors of a grand hotel, but outward appearances are often just that, appearances that don't always belie the truth. Given those opportunities for musical intrigue, The Shaw Festival is producing an elegant production of GRAND HOTEL at their Festival Theatre for their 2018 Season.

BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
June 6, 2018

The Phantom of the Opera has returned to town, but there will be no familiar 'Music of the Night.' Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has been penning a sequel to his blockbuster for years, and it has been performed in many versions, as LOVE NEVER DIES. Buffalonians may remember being titillated with the announced world premiere in Toronto years ago, but alas that announcement, as well as one of a Broadway production never occurred. London got dibs on it's premiere, then a reworked version went to Australia and now a new American tour is on the road letting the US decide what they think of the story.

BWW Review: BASKERVILLE at Shea's 710 TheatreBWW Review: BASKERVILLE at Shea's 710 Theatre
May 11, 2018

A modern take on an old classic can be risky business, and morphing a murder mystery into a comical farce sounds intriguing on the page. Micro sized casts have done wonders with Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps' and Charles Ludlam's 'The Mystery of Irma Vep,' so it is no surprise that comic playwright Ken Ludwig, known best for his brilliant 'Lend Me A Tenor' should take a stab at the genre. His adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery 'The Hound of The Baskervilles' has been shortened to 'BASKERVILLE' and opened last night at Shea's 710 Theatre. This production by MUSICALFARE unfortunately is high on hijinks and low on true comedy.

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
April 30, 2018

Seldom is there a musical where the question asked is not have whether you seen it, but rather how many times have you seen it. Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1988 blockbuster THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is such a musical. Repeated viewings are commonplace in Western New York, with many having seen the original Toronto or New York production in addition to many of it's national tours.

BWW Review: THE AWFUL TRUTH at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATREBWW Review: THE AWFUL TRUTH at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
April 24, 2018

Whatever your artistic quest may be, from unearthing gem stones or archeological ruins to discovering a lost manuscript of music, there is always an element of nostalgia and new found glee when the item arises. Stage director Fortunato Pezzimenti discovered Arthur Richman's unpublished 1922 script THE AWFUL TRUTH in the New York Public Library for The Performing Arts in 2011. Only briefly produced on Broadway in 1935, the story has been told on 3 occasions on the silver screen.

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at SHEA'S BUFFALO TheatreBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
April 4, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber has become a household name and he is having a resurgence in popularity of late. His 1970 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR garnered great accolades this past Sunday in it's TV presentation. Buffalo audiences will have no less than 4 of his works to see in the next year in the Shea's Buffalo Broadway Seasons with PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LOVE NEVER DIES, and CATS all in the lineup. But his latest musical to hit Broadway is SCHOOL OF ROCK and the slick new touring production is in town for the week.

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at SHEA'S BUFFALO TheatreBWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
March 7, 2018

Oh, remember those great mega-musicals from the 90's? There was LES MISERABLES AND PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and OMELETTE: MUSICAL...Well OMELETTE was the little known musical from the 1590's, not 1990's, that is the subject of the riotous National Tour now playing at Shea's Buffalo Theatre, aptly named SOMETHING ROTTEN!

BWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE at Irish Classical TheatreBWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE at Irish Classical Theatre
March 5, 2018

Unhappiness in rural Dublin-- Not an altogether unlikely topic for a play. But when Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre included Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE as part of their season of comedies, I wondered how it fit the bill. Happily the play about unhappiness somehow morphs from dark comedy to a classic film noir script and ticks all the boxes for a riveting production.

BWW Review: MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS at Shea's 710 TheatreBWW Review: MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS at Shea's 710 Theatre
February 18, 2018

For it's second season offering the Shaw Festival and Shea's 710 Theatre in Buffalo chose to present Athol Fugard's MASTER HAROLD....AND THE BOYS. The production was a hit during Shaw's 2016 Festival in Niagara on the Lake and besides Buffalo, it recently was presented in Montreal.

BWW Review: WAITRESS at SHEA'S BUFFALO TheatreBWW Review: WAITRESS at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
February 7, 2018

A successful Broadway musical has always been anchored by an engaging story augmented by a great score. Over the years the formula hasn't changed much but the sound of the music certainly has, as popular music changes and evolves The 30's had Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach and his synthesizers appeared in the 60's, and Elton John's pop score succeeded for THE LION KING , so no one should be surprised that Sara Bareilles and her unique style of song writing could be next on the list. Her 2016 score to WAITRESS, now playing for a one week engagement at Shea's, earned her a TONY nomination and the show has a been a hit ever since.

BWW Review: A Triumphant  CONSTANT WIFE at Irish Classical TheatreBWW Review: A Triumphant CONSTANT WIFE at Irish Classical Theatre
January 29, 2018

A Triumphant CONSTANT WIFE. Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre continues it's season of comedies with a splendid production of W. Somerset Maugham's THE CONSTANT WIFE. In lesser hands the story of a wife who appears to turn a blind eye to her husband's infidelities could come across as a dreadfully dated and unbelievable drawing room comedy of 1926. This period in theatrical history allowed love to be proclaimed to the mountains, despite who was in earshot- where a woman's place was in the home, lest it be thought that her husband was unable to provide for her- where rest cures in far off countries were the panacea to every ailment- and where propriety was tantamount.

BWW Review: An Awe-Inspiring LION KING at SHEA'S BUFFALO TheatreBWW Review: An Awe-Inspiring LION KING at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
December 15, 2017

Julie Taymor may not be a household name, but her magical staging and mesmerizing creativity is most likely the reason why THE LION KING has become a world wide phenomenon. The termed blockbuster is tossed about all too frequently but the Disney stage production of their 1994 animated musical has garnered such praise that even on repeat viewing, audiences still are captivated.



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