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Evil Dead The Musical

by The Staff October 23, 2014

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  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 ...

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Newsies

by The Staff October 9, 2014

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  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 ...

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Cassandra: The Musical

by The Staff September 11, 2014

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  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 ...

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The All Night Strut

by The Staff September 4, 2014

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  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 ...

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Little Shop of Horrors

by The Staff August 13, 2014

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  “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 ...

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Guys and Dolls

by The Staff August 8, 2014

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  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 ...

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Revenge is Sweet

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2014

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  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 ...

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Better Than Broadway

by B.A. Nilsson July 17, 2014

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  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 ...

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Smokey Joe’s Café

by The Staff July 10, 2014

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  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 ...

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A Truck With a Soul

by James Yeara July 10, 2014

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  “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 ...

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42nd Street

by The Staff July 8, 2014

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  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 ...

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Million Dollar Quartet

by The Staff June 12, 2014

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    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

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  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

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  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 ...

Proctors

Flashdance: The Musical

by The Staff May 1, 2014

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  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 ...

Proctors

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

by The Staff April 24, 2014

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  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

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  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

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  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 ...

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Green Day’s American Idiot

by The Staff February 13, 2014

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  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

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  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 ...

Proctors

We Will Rock You

by The Staff November 27, 2013

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  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? ...

Proctors

Godspell

by The Staff November 7, 2013

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  Godspell opened Off-Broadway in 1971 and has never really gone away. Productions followed in London, where the cast included Jeremy Irons, and a legendary Toronto version that starred Victor Garber alongside a half-dozen future comedy ...

Proctors

Prescription for Happiness

by James Yeara October 17, 2013

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  “It does what a musical is supposed to do; it takes you to another world . . . a little something for when you’re feeling blue.”—Man in Chair Home Made Theater’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone ...

Spa Little Theater

The Drowsy Chaperone

by The Staff October 10, 2013

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  Home Made Theater opens the fall season this weekend with a production of that witty, award-winning Broadway musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. When a theater maven falls asleep listening to the original cast album of ...

Spa Little Theater

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

by The Staff September 19, 2013

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  It is mind-boggling to consider, given his wide and continuing musical influence, that Buddy Holly died more than a half-century ago at the age of 22. Yet here we are, in 2013, and Holly’s legacy ...

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