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John Paul Pirrone

John Pirrone is ecstatic to be joining Totally Buffalo’s team as their Arts and Entertainment contributor. John is no stranger to Western New York’s night life as he is most recognized for playing in one of WNY’s longest running shows–Tony n Tina’s Wedding. For the past 17 Years, John has played the role of the Brides brother, Joey Vitale. With over 600 performances in the same role, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding remains his favorite role to date. John has appeared in close to 100 shows across Buffalo, Rochester and Long Island. He is also the Producer and Co-owner of Red Carpet Theater Productions. When John is not performing, his day-time position is as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for the Catholic Health System. There, he takes care of critically ill adult and neonatal patients who are in need of life support and various Respiratory Care in the acute care setting. Over the past few years, John has become an ordained Wedding Officiant performing weddings for couples throughout the United States. John is ordained in all fifty states and custom creates a unique ceremony that the couple will cherish for a lifetime. As part of John’s Arts and Entertainment segment, he will not only bring you information and reviews on local theater, he will also focus on Western New York’s array of diverse restaurants and eateries. He will encapsulate the dining experience and relay that experience to readers.

Theater Review: Young Frankenstein at O’Connell & Company

Forget all hopes of a serious night at O’Connell & Company’s premier of Young Frankenstein, a new musical comedy by Mel Brooks. The comedy mastermind, Mel Brooks, adapts his famous funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!  If you loved the 1974 Young Frankenstein movie, you’re going to thoroughly enjoy this O’Connell & Company […]

Theater Review: Clucking For A Cause~A Cabaret and Musical Review

  Clucking For A Cause~A Cabaret was a one-night only event produced by Penelope’s Place and Vanessa Dawson that starred an all-female cast that brought the house down. This show featured local performers that presented songs and ballads that were meaningful to them and that showcased why these nine performers are in a league of […]

Theater Review: 1776~The Musical at O’Connell & Company

Many of us recall the famous and iconic picture depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence but most Americans forget many of the issues and challenges deliberated by delegates months leading up to the actual signing. Now is your chance to be in the room where it all happened as O’Connell & Company brings […]

Theater Preview: “The Betsy Carmichael Christmas Special” at Shea’s Smith Theatre

  O’Connell & Company presents the trailblazing musical, THE BETSY CARMICHAEL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, a must see show at Shea’s Smith Theatre! The Betsy Carmichael Christmas Special is an original interactive comedy conceived and written by Joey Bucheker and Mary Kate O’Connell. Bucheker plays the role of Betsy Carmichael, an extravagant and glitzy character who loves […]

Theater Review: Little Shop Of Horrors at O’Connell & Company

O’Connell & Company kicks off the 2018-2019 season with Little Shop of Horrors, a show that is likely to “enlighten and entertain” you all night long! If Mary Kate O’Connell’s entire season is of this level, I presume this season will bring about multiple Buffalo Artie Nominations. After a total eclipse of the sun, the […]

Theater Review: Alice in Wonderland at Aurora Players-Theatre in Hamlin Park

Everyone knows of East Aurora for its small-town charm, their wonderful history and architecture, their ability to bring the community together and now LIVE Theatre in Hamlin Park.  Aurora Players is pleased to bring the community a new project for the summer months entitled—Aurora Players: Theatre in Hamlin Park. This new venture will serve to […]