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.”
The Times Union praises master percussionist Brian Melick's Celebration of Rhythm series.
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!
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.
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.”
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.”
Proctors is seeking a volunteer for 2-3 hours early Monday mornings.
Clean, organize, and stock the candy stand. Able to lift up to 10 lbs. Each hour volunteered will result in one credit redeemable toward selected Proctors performances. (10 credits required per performance)
Please email resume to Paul Kazee, email@example.com. No phone calls please.
by Will Gallagher
"If Patti LuPone was born to play Rose, Capital Rep was meant to put it on"
"Cap Rep has not only brought in their largest cast ever with 23 members, but one of their most powerful too."
"Get tickets to this absolutely amazing production, you may have seen Gypsy but you’ve never seen it like this!"
by Steve Barnes
"when staged expertly, as it is at Capital Rep by the company’s producing artistic director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, “Gypsy” is deeply satisfying"
"But what you’ll remember is Callanan’s version of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Often sung with braying bravado, here it’s big, to be sure, but it’s also window into Mama Rose’s obsession, and that’s much deeper and more lasting."
"Freddy Ramirez’s choreography is shown off in fine display, and key actors give nuanced, carefully drawn performances."
"Mary Callanan plays Rose with the relentlessness of a steam train and the voice of a clarion. Nothing puts her off track"
In the Times Union, Composer Priscilla McLean raves about about Itzhak Perlman's performance at Proctors.
"Itzhak Perlman is practically a household name, and the appearance of this most famous violinist at Proctors Theatre Saturday night drew an enthusiastic yet reverently quiet crowd. With his longtime collaborator, pianist Rohan de Silva, he presented a concert sparkling with life and ranging from programmed music to a variety of repertoire chosen in the moment and announced orally, like a jazz concert.
Disabled from polio at a young age, Perlman zoomed onto the stage in his motorized scooter and performed in it, while occasionally beaming at the audience and using facial expressions. Unable to emote while dancing around the stage like some violinists, Perlman focuses all his energies on the violin, employing amazing dexterity and extremely clean rhythms and intonation."
The Times Union's Steve Barnes certainly enjoyed The Sing Off Live tour at Proctors.
Paul Lamar raves: "If Audra McDonald ever gets sick, call on Ta’rea Campbell. She has pipes and over-the-footlights charisma. But Campbell also delivers when she tones it down, showing a real and earnest young woman in slightly over her head wherever she is. Maybe Campbell won’t have to wait for McDonald: This tour ought to pave the way for even more opportunities of her own."
Steve Barnes raves:
“Sister Act” is about as crowd-pleasing and exuberant a stage version as it’s possible to imagine being made from the hit 1992 movie of the same name.
Full of eye-popping production numbers, catchy and infectious songs by Alan Menken (“Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and anchored by a star performance by Ta’Rea Campbell in the Whoopi Goldberg role, the touring musical, playing at Proctors through Sunday, is an irresistible good time.