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Savion Glover

We know how much you love tap-dance genius Savion Glover, because heís a perennial visitor to the Capital Region. And he usually does something different every year; last year he performed to classical music. He returns to the Egg this weekend in a jazz mood.

The jazz ensemble the Otherz will accompany him on his choreography for Duke Ellingtonís ďRiver Suite.Ē The Albany Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joffrey Ballet conductor Leslie B. Dunner, will collaborate with Glover on three dances set to music from Leonard Bernsteinís On the Town.

Savion Glover will perform Saturday (April 11) at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany), accompanied by the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Otherz. Tickets are $19-$38. For more info, call 473-1845.

 

Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane

OK, party people in the house, since when did Northern Lights become a hotbed for classic hip-hop? The fact they got Busta Rhymes was cool, and the Wu-Tang show ranked with last yearís best, but this one might just be a once-in-a-lifer.

So, ladies and gentlemen and low lifes, it is with outstanding pleasure that we present one of the first master beat-boxers, Doug E. Fresh, the first rapper to rock a blingee eye-patch, Slick Rick (pictured), and still one of the fastest on the mic, Big Daddy Kane. DJ Kool Herc aside, it doesnít get much older-school than this.

Local rapper Sev Statik opens for classic rappers Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park) Saturday (April 11) at 9 PM. Tickets are $38. Call 371-0012 for more info.

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim is a true master of the musical. If multiple Tony awards, an Academy Award and a vast catalogue of enduring Broadway hits arenít convincing enough, we challenge that only a true master could successfully craft a delightfully empathetic portrait of as brutal a protagonist as Sweeney Todd.

The demon barber has been slitting throats on stages around the globe for 30 years, and thanks to the recent film adaptation (you know, Tim Burtonís bloody and dismal award-winner starring one seriously creepy Johnny Depp), Sweeney Todd has slashed its way into mainstream acclaim.

Itís all there: new love, lost love, crazed serial vengeance, snappy haircuts, hauntingly beautiful music, and a few of societyís most uppity buggers run through a meat grinder. Really, what more can you ask for in a musical?

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street comes to Proctors Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady) for three murderous performances: tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday (April 10-11) at 8 PM, and Saturday also at 2 PM. Tickets are $20-$55. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 346-6204.


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