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Singin’ in the Rain

by The Staff July 2, 2015

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  The great MGM movie musical Singin’ in the Rain was one of the first properties to travel successfully from screen to stage; for decades, the process worked almost exclusively in the opposite direction. And with ...

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Mamma Mia!

by The Staff May 15, 2015

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  A really good jukebox musical has to accomplish two things. One, it has to have enough of a plot to distract you from the fact that it’s a jukebox musical. Two, it must pack the ...

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On The Town

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015

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  When Hollywood came calling to put On the Town on film, it gave the show a wonderful cast, headlined by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and included terrific location work, rare for a movie in ...

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Jersey Boys

by The Staff January 8, 2015

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  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 ...

Proctors

Elf: The Musical

by The Staff December 19, 2014

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  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 ...

Proctors

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 ...

Proctors

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 ...

Steamer No. 10 Theatre

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 ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

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 ...

Glimmerglass Festival

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 ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

Let’s Hang On

by John Rodat June 26, 2014

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  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

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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

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

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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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 ...

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Ghost the Musical

by The Staff September 12, 2013

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  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 ...

Proctors

Verdi It Ain’t

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2013

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  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