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Nice Work If You Can Get It

by The Staff January 29, 2015


  A show packed from beginning to end with songs by George Gershwin is, by definition, of interest. And, given the emotional and comic range of the lyrics penned by George’s brother Ira, will also be ...

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Jersey Boys

by The Staff January 8, 2015


  The smash Broadway musical about the Four Seasons returns to town this week, and we can’t say we’re surprised. Jersey Boys is a fast-paced, cleverly structured and wildly entertaining show that captures the spirit and ...

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Elf: The Musical

by The Staff December 19, 2014


  People can’t seem to get enough of Buddy the Elf. He was introduced by Will Farrell in the movie Elf, which has become a holiday classic alongside A Christmas Story and White Christmas; he was ...

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Pinkalicious: The Musical

by The Staff November 13, 2014


  Park Playhouse is not just a summertime operation. This Sunday afternoon, the folks at Park Playhouse will premiere their new children’s theater production Pinkalicious: The Musical on the grand stage at the Palace. Based on the ...

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Evil Dead The Musical

by The Staff October 23, 2014


  This Canadian show, based on Sam Raimi’s classic cinematic demon zombie chainsaw blood fests, proves once and for all that anything can be turned into a musical. And one of the current national touring companies ...



by The Staff October 9, 2014


  You have to say this about Disney: They don’t give up easily. The original film version of Newsies may have earned rave reviews and starred Christian Bale, but it was a flop. When Disney went ...


Cassandra: The Musical

by The Staff September 11, 2014


  Yes, the Cassandra of Patrick Longo’s Cassandra: The Musical is that Cassandra: the Trojan princess who is blessed with the gift of prophecy, but cursed because no one will believe her in her visions. In ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

The All Night Strut

by The Staff September 4, 2014


  Many of your favorite pop, jazz, big band and rhythm & blues tunes from the 1930s and 1940s will be featured in The All Night Strut, a revue opening tomorrow (Friday) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. What ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors

by The Staff August 13, 2014


  “Feed me, Seymour.” You know things have taken a seriously demented turn when your prized plant calls you by name. That’s what happens in the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical favorite, however: The romance between schlubby Seymour ...

Steamer No. 10 Theatre

Guys and Dolls

by The Staff August 8, 2014


  One of the most felicitous combinations in postwar American musical theater happened when composer-lyricist Frank Loesser adapted two Damon Runyon short stories into Guys and Dolls, a musical comedy about gamblers, racetrack touts and the ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

Revenge is Sweet

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2014


  I had misgivings about this. First, it is an adaptation of a seemingly unadaptable morality play. Second, it bode ill that, given its songwriters’ stature, it never made it to Broadway when written in 1998 ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

Better Than Broadway

by B.A. Nilsson July 17, 2014


  On the heels of Oklahoma, their first collaboration, came Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, based on a depressing but popular play by Ferenc Molnár. Liliom presented a charming but hotheaded protagonist who gets a chance to ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Smokey Joe’s Café

by The Staff July 10, 2014


  This is the longest running revue in Broadway history, and it’s coming to Albany’s Capital Rep this week. A collection of 39 hits by the dynamic songwriter team of Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller, Smokey ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

A Truck With a Soul

by James Yeara July 10, 2014


  “Can I do it?” one of the last contestants asks, standing just stage right of the Nissan pickup center stage, his left hand touching the truck’s body. As he looks out into the night, a ...

Park Playhouse

42nd Street

by The Staff July 8, 2014


  42nd Street may not have been the first backstage musical, but it’s now the touchstone for the entire genre. Why? It has the ultimate showgirl-to-star plot, and it has a collection of amazing songs by ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

Million Dollar Quartet

by The Staff June 12, 2014


    It sounds too good to be true, but it really happened: There was a 1956 studio jam session at Sun Records with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. And you can ...

Palace Theatre

Four Play

by The Staff May 22, 2014


  Gentlemen: Did Menopause the Musical make you feel left out? Well, by golly, playwright and Capital Region native Rick Wilson has the comedy for you. Four Play is about “friendship, men’s health and the issues ...

Siena College

The Phantom of the Opera

by The Staff May 22, 2014


  Even if you’re one of the millions of theatergoers who’ve seen and loved Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on stage, you haven’t seen this “phantom.” Producer Cameron Mackintosh has put together a ...


Flashdance: The Musical

by The Staff May 1, 2014


  What a feeling! Syndey Morton will step into the role of Alex Owens, the welder-turned-dancer played by Jennifer Beals in Flashdance, the zeitgeisty hit movie from the 1980s turned here into a big musical show. By ...


Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

by The Staff April 24, 2014


  It’s a night of musical comedy improv tomorrow (Friday) at the Troy Music Hall as the talented cast of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical takes over the stage. The promise: “Every song is fresh. Every night is ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Smells Like a Rose

by James Yeara March 27, 2014


  If Shakespeare had written a musical, it would have been Gypsy: A Musical Fable, a play with songs about theater, not a franchise collection of songs with some words between them. Gypsy has soul, and ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Man of La Mancha

by The Staff March 6, 2014


  The “impossible dream” musical returns to our region this weekend for two performances, as the all-new national touring company of Man of La Mancha takes the Mainstage at Proctors on Saturday. The not-so-foolish optimism of Don ...


Green Day’s American Idiot

by The Staff February 13, 2014


  The smash-hit Broadway musical based on Green Day’s Grammy-winning, multi-platinum American Idiot release is coming to the Palace Theater on Valentine’s Day, so if your idea of a romantic evening is a rebellious, turbo-charged extravaganza, ...

Palace Theatre

Kristin Chenoweth

by The Staff February 8, 2014


  Kristin Chenoweth will bring her wonderful voice and Broadway-sized personality to Proctors on Sunday for a very special concert performance. Chenoweth won a Tony for her career-making turn as Sally in a revival of You’re a ...


We Will Rock You

by The Staff November 27, 2013


  Don’t be confused: We Will Rock You is not another Queen tribute show. It’s a full-blown, fully staged musical theater extravaganza featuring the hard-rocking, flamboyant, baroque and gleefully over-the-top music of Queen. You want hits? ...