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The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made Janis Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

A Night with Janis Joplin, now running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences.

The show is created, written and directed by Randy Johnson and stars Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin. 

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community.  Last week, the Palace took center stage at its own press conference, where officials announced an ambitious project to revitalize the old movie house, with the intent to position the Palace as a gateway to downtown.  But there are a few loose ends.

  In The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote, Carrie Watts, a charming, aging widow escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time.

Along the way, Miss Watts befriends fellow travelers, sharing her wisdom and courage on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to renew strength and dignity for all.

The Trip to Bountiful is current running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. Kevin Craig West plays Ludie Watts and he joins us.

  The Blue-Sky Boys dramatizes the unorthodox creative process used by a group of maverick engineers at NASA to land men on the moon.  It’s a wild comedy about the beginnings of the Apollo space mission and about the crossroads of science and art.

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY will launch (pun intended) a production of the play directed by Gordon Greenberg. Previews begin tonight and the show opens on Tuesday.

The show is written by Deborah Brevoort who joins us to tell us more. 

  A dancer’s past. A woman’s future. The seductive and lucrative world of strip clubs sets the stage for Naked Influence, a tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman.

The show opened at Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany and runs through February 14th.

The favorite of last year’s NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3, Naked Influence showcases author Suzanne Bradbeer’s intelligence in examining contemporary stories ripped from the headlines.

Robert Newman plays Dennis, a congressman with a heart of stone. Newman is familiar from a 28-year run as Joshua Lewis on the longest running program in broadcast history, Guiding Light. A two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, Newman recently guest starred on Homeland, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Law and Order: SVU. He has an extensive off-Broadway and regional theatre resume.

  This holiday season, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany presents A Christmas Story: The Musical.

The Chinese food, the Red Ryder BB gun, the frozen pole, and the leg lamp are all there in this musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. The show features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Joseph Robinette. Maggie Mancinelli Cahill directs.

Preview performances for A Christmas Story: The Musical take place November 27th through the 29th. Opening night is Tuesday, December 1.

Bob Goepfert Reviews 4000 Miles At Capital Rep

Oct 15, 2015

 Albany – The play “4000 Miles,” which is at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany through October 18, is a small, gentle play that is more about the emotions generated by the characters  than it is the events of the plot.   It’s a warm and compassionate work that is without bells and whistles or powerful climactic moments.  Yet it is a work that should linger in the memory for a long time.

'4000 Miles' At TheRep

Sep 29, 2015
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  Seeking solace at the end of his cross-country bike trip, 21-year old Leo arrives unannounced at the Greenwich Village apartment of his 91-year old Jewish grandmother, Vera.

Instead, he gets a big life lesson from his former outspoken, activist grandma. Over the course of a single month, these two outsiders infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately change one another forever.

Amy Herzog’s dramatic comedy, 4000 Miles, received the Obie Award for Best Play, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named #1 Play of the Year by Time Magazine.

A production of 4000 Miles is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany, NY. We are joined by actors Eileen Schuyler and Miles Jackson.

This past April, Capital Rep announced the winners of its inaugural Young Playwright Contest and the five winning plays are being produced this week and through the weekend.

From costumes to props and sets all designed and built by the REP’s staff, these productions are giving young peoples’ voices a chance to be heard. The plays are directed by Margaret Hall, theREP’s assistant to the artistic director, and performed by theREP’s new Summer Stage Young Acting Company.

Director Margaret Hall and student playwright Jaimie Gaskell join us to discuss how art and community is being fostered and grown.

Gaskell is a tenth grade student at Greenwich Jr./Sr. High School. Her play, Y.A.P.’s Homeless Youth Hostel, takes us into a residence where protagonists from Young Adult novels await the arrival of their prophecy from the United States Post Office.

  Everyone is a suspect in the Capital Rep production of Murder For Two, a musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano.

The show is a blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery. The New York Times calls it “Ingenious! A snazzy doubt act,” while Entertainment Weekly describes it as “A charmingly frenetic all-stops out musical comedy.”

We welcome two actors from the production: Kyle Branzel and Ian Lowe.

'Hamlet' At TheRep

Apr 17, 2015

  “The play's the thing.” – and in this case, the play’s the play that quotation comes from.

Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY is producing William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet and there will be something rotten in the state of Denmark on the CapRep stage through May 10th.

Broadway’s Kevin McGuire directs. Kevin is the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and while there he’s directed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as over 50 other plays and musicals.

'Souvenir' At TheRep

Mar 11, 2015

  At the turn of the last century, Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York phenomenon where she rose to fame for her annual sold-out recitals at the Ritz Carlton and Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when Mrs. Jenkins tackled the most difficult arias in opera, festooned in fabulous costumes.

The only trouble was: Mrs. Jenkins could not sing. Not a note. Still, Florence, a YouTube sensation far ahead of her time, could not be deterred from her dedication to music and voice lessons with her accomplished and compassionate accompanist, Cosme McMoon.

Souvenir is a play by Stephen Temperley about Florence Foster Jenkins and Cosme McMoon. It is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. The production is directed by CapRep’s Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.

Jonas Cohen plays afore mentioned “compassionate accompanist,” Cosme McMoon and he joins us to discuss the play.

    

  It all begins when sweet Nan and her out-of-work webmaster hubby, Steve, realize they can't afford to keep up the extravagant gift giving that has become their family's tradition. In an effort to make everyone happy, they announce that they have made a gift to a charity in everyone's name. Except it's a fictitious charity. No problem — until the website that Steve creates to seal the deal becomes prey to cyberspace hijinks, with deliciously funny and unpredictable results.

This is the plot of the play How Water Behaves by Sherry Kramer – the world premiere of which is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. The show is directed by acclaimed theatre director Gordon Greenberg and co-stars Nisi Sturgis as Nan and Michael McCorry Rose as Hank.

  With a soaring score by Lucy Simon and book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Marsha Norman, the musical adaptation of The Secret Garden is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY.

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the CapRep production of the story of Mary Lennox, the orphaned girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen, features a talented cast – many of whom also provide the instrumentation for the show.

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill is the Producing Artistic Director at CapRep and the director of their production of The Secret Garden, which runs through Dec. 21st.

  After six years away, prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays and announce plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Retired ambassador dad, savvy mom, rehabbing aunt and ne'er-do-well brother team up to stop her and the joys of the family reunion quickly unravel in a surprising twist.

Richard Lovrich

    Smokey Joe’s Café - a musical revue featuring primarily the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has the distinction of being longest running revue on Broadway.

Better than that, though, it has just a ton of incredibly fun and iconic songs.

Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY presents Smokey Joe’s Café Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, August 10 and we are fortunate to be joined at The Linda by that production's musical director, Benet Braun and cast members Christopher Brasfield, Justin Scott Brown, Laura D’andre, Lulu Fall, Gizel Jimenez, Jannie Jones, Benjamin Mapp, Correy West, Jason Veasey.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The God Game"

May 15, 2014

“The God Game,” a new play being offered at Capital Repertory Theatre through May 25, tells a thoughtful story in a totally engaging manner.  It has enough drama to keep you interested during its two hour running time but it doesn’t depend on the scandal of the moment to drive the story.

    

  The God Game, a play by Suzanne Bradbeer, is having its World Premiere at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY.

The play was included in the inaugural NEXT ACT! New Play Summit in 2012. NEXT ACT!, a joint venture between Proctors and Capital Rep, is a three-day festival with the mission of discovering fresh, exciting dramatic and musical properties, and nurturing both new and established playwrights.

The God Game is about religion and politics - the two topics to avoid in polite conversation. In the play, Tom and Lisa and Matt have known each other for years, through thick and thin - but the news Matt brings on an August anniversary afternoon in Richmond, Virginia could change all of their lives forever.

    The ultimate stage mother is making her presence known at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY.

Gypsy: A Music Fable features classic Broadway belt-ables like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some People,” and “Rose's Turn.” The show opened on Broadway in 1959 and features a book by the late Arthur Laurents, music by the late Jule Styne, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This production at CapRep runs through Sunday, April 13th.

Mary Callanan plays Mama Rose. She recently appeared in Annie on Broadway and has performed in tours of Mamma Mia!, The Sound of Music, Big, Damn Yankees, and Cinderella.

    In The Mountaintop by Katori Hall; it’s the eve of his assassination and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Brandon Jones) cools down in a lonely Memphis hotel room after delivering the speech of a lifetime—when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young hotel maid (Liz Morgan) pushes King into a confrontation with his doubts, fears, and haunting premonitions.

The man behind the public image and the great ideals that formed a new America come alive in a soul-stirring hit play from London and Broadway that is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY – directed by Nick Mangano.

 In Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - five actors portray over 20 characters.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitations is re-imagined with a fresh new physicality, the highly theatrical, sometimes comic, ultimately moving adaptation is sure to brighten up your holidays!

The show is currently running at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY and stars our friend, Kevin McGuire as “Mr. Bah-Humbug” himself, Ebenezer Scrooge.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A veritable"who's who" of leaders of Capital Region arts non-profits gathered in a show of solidarity under the moniker "Upstate Theaters for a Fair Game." The group hopes to educate the public on what it sees as potential negative effects of casino expansion on what it refers to as "local entertainment ecosystems," noting that mid-sized arts and entertainment venues in neighboring states have been impacted by casino-based entertainment offerings.

Thomas Novachek, a writer-director, laments the woeful parade of actresses who have auditioned for his new play, Venus in Fur. Enter Vanda, an out-of-work actress, who is the epitome of every fault he has described: crude, desperate and needy – or is she?

In the course of 90 minutes, we discover there is much more to Vanda, as she turns the tables and takes charge in this sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness. The play, written by David Ives, is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY and stars Timothy Deenihan as Novachek and Jenny Strassburg as Vanda.

Jenny joins us along with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at Capital Rep and director of Venus in Fur, to tell us more.

    The World Premiere of the new musical, The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers is now taking place at Cap Rep in Albany. In the show, Daughter Junie inherits the job of taking over the family dry cleaning business, tending to Dad --who’s having a hard time remembering things -- and keeping an eye on younger sister Lashley – who’s fresh from rehab.

Junie’s dream of being a country singer takes a hiatus until the town Pastor asks the sisters to write and perform personal send-offs for the dearly departed.

The musical comedy is from country singer-songwriter Lori Fischer - who also teaches playwriting at NYU. She teamed up with ASCAP Award-winning Nashville composer Don Chaffer. Both appear onstage, with Fischer starring as Junie. We welcome Lori Fischer, Carter Calvert (who plays Lashley Lee), and director Martha Banta who was an Assistant Director for Rent and is now Resident Director for Mamma Mia! on Broadway.

"Red" at CapRep

May 1, 2013

    In John Logan’s Tony award-winning play, Red, iconoclastic Mark Rothko, the misanthropic abstract-expressionist painter, confronts his decision to accept a lucrative commercial commission.

Joe Schuyler

    The World Premiere of the new musical, Single Girls Guide, is running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY through March 30th.

Inspired by Jane’s Austen’s Emma - the show is flush with fun songs and features movie send-ups of 1960 PSAs.

It’s 1966 Manhattan and newspaper columnist Emma Woodhouse writes a column she inherited from an older, now deceased, woman. Emma is still single and about to turn 30. In a Helen Gurley Brown inspired move, Emma recruits a ‘Single Girl’ from Rhode Island and vows to overhaul her life.

The music and lyrics are by Tommy Newman and the production is directed its book-writer, Gordon Greenberg who join us.

Sex, guilt and bold accusations permeate Race – a provocative play from multiple-Award-winning playwright David Mamet. The show begins previews tonight at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. The play tackles America’s most controversial topic with the brilliant language that only Mamet can bring to the stage.