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November 4, 2012

Live version of 'Phineas & Ferb' visits Shea's for one day

Niagara Gazette — Ferb, I know what we’re going to do on Saturday.

“Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!,” a live version of the popular Disney Channel show, will hit Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo for three performances Saturday, bringing the title duo and cast of supporting characters to the stage in their never-ending quest for new and more interesting ways to spend their summer vacation.

While on the TV show, that last day of vacation just never seems to arrive, in the stage show it’s finally the last day of summer break in the Tri-State Area. For the Flynn-Fletcher step-brothers, of course, this calls for something special: The greatest invention ever.

But ... hey, where’s Perry?

As in the TV show, this all calls for the obligatory musical interludes, and in the midst of it is Nicole Dalton of Rochester, the tour’s dance captain and one of the dancers in the show. Dalton, a University at Buffalo graduate who has been with the tour for two years, recently talked about the show and her role in it during a stop in Fort Wayne, Ind.

This is her first year as dance captain, after a role as Milly (one of the Fireside Girls) last year.

“I work side by side with the performance director to teach the choreography of the show,” she said. “It’s my job to teach all the new people on tour this time ... keeping the choreography clean, keeping in the genre of the act, because there’s everything from country line dancing to Bollywood dancing to disco dancing.”

While all the genre mash-ups can be challenging, Dalton said, it keeps things interesting for the cast members, who are performing the show in 80 cities throughout North America this season.

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