It’s True! Proctors DOES Have a Ghost! (And this one you can see)

It’s True! Proctors DOES Have a Ghost! (And this one you can see)
didyouweekend.com
Rich

"What’s in a ghost at Proctors? Didyouweekend set off to find the answer, and boy were we surprised by what we saw!

Of course, we’re talking about “Ghost – The Musical”, the award-winning Broadway smash hit that chose Proctors as its On-the-Road premier destination point. That’s right, “Ghost – The Musical”  is officially launching its traveling show right here in…"

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It's Kind of a Big Deal!

It's Kind of a Big Deal!
Discover Albany
Will

"Hello Broadway! Well almost! If you’ve ever read any of my theatre blogs it may have become apparent that I like theatre…that’s an understatement. Some people check the stock market. I check the weekly Broadway grosses to see how shows are doing. So it’s no surprise that I would be excited about our theatre community this year. However it hit me, it’s time to get everyone else on board! I’m not going to force any one to go to a show, but did you know we’re about to have our THIRD (that I know of) massive premier of the year, in just…"

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Sally Struthers Will Lead 50th Anniversary National Tour of Hello, Dolly!

Sally Struthers Will Lead 50th Anniversary National Tour of Hello, Dolly!
Broadway.com
Josh Ferri

"Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Struthers will star as meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the 50th anniversary national tour of Hello, Dolly! Directed by Jeffrey B. Moss, the production kicks off at …"  

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A Chance to Learn Some New Tricks

A chance to learn some new tricks:
Kids try their hand at circus arts at camp hosted by troupe performing at Proctors
Times Union
by Ryan Anglim

"What kid wouldn't love the opportunity to run away with the circus — even if it's just for a weeklong camp experience." 

"The only thing better than watching Cirque Eloize's Cirkopolis, a combination of dance, theater and the circus being performed at Proctors through Aug. 24, might be to actually perform the contortions, acrobatics, juggling or ride the Cyr Wheel."

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Anything Goes is Tops!

Anything Goes is Tops!
Discover Albany

by Will

"Les Mis broke our hearts, A Chorus Line had us pining, but this show, Anything Goes, had us in stitches and secretly tapping our feet on the floor pretending we were on stage with that EXTREMELY talented cast."

"What a feel good show, perfect for a summer night out (and completely air conditioned)."

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Fred Applegate in "Anything Goes" at Proctors

Fred Applegate in "Anything Goes" at Proctors
WAMC Northeast Public Radio

By Joe Donahue

"Fred Applegate plays Moonface Martin in the show and joins us this morning. Fred has starred in London and on Broadway as Max Bialystock in The Producers. His Broadway credits include Sister Act, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein, and The Sound of Music."

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‘Anything Goes’ at Proctors

Anything Goes’ at Proctors
Times Union - Arts Talk

by Michael Janairo

"Derek McLane’s sets are simple but striking, evoking bars, nightclub and the multi-decked ocean liner"

"Martin Pakledinaz costumes evoke a fun and colorful 1930s"

"Director Kathleen Marshall’s 2011 Tony-winning choreography, ...” was, to borrow a phrase, “delightful, delicious, de-lovely.”"

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This Play Won 6 - Yes 6, Tony Awards. Here’s Why

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“Red” Now Playing.
This Play Won 6 - Yes 6, Tony Awards. Here’s Why
didyouweekend 

Rich 
April 24, 2013

”Red” is not just a play; It’s an experience.”

“It takes you into the mind of an artist, like no production I have ever seen—ever.”

“every word, every symbol, every gesture will leave you wanting more.”

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‘RED’ @ Capital Repertory Theatre

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‘RED’ @ Capital Repertory Theatre
Nippertown

Greg Haymes
April 24, 2013

“But the truth of the matter is that you don’t have to be an art major or even a regular gallery-goer to appreciate the powerful work being done in the spotlight at Cap Rep.”

“It’s brave. It’s funny. It rips out your heart. It makes you think. It makes you feel…”

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RED at Capital Rep isn’t what you think it is

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RED at Capital Rep isn’t what you think it is
The Saratogian

Bob Goepfert
April 17, 2013

ALBANY — When most people hear the play “Red” will be performed at Capital Repertory Theatre, they ask, “How did they turn the Warren Beatty film into a play?”

The answer is, they didn’t.

“Red” is a Tony Award-winning play about…

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‘Red’ @ Capital Rep

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‘Red’ @ Capital Rep, 4/23/13
Timesunion.com

Steve Barnes
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

“Red” will be a joyous jolt, like grabbing the terminals of a powerful battery. It leaves the brain tingling, the soul inspired. You might be tempted to punch, or at least shout at, someone who loves it immoderately or, worse, is indifferent.”

“It’s creative passion made manifest, and it’s a thrill to watch.”

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Review: 'Red' at Capital Rep is rich, raw

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Review: 'Red' at Capital Rep is rich, raw
The Record
Bob Goepfert
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

“McGuire is brilliant”

“This is what art is about. It is what good theater is about. And “Red” is really good theater.”

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TONY®-WINNING DRAMA RED

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mitchell Burke 518•382•3884 x 179
mburke@proctors.org

ALBANY, NY. Capital Repertory Theatre proudly announces the opening of RED, John Logan’s Tony Award® winning biographical drama about Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko and the power of art.  Public preview performances begin April 19, with press opening on April 23. Performances continue through May 19.

RED artfully transforms the Capital Rep stage into Rothko’s gritty Manhattan studio in 1958, when the abstract artist was at the height of his fame and began work on a prestigious commission of murals for the elite Four Seasons restaurant in New York’s Seagram Building. Working with an assistant half his age, Rothko comes face to face with his own artistic doubts, professional ethics, and the onslaught of Pop Art, dedicated to tearing down everything he stands for. Creation of the murals becomes a meditation on art, fame, money and the intractable mysteries of life and death.

The New York Times observed that RED, “asks you to feel the texture and shape of thoughts as it captures the dynamic relationship between and artist and his creations.” The Guardian of London said the play “makes you want to rush out and renew acquaintance with Rothko's work.” After an acclaimed run in London, RED opened on Broadway in 2010 and received six Tony® Awards, including Best Play for playwright John Logan. Long a writer for the stage, Logan is more widely known as a screenwriter, having penned the 2012 James Bond mega-hit Skyfall and 2011 Martin Scorsese film Hugo, for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Logan’s screenwriting has been nominated Academy Awards in 2000, for Best Picture winner Gladiator, and in 2004 for Scorsese’s The Aviator.

RED is directed by Capital Rep’s Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. “This is the hottest play in the United States at the moment and we’re thrilled to be able to create this production for our Capital Region audiences,” said Mancinelli-Cahill.  “Kevin McGuire’s return as our Rothko together with John Logan’s words and Mark Rothko’s art and passion generate a rare opportunity for a director.  I love this play because it reminds us how artists define our world—that art matters.”

The two-man cast is anchored by Kevin McGuire as Mark Rothko. McGuire just completed a run in Donnybrook! at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York, and this past fall played Ernest Hemingway in Matthew Barney's epic film River Of Fundament. He has appeared on Broadway and in National and International tours of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre. He was Founding Artistic Director of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge. RED marks McGuire’s return to Capital Repertory Theater, where he played Don Quixote in the highly successful 2011 production of Man of La Mancha.

Ken, Rothko’s assistant, is played by David Kenner in his Capital Rep debut. He has appeared in Twelfth Night in Shakespeare in the Park, The Prophet Muhammad: A Musical and Help Yourself at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Pride and Prejudice with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among numerous other roles. The production is highlighted by an extended sequence when Rothko and David, as his assistant Ken, join in wordless interplay to dramatically paint an oversized blank canvas. David brings depth of feeling to his Ken that makes RED about so much more than only Rothko and a painting commission, and proves that he is a young actor to watch.

Preview performances for RED are April 19-21, and the official press opening is April 23. Regular performance continue through May 19, Tuesday¬ through Thursday at 7:30PM; Friday and Saturday at 8:00PM; Saturday matinee 3PM, Sunday matinee 2PM.  There will be two Wednesday matinees on May 1 and 15 at 2:00PM. Capital Repertory is located on 111 N. Pearl Street in Albany.

Opening night includes a live lobby musical performance by Amy Shake and complimentary post-show champagne and dessert.  The “Chef’s Table” performance on April 30 includes pre-show music by Shake and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from The Merry Monk and The Albany Pump Station, free for ticket holders beginning at 6:30PM in the lobby. A “Behind the Scenes presentation with director and Capital Rep’s artistic director Mancinelli-Cahill takes place on Sunday, May 12, at 1 PM. Complimentary continental breakfast for all ticket holders begins at 12:30 in the theatre lobby.

Discussion Night for RED, with the director and actors, will take place after each Wednesday evening performance.

RED is sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP and Omni Development Company, Inc.

Ticket prices range from $20-$65. Students with valid ID: $16 all shows.  For tickets and information, call TICKETS BY PROCTORS, (518) 445-SHOW or online at www.capitalrep.org.

RED FACT SHEET

PRODUCTION: RED by John Logan
WHERE: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY
DATES:
Previews:  April 19–21
Press Opening:  April 23
Runs thru:  Tuesday-Sunday through May 19

SCHEDULE:
Tues-Thurs 7:30PM
Fri/Sat: 8PM
Sat mat: 3PM   Sun mat:  2PM
Wed mat:  May 1 and 15, 2PM

CAST
Kevin McGuire as Mark Rothko
David Kenner as Ken

CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill
Set Designer: Roman Tatarowicz
Lighting Designer:  Stephen Quandt
Sound Designer:  Steve Stevens
Costume Designer:  Thom Heyer
Painting Consultant: Tony Iadicicco

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • April 23/Opening Night: curtain 7:30PM, pre-show music by Amy Shake begins at 6:30PM. Post-show complimentary desserts and champagne toast with cast
  • April 30/Chef’s Table: Complimentary hors d’oeuvres by The Merry Monk and The Albany Pump Station and pre-show music by Amy Shake in lobby 6:30PM; curtain: 7:30PM
  • May 3/First Night: New Paintings, works by Tony Iadicicco, in the lobby.
  • May 12/Behind the Scenes:  pre-show discussion with artistic director, complimentary continental breakfast.  Food service starts 12:30PM, Presentation: 1:00- 1:30PM, curtain:  2PM.
  • Discussion Nights: Every Wednesday immediately following the evening performance

TICKETS BY PROCTORS  518•445•SHOW
Online:  www.capitalrep.org   Prices:  $20 - $65   Students with valid ID:  $16 all shows

Review of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan

Review of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan
by Katie Beltramo

"Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan" opened last night at Proctors Theater in Schenectady and continues through the weekend. If your first thought is, "Wait, Cathy Rigby is still doing this? How old is she?" then you're not alone. But skeptics, prepare to be blown away by Rigby's portrayal of Peter. She's funny, exuberant, boastful, swaggering, naughty, and thoroughly lovable as Peter Pan. Whether Peter is…

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24hr Theatre Project comes to Proctors

24hr Theatre Project comes to Proctors
Jennifer Patterson, Times Union

For the third year in a row, WAM Theatre and The Mop & Bucket Improv Company (MopCo) will bring together more than 50 theater artists to produce the 24hr Theatre Project, with a public performance at 8 p.m. May 18, at Proctors in Schenectady.

The show will feature…

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Local siblings featured in new autism film

Local siblings featured in new autism film
By Bill Buell
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — Buddy and C.J. are in the two-minute trailer for about five seconds, and in the full-length documentary their story is summed up in a little more than three minutes. Still, it’s a movie that Trish Washburn, their mother, put her whole heart and soul into.

“The United States of Autism,” a 90-minute film by Richard Everts, opened in New York City last week, and will enjoy its Capital Region premiere Saturday at noon at Proctors’ GE Theatre.

“We’re hoping people will watch the film and become more knowledgeable about autism,” said Washburn. “Richard Everts went around the U.S. to learn about autism from families that have kids in the autism spectrum, and the wonderful thing about this movie is that it has many different perspectives. It’s a film you can really learn from.”

Buddy Washburn is a 12-year-old at Sand Creek Middle School in the South Colonie Central School District, and his younger sister C.J., 10, goes to Forest Park Elementary School. They will be joining their mother and father, Gary, at the Proctors screening.

“There are people in the movie with severe autism, and there are people in the movie, like my children, who have a higher functioning form of autism,” said Washburn. “They’ll definitely be there with us, and we try to expose them to anything that will make them feel better able to have more of a normal life. I haven’t seen the film yet, but we’re all looking forward to it.”

Everts, who is based in Lancaster, Pa., started the film project soon after learning his own son, Tommy, had autism. He traveled more than 11,000 miles in 40 days, visiting 20 families and individuals living with autism. He showed up in Colonie at the Washburns’ home in the summer of 2010.

“He came and spent the entire day with us,” Trish Washburn said. “He did some filming at the Easter Seals’ Camp Colonie and took a lot of videotape. That’s where my kids go during the summer, and if you see the trailer, my kids are the ones holding the flag.

“We came back to the house, and then we went to see [then-state] Sen. Roy McDonald, who has two grandchildren with autism, and talked about how we had passed the autism insurance bill, and then we came back to our house. We finished the day by going to ‘hippotherapy,’ where my kids go horseback riding. He took plenty of film of them on their horse.”

The interview with McDonald, who was head of the Senate Autism Caucus, is included in the film, as are portions of the Washburn’s trip to Everybody Counts in East Berne for their hippotherapy.

Everts’ visit with the Washburns just happened to be on the final day of his journey across America. In a daily blog he wrote to document the trip, Everts included these thoughts about his visit to the Capital Region:

“What a story there is! It was exciting to hear about Trish’s work on the political level in New York, especially since she’s just an average mom who kind of got drafted for the job. The interview itself had a lot of tears and heartfelt emotion, and was a wonderful example of what has to be overcome for families to move forward in their lives. We were sorry to have to say goodbye to the family, as we had a wonderful time.”

All proceeds from the local screening of “The United States of Autism” will be donated to a Capital Region family, individual or organization affected by autism.

Women's Equality Agenda

Advocates convened in front of Proctor's Theater to urge support of the Women's Equality Agenda on Thursday morning. 100 groups and businesses across the Capital Region united to empower New York women by supporting Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Agenda. Here Mark Renson, Owner of Ambition Cafe' states that he "stands for equality , diversity and a hope for peace and unity".

The Daily Gazette

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The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event
Posted by Rich on Did You Weekend?

"Elvis Lives showcases the King’s iconic style and velvety voice that continue to inspire audiences of all generations."

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Kodo will perform exciting taiko drumming at Proctors

Kodo will perform exciting taiko drumming at Proctors
By Phil Drew

SCHENECTADY — The tradition of taiko drumming, a distinctively Japanese percussive art involving the ensemble playing of two-headed drums in a variety of sizes and styles, extends back more than two millennia.

“Taiko drumming itself had long been connected with ceremonial settings, mostly in Buddhism and...

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