Shea's Performing Arts Center Announces The 2020 - 21 Season

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Shea's Performing Arts Center Announces The 2020 - 21 Season

Shea's Performing Arts Center has announced the 2020 - 21 Season at Shea's Smith Theatre featuring Buffalo-based Second Generation Theatre and O'Connell & Company. The Smith 2020-21 season includes musical favorites, a regional premiere, and great comedies.

The Second Generation Theatre (SGT) season will include the compelling romantic drama Constellations, the musical revue Songs for a New World, and the regional premiere of the musical The Secret Garden.

The O'Connell & Company season features a season full of laughs with Nunsensations A-Men!, SUDS: The Rocking 60's Musical Soap Opera, and the original award-winning hit Betsy Carmichael's Bingo Palace.

"Having a full season at the Shea's Smith Theatre with established local companies is a true testament to the resurgence we are seeing in our city," said Murphy. "The next season at the Smith has something for everyone and is providing more opportunities for patrons to experience live entertainment in the heart of the Buffalo's Theatre District."

For more information on the 2020-21 Shea's Smith Theatre Season visit or follow us on Facebook at @SheasSmithTheatre.

About Second Generation Theatre's 2020 - 21 Shea's Smith Season:


October 16-November 1, 2020

Starring SGT Executive Director Kristin Bentley and Ben Michael Moran, this spellbinding romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. What happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know, delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny. This will be Michael Wachowiak's directorial debut for SGT.

Songs for a New World

February 5-21, 2021

This contemporary song cycle directed by Amy Jakiel is the first musical from Tony award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown. Fueled by a small, yet powerful cast led by Michele Marie Roberts, Songs for a New World transports us throughout the last century with effortless ease and nothing but music to guide us. Full of stories that examine life, love, and the timelessness of self-discovery, this production is a joyful celebration of the stories we weave.

The Secret Garden

May 21-June 6, 2021

Directed by Doug Zschiegner, this vibrant musical follows the journey of Mary Lennox, a child orphaned in India and sent to live with her hermit uncle in England. In a house full of memories, The Secret Garden shows us how life and love can always prevail. Based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a perfect family show.

About O'Connell & Company's 2020 - 21 Shea's Smith Season:

Nunsensations A-Men!

The Nunsense Vegas Revue by Dan Goggin

January 8-17, 2021

After last season's popular Nunsense A-Men, the Boys are back as Sisters! What happens in Vegas... adds up to a hilarious Nunsense show! Mary Kate O'Connell directs The Little Sisters of Hoboken as they take on Las Vegas in the most feather-filled, sequin-studded, fan dancing Nunsense show ever!

SUDS: The Rocking 60's Musical Soap Opera

March 5-14, 2021

Directed by Joey Bucheker, SUDS is set in a laundromat, and virtually bubbles over with nostalgia, comedy, and more than thirty songs of the 1960's, including such favorites as "Please, Mr. Postman," "Johnny Angel," "Chapel of Love," and "It's My Party."

Betsy Carmichael's BINGO PALACE

The original award-winning hit

Interactive comedy By Joey Bucheker and Mary Kate O'Connell

April 29 - May 2, 2021

Join the fabulous Betsy Carmichael as she hosts an unforgettable night of BINGO. Betsy brings the audience "into the act" with special games, prizes, fun, and surprises! Directed by Mary Kate O'Connell, this is A BINGO Bash Beyond Belief... don't miss a moment of the hilarity.



The Shea's Buffalo Theatre was originally built as a "picture palace" by Michael Shea in 1925. Today, the Shea's Performing Arts Center is comprised of three modern theatres in the heart of the Buffalo Theatre District, bringing the best of live performance through touring productions and local collaborations to Western New York. The Shea's Buffalo Theatre is the historic crown jewel of the Performing Arts Center and is one of the top touring theatres in the country with over 3,000 seats. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1975. Shea's 710 Theatre is the latest space to be added to the campus. Once home to Studio Arena, this 625-seat thrust theatre offers Broadway productions and plays produced by local and international theatre companies. Shea's Smith Theatre is a 200-seat black box theatre and plays host to Off-Broadway productions, comedy and collaborative productions with local theatre companies. Shea's Performing Arts Center is committed to keeping true to the history of Shea's Buffalo Theatre and to the future of the Western New York region, bringing the best of Broadway theatre and beyond to Buffalo, NY.

For more information on Shea's Performing Arts Center, upcoming shows, and other programs, visit and follow Shea's on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celine Krzan

Public Relations and Content Strategy Associate

Shea's Performing Arts Center

646 Main Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

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