Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill directs cast of 23 stage veterans, local favorites and young stars in “the greatest of all American musicals.”
Albany, N.Y. -”Some People,” “Small World,” “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Together, Wherever We Go,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn…”
Gypsy: A Musical Fable truly does have one of the great scores in the history of American Musical Theatre. And its tale, of the waning days of Vaudeville, is as memorable as its tunes.
Based on the showbiz memoir of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, the piece was created by producer David Merrick as a vehicle for Broadway superstar Ethel Merman. Merman turned the role of Rose, the domineering stage mother from hell, into an iconic figure. Read more »
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - New York City Ballet, one of the world’s foremost dance companies, will present a diverse repertory of 14 stunning ballets during its 2014 summer season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), July 8 - 12. Showcased during the residency will be iconic works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as contemporary ballets by acclaimed 21st century choreographers including Peter Martins, Mauro Bigonzetti, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. Highlights of the program include the Saratoga premiere of the newest collaboration from Justin Peck and Sufjan Stevens; a Gala tribute to Great Britain featuring the Saratoga premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Acheron; the return of several ballets not seen at SPAC in many years including Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza, Bigonzetti’s Vespro, Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations and Robbins’s Glass Pieces. Read more »
Michael Bush and Kevin McGuire return to join Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill in the director’s chair
Albany, N.Y. - Capital Repertory Theatre announces its 34th season, which balances world premieres and popular musicals with comedies and classics. Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill says, “with this season we reaffirm our commitment to bringing new work to the stage, while not forgetting our ties to theatre history. I love music and I love literature, so bookending the slate with the musical fun of Smokey Joes Café and the serious drama of Hamlet makes perfect sense to me.”
“I’m especially excited that our NEXT ACT! New Play Summit has become a way to grow developing work, as well as a way to introduce our audience to new voices in the American theatre.” Read more »
Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13
Schenectady, N.Y. - Alton Brown, Iron Chef host and renowned television personality is taking his brand of quirky humor and culinary science on the road with “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.” Brown will appear at Proctors, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Tickets are on sale and are available at the Box Office at Proctors, by phone at 518.346.6204, and on the web at proctors.org.
Recently named Best Food TV Personality at The Munchies, Brown’s tour promises to be an eventful evening of stand-up comedy, talks show antics, multimedia lecture, live music and food experimentation. Be prepared. Ponchos will be involved. The show will offer an interactive component in which audience members will have the opportunity to serve as Brown’s trusted assistants on stage. For those hoping to sip at the pure source of Brownian wit and wisdom, this is a must-see extravaganza for the whole family. Read more »
Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m.
A “Russian Whiteout” to Feature Ice Sculptures, Martini Luges, Moscow Mafia Man & Ice Queen Costume Contest
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Inspired by SPAC’s upcoming Bolshoi Ballet engagement and the excitement surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the theme for SPAC’s popular winter gala will be “The Winter Ball: A Russian Whiteout.” The event, slated for Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. in Saratoga’s glamorous and historic Hall of Springs, is a fundraiser for classical programming presented by SPAC’s Junior Committee. Tickets, $75 in advance and $80 after February19, are available at spac.org.
Guests at this year’s event will be transported to a virtual Russian winter wonderland as organizers plan to transform the ballroom of the Hall of Springs into a winter palace, complete with ice sculptures, martini ice luges, a Russian vodka bar courtesy of Tovaritch Vodka, generous and hearty Tsar-worthy fare, a blizzard photo booth by Heather Bohm Tallman, a raffle with glittering prizes, live music by Saving Atlantis and dancing. Read more »
One Man Star Wars Trilogy creator returns to Proctors with One Man Lord of the Rings.
Schenectady, N.Y. -For 11 years, Charles Ross, Canada’s self-described “professional geek,” has traversed the globe with his compact, compressed and crazy One Man Star Wars Trilogy. Ross has delighted audiences with the unique, frenetic show, which tackles all the twists and turns of the first brace of Star Wars films in just over an hour.
Now Ross does the same for Lord of the Rings, recreating the enchanting world of Middle-earth with nothing more than elbow pads and his own outrageous imagination.
One Man Lord of the Rings is at the GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 24-26. Read more »
A note-for-note live re-creation of Pink Floyd’s eternal masterpiece
Schenectady, N.Y. -Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon is not a tribute act. There are no gimmicks or fake English accents. It is simply a note-for-note, cut-for-cut live re-creation of one of the greatest rock records ever made, Pink Floyd’s eternal masterpiece, The Dark Side of the Moon.
Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon visits Proctors, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
Classic Albums Live brings together some of the country’s finest musicians to re-create onstage the exact sounds of the most important pop albums of the 1960s and 70s. Musicians are chosen according to their sound and the way they fit into a particular niche, be it Pink Floyd, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. The musicians treat these revered albums like a score-the way a symphony orchestra treats Mozart. Read more »