Newsies is coming (WNYT looks at "teching" process)

WNYT's Benita Zahn offers an impressive package about Disney building NEWSIES for the road, right here at Proctors.

In addition, Zahn features a handful of interviews with cast and creative team, shot at a New York City rehearsal complex.

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Proctors marquee unveiled

On Monday, September 15, we presented our refurbished marquee, which now boasts state-of-the-art digital panels that honor the history behind the sign while bringing it entirely up-to-date.

The Daily Gazette did a wonderful job of summarizing the event and what the "new" marquee means to downtown.

"The new Proctors marquee was unveiled Monday afternoon, and it didn’t disappoint.

The marquee got a makeover from Olson Signs & Graphics of Scotia and featured new digital panels that highlighted the theater’s upcoming show, “Newsies.”

Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors, said he’s thrilled with the new marquee. “I love that we restored it,” he said during the marquee’s unveiling. “It’s almost like building a city. Now we’re finally working on the pretty parts.”

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Crews remove iconic Proctors marquee

CBS6 reports on Olson Signs and Graphics' removal of the Proctors marqee, which will be taken to the company's Scotia workshop for full renovation and an upgrade to digital sign boards. We expect the project—which began with the July 8 takedown—to take approximately four to eight weeks.

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Proctors marquée renovation

You may have heard that Proctors is having its State Street marquee renovated. It's true! The iconic 1983 marquee has been temporarily removed from the building and is now at Olson Signs and Graphics in Scotia. Olson fabricated the marquee over 30 years ago and they are now renovating it—repainting, repairing and refreshing it, too. Upon its return, the marquee will feature new digital signboards, each fully capable of displaying the classic black block letters you've come to love. We'll also be refreshing the Stratton Plaza "Vaudeville" marquee in place, and adding digital signboards on the rear of the building and above Apostrophe Cafe. 

We expect the project, which began with the removal of the marquee on July 8, to take about four to eight weeks.

Here's a nice series of photos from Times Union photographer Skip Dickstein.

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The Phantom of the Opera: Phantastic. Phun. And Simply Phanomenal!

Didyouweekend? raves about The Phantom of the Opera:
Our favorite Phantom is back, and is he better than ever. The newest, brightest production by Cameron Mackintosh is bigger and better than ever before. It is an apocalyptic theater experience not to be missed. Yes, this show is that matter what you pay for your ticket, this is value at its best. No seat in this house wasn’t worth the cost of admission.

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‘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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Albany CVB/ All Over Albany
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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The Record/ Saratogian
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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