Made in Buffalo presents:

Cheryl Stern

April 26, 2020 | 7 PM
Shea's 71o Theatre

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Shoes and Baggage

The Win and the Sin and the High of the Buy

Shoes and Baggage is about the insatiable urge to purchase and possess beautiful things and the deeper feelings that propel this behavior. Broadway veteran actress and Jonathan Larson award-winning writer Cheryl Stern takes us on a wild, hilarious, and heartbreaking ride of hunting and spending as she digs deep to understand her own obsession with shopping.

From her escapades while in the cast of the star-studded Broadway revival of The Women to her stint as coach and host on The Home Shopping Network, Cheryl portrays over two dozen characters, illuminating a secret yet relatable world of retail enslavement.

Shoes and Baggage is a 75 minute solo odyssey, featuring an original score with lyrics by Cheryl and music by Drama Desk nominated and Emmy Award winning composer Tom Kochan.

Cheryl Stern

Cheryl is currently recurring as Ida Ettenberg (Benjamin’s Mom) on the Emmy winning series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Cheryl’s Broadway credits include the Tony Award Winning Revival of La Cage Aux Folles, starring Kelsey Grammer, The Women with Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Tilly and Kristen Johnston (Roundabout; filmed for PBS), Candide (NY City Opera) and Laughing Room Only starring Jackie Mason. Cheryl has also appeared in Fiorello at New York City Center's Encores!

Off Broadway, Cheryl starred as Frannie in A Letter to Harvey Milk, Claire in Being Audrey, Alice B. Toklas in 27 Rue de Fleurus and won critical acclaim as Mamie Eisenhower in Transport Group's Drama Desk nominated First Lady Suite. Other Off Broadway credits include City Of,  Requiem for William, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Game Show, That's Life and The Immigrant.

She has appeared in National Tours of A Grand Night for Singing, Les Miserables, EvitaFiddler on the Roof and as Mme. Dindon in La Cage with George Hamilton.

Regional credits include Sue in Bells Are Ringing at The Berkshire Theatre Group, Yente in Goodspeed's Fiddler On The Roof, Jack's Mother in Into The Woods at Baltimore Center Stage/ Westport Playhouse and The Old Lady in Mary Zimmerman's acclaimed production of Candide at the Huntington Theatre in Boston (IRNE Award - Best Supporting Actress).

Cheryl has been seen as a guest star on Unforgettable, Guiding Light, All My Children, As the World Turns and Law and Order-Criminal Intent. She can be seen in Sondheim: a Celebration at Carnegie Hall, filmed for PBS, and in the feature films, This is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey and Brooklyn Lobster with Jane Curtin and Danny Aiello. She has also narrated many books for

As writer, Cheryl created lyrics for the critically acclaimed, Jonathan Larson Award winning, Off Broadway musical, Nor'mal:, starring Barbara Walsh. (Book by Yvonne Adrian, music by Tom Kochan). An adaptation of the musical, now retitled Pretty To The Bone has been enjoying a rich life in schools and universities. Also Off Broadway: A Letter To Harvey MilkThe Audience (Drama Desk nomination - Best Musical), Being Audrey (Transport Group) and That's Life! (Outer Critics Circle nomination). Other credits include FamousA Hollywood Musical (TRU Musical Reading Series Winner –Kochan/Adrian), Gene Game (Alfred P. Sloan Grant) Are We There Yet? and A Christmas Survival Guide. Buffalonia, a solo piece written and performed by Cheryl with music by Tom Kochan was presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Cheryl is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is currently on the teaching faculty at AMDA and has a vibrant private teaching practice in NYC.

Those who call Buffalo home, whether or not they still live in the community, know the sense of pride and closeness that makes Buffalo special. There is a deep connection and love of this place, and we think it should be celebrated.

Made In Buffalo, an ongoing series powered by the Buffalo Jewish Federation, will shine a spotlight on those famous Buffalonians who cut their teeth right here in our backyard.

The purpose of Made in Buffalo is to celebrate a personality who can lay claim to being “made” in our region and allow the Buffalo Jewish Federation to provide a dynamic program as a gift to the greater community.


Marjorie Godin Bryen, Chair  |  Kelly Lignos Ziv  |  Joni Shatkin  |  Nancy Fernandez  |  Leslie Shuman Kramer, President, Buffalo Jewish Federation  |  Randi Morkisz, Assistant Executive Director, Buffalo Jewish Federation  |  Rob Goldberg, CEO, Buffalo Jewish Federation

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