Magnificent “Shea’s Buffalo”…

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Shea’s Buffalo: fortunately far enough away from the hurricane…

Hurricane Sandy: Especially considering what the rest of the East Coast has been through these last days, it may seem inconsequential to say how glad we all were to be able to open our show on schedule last night in Buffalo, NY., but we were. The cast made it on the last flight into the city, before all others were grounded, not to mention the long journey our sets and costumes had to make, by truck, from Florida. Our stellar crew worked through the night to get our show up and ready, and they did a brilliant job. After all they go through every time we make the jump from one city to another, we get to walk into the new theatre to find everything ready and waiting for us. And this week the theatre in question is an especially beautiful one: the magnificent “Shea’s Buffalo”.

The superb Tiffany interior of Shea’s Buffalo…

Built in 1926 as a silent movie theatre, the building has an unforgettable interior designed by the legendary Louis Comfort Tiffany. And knowing that is no surprise: sitting in the house, you feel like you’re inside a gargantuan Tiffany lamp – all glowing amber. After going through the typical life of these theaters (that have managed to survive) – glory days, decline and, eventually, rebirth – the building is now a National Historic Site, and a privilege to play. I was here Playing Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins exactly two years ago and I am thrilled to be back.

Thank you, Buffalo: we are virtually sold-out for our week-long run and the audiences here are fantastic! Enjoy the show – and I’ll enjoy looking out at this magnificent Tiffany-designed theatre every night…

What I see from the stage every night…