last time Cat Power were scheduled to play in the general
vicinity of the Capital Region (in Tivoli), the show was
postponed, and the ticket-holding community was thrown into
a tizzy. Singer-songwriter Chan Marshall’s reputation as
an unpredictable performer led to a mild panic that the
show just wasn’t going to happen at all, and fans were beside
themselves. As it turned out, it was that very enthusiasm
and attachment to Marshall’s work—a blend of grim folksiness,
delicate melodic ache and spirit-rich blues-beholden indie
rock—that led to the rescheduling: The original venue just
couldn’t accommodate the anticipated crowd.
On her current swing through the area—she’s touring in support
of her starkly gorgeous and arresting album You Are Free—Marshall
will spare fans similar fear. They’ve got not one but two
opportunities to catch her this weekend, and both locations
should be able to handle the turnout.
Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 3), Cat Power will play Time &
Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). Tickets for the
9 PM show are $15. For more information, call 822-8448.
On Saturday (Dec. 4), she’ll hit MASS MoCA (1040 MASS MoCA
Way, North Adams, Mass.). Tickets for the 8 PM performance
are $17. For more information, call (413) 662-2111.
you don’t know by now, let us inform you: Gypsy is
the classic Broadway hit based on the best-selling memoirs
of Gypsy Rose Lee, who rose to fame with her unique combination
of a “lady-like strip-tease technique with an intellectual
viewpoint.” The play tells the story of Gypsy and her sister,
June, as they are pushed by their mother to become stars
in the vaudeville show-business world of the 1920s. (Pictured
are Jessica DiSiprio as June and Mary Beth Whitehead as
Gypsy.) As the true story goes, the girls did become famous
under the obsessive direction of their smothering stage
mother. (“Mama” is one of the juiciest female roles in the
Broadway repertoire.) This production is under the direction
of Orlando Pigliavento, with choreography by Deb Pigliavento
and musical direction by Vince Bonafede.
opens tomorrow (Friday) at the Schenectady Light Opera House
(826 State St., Schenectady), with performances Dec. 3-5
and 9-12. Shows are at 8 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
and 2 PM on Sundays. Tickets are $18 adults, $9 children
under 12. Student rush tickets are also available for $10
(cash only) for students with photo IDs, and will be sold
15 minutes before curtain time. For more information and
to order tickets, call 399-9359 or visit www.sloctheater.com.
in 2002, the Hudson River Theater hosted performers from
Italy’s Accademia del Teatro, a school dedicated to training
singers in the bel canto style. Well, after receiving a
“flood” of requests, the theater is bringing them back again.
On Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the Accademia del
Teatro will perform a condensed version of Puccini’s La
You remember La Bohème: Mimi, Rodolfo, poverty, love
and consumption. Oh, and a lot of beautiful singing. We
have been promised a revelatory musical experience, in the
sense that the bel canto style is more appropriate to the
material than the “Germanic” style most contemporary opera
singers are trained in.
The Accademia del Teatro will perform La Bohemè on
Saturday (Dec. 4) at 8 PM and Sunday (Dec. 5) at 4 PM at
the Hudson River Theater (521 Warren St., Hudson). Tickets
are $25. For more information, call 822-8189.