‘Phantom of the Opera’ returns to Proctors

The Record's Bob Goepfert recently chatted with The Phantom of the Opera's Ben Jacoby about his famili affair with the show.
“The Phantom of the Opera” is still thriving on Broadway after its opening 26 years ago, and it returns to Proctors for the third time with performances Wednesday, May 28 through Sunday, June 8.
“Phantom” opened in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988. The show is a statistician’s delight, having played in almost every country in the world as well as almost every state in the United States. The audience counts are astronomical and the number of blocks of dry ice used to create the subterranean chase would likely be enough to cloud seed the entire world.
But perhaps the best and most human way to point out the show’s longevity is that in this national touring production the role of Raoul will be played by Ben Jacoby. Ben’s father, Mark Jacoby, played the role of the Phantom on Broadway in the 1980s.

John Legend: Soul, Vintage. Simply, All of Him

It's true.

Proctors hosted the number one artist in the country for an intimate, soulful show, and loved it.

"The house lights at Proctors dimmed. There was thunderous applause and cat calls across the theater. John Legend walked onto a stage complete with a scattering of sofas and a string accompaniment. “I want you to come into my living room,” he said. After a six year struggle to be discovered, his first gig was in Manhattan’s “Living Room.” My, how times have changed."

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The God Game is Thrilling at The Rep!

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Will Gallagher

“The God Game is Thrilling at The Rep!”

"Fears, hopes, dreams, secrets, desires, and truths come out and keep you hoping, praying, crying, and on the edge of your seat for an hour and fifty minutes."

"Capital Rep has done an amazing job with casting, as always, but this season has been exceptionally amazing."


‘The God Game’ @ Capital Rep 5/7/14

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‘The God Game’ @ Capital Rep 5/7/14
Steve Barnes

"‘The God Game’ a superb new drama at Capital Rep"

"A deeply satisfying, superbly acted exploration of personal values, honesty, integrity and accommodation within relationships"

" 'The God Game' is the sort of new work that theater fans long to see"

In the intimacy of Capital Rep’s stage, it’s a privilege to watch their eyes change, to see their moods shift, to watch a smart contemporary drama come fully to life.


‘The God Game’ Reviewed

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Bob Goepfert
‘The God Game’ Reviewed

The dilemma is fresh and relatable because it includes decent, passionate people who care very much about each other and the world in which they live. That world, by the way, is both the public world and their private worlds.

It is about individuals examining their own beliefs and considering how much they are willing to sacrifice for ambition and the public’s good.

Lisa is the glue of the production and Yvonne Perry shows her to be the most vulnerable of the three, yet in many ways she the most reasonable and morally centered person on stage.

A strong story, excellent individual acting and sensitive direction by Kristen Coury make this a special production.


Flashdance is High Octane Fun at Proctors!

From Discover Albany!

"Flashdance The Musical began it’s week-long run at  Proctors last night with a packed house cheering, screaming, singing along, and it had me completely baffled, scratching my head. With this reaction, I couldn’t understand why this show isn’t on Broadway yet...

This show is ready. It has the talent, it has the sizzle, it has the music, sets, sexy costumes, and audience appeal. One of the bi chances is that the producers are still waiting for the right theatre to become available. Do yourself a favor, save yourself the cost of a Broadway ticket and see it at Proctors. You won’t be disappointed."

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Sydney Morton loved the film "Flashdance" as a kid; now she has star role at Proctors

In The Times Union, dance writer Tresca Weinstein chats with Flashdance The Musical star Sydney Morton:

Sydney Morton, the star of "Flashdance: The Musical" (which comes to Proctors this week) started studying ballet when she was 4 years old, and added tap, jazz and clogging lessons a few years later. She dreamed of being a ballerina but, at age 12, she developed scoliosis that was severe enough to keep her in a brace for two years.

On top of that, it turned out she had an extra bone in her left ankle, which required surgery to remove. The end result: Though she could continue to dance, a career in ballet was no longer in the cards.

All of which makes it easier for Morton to get inside the head of Alex Owens, her character in "Flashdance," a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and bar dancer by night, whose ambition is to become a professional performer.

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Ed Palermo Big Band wows Nippertown

Award-winning arts website Nippertown raves:
I can’t remember the last time that a concert left me so breathless. The 17-piece Ed Palermo Big Band rolled into Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady last Friday night, making their Nippertown debut as the third and final concert of 2014 Party Horns NYC series. And what a party it was. They kicked off the night with sections of “Call Any Vegetable” and “Zomby Woof” (which was the connective tissue that ran through the entire concert) before stomping into “Willie the Pimp.”

Times Union calls Bring It On "as sweet and light as spun sugar"

“Bring It On: The Musical,” onstage at Proctors Friday, with two repeat performances today, is as sweet and light as spun sugar, with just as little substance. Which is exactly how it’s meant to be.

Based on the 2000 film of the same name, the show retains the original’s winning combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, impressive aerial cheerleading stunts and earnest high school melodrama. It’s as formulaic as a geometry textbook, but way more fun.

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Times Union: Kathy Griffin funny, gabby, unfocused at Proctors

Kathy Griffin is like your motormouth best friend who’s naturally funny and talks so much that a good deal of what she says is entertaining.

But she’s not a disciplined comedian; the craft of stand-up comedy and the honing and shaping of a routine don’t seem to interest her much. As she said repeatedly from the stage at Proctors on Saturday night, she tends say whatever pops into her frantically churning brain, and if it happens to come in the middle of another story, well, you’re all going on a detour. She may get back to the original anecdote, or not.

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Be ready for sharp wit of comedienne Kathy Griffin—The Record

Weekender’s Stacey Morris recently spoke with Griffin about the upcoming show:

Stacey Morris: Have you played Proctors before?

Kathy Griffin: “This will be my first time and I’m looking forward to it. When my good friend Kristin Chenoweth was playing there a few months ago she sent me pictures of the theater and backstage, and I love the venue.”

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First edition of Celebration of Rhythm closes with a bang!

The Times Union praises master percussionist Brian Melick's Celebration of Rhythm series.

The third and final installment in Proctors’ “Celebration of Rhythm” series Thursday evening showcased the bright and sunshiny sounds of two fabulous area ensembles. Appreciation goes to percussionist and composer Brian Melick for putting together this “in our own backyard” homage to multicultural music.
Thursday’s performance featured sets by composer/pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and her band Heard, based in the Capital Region; and the Berkshire Bateria, directed by Jim Weber and headquartered in Great Barrington, Mass. The two groups were perfect complements—the former infuses classical jazz with world beat from Africa and South America, while the latter brings a wide range of Brazilian samba styles to the stage, inflected by bossa nova.

Metroland readers vote Proctors tops!

We thank the readers of Metroland for voting Proctors "Best Live Theater Venue" in this week's Readers' Poll 2014.

We're flattered and determined to make good on that honor for many years to come!

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Kathy Griffin talks Proctors on Huffington Post Live

Kathy Griffin pumped up Proctors recently on Huffington Post Live. Chatting with host Caitlyn Becker, Griffin riffed in her usual style about coming to Schenectady as part of her current tour.

ADVISORY: Before you click on the link below, please consider that the wide-ranging conversation contains frank language that may not be appropriate for work or for children.

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A few minutes with Crystal Aikin of Gospel Jubilee at Proctors

Nippertown's Don Wilcock chats with "superstar nurse" Crystal Aikin, who will appear at the Fourth Annual Gospel Jubilee…
“I think nursing and singing have a great partnership to some degree because whether it’s the mind or the body, it’s the person’s soul. They all come from a person who is compassionate and who is caring about the individual to whom they are having to offer service."

‘Next Move: Festival of Modern Dance’ returns to Proctors

Stacey Morris writes about Next Move in The Record:
Talk about a splendid pairing: Modern dance and Proctors Theatre go so well together that they’re teaming up again for the fourth consecutive year in “Next Move: Festival of Modern Dance” on Saturday evening.
Curated by Ellen Sinopoli, this year’s festival features three companies with differing styles performing on various expressions of movement: Lior Schneior, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and Project 44.

Proctors unveils Broadway series

From The Times Union:
The Broadway lineup for the 2014-15 season at Proctors includes three of the most acclaimed new works on Broadway in recent years, a pair of revivals of beloved classics and the return of "Jersey Boys," which played to more than 48,000 people when it first visited Proctors two years ago.
The slate of six touring productions, officially called the Key Private Bank Broadway Series, was unveiled Thursday night at a sold-out, invitation-only preview at Proctors. Hosted by Time Warner Cable news anchor and reporter Karen Tararache, the event featured a Vaudeville-style variety show of scenes, songs, artists and other elements from each show in the upcoming season.

'Kinky Boots' among coming shows—Daily Gazette

From the Daily Gazette:

“Kinky Boots” is coming to Proctors, and while that may have been the big news at Thursday night’s Key Private Bank Broadway Series Bash, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is still more than a year away.

“Newsies,” meanwhile, is just around the corner.

The winner of two Tonys in 2012 (it lost Best Musical to “Once”), “Newsies” will be at Proctors Oct. 11-17 to kick off the 2014-15 Broadway Series. Nominated for eight Tonys, “Newsies,” like “Kinky Boots,” is still running on Broadway. “Kinky Boots,” winner of six Tonys in all, will come to Proctors June 16-21 in 2015.

“We’re so pleased to present these amazing shows to the community,” said Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “There will be magic on our stage.”

Along with the two new shows, Proctors’ schedule includes the return of “Jersey Boys,” as well as two of the biggest Broadway musicals in history, “Annie” and “Pippin.” Rounding out the season will be “The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible.”

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Jim Belushi and pals funny, creative at Proctors

Steve Barnes says:

The peculiar, particular and zany humor that is improv comedy was most evident Wednesday night at Proctors when two burly guys bumped their bellies while singing a spontaneously created song called “Me and That Beaver,” set to a salsa melody, and one of them rhymed “muy caliente” with “really felt me.”

The guys were Larry Joe Campbell and Joshua Funk, and the scenario for improv scene they were in, using song titles and musical styles suggested by the audience, was the opening and closing night of a new musical, the title for which, “The Prince of Central Park,” also came from the audience. The fake musical, with titles and suggestions controlled from the side of the stage by the evening’s star, Jim Belushi, also included a polka-inflected “I Got Girls, One a Day” and a reggae love song, “Nothing Wrong with Two Men Cuddling.”

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