Arts & Culture

  Comedian and actor, Colin Quinn will headline a comedy benefit for Woodstock Land Conservancy at The Woodstock Playhouse this Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

The Woodstock Land Conservancy is committed to the protection, preservation, and stewardship of open lands, forests, wetlands, scenic areas and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding areas.

Colin Quinn was on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2000, hosting "Weekend Update" for a few of his years there. He recently wrapped up an Off-Broadway run of his one man show, Colin Quinn: The New York Story which ran at Cherry Lane Theatre and was directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Last summer he played Amy Schumer’s characters father in the hit film, Trainwreck. His meta Law & Order parody webseries, Cop Show, is streaming on YouTube and at lstudio.com.

  In all likelihood, you know the music of Marco Benevento, even if you don't know his name. He's played with everyone from members of Phish and Tortoise to Brad Mehldau.

Benevento's new solo album is called The Story of Fred Short, named for the Native American man who once lived on his land in Upstate New York.

The album is the follow-up to 2014’s Swift, which found Marco singing for the first time and honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities. The Story of Fred Short is a continuation of this exploration.

Marco recorded and self-produced the album at his Woodstock studio (also named Fred Short.) He joins us this morning to talk about the new album as well as about his gig at BSP Lounge in April 15th.

Frank Langella and Hannah Cabell in the American premiere of The Father at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Joan Marcus

    Now 80 years old, André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

Manhattan Theatre Club  presents The Father, a play by Florian Zeller that The Guardian called “an astonishingly unguarded play about the cruelties of love and the limits of patience.” Christopher Hampton’s translation is directed for MTC by Doug Hughes and stars 3-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella as André. The show opens Thursday, April 15th.

Hannah Cabell plays Laura. She worked with Hughes and Langella previously on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of A Man for All Seasons. Her Off-Broadway credits inclue Men on Boats, Major Barbara, Grounded, Collapse, 3C, Compulsion, Zero Hour, Pumpgirl, Jane Eyre, Gentleman Caller, and Mark Smith.

Rob Edelman: Balls, Bats, And Popular Culture

Apr 11, 2016

Last month, as the 2016 baseball preseason was kicking off, I attended the 23rd annual NINE Spring Training Conference in Phoenix. Those who ran the event did a first-rate job; the presentations were generally illuminating; plus, I got to (finally) meet and get to know so many interesting people as well as see three ballgames in three days in three different ball yards! You can’t beat that!

Jason Danieley
Justin Patterson

  This coming fall, Chicago, Kander and Ebb’s merry-murderess musical, will have been running on Broadway for 20 years.

To celebrate, six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long will be revising some of his Tony-nominated designs for the show, there will be a special SummerStage concert in Central Park in August, and Takarazuka, the all-female Japanese musical revue troupe, will celebrate the centennial of their founding with its first appearance in New York in over 25 years with "Takarazuka Chicago," marking the first time ever that two identical productions in two different languages will be running at the same time in NYC. That’s happening in July.

Right now, the role of Billy Flynn, the silver-tongued solicitor and suave defender of Roxy Hart, is being played by Jason Danieley. On Broadway, Jason played Candide in the 1997 revival of Candide, Malcolm MacGregor in The Full Monty, Aaron Fox in Curtains, and Frederich Kuhn in The Visit.

Any Questions #241

Apr 8, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to take care of business.

Rogovoy Report For April 8, 2016

Apr 8, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a real-life American Idol; a latter-day Mark Twain; a six-hour marathon of 19th century pop music; a trumpet and organ recital; and readings by a number of authors, novelists, and poets.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music.

Yehuda Hanani’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof on April 17th at 3pm.

“Living on Love,” a shallow comedy playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through April 30, is a guilty pleasure that, thanks to the work of a very likeable cast, you can enjoy without any morning-after guilt.

Roundabout Theatre Company's The Robber Bridegroom - Leslie Kritzer, center
Joan Marcus

  Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom is the Southern-fried Robin Hood tale of Jamie Lockhart, a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue who’s a gentleman by day and bandit by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down.

Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City has a rustic romp of a ‘Robber Bridegroom’ running at The Laura Pels Theatre. Director Alex Timbers brings his incomparable imagination to the show with book by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman.

The show stars Steven Pasquale, Andrew Durand, Evan Harrington, Greg Hildreth, Ahna O’Reilly, Nadia Quinn, Lance Roberts, Devere Rogers, and , our guest, Leslie Kritzer, as Salome.

Leslie made her Broadway debut in Hairspray, following that she was Serena in Legally Blonde, and then Jane Hurley in A Catered Affair. She was In Sondheim on Sondheim and played Jovie in the stage musical adaptation of Elf. In addition to numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits she received critical acclaim, a TimeOut New York Award, and a Special Achievement MAC Award, for Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, a re-creation of Patti LuPone’s famed nightclub act. She is currently playing Ray Romano’s wife on the HBO show Vinyl.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Hello, My Name Is Doris

Upcoming:
Bearthoven and Battle Trance- EMPAC, Troy, Thursday, April 7
WCDB’s 38th Anniversary—Jazz Night- The Low Beat, Albany, Friday, April 8
The Realish Housewives of Clifton Park- Proctors, Schenectady, Friday-Sunday, April 8-10
Crystal Bowersox- Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday, April 9
The Cat and the Canary with live music- Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday, April 9
An Evening With CS Lewis (with actor David Payne)- Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 PM
NY Theatre Ballet’s Cinderella- The Egg, Albany, Sunday, April 10 at 3 PM
Artemis Quartet   (Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven)- Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Sunday, April 10 at 3 PM
Sam Bush- Egg, Albany, Sunday, April 10
Zvi Dance- University at Albany PAC, Albany, Sunday, April 10
Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies- Proctors, Schenectady, Monday, April 11

Coming Up At The Linda

Apr 7, 2016
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The Linda

Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

  In 1996, David Payne attended an audition at Nashville’s prestigious Tennessee Performing Arts Center in the hopes of landing a small part in this play about C.S. Lewis and his American wife. What was a surprise is that he landed the lead role and a stage career had been begun.

Since those early performances in 1996, Payne who, on stage, uncannily looks like Lewis, has since played the famous author in a number productions. Yet it is his portrayal of Lewis in An Evening with C.S. Lewis that has won him many accolades and thrilled the many, many thousands that have attended over 500 performances.

David Payne will be performing the show on Sunday at 2:30 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

  Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer who is currently creating a 24-hour durational concert called, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”

6 hours of the project, representing the six decades between 1836 and 1896, will be performed at MASS MoCA in North Adams Massachusetts this Saturday, April 9th from 4 to 10pm. Audience members are encouraged to come and going during the performance.

Taylor Mac was recently name-checked in a New York Magazine article about why New York Theater is thriving and The New York Times said “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming each and every one of them.”

Calendar Girls At HMT

Apr 6, 2016

  Based on a true story, Calendar Girls tells the tale of best friends Annie and Chris, who resolve to raise money for their local hospital** by persuading four fellow members of their women’s club to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar.

Home Made Theater closes their 31st season with Tim Firth’s heartwarming comedy - the show runs weekends April 15th through May 1st at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

We are joined by the production’s Director, Dianne O’Neill Filer; and actors Devra Cohen-Tigor and Joan Meyer who play Annie and Chris respectively.

Laura Benanti in She Loves Me
Joan Marcus

  As part of its 50th Anniversary season, Roundabout Theatre Company is currently presenting a revival of She Loves Me. The musical, with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, was the first musical Roundabout ever produced. That production opened in 1993 and was directed by Scott Ellis who returns to helm the show currently sparkling in jewel tones at Studio 54.

The musical is an adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. The films The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail boast the same source material. The cast includes Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel and, our guest, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti who plays Amalia Balash.

Laura Benanti won a Tony for her performance as Louise in Gypsy (with Patti LuPone as Rose); and she was nominated for Swing, Into the Woods, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Her television credits include Supergirl, Nashville, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, Law & Order: SVU, and Go On.

  Critics have called Garth Fagan “a true original,” “a genuine leader,” and “one of the great reformers of modern dance.” Fagan is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance.

A Tony and Olivier award winner, Fagan continually renews his own distinctive dance vocabulary, which draws on many sources: sense of weight in modern dance, torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, speed and precision of ballet, and the rule breaking experimentation of the post-moderns.

Any Questions #240

Apr 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all "four" one on this week's show.

Rogovoy Report For 4/1/16

Apr 1, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include the return of a prodigal musician in a benefit for her alma mater; a performance by a living legend of Irish folk music; an all-Beethoven concert; a solo show at Berkshire Museum for a local artist made good; and an all-star literary conversation.

This year marks the 7th year of the Woodstock Writers Festival where they will once again bring readers outstanding panels, speakers, fabulous parties, workshops, and lots of great literary talk.

The festival, held April 7 to 10, will also feature the usual story slam, intensive writing workshops, memoir and other panels, plus keynote speaker Nancy Jo Sales, who writes about the experience of teenage girls in the Internet age; Barney Hoskyns with his tell-all of Woodstock in the 1960s; activist Gail Straub moderating a discussion on spirituality and creativity. The festival will also include an addiction panel for the first time, offering inspiration from writers who have experience with the difficult path from addiction to recovery.

We get a festival preview with Martha Frankel and Kitty Sheehan.

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music. 

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof on April 17th at 3pm

  Bedlam theatre company in New York City has created a production of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility that The New York Times called an “enchanting romp of a play … [with] buoyant spirits, cunning stagecraft and enlivening insights …”

Adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill and directed by Eric Tucker, Bedlam’s lively Sense & Sensibility may appeal to those who don’t usually like Jane Austen, but the production doesn’t betray its source material - emphasizing the values, society, proprietary, and human frailties.

Andrus Nichols is the Producing Director & Co-Founder of Bedlam, she plays Elinor Dashwood in Sense & Sensibility and she joins us to talk about the show, the company, and her connections to the WAMC area.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Lion King" At Proctors

Mar 31, 2016

SCHENECTADY - “The Lion King” playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through April 17, bills itself as “The World’s #1 Musical.”  While that’s true, it also reminds me of the ringmaster at a circus calling, “Boys and girls of all ages, welcome to the greatest show on earth.”

Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew is one of the most iconic albums in American music.

Fans have been fortunate in the past few years to gain access to Davis’s live recordings from this time, when he was working with an ensemble that has come to be known as the Lost Quintet.

In his new book, The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles, jazz historian and musician Bob Gluck explores the performances of this revolutionary group—Davis’s first electric band—to illuminate the thinking of one of our rarest geniuses and, by extension, the extraordinary transition in American music that he and his fellow players ushered in.

More than 75 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of the Broadway spectacular – Disney’s The Lion King.

And why not? Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. And, we are happy to report, The Lion King has now taken over Proctors through April 17th.

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Lion King, brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor, Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

This morning we welcome two of the leading actors who play the Lion brothers - Mufasa and Scar. Patrick Brown plays the villainous Scar and Gerald Ramsey plays the King lion – Mufasa.

Coming Up At The Linda

Mar 31, 2016
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The Linda

Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Leanne Cope and Robbie Fairchild in An American in Paris
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  The Broadway musical, An American in Paris, has been running at The Palace Theatre in New York City since March of last year. Based on the Academy Award winning film of the same name and and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, the production is directed and choreographed Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon.

Leanne Cope plays - and dances - the role of Lise. She’s been with the show from its workshop stage to it’s out-of-town run in Paris and for the last year, on Broadway - earning a Tony Nomination for her work and having to take a leave of absence from London’s Royal Ballet to pursue the project.

Rob Edelman: Animals And Humans

Mar 28, 2016

Cinematically-speaking, horses generally are portrayed as being in the service of humankind and controlled by humans, who believe they are superior simply because horses are merely animals. In sagas of the Old West, for example, horses are little more than modes of transportation. Or in films from NATIONAL VELVET to SEABISCUIT, they are speedsters who zip along racetracks at record paces and win fame for their owners, trainers, or riders.

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