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MAKING ART | EPISODE 3: Norm Sham, Actor

Please join The New Phoenix Theatre as we walk down memory lane. As we continue to plan for next steps with the uncertainty of COVID-19, we are sharing testimonials from the amazing artists who emblazoned their imprint on our stage. We hope with all our hearts to be back with you soon.

For now, here is a message from Norm Sham:

“That’s the night that the lights went out on MARTY! So, we’re doing the run of MARTY, produced by, the sad to say, no longer Buffalo Ensemble Theatre (BET - Tim White AD/Founder), directed by Sheila McCarthy, in the then very New Phoenix Theatre. The cast pulls up and we’re all standing outside waiting to get in and get ready for the big show. We’re told that the power was shut off for the building. It had something to do with the Russians and Republicans infiltrating NYSEG...So, we all got back in our cars and went for a drink! Weird stuff. But, what’s funny is that that’s not my memory of The New Phoenix Theatre. My memory is doing that play (we continued) with a talented and great group of people, in that beautiful building, in front of a full house every night. So, in actuality, I remember the lights shining very brightly on us all.

Here’s to many more years “On The Boards! “


Norm Sham

Coming soon, Episode 4: Michael Klemm

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