and Hammerstein shattered the mold for the American musical
when they first produced Carousel in the spring of
1945. Adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 drama Liliom,
Carousel transplants the ill-fated love story of
a factory girl and a carnival barker to a small fishing
village in New England. Innovative for its time, Carousel
draws on operatic traditions and weaves classic numbers
like “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” into
one of musical theater’s first tragic tales of love and
and Hammerstein considered Carousel their favorite
collaboration, and Time magazine declared it “the
best musical of the 20th century.”
Now, to open their 15th season in the Berkshires, Barrington
Stage Company will present their take on the classic, directed
by BSC’s own artistic director, Julianne Boyd.
currently is open for preview at Barrington Stage (30
Union St., Pittsfield, Mass), and officially opens on Sunday
(June 21) at 5 PM, continuing through July 11. Tickets range
from $42 to $56, and to celebrate their 15th anniversary
season, BSC will offer 15 tickets for $15 for each performance.
For more info, or to purchase tickets, call the Barrington
Stage box office at (413) 236-8888.
Night in Schenectady
flies! We’re well into the second-year anniversary of the
third-Friday “art nights” in downtown Schenectady.
What does that mean? Tomorrow (Friday) evening, you can
check out the latest exhibits at the Schenectady Museum
& Suites-Buche Planetarium, the Wikoff Gallery in Union
College’s Nott Memorial, and the various galleries in and
around Proctors. The Proctors’ offerings include paintings
by Chris Averill-Green in the “Working” Gallery (440 State
St.); new paintings by Alexis Mendoza, and a Union College
student art show in the Fenimore Gallery; photos by Andrzej
Pilarczyk and Rudy Lu in the Delack Guild Room; and works
by members of the Schenectady Arts Society in Robb Alley.
And don’t forget the “alternative” art spaces: SACC TV-16
studios on North Broadway, the windows of the Imperial OTB
on State Street, and 106 Jay St.
Speaking of Jay Street, there will be two live stages along
the pedestrian walkway, the Schenectady Pipe Band, crafts
and kids’ activities, and (of course) food. And Lennon’s
Irish Shop (164 Jay St.) is holding a “Best Knees in a Kilt”
Art Night in Schenectady will be held at various locations
around downtown from 5 to 9 PM Friday (June 19). The Art
Night Trolley will run every 40 minutes between Moon &
River Café (115 S. Ferry St.), City Hall, Proctors and the
Schenectady Museum (Nott Terrace Heights). For a complete
schedule, visit artnightschenectady.org.
. . . it’s, like, the new Brooklyn.
At least, we think we heard someone somewhere say that once.
But, if Troy is Brooklyn, then what’s Albany—the Bronx?
Jersey? We kid.
It’s exciting to watch River Street evolve into what it’s
becoming, with new life returning to the historic downtown
area. Maybe it’s not a cultural hub yet, but events
like the River Street Festival are certainly pointing it
in that direction. The sixth annual event of its kind, this
year’s festival features Cracker (pictured) on the EQX Real
Alternative Main Stage, as well as Mike Doughty (of Soul
Coughing), Chris Barron (of the Spin Doctors), Rob Dickinson
(of Catherine Wheel), and the Alternate Routes.
Be assured, there will be food, art, antiques, and stuff
for the kids. Oh, and there’s a street painting contest
hosted by the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The $10
entry fee gets you a set of chalk and a square of sidewalk
for a chance at winning $1,000.
The River Street Festival runs from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday
(June 20). Admission is free. Call 270-4401 for more info.