Morris, Proctors chief, named Patroon CEO led update of historic theater Thursday, July 14, 2011 By Michael Lamendola (Contact) Gazette Reporter Photographer: Marc Schultz Proctor's Theater CEO, Philip Morris was bestowed Schenectady Patroon by Mayor Gary McCarthy during luncheon for the 35th annual League of Historic American Theaters at Proctors on Wednesday afternoon Text Size: A | A | A SCHENECTADY — Proctors CEO Philip Morris has joined the elite ranks of recipients of the city’s highest honor. Acting Mayor Gary McCarthy named Morris a Patroon in a surprise announcement Wednesday afternoon during the start of a conference at Proctors of the League of Historic American Theatres. McCarthy called Morris a key player and an innovative thinker in revitalizing Schenectady’s downtown. The award is McCarthy’s first as acting mayor. Former Mayor Brian Stratton awarded nearly a dozen during his tenure. “Philip took Proctors from a local venue to a regionally recognized arts and entertainment mecca. He reflects what we all have been striving for,” McCarthy said. McCarthy said Morris has been a “dynamic force in converting Proctors into a nice venue. He understands the role arts can have in promoting and complementing economic development.” Morris, 56, said he was stunned to receive the award. “How many Greeks get the patroon award?” he joked. Morris became Proctors’ CEO nine years ago. Before that, he was executive director of the Arts Council of Chautauqua County for 25 years. Proctors is his second professional job. While in Jamestown, he oversaw the renovation of the Reg Lenna Civic Center, a 1,200-seat historic theater. He received a national award of “Best Renovation of an Historic Theatre” in 1990 for his efforts from the League of American Theatres. Born and raised in New Haven, Conn., Morris said he never intended to go into the arts field. After graduating from Hamilton College in Utica with a bachelor’s in history, he had planned to go into law. Instead, he found himself drawn to the arts. “I was a singer and I always loved the arts. I never thought I would be in it. It happened,” he said. He got his first taste when he managed a choir operation during a scholarship program in college. “I did it for three years and I loved it,” he said. The job in Jamestown soon followed. Read full story: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/jul/14/0714_morris/
Donna Abbott Vlahos | The Business Review NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will speak to members of the League of Historic American Theaters on July 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Proctors, the historic theater in downtown Schenectady. The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts will be the keynote speaker at a five-day theater conference expected to draw 250 people to Proctors in Schenectady, New York. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will speak to members of the League of Historic American Theaters on July 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the historic theater in downtown Schenectady. Landesman was invited to speak by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Besides being NEA chairman, Landesman is part of owner Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns five theaters on Broadway. His producing credits include the hit musical The Producers. The 35th annual theater conference, which kicks off July 13 with an awards luncheon, is the only national gathering of theater professionals focusing on historic theaters, according to Proctors officials. The League includes more than 325 theaters. The conference will include discussions, workshops, case studies, peer group sessions and a supplier expo. There will also be a tour of six historic theaters in the Albany/Hudson Valley area: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall , Palace Theater in Albany, Hudson Opera House , Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston and Ritz Theater in Newburgh.
http://thefreegeorge.com/thefreegeorge/mamma-mia-proctors-review/ Mamma Mia! Rocks the Proctors Stage SHARE THE GEORGE! Mamma Mia, Proctors Theatre, Review Although die-hard theater fans are sure to disagree, many people say that once a musical is made into a movie, the future stage-productions can be ruined for first-time viewers. The movies are polished to such perfection that they can only highlight the limitations of a live rendition. Computers, editing, scene cutting, and multiple takes produce pitch-perfect melodies, uniformly charming expression, and an overall flawlessness that is the hallmark of movie musicals. But if you were one of millions who flocked to the theater in 2008 to make the film version of Mamma Mia! the highest grossing movie of the year, you will be happy to know that you are not ruined for watching the stage musical, playing at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady this week. The stage show has all the excitement, charm and beauty of the film thanks to a talented lineup of actors and singers that audiences couldn’t help but sing along with on Wednesday. Mamma Mia! was written for the stage and premiered in London in 1999. Written by British playwright, Catherine Johnson, the musical is based on the songs of the pop group ABBA and composed by former members of the band Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Since its premiere, more than 42 million people have seen the show, it has grossed over $2 billion worldwide and been performed in fourteen languages. The film version was released in July 2008, nine years after the show began, and starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. Basing an entire plot off a handful of pop songs sounds like a dubious idea, but Mamma Mia! is neither contrived nor silly. By contrast, it is quite imaginative and original without being too serious. A 20-year old girl named Sophie Sheridan is living on a Greek island with her single mother Donna, who owns a white stucco tourist getaway. Sophie is preparing for her wedding to fiancé Sky, to which Donna is somewhat opposed. But there is one hitch in Sophie’s big plans: she wants her father to walk her down the aisle, but doesn’t know who he is. After reading her mother’s diary, she discovers that there are three men who could possibly be her father, and invites them all to her wedding hoping to discover the truth. The hilarity that ensues is just as tense and madcap as you would imagine. The show starts out with a roughly 3-minute deafening blast of music that is eventually discernible as an instrumental medley of songs in the play, against a blank wave-length blue-screen. This standalone boom of song is an apt opening for this show, where music is the source of excitement and the driving force. The first character we meet is Sophie, played by Chloe Tucker. While her singing has a touch of that campy Broadway-esque strain to it, she is definitely magnetic enough to charm every time she’s on the stage. Her scenes were heartfelt, funny and energetic throughout, and her chemistry with on-stage fiancé Sky was very sincere. But the true star of the show was Donna Sheridan, played by Kaye Tuckerman. With a shock of jet-black hair cut in a long pixie style, Tuckerman has a striking look even before you hear her voice. But her voice is what you look forward to throughout the show. It was powerful enough to hold its own amid the loud strains of ABBA’s music and had an energetic quality that makes you want to get up and dance in the aisles. And when she joined forces with the aged members of her former girl-group, The Dynamos, it was pure entertainment. Alison Ewing as Tanya and Mary Callanan as Rosie never stopped cracking jokes from beginning to end. The only disappointments were the dads, whose singing left a lot to be desired. Surprisingly this was also the case in the movie-version, so those who’ve watched the film won’t find any new drawbacks. The very best part of the Mamma Mia! show was the familiarity of all the musical numbers. The catchy pop tunes are ones that almost everyone has heard, and you can practically feel the urge of everyone around you to get up and dance the exciting and often hilarious choreography along with the cast. Although you couldn’t usually tell over the thunderous instrumentals, during lulls in the music you could hear the dull hum of the audience singing along, which is usually a no-no for musical shows. Partly because you couldn’t discern it, and partly because you wanted to do the exact same thing, the audience participation only added to the general excitement of the whole show. Mamma Mia! runs through July 10, 2011 at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady. –Jessica Nicosia is an Assistant Editor for The Free George. 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Proctors actors offer tips to fledgling performers (with photo gallery) Thursday, July 7, 2011 By Gwen Girsdansky Braodway actor and director Kevin McGuire, back, instructs Anthony Raus of Averill Park on how to hold his head and use expression while singing "This is the Moment" during Broadway Camp: Mamma Mia! at Proctors in Schenectady on Wednesday afternoon. SCHENECTADY — A richly laden table in a grand home crept into the mind’s eye. This vision was accompanied by the voice of a distraught older woman who was slowly losing her mind over the difficulties of etiquette and entertaining. But there was no table, no house nor even an old lady at Proctors on Wednesday. It was just soon-to-be college freshman Nicole Mecca bringing to life a monologue in front of 25 other campers and two cast members from the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!”. Alison Ewing and Chris Myers, the cast members who are here this week to perform in “Mamma Mia!” at Proctors were part of a session on Wednesday that helped students learn what to expect from auditions and how to be better prepared. Ewing and Myers sat on the floor to watch many of the campers either preform songs or monologues as audition practice at the GE Theater in Proctors. “The kids were amazing. I did something like this in Alaska, and they weren’t at this level,” said Ewing, who will be playing Tanya, one of the three older women in the play. READ FULL STORY: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/jul/07/0707_proctors/
Theater review: Music, fun make ‘Mamma Mia!’ shine Thursday, July 7, 2011 By Carol King Text Size: A | A | A ‘Mamma Mia!’ WHERE: Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady WHEN: Through Sunday HOW MUCH: $65-$20 MORE INFO: 346-6204, www.proctors.org There’s a whole lotta talent going on on the stage of Proctors. Its production of “Mamma Mia!,” dubbed “The smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA,” is definitely worth the trip to State Street and the price of a ticket. It is pure fun. Related story For Gazette theater writer Bill Buell's preview of this show, click here. Don’t get me wrong, the story is as thin as it gets — it is no “West Side Story” — but the music and the acting of the great songs is equal to any other “smash hit musical.” The audience is warned during the curtain speech that “platform boots and white spandex” will be used during the show. It should also be warned that the music is often uncomfortably loud. Sound designers Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken might have considered their audience — any 50-somethings are just not into chest-thumping, ear-splitting volume. Bring your ear plugs. I wish I had. Splendid moments: Read full story at http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/jul/07/0707_mamamia/
C. RYDER COOLEY'S XMALIA HITS PROCTORS MAIN STAGE with a DREAMLIKE CABARET OF MUSIC, VIDEO & TRAPEZE! with Lady Moon, Corey Aldrich, Pete Toigo, Carl Hackert...& more FRIDAY July 15, 7:00 PM | Proctors Mainstage Theatre | Free 432 State Street, Schenectady, New York 12305 http://www.proctors.org/events/art-night-jul XMALIA is a multi-media performance that combines live and recorded music, taxidermy, video projections and aerial movement. The show features songs about extinct animals such as the Tasmanian Tiger, the Pyrenean Ibex and the Xerces Butterfly, sung by a lonely mortician who summons the animals back to life for her graveyard Cabaret. A landscape of video and sound weaves the songs together, revealing a narrative about a musician who finds a home amidst the graves of extinct animals. XMALIA is performed on six-string ukulele and singing saw with additional instruments. The XMALIA extravaganza will open with a special screening of Animalia, a 15 minute animation by Bart Woodstrup & Ryder Cooley, one of the films selected to be aired on WMHT's tvFilm program this season! http://www.vimeo.com/19738863 Come early for the Carnival pre-show, with installations, music and performances by Rob Caldwell (Hurdy Gurdy), Chris Harvey with Sara Worden & Julia Alsarraf, plus others presented by Samson/Marketplace Gallery, 5-7 pm in the Mainstage promenade. free! free! free! "A musical episode of Twilight Zone? An animal opera by the Incredible String Band? A surreal mash-up of Charlie Chaplin and Cirque du Soleil? C. Ryder Cooley’s latest performance opus, Xmalia, is all of those things, and none of them." Nippertown, May 2011 Information about XMALIA: http://xmalia.tumblr.com/ Information about C. Ryder Cooley: http://carolynrydercooley.org/performance.html -- C. Ryder Cooley 518-429-0046 (no texts please) http://carolynrydercooley.org/
METROLAND > MAMMA MIA! There are a number of reasons why Mamma Mia!—which opens this Tuesday (July 5) at Proctors—works so well. http://metroland.net/2011/06/29/mamma-mia/ The plot has the sturdy romantic-comedy mechanics of an old Broadway show; the characters are outsized and yet likable; the costumes are showy and colorful; and the jokes aren’t terrible. But the main reason it all works is the reason it exists: the songs of Abba. These include the title song and such indelible tunes as “Take a Chance On Me,” S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Voulez Vous,” “Does Your Mother Know,” and, well, just about every big hit Abba ever had. And there is one big reason why, despite a movie version that grossed more than a billion dollars, the show continues on Broadway and in touring companies: While those big movie stars were dazzling and charming and fun, most of ’em couldn’t sing a note. If you want to really enjoy the songs, see the stage show. Mamma Mia! opens Tuesday (July 5) and runs through July 10 on the mainstage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $20-$65. For more info, visit proctors.org or call the box office at 346-6204.
http://www.didyouweekend.com/mama-mia-at-proctors/ Mama Mia! Here we go again! How can we resist you? We can’t! We want more! And so it goes with this foot-stomping sing-a-long that debuted in Proctor’s tonight. This show is fun fun fun. Come in a bad mood, you’ll leave in a great mood. Mama Mia does not disappoint. You will find yourself singing the entire Abba album in your head all night long. No matter how hard I tried, my head would not stop bopping to the tunes, much to the dismay of the teens behind me. The story, we know, is when Sophie (played by Chloe Tucker)) plans to get married and wants her estranged father at the wedding to give her away. The problem–she doesn’t know who her father is. Finding her mother’s journal (played by Kaye Tuckerman), Sophie narrows the choice of paramours down to dot dot dot…three. So Sophie invites all three gents to her wedding, and the rest of the story unfolds. I have to say, the singing in the play was spectacular. Chloe Tucker herself is one to keep an eye on, because she is going places. This young woman can sing. Kaye Tuckerman played mom. In the movie, this was played by Meryl Streep, so Ms. Tuckerman did have big shoes to fill. And this woman can sing too. She started a bit rough, but let it all hang out in full performance as the show ticked on. She did play a much different part than Meryl Streep, coming across as more boyish and independent. There are truisms about all versions of Mama Mia I have seen. The males are always weaker singers than their female counterparts, and that is true here, too. I don’t blame the guys; they just can’t do it, because this is, after all, a woman’s show. Mama Mia is a must see this year. It’s fun. It’s funny. And it is extremely well done. The winner does take it all, and this show is a winner.
Mamma Mia! @ Proctors, 7/5/11 http://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/mamma-mia-proctors-7511/16949/ July 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm by Michael Eck by Michael Eck Special to The Times Union SCHENECTADY – The plot of the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” is driven by the fact that young Sophie Sheridan is getting married. On Tuesday night at Proctors, she wasn’t the only one. At intermission, with the aid of Proctors staff, who set up a phony giveaway to call attention, Matt Burmaster popped the question to his fiancee, Megan Curry. Lucky for Matt, she said yes. Onstage the action was considerably less dramatic. “Mamma Mia!” is feeling a bit old, at least in the current traveling production. Often Tuesday’s band overwhelmed the singers (and even the lush, flown-in choruses), and the entire first act seemed to be running low on energy. Previous visits at Proctors have dazzled. This one didn’t do that. It didn’t exactly disappoint, it just didn’t shine. Thankfully, in act two, Kate Tuckerman, playing Sophia’s mother, Donna, did rise, bringing the show home on a high note that paid off emotionally and musically. In the prologue, Sophie (Chloe Tucker) reveals that her father could be any one of three men, all of whom she has invited to her island wedding without her mother’s knowledge. A barrage of ABBA songs are used to knit together the rest of the sketchy story, which has a plot thin enough and predictable enough to continue giving jukebox musicals a bad name. In the first act of this staging, even Tuckerman seemed a bit disengaged. But the music was big and loud (as noted, very loud) and brash and ABBA songs are, if nothing else, loads of fun. Comedy was found with “Chiquitita” and “Dancing Queen;” poignancy with “Thank You For The Music” and goofiness with “Super Trouper,” sung by the one-time Girl Power group, Donna and the Dynamos (with Alison Ewing and Mary Callanan joining Tuckerman for the nostalgic trip). Big dance numbers like “Under Attack” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” broke up the small talk with lots of color and quick moves (courtesy of choreographer Anthony Van Laast). Ethan Le Phong, as cougar chaser Pepper, was especially impressive with the endless leaps of “Does Your Mother Know.” But it was late in the second act when Tuckerman took things to a different, very meaningful place. Physically and vocally Tuckerman is reminiscent of songwriter Shawn Colvin. When she sang “Slipping Through My Fingers” she sang it with a mother’s knowledge and grief. It was a beautiful, real moment in an evening of artifice. That she topped that moment immediately with “Winner Takes It All,” sung to her former lover, and one of Sophie’s possible dads, Sam Carmichael (Tony Clements), was incredible. Would that the rest of the show had that kind of power and focus. As it is, it’s light summer fun with plenty of singalong songs. MAMMA MIA! Performance reviewed: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes; one intermission. Continues: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $20-$65. Info: 346-6204; http://www.proctors.org -30-
GRAMMY AWARD WINNING BROADWAY SMASH HIT W E S T S I D E S T O R Y IS COMING TO SCHENECTADY OPENING AUGUST 16 AT PROCTORS More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back… and mesmerizing audiences once again. Schenectady, NY, -- July 5, 2011 -- The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY is coming to Schenectady. WEST SIDE STORY will open at Proctors on August 16. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life). The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album on January 31, 2010. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” The new Broadway production began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Monday, February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim breaking box office records at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, March 19, 2009, and recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The Broadway production played its final performance January 2, 2011. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history. The original production, which had held the record, played 732 performances on Broadway. WEST SIDE STORY features scenic designs by James Youmans (Gypsy), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (The Farnsworth Invention, The Who’s Tommy), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Gypsy, Jersey Boys), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy, A Catered Affair) and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention). WEST SIDE STORY is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. WEST SIDE STORY is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller and Broadway Across America. Tickets for the Grammy Award Winning Broadway Smash Hit WEST SIDE STORY at Proctors are available at Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org. Significant discounts on tickets for the Grammy Award Winning Broadway Smash Hit WEST SIDE STORY are available for groups of 20 or more. A listing of shows and pricing may be found on proctors.org/group_sales or by contacting Proctors Group Sales at 518-382-3884 ext. 139. The Grammy Award Winning Broadway Smash Hit WEST SIDE STORY is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. The Grammy Award Winning Broadway Smash Hit WEST SIDE STORY is sponsored by Keeler Broadway on Tour. Sub-sponsors for WEST SIDE STORY are LTI, MVP Health Care, Eastern Medical Support and Samuel Goldstein Productions. Free Parking for WEST SIDE STORY is available in the Broadway Garage, courtesy of the Times Union. Go to timesunion.com for news and entertainment. Recommended for age 13 and above; contains some mature situations. Running Time: 160 min including one intermission PRODUCTION HISTORY WEST SIDE STORY had a long journey to Broadway. Six years elapsed between Jerome Robbins's first idea of a modern musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and its actual Broadway debut in 1957. Originally, the action of the musical was to take place on New York's Lower East Side with tensions flaring between Jews and Catholics during the Passover and Easter holidays. The original setting left the authors uninspired and the project was put on hold. Years later, when Arthur Laurents proposed changing the basis of conflict from religion to race, the show gained creative momentum and WEST SIDE STORY was born. Originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, WEST SIDE STORY opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 and garnered passionate reactions from critics and audiences alike. The piece has often been credited with changing the entire course of the American musical theatre. Applauding the creators’ innovation in dance and musical style, TIME Magazine exclaimed “Robbins’ energetic choreography and Bernstein’s grand score accentuate the satiric, hard-edged lyrics of Sondheim and Laurents capture of the angry voice of urban youth.” New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson described the show as “profoundly moving; an incandescent piece of work where theatre people, engrossed in an original project, are all in top form.” The original production starred Larry Kert as “Tony,” Carol Lawrence as “Maria,” Chita Rivera as “Anita,” and won six Tony Award nominations including Best Musical of 1957. Jerome Robbins won the Award for his groundbreaking choreography and Oliver Smith took home the prize for Best Scenic Design. Also nominated were Carol Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress, Max Goberman for Best Musical Director and Irene Sharaff for Best Costume Design. WEST SIDE STORY ran for 732 performances before launching national and international tours and a successful mounting at London’s Majesty Theatre in 1958. The first revival of the musical opened on April 8, 1964 at New York City Center by the New York City Center Light Opera Company. The production closed on May 3, 1964 after a limited engagement of 31 performances. The City Center production was staged by Gerald Freedman based on Robbins' original concept. A Broadway revival opened at the Minskoff Theatre on February 14, 1980 directed and choreographed by Robbins with the assistance of Tom Abbott and Lee Becker Theodore. The revival was nominated for a 1980 Tony Award for Best Revival as well as nods for Debbie Allen as “Anita” and Josie de Guzman as “Maria.” An exciting and innovative motion picture version, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, was released in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers “Maria and Tony” and Rita Moreno as “Anita.” The film also received wide praise from critics, winning ten Academy Awards out of its eleven nominated categories (including Best Picture) as well as a special award for Robbins. The film’s soundtrack grossed more than any other album before it.
MAMMA MIA! WALKS DOWN THE AISLE OF PROCTORS! THE GLOBAL SMASH HIT WILL PLAY July 5 - 10 ONLY! Schenectady, NY – June13, 2011 -- Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, plays at Proctors from Tuesday, July 5 through Sunday, July 10. Performances begin on July 5 at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. Tickets are on-sale NOW! Seen by over 45 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,800 performances in its tenth smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals. The current North American Tour has played over 3,000 performances in over 130 cities with 125 repeat visits. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its twelfth year and has celebrated over 4,800 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 50 foreign cities and been seen by 3.6 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA!, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide. An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found. Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch. The performance schedule for MAMMA MIA! at the Proctors: • Tuesday, July 5 - 8:00 pm • Wednesday, July 6 - 8:00 pm • Thursday, July 7 - 2:00 pm • Thursday, July 7 - 8:00 pm • Friday, July 8 - 8:00 pm • Saturday, July 9 - 2:00 pm • Saturday, July 9 - 8:00 pm • Sunday, July 10 - 2:00 pm Tickets for MAMMA MIA! are available at Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org. Significant discounts on tickets are available for groups of 20 or more. A listing of shows and pricing may be found on proctors.org/group_sales or by contacting Proctors Group Sales at 518-382-3884 ext. 139. MAMMA MIA! is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. MAMMA MIA! at Proctors is sponsored by M&T Bank. Free Parking for MAMMA MIA! at Proctors is available in the Broadway Garage provided by the Times Union. Go to timesunion.com for news and entertainment. The special edition cast recording of MAMMA MIA! is available on Decca Broadway. For information about MAMMA MIA! go to www.mammamianorthamerica.com. -30-
Capital Rep’s Artistic Director Honored For Contributions to Arts Community Albany, NY – July 5, 2011 -- Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director of Albany’s esteemed Capital Repertory Theatre is the 2011 recipient of the Downtown Albany BID Norman S. Rice Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Award. This award, bestowed by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District as part of its annual public art exhibit – Sculpture in the Streets - is named in recognition of the legacy of Norman S. Rice to the cultural and educational landscape of the Capital Region Arts community. On accepting the award, Ms. Mancinelli-Cahill praised New York State’s contributions to the performing arts and spoke of the importance of Capital Repertory Theatre as a benchmark and bellwether for arts initiatives throughout the northeast. “Recognition of our efforts at Capital Rep helps garner ongoing support that enables us to bring Seriously Good Theatre offerings to the region – such as the recent Shipwrecked, Crowns and Blood Type: Ragu. We’re thrilled to be able welcome the legendary Leslie Uggams in a LIMITED ENGAGEMENT of her acclaimed one-woman show, UPTOWN DOWNTOWN, to Capital Rep next month” [from July 19 – July 31). According to Georgette Steffens, Executive Director, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, going forward “this award will recognize an individual for his/her own lasting contribution to arts, culture and education for our community in your name and tradition.” Future honorees, she added, will demonstrate significant accomplishment in exposing the arts to a public audience in their role either as an arts advocate, as an artist, or as an art educator. Among recent past recipients of the Downtown Albany BID Norman S. Rice Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Award is David Alan Miller (2010), conductor and music director for the Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO). The mission of the Albany BID is to restore, promote and maintain the character and viability of downtown Albany and improve the quality of life and overall image for those who live in, work in and visit the Capital City. Contacts • Capital Repertory Theatre: Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director, email@example.com; 518-382-3884, x400. • Downtown Albany Business Improvement District: Georgette Steffens Executive Director, 40 North Pearl Street | Albany, NY 12207; 518-465-2143 x12. firstname.lastname@example.org - 30 -
The Beat Goes on at 2011Jazz Institute; Proctors Welcomes Jazz Great Wycliffe Gordon ------ Popular Keith Pray and Arthur Falbush Return In a nutshell Jazz Institute July 18-29, 9 AM - 4:30 PM Final performance: July 29, 7 PM Location: GE Theatre Ages: All ages and levels of experience welcomed Tuition: week 1: $200, week 2: $250, both weeks: $430 Schenectady, NY – July 5, 2011 – Aspiring Capital Region musicians, take heed! The JAZZ INSTITUTE swings into full session this month -- for a seventh successful season at Proctors! This perennially favorite camp offers people of all ages and levels of experience the opportunity to learn jazz in a fun, hands-on, and all-inclusive way. The program includes master classes taught by special guest artists and will culminate in a spectacular final performance in which students will perform with renowned jazz great Wycliffe Gordon! The final jam is scheduled for July 29 at 7PM in the GE Theatre at Proctors. The event is free and open to the public and something to see and hear! All-Star Instructors Wycliffe Gordon has been honored by the Jazz Journalists Association as 2011 “Trombonist of the Year” for his talent and contributions as a jazz musician within the field. This marks the sixth award given to Wycliffe, having previously been named Trombonist of the Year in years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and now 2011. He is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, former member of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series. Gordon rounds out a trio of JAZZ INSTITUTE instructors, which includes veteran musicians and JAZZ INSTITUTE favorites Keith Pray and Arthur Falbush who have won the hearts and nourished the talents of participants since 2006 by instilling a passion for learning the music in their students. Pray is a professional jazz saxophonist who teaches music in the Schenectady City School District. Falbush is a veteran trumpet player who has performed with Billy Taylor and Mercer Ellington, and currently directs the Jazz Orchestra and New Orleans Brass Band at SUNY Oneonta. Both instructors knew they wanted JAZZ INSTITUTE to be different from the countless other music camps being offered over the summer. “We knew the program had to be fun and challenging and that our curriculum should reflect how jazz had been taught before it became an academic undertaking,” says Falbush. “By learning jazz by ear, students learn to listen and think for themselves.” JAZZ INSTITUTE is part of the SUMMER ADVENTURES program at Proctors. Through jazz, students will develop skills that include listening, critical thinking, communication and teamwork, all while building the self-esteem needed to thrive in real-life performance situations. What makes JAZZ INSTITUTE at Proctors so unique is that students learn entirely by ear - with no sheet music. The JAZZ INSTITUTE at Proctors and SUMMER ADVENTURES camps at Proctors are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. Free Parking In the Broadway Garage provided by the Times Union. Go to timesunion.com for news and entertainment Parking for the JAZZ INSTITUTE at Proctors is available in the Broadway garage, courtesy of the Times Union. CONTACT For more information about the JAZZ INSTITUTE and SUMMER ADVENTURES at Proctors, contact: Jessica Gelarden, Education Program Manager (email@example.com), 518-383-3884 x150. ------- Education at Proctors acknowledges the contribution of Proctors Summer Intern Jared Schadewald, a Senior at the College of Saint Rose in the preparation and writing of this press release on the JAZZ INSTITUTE at Proctors. He plans to pursue a career in Communications.
Behind-the-Scenes WALKING TOUR OF PROCTORS August 13, Free, Open to the Public Featuring Noted Organist, NED SPAIN ----- Beware! Ghost Tour Slated for Saturday, November 5 Schenectady, NY – July 5, 2011 – The air-cooled comfort of Proctors own central heating/cooling and electric generation system will greet visitors for the Saturday, August 13 Walking Tour of Proctors arts and entertainment complex in Downtown Schenectady. The August 13 tour includes: • an informal, narrated history of Frederick Freeman Proctor and his impact on arts and entertainment in the extended Capital Region; • an overview of the architectural high points of the Proctors complex; • the new stage-house -- now three times larger than the original stage; • an insider’s look at backstage; • the star dressing rooms; • Proctors museum and • Robb Alley and the Underground at Proctors Getting Started At 10 AM, the free, open-to-the-public informational event will start in front of the Mainstage doors in the Golub Family Arcade and proceed to highpoints within the complex: backstage, dressing rooms, the GE Theatre at Proctors. The tour of the historic State Street site will include the recently opened Schenectady Heritage Visitors Center, and conclude with an exciting demonstration by organist Ned Spain, playing Goldie, Proctors own Wurlitzer organ. Seasoned Organist Proctors volunteer Ned Spain will be the featured organist at the August 13 tour. He has been demonstrating the marvels of “Goldie” since the Golub Foundation and members of the Golub family in memory of Bernard and Sunshine Golub gifted the Wurlitzer to Proctors. Since the installation of Goldie, Proctors has maintained a chapter of the American Theater Organ Society. The Proctors chapter of this entity provides the services of the organists who perform Proctors noontime concerts, as well as the crewmembers who maintain Goldie. About Goldie “Goldie” is an 18 rank, three-keyboard Wurlitzer organ that includes a full set of percussion instruments and a grand piano that can be played from the organ console. About the New Schenectady Heritage Area Visitors Center at Proctors Proctors is now the site of a new Heritage Area Visitors Center. Local officials consider Proctors as the downtown area’s biggest visitor attraction; Proctors hosted 1,728 events last year attracting more than 600,000 people to downtown Schenectady. Acting Mayor Gary McCarthy said, “The City is pleased to cooperate fully with this effort to create a Visitors Center that will showcase Schenectady and offer residents and guests information about our heritage and our future as a technology leader.” “Placing the Visitors Center at Proctors makes perfect sense. Working together we’ve created a new and exciting environment in Schenectady County with Proctors as our centerpiece. This new Center will show all that we have to offer including thriving businesses, restaurants, and theaters that our residents and visitors can enjoy,” said Judy Dagostino, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. ADIRONDACK Studios, an Argyle, NY firm that has been the fabricator of sets for Disney’s The Lion King as well as sets for the Boston, Los Angeles and New York Opera companies, was commissioned along with Stracher Roth Gilmore Architects of Schenectady to design the new facility that will be located across from the Proctor’s box office. The 1,200 square foot exhibit area will be easily accessible from the State Street entrance of Proctors entertainment complex. The project will feature five areas that highlight the legacy of Schenectady area and alert visitors to the role that Schenectady plays in green energy and other emerging technologies. The five exhibit areas include History, Landmarks, Industry, Culture and Visionaries. The Visitors Center exhibits will employ state of the art digital print and TV technologies. The area will include enhanced lighting to highlight the area – and a new ceiling over and adjacent to the exhibits will create an intimate space to view and participate in the exhibits. The exhibit space will also include display racks to showcase marketing materials on various historic points and places of interest within Schenectady County and the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway. A unique feature of the Visitors Center is that it is designed to be a revolving exhibit, enabling Proctors to introduce new subject matter throughout the year. The exhibit panels are designed to be easily and cost effectively updated. Representatives from numerous organizations came together to develop the content of the exhibit including the Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady Museum, Mabee Farm, local historians, Proctors History Committee, Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway, Revolutionary Byway and the City of Schenectady. The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway is a national and state designated byway from Waterford to Schenectady. It connects to the Revolutionary Byway that runs to Port Ontario. Ray Gillen, Metroplex Chair and Commissioner of Economic Development for Schenectady County said, “By working together we were able to utilize this grant funding to take a high visibility space within the Proctors complex that was not being utilized and turn it into a resource that will help theatergoers and other visitors to downtown learn about everything that Schenectady County has to offer.” Responding to Visitor Requests “With more and more visitors coming to downtown Schenectady during the summer months – and increased interest in the expanded Summer Season of events at Proctors -- it seems only natural to welcome those who have expressed an interest in wanting to know more about this historic place," says Marilyn Sassi, a longstanding members of Proctors History Committee and Volunteer Coordinator of the informal but informative walkabouts. Proctors is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2009 the League of Historic American Theatres commended Proctors as a theatre of exemplary vision and dedication to its community. A Tour to Remember Originally built as a vaudeville house, Proctors has seen its stage graced by such legendary performers as comedians Red Skelton, George Burns and Gracie Allen, magicians Harry Blackstone Sr. & Jr., and bandleaders Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller. In recent years, Proctors has hosted entertainers including Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Tim Conway, Robert Goulet, Carol Burnett, Norah Jones, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin and Alice Cooper. Singer Mariah Carey chose Proctors as the site for her first concert special in 1993, and the theatre is featured prominently in the video for her big hit "Hero." Tours of the restored 1926 Vaudeville palace and the two new theaters are available and led by trained volunteers throughout the year as needed or upon request for private tours. Private tours for groups of fifteen or more can be arranged by calling Proctors Business Office at (518) 382-3884. Informed, Experienced Guides Marilyn Sassi facilitates all tours of the Proctors arts and entertainment complex; she schedules and conducts these informational gatherings in concert with a trained corps of committed volunteers. Although she started her volunteer work as a member of The Theatre Guild at Proctors, over time she opted to combine her rich experience as a seasoned teacher specializing in material culture, architecture and area history with her enjoyment of people and love of Proctors. Ms. Sassi is a proactive contributor to Proctors History Committee. All tours offer an informal glimpse of the entire facility, including the new Proctors Guild Room and Museum. These gatherings are always informal, fun and informative, says Ms. Sassi. “This informal event is enriched by questions, memories, and interaction. I always suggest that participants bring their friends and a camera.” November Ghost Tour in Planning Proctors speaks to its visitors on many levels -- including the supernatural!, says Ms. Sassi. “Whether they believe or not, any visitors may become one of the chosen few allowed to pass through the veil and witness the phantoms who wander Proctors behind-the-scenes, so to speak. “Do be careful as you walk the aisles,” she cautions. “Visitors will want to leave room for the animals. Animal apparitions? Yes, we have two, but you're likely to spot only one. Why? Think Greta Garbo. “One last warning for the wary. If you see a chandelier quiver, feel an angry breath on the stairs, or find a half-eaten sandwich in the balcony, brace yourself -- you've been spooked!” More information of the November Ghost Tour at Proctors will be available in time for the event! Convenient, Free Parking Free Parking for events at Proctors is available In the Broadway Garage, courtesy of the Times Union. Go to timesunion.com for news and entertainment. Contact Information • For additional Tour Information, contact Marilyn Sassi, firstname.lastname@example.org; 518) 377-3282. • For more information about Proctors, including a brief history, visit proctors.org. - 30 -
Mamma Mia! Broadway Camp for Kids Takes Center Stage at Proctors ------ A lifetime of memories in a week of learning! In a nutshell Broadway Camp: Mamma Mia! July 5-9, 9 AM – 4:30 PM Location: GE Theatre Ages: 15-19 year olds Tuition: $350 Schenectady, NY – June 27, 2011 – A heads-up to all aspiring performers in the Capital Region: Proctors is offering the adventure of a lifetime with BROADWAY CAMP: MAMMA MIA! in July, The camp offers young adults -- ages 15-19 -- the extraordinary opportunity to hone their acting, dancing and vocal skills in an intense week of training with the cast of the global smash hit MAMMA MIA! BROADWAY CAMP: MAMMA MIA! is part of the SUMMER ADVENTURES program at Proctors. It is specifically designed for students who take acting, dance, and/or voice lessons; participate in school or community stage productions and want to pursue performing in college and beyond. Participating students will enhance performance skills with instruction in the fundamentals of music theatre, master classes with Broadway artists, and Q&A sessions with the cast of Mamma Mia! Top-Notch Teaching Staff The team of professional Instructors leading BROADWAY CAMP: MAMMA MIA! include cast members Alison Ewing, Christopher Hudson Myers, Ethan Le Phong, and Christopher Sergeff, as well as acclaimed Broadway actor/director Kevin McGuire, who has played lead roles on Broadway, national and international tours of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Jane Eyre and starred as Uncle Archie in The National Company of The Secret Garden. Additional instructors include renowned vocal coach Kelly Bird, as well as master dance choreographer Sara Weck-Keller. For more information on the instructors, visit: http://www.proctors.org/events/broadway-camp-mamma-mia. According to the American Camp Association, more than 10 million young people will attend camp nationwide this summer. SUMMER ADVENTURES camps at Proctors, such as BROADWAY CAMP: MAMMA MIA!, are carefully designed to appeal specifically to young people who see the entertainment industry in their future. Each program allows aspiring artists to be part of an interactive environment that fosters creativity and improves performance technique while developing life skills such as independence, teamwork and self-esteem. “We’re more excited than ever about our SUMMER ADVENTURES offerings,” says Jessica Gelarden, Education Program Manager at Proctors. “From the quality of the instructors to the depth of interaction among the staff and participants, SUMMER ADVENTURES continues to garner rave reviews. We anticipate nothing less for BROADWAY CAMP: MAMMA MIA!” For more information about BROADWAY CAMP: MAMMA MIA! and SUMMER ADVENTURES at Proctors, contact: Jessica Gelarden, Education Program Manager (email@example.com), 518-383-3884 x150. ------- Education at Proctors acknowledges the contribution of Proctors Summer Intern Jared Schadewald, a Senior at the College of Saint Rose in the preparation and writing of this press release on BROADWAY CAMP: MAMMA MIA! He plans to pursue a career in Communications. - 30 -
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Summer Chess Under the Marquee Announces 5th Season --------- Play begins at Proctors on June 27 at 11:30 am Schenectady, NY – June 26, 2011 -- Proctors and the City Mission announced today that Summer Chess Under the Marquee will launch its 5th season on Monday, June 27th at 11:30 am. The 90-minute program will run every Monday through August 29 – and is free. Players of all ages and abilities are invited on a first-come first-served basis. Summer Chess Under the Marquee is coordinated by the Schenectady Chess Club and is sponsored by the Downtown Ambassadors, City Mission and Proctors. Proctors CEO Philip Morris has been a staunch advocate of Summer Chess Under the Marquee: “This event continues to attract new people to Proctors,” he said, “ and enhances our goal of becoming a an important gathering place in Downtown Schenectady for sharing ideas, teamwork and fun in an inviting and comfortable environment.” According to Mike Saccocio, Executive Director at the City Mission of Schenectady, “The City Mission is involved in Summer Chess for the same reason that we participate in the Downtown Ambassadors. Anyone, no matter their personal circumstances, can learn to play chess and get involved in helping create a better Downtown Schenectady. This is a great way to get everyone together." Chess in downtown Schenectady began in late May of 2007 as a joint project between Proctors, The City Mission of Schenectady and affiliated members of the Third Way Committee (now the Downtown Ambassadors). Proctors donates indoor space adjacent to its Apostrophe Café and Lounge and the new Schenectady Heritage Area Visitors Center at Proctors during the winter months. The Schenectady Chess Club coordinates weekly play and tournaments throughout the year. The Schenectady Chess Club is the region's oldest chess organization, tracing its roots back over a century. Members of the community interested in playing are encouraged to arrive under the Marquee in front of Proctors by 11:30am on Monday, June 27. The Schenectady Chess Club will facilitate matching people of similar skills and play will continue until 1pm. Members of the press and photographers are encouraged to attend. CONTACTS: For more information on Summer Chess Under the Marquee: · Ashok Aaron, City Mission of Schenectady, 346-2275 x318 · Michael Saccocio, Executive Director, City Mission of Schenectady, 346-2275 x345 · Dan Sheehan, Proctors, 382-3884, x 116
Proctors Launches Local Quiz Show Debut of “SCCC presents MasterMinds” Schenectady, NY – June 23, 2011 -- Proctors and Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) have joined forces to produce SCCC presents MasterMinds, based on the popular TV show MasterMinds. The show, available in 16 one-hour episodes, will be broadcast via local public access stations via OSM at Proctors and pits high school contestants against one another. MasterMinds has been labeled as aerobics of the mind; athletics for grey matter, adrenaline for the desire to know more about the world around us. It is a fast-paced quiz competition that attracts some of the brightest students from schools around New York State. Through questions-and-answer rounds, student participants are tested on their knowledge of subjects as diverse as history, literature, science, politics, art, geography, religion, sports and current world events. Produced by award-winning producer Richa Khandelwal Bhat at Proctors, SCCC presents MasterMinds is choc-o-bloc with cutting-edge graphics and fun segments, such as behind-the-scenes interviews and on-screen exploration of the personalities of students, Manic Minute and Your MasterMinds Question for at-home audiences. Sixteen hours of programming for the show were shot over a rigorous shooting schedule of four days. The planning of the show, however took two months. All aspects of production were handled in house at Proctors: set design, lighting, motion graphics, crew management, show packaging and post-production. The team comprised of some talented and experienced volunteers. The star of the show, host David Guistina of WAMC was in this list. So is Bob Shenise, the Lighting Director of the show who donated an enormous amount of time and brought in his equipment for the show. The crew consisted of professional Technical Director, Arthur Hunsinger, Assistant Producer, Gary Arzberger, Production Assistant Theresa Taylor, and producers Nick Lyman and Huldah Thompson. SCCC presents MasterMinds is made possible through the generous support provided by Paul Mitchell the school-Schenectady, Capital Region BOCES, Mohawk Color, Mohawk Sign System, NAQT, Shenise Productions, Albany Times Union, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Upstate Independents. What Participants are Saying… · The experience was a very pleasant one for all of us. We are so glad that the games are returning to television – Len Martin, Gloversville · This was a great experience. Thank you so VERY much for resurrecting the Masterminds TV show. I can’t wait to bring my team back! – Tony Malikovski, Hoosick Falls · This was a wonderful show for the kids and parents. Thanks SCCC. - Carl & Margaret Desmond · So glad Masterminds will be televised again after a couple of years off. It’s a great experience for my kids and I know they will remember this opportunity. - Doug Rosenberg · A very well run production. The kids really enjoyed it. Thank you SCCC! Hope we can do it again next year. - Dan Fairchild, Averill Park · From Martha Mallon/Mohonasen I wanted to thank you for setting up the TV taping with SCCC at Proctors. I think they did a classy job of preparing the kids, making them feel special. You also did a great job matching us up with Lansingburg. As you know, we tied and had to go through the tie breaker. Very fun for both sides! Thank you. · From Matthew Christian/Berlin: Can you please give us the name of the gentleman who was organizing the TV taping and a way to contact him . We would like to send them a letter thanking them for being so nice to our students. · From Larry Bizzarro/Albany HS: I also wanted to say how much fun we had at the taping on Friday at Proctors. You guys and Proctors did an amazing job and even though we lost we thought it was awesome. Please let us know when it will be on TV/youtube and how we can get a copy. We are anxious to watch it. · From Jon Caraco/Mayfield I wanted to let you know that the taping at Proctors went incredibly well on Saturday! My kids had a blast. The entire staff (and especially Gaustina) were fantastic. Thanks for the great opportunity. For more information, please visit http://www.proctors.org/masterminds
[The New York Times Theatre Section] Leslie Uggams Plays Concert At Capital Repertory Theatre 7/19-31 Broadway World Capital Repertory Theatre presents a LIMITED TWO-WEEK ENGAGEMENT of Tony and Emmy Award winning Leslie Uggams in concert between July 19 - July 31, 2011. Stephen Holden, music critic for The New York Times, called Uggams "a show-biz trouper with ... See all stories on this topic: “A show-biz trouper with sawdust in her blood. Dazzling.” – New York Times “Leslie Uggams totally charms the audience.” – Variety “Her bright star still shines. She came on strong and never let up, pouring her heart and indefatigable talent into a score of songs.” – Boston Globe “Uggams’ forte is the scope of her expressivity: She can finesse the tenderest tremolo and wail to beat the band.” – Boston Globe “Whether dialing down her voice so that it sounds like a muted trumpet or opening up, full on, as a one-woman brass section, she emits such exuberance that listeners can't help but foot-tap or head-bop along.” – Los Angeles Times “If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Leslie Uggams has still got it with a vocal dynamism that would shame those less than half her age.” – LA Weekly “This performer's bravura song styling and delectable warmth and wit, along with intriguing anecdotes about her life and career, yield a spectacularly entertaining evening. Uggams demonstrates her versatility and sublime affinity for torch songs. Music direction and orchestrations are sensational.” – Backstage “Leslie Uggams can act and sing up a storm. She has a divine vocal instrument. She can sing a soft quiet ballad in almost a whisper and then belt out the next song to the rear balcony. She's also a singer who really lives her material; she digs deeply into what each song says and then shares that with her audience. She's pure bliss!” – BroadwayWorld.com “Ms. Uggams regales a captivated audience with perfect mastery tone and technique.” – Edge Los Angeles “Uggams has rhythm and grace, class and intelligence.” – Los Angeles Examiner “A fabulous evening of song! Backed by a sensational eight-piece band, the divine Miss U takes us on a journey, her voice still that unique blend of soul, power, and vibrato.” – StageSceneLA “Fifty-three years in show business have given Leslie Uggams the right to claim her place in that special category reserved for only the greatest – like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Lena Horne. She can belt powerful vocals and then deliver the sweetest, most poignant renditions that can almost reduce one to tears.” – ReviewPlays.com “ ‘Uptown/Downtown’ is an alluring musical evening with the celebrated Leslie Uggams.” – Pasadena Independent “100 percent sweet!” – Bitter Lemons
Free MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series at Proctors, June 28 Featuring Greg Klingler and Robert Fredericks Presented by Hudson - Mohawk Theatre Organ Society Schenectady, NY – June 20, 2011– MVP Health Care invites all Capital Region residents and visitors to attend a free noontime organ concert featuring "Goldie" -- Proctors mighty Wurlitzer Organ on the Mainstage at Proctors on June 28. The Tuesday, January 28 will feature two popular performers: Greg Klinger and Bob Fredericks. A native of Staten Island, NY, Greg Klingler is a self-taught musician who has been playing theatre organs for more than 20 years. He now resides in Queensbury. NY, where he works in the assessors office. Born and raised in Vermont, Robert Fredericks graduated from college in Vermont with BA degree in Music. As a young man, he relocated to New York State’s Capital district and worked in the music industry teaching and selling pianos and organs for well over four decades. During that time, he has taught scores of keyboard students the art of theater organ stylings. These seasoned musicians will share the hour, offering selections of their own choosing. Both will demonstrate the marvels of "Goldie", an 18 voice, three-keyboard instrument that includes a full set of percussion Instruments and a grand piano that can be played from the organ console. All events in the free MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series at Proctors begin at noon and are sponsored by MVP Health Care - helping Capital Region residents to take on life and live well. The series showcases the artistry of area organists and the versatility and the power of "Goldie," Proctors mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. The Golub Foundation and members of the Golub family -- in memory of Bernard and Sunshine Golub -- gifted the mighty Wurlitzer to Proctors. Since the installation of Goldie, Proctors has maintained a chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, which provides the services of the Organists who perform Proctors noontime concerts, as well as the crewmembers who maintain Goldie. MORE? For more information on the MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series at Proctors, contact Frank Hackert at (518) 355-4523; firstname.lastname@example.org.