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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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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 ...

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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

Let’s Hang On

by John Rodat June 26, 2014


  The first hit for the Four Seasons, “Sherry,” was released in 1962. That’s 52 years ago. Fifty-two years before that, Thomas Edison was reluctantly abandoning his wax cylinder for the more popular platter-style recorded disc, ...

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

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 ...


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 ...


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? ...



by The Staff November 7, 2013


  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 ...


Prescription for Happiness

by James Yeara October 17, 2013


  “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

Ghost the Musical

by The Staff September 12, 2013


  Ghost was one of the first film phenomena of the 1990s. Unabashedly romantic, Bruce Joel Rubin’s screenplay married the supernatural to romance, and added a layer of comedy rich enough to help Whoopi Goldberg win ...


Verdi It Ain’t

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2013


  The success of Robert James Waller’s pretentious and ripe novel with its inane prose and cliche-ridden plot was baffling. More puzzling was why a director as discriminating as Clint Eastwood would want to wallow in ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Unamplified Glory

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2013


  The Lancelot problem keeps the Arthurian writers and scholars on their toes. According to Thomas (“Tom of Warwick”) Malory, he slavishly follows the Pentecostal Oath; by the time T.H. White gets hold of him, he’s ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Avenue Q

by The Staff July 24, 2013


  “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” That is but one of the many songs crooned by the potty-mouthed but endearing puppets of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, which opens tonight at the Charles R. Wood ...

Charles R. Wood Theater

Fresh Ham

by Ralph Hammann July 18, 2013

  With Northern Boulevard, Oldcastle promises a new old-fashioned musical. If you’re expecting Berlin, Porter or Gershwin, this show won’t quite provide the trip back, but if you’ll accept lesser Loesser, it should do quite nicely. ...

Oldcastle Theatre Company