not going to get into a fight over which American Idol
winner is the best; so let’s just say that Carrie Underwood
is one of the best—and a genuine country music
Underwood comes to town Friday night on the massive strength
of her third album, Play On. It was released in November
2009 and has already sold more than one million copies—not
too shabby in a crap economic environment, and at a time
when most acts are happy with much more meager sales.
The show isn’t completely sold out, but it’s close. So if
you want to go, act immediately.
Carrie Underwood will perform tomorrow (Friday, March 12)
at 7:30 PM at the Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl St., Albany).
Also on the bill will be Craig Morgan, and the Sons of Sylvia.
Tickets are $35-$55. For more info, call 487-2000.
works of William Shakespeare have long endured, like any
masterpiece, for their universality of theme. His iambs
have resonated for centuries, rung again and again for audiences
to interpret in the context of their times.
And, for centuries, theater companies have crafted productions
to highlight those poignant parallels. The latest effort
to set the spark of world affairs alight in the Bard’s work
comes from the folks at the New York State Theater Institute.
Part of NYSTI’s decades-long mission is to draw relevant
lessons from their production of new and classic works,
and the latest effort does so with a contemporary interpretation
of Romeo and Juliet.
Without compromising the original, lyrical language, director
Ron Holgate has set the star-crossed love story in modern-day
Iraq. The Suni-Shiite struggle is represented in the embattled
houses of Capulet and Montegue; the Prince is a military
captain, the chorus a photojournalist trying to make sense
of it all.
and Juliet opens at the New York State Theater Institute
(Schacht Fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College, 5 Division
St., Troy) at 8 PM tomorrow (Friday, March 12) and runs
through March 21. Tickets are $20, $16 for students and
seniors and $10 for children. For more info, or to purchase
tickets, call 274-3256.
of the Irish Guards, Royal Regiment of Scotland
you flip back two pages to the CD-review section, you’ll
find a review of a new live recording by one kind of big
band—Keith Pray’s awesome big jazz band. Tomorrow night
(March 12) at Proctors, you have the opportunity to see
a very different—and also spectacular—kind of “big band,”
the Band of the Irish Guards.
This is a military band, of the kind the member nations
of the British Empire once deployed all over the world,
in war and peace. This particular band was chartered almost
110 years ago (in April 1900) by Queen Victoria herself,
and specializes in demonstrating “the majestic splendor
of . . . music and military precision.”
The Irish Guards will be joined by the Royal Regiment of
Scotland, who will present their own “splendiferous” style
The Band of the Irish Guards and the Royal Regiment of Scotland
will perform tomorrow (Friday, March 12) at 8 PM on the
mainstage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets
are $20-$40. For reservations and info, call the box office