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Tell me the truth. You didn’t know there was a Musical Theater Festival in the Finger Lakes, did you? I did! Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is the actually largest producing musical theatre organization in New York state… outside of New York City (of course).  I’ve heard about the great shows, but I’ve never been to a show at any of the theaters that take part in the festival. The festival has JUST kicked off their “Broadway in the Finger Lakes” season and I’m super excited that I’ll be attending a show this year!

This weekend, “Menopause the Musical” opened at MGR Downtown at the Auburn Public Theater. This musical runs through August 9th so you have all summer to get your lady friends together and have some fun.

Opening next Wednesday, June 4th, is “Mary Poppins“! Mary Poppins will play at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park in Auburn through July 2. This show even has cast members from the original Broadway cast (what?!). I’m particularly excited about this because I’m planning to take my daughter to see it, and you bet I will post a review and write about our experience right here!

Following “Mary Poppins” is “Damn Yankees” July 9-30, “On the Town” August 6-27, “The Will Rogers Follies” September 3-24, and “The Church Basement Ladies in the Last (Potluck) Supper” October 1-18.

At the Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, “The PiTCH” opens June 19th and runs through August 30th. This sounds really fun: This series invites the audience to participate in the creative process, welcoming audience feedback during and after performance. The PiTCH will run for 10 weeks, featuring a new musical in development each week at the Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum.

Tickets for all these those are available at FingerLakesMTF.com/tickets or call 1-800-457-8897.

Here is a complete list of shows for 2014 Season:

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at Emerson Park (6877 East Lake Road, Auburn)

  • “Mary Poppins” (June 4 to July 2)
  • “Damn Yankees” (July 9 to July 30)
  • “On the Town” (Aug. 6 to  Aug. 27)
  • “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3 to Sept. 24)
  • “The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1 to Oct. 18)

MGR Downtown at Auburn Public Theater (8 Exchange St. at Genesee Street, Auburn)

  • “Menopause The Musical” (May 29 to Aug. 9)

Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum (203 Genesee St., Auburn)

  • “THE PiTCH” (June 19 to Aug. 30)



Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is providing me with 2 tickets in exchange for featuring the Festival on this website. Opinions expressed in this post belong to the author. Content is not influenced by compensation.