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Evil Dead—will you be sitting in the Splatter Zone?

The Daily Gazette's Bill Buell chats with Evil Dead—The Musical co-creator Christopher Bond.
 
“We do the show year-round, but the audience at Proctors should definitely be in the spirit of the thing,” said Bond, a native of North York, Ontario. “When we’re in Schenectady it will be near Halloween, so that should add to the excitement.”
 

Johnny Mathis speaks with the Daily Gazette

Johnny Mathis took some time to chat with the Daily Gazette about his life, his music and the sports career he turned down for a life of song. Writer Bill Buell gets to the heart of the matter with the legnedary 80-year-old singer wno visits Proctors, Friday, Oct. 24.

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Newsies star Dan DeLuca chats with Daily Gazette

Dan DeLuca plays Jack Kelly in Disney's Newsies, which launches at Proctors, Oct.11-17.

Peter Pan inspired Dan DeLuca to forge a life in the theater, and Charlie Brown and other characters like him have kept the 22-year-old actor from the Pittsburgh area very busy.

But last year, suddenly, something was missing.

“I loved playing Charlie Brown and other vulnerable, underdog roles like him, but this past year I got tired of it,” said DeLuca, who plays the lead, Jack Kelly, in the national touring production of “Newsies” coming to Proctors for a week-long run beginning Saturday.

“I wanted to be the young hero. I wanted to be Prince Charming. Who doesn’t want to play the lead and get the girl at the end?”

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The Times Union talks Disney's Newsies

Times Union reporter Steve Barnes talked with Newsies lyricist Jack Feldman in New York and came back with a fascinating story about the launch of Disney's newest show at Proctors.

"How often in life do you have a chance for a do-over, a chance to go back and improve something you really cared about but didn't have time to polish the first time around? That's what makes 'Newsies' so special for me."

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Albany Business Review looks at renovation project

Megan Rogers, of the Albany Business Review, recently spent time chatting with Proctors CEO Philip Morris and Jed Ellis of EverGreene Artchitectural Arts about renovations at Proctors.

"EverGreene is a decoration and restoration firm based in New York City," Rogers says. "The team will return next summer to restore the front of the balcony in the main theatre and complete the work in the mezzanine, says Jed Ellis, site supervisor for the project."

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Times Union calls Blaguards, "a superbly entertaining evening"

Times Union reviewer Steve Barnes calls A Couple of Blaguards, which plays through Oct. 5, "a superbly entertaining evening."

"The McCourt brothers Frank and Malachy were a remarkable pair, men with generous talent and even more generous spirit despite, or perhaps because of, the squalor and privation of their youth.

That upbringing in Limerick, Ireland, where they moved from their native Brooklyn while both still toddlers, is most widely known from the brothers’ respective memoirs — Frank’s massively best-selling “Angela’s Ashes,” published in 1996, and Malachy’s “A Monk Swimming,” released two years later — and their sequels. But both men’s books were inspired by “A Couple of Blaguards,” an autobiographical 1985 play they co-wrote and starred in.

It is being presented this weekend and next at the GE Theatre at Proctors in an excellent, often hilarious touring production by a pair of actors who have performed it together for more than a decade. Howard Platt, a familiar face from TV series including “Sanford and Son” and “Evening Shade,” directs and plays Malachy, born 11 months after Frank, played by Jarlath Conroy."

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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 good...no 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 Didyouweekend.com 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."

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‘The God Game’ @ Capital Rep 5/7/14

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Timesunion.com
‘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.

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‘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.

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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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