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Once at Proctors

May 11, 2016

  The National Tour of the musical Once is now playing at Proctors in Schenectady. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album.” 

Based on the movie of the same name, Once is an original Broadway experience, featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage. Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

Sam Cieri (Guy) and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy (Girl) join us at The Linda for a live interview and performance this morning.

    This Friday night the new Broadway musical, Waitress, will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City.

Based on the 2007 movie of the same name written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history where the traditional four person creative team of book writer, composer, choreographer and director have all been women. Diane Paulus directs, Lorin Latarro choreographs, the music and lyrics are by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, and the book is by our guest, Jessie Nelson.

Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller plays Jenna, a pregnant waitress in an abusive marriage. She takes (and makes) comfort by baking inventive pies and pursuing a romance with an unlikely newcomer to her town.

Bookwriter, Jessie Nelson, is the screenwriter of Stepmom, and I am Sam. She wrote, directed, and produced Corinna Corinna starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta.

Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Rolling Stone called the show “hands down the best musical of the season.” Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.

The show is playing through Sunday at Proctors in Schenectady.

  The New York New Work Theatre Festival brings aspiring playwrights and Broadway producers together in a room with new plays and musicals in an combination elimination-by-audience vote competition and workshop.

One show in this year's festival is Hotel California: The Musical. A half-hour version of a full-lengthy musical that tells a new story using the timeless music of The Eagles. Our friend Jayne Atkinson directs and performs in the piece and it is written by Denise Lynn McQueen.

Hotel California: The Musical will be performed on Monday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at The Elektra Theatre at the Times Square Arts Center in New York, NY.

Shervin Lainez

  Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s new musical, Noir, is the final Martel Musical of New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater season. Sheik and Jarrow previously worked together on the musical Whisper House.

Noir tells the tale of a heartbroken man in LA who discovers and involves himself in a mystery unfolding just beyond his paper-thin walls.

Duncan Sheik joins us to talk about Noir; the Deaf West Theatre production of Spring Awakening (his Tony Award winning show penned with Steven Sater) coming to Broadway in the fall and about his musical version of American Psycho (with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa) which comes to Broadway early in 2016.

  At their childhood home after their mother’s funeral, Nate gets high and Jeremy focusses on work waiting for him in the city -- both brothers trying to send their minds anywhere but where they are.

This is the starting point of A Little More Alive - a Musical Theatre Lab production currently running on Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, MA through August 8th.

The musical, directed by Sheryl Kaller and featuring actors Van Hughes, Daniel Jenkins, Nicolette Robinson, Michael Tacconi, and Emily Walton, tells the story of dealing not only with the devastation of loss but the revelation that the person who has died had a secret. A secret that warps all of their memories of her and both monumental and mundane moment in their lives.

Nick Blaemire wrote the show - book, music, and lyrics. We speak with him here about the process.

Paul Fox / courtesy Williamstown Theatre Festival

  

In a haunting new musical created by writer Daniel Goldstein, Obie Award-winning composer Michael Friedman, and director Trip Cullman, Ellen Rabinowitz sets out to understand her past after she discovers an enigmatic photograph while cleaning out her deceased grandmother’s home in Troy, NY.

As she chases the truth about the soldier featured in the photo, Ellen is drawn into a tangle of historical facts and mysteries that lead her to surprising love stories and unexpected truths.

The world premier musical, Unknown Soldier, will run on The Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA July 30th through August 9th.

We are joined at The Linda by cast-members Lauren Worsham, Jessica Phillips, and Clara Young as well as composer and lyricist, Michael Friedman and Music Director, Marco Paguia.

  On the Twentieth Century is a luxurious madcap musical with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman - The Roundabout Theatre Company production of which is currently running at The American Airlines Theatre in New York City starring Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Mark Lin Baker, Michael McGrath, Mary Louise Wilson, and our guest, Andy Karl. The new Broadway cast recording was released this week on P.S. Classics.

  Doctor Zhivago, a Broadway musical based on the novel by Boris Pasternak will close on Sunday after 26 previews and 23 regular performances.

Before the closure was announced, we spoke with Tam Mutu who plays the title character. After starring on London stages, the handsome leading man was making his Broadway debut.

The tone of the interview is celebratory, light, and hopeful. We can’t imagine that’s how Mutu is feeling today - especially since he’s been aimed at Broadway before - cast in the in the infamously falsely financed production of Rebecca.

Still, we wanted to share some of the interview - which we hope you’ll agree is an interesting conversation with a very charming man.

  Jersey Boys, is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It tells the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!

Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – and many others.

The National Tour of the show is at Proctors in Schenectady tonight through Sunday as part of the Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors and we are joined by Hayden Milanes who plays Frankie Valli and Drew Seeley who plays Bob Gaudio.

  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.

    In its Broadway incarnation, Disney’s stage-musical of Newsies (adapted from the 1992 live-action Disney movie of the same name) was called a “stirring crowd-pleaser” by The New York Times and “an exhilarating jolt of youthful energy” by The Daily News. The show won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Choreography and ran in New York City for more than 1000 performances.

The National Tour of Newsies started last week at Proctor’s in Schenectady, NY and we are joined by two of the tour’s leads - Dan DeLuca who plays Jack “The Cowboy” Kelly and Stephanie Styles who plays Katherine Plumber.

    Love them or love to hate them, embrace the glitter (however scratchy it may be) or deny the lure of those toe-tapping tunes - movie musicals have a storied - and serenaded - place in American popular culture.

Richard Barrios worked in the music and film industries before turning to film history with his award-winning book, A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film. His encore to that book is the new book, Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter.

    The Mac-Haydn Theatre is celebrating their 46th season, producing a series of first-rate musicals each summer season. Their upcoming production is The Full Monty.

The show brings us to Buffalo, NY, where the steel mill has closed and the guys are out of work. They’ve hit rock bottom, until, encouraged by a show their wives are enjoying, they come up with a scheme to ‘bare it all’, and get back on their feet.

The Full Monty runs from August 21st through the 31st. Today we meet George Dvorsky and Monica Wemitt, who will be appearing as Harold and Vicki Nichols in the show.

  The final show on The Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer is a magical lo-fi musical storytelling feat created and co-directed by PigPen Theatre Co. - The Old Man and the Old Moon runs from August 6th to August 17th.

PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of music, film, and theatre as freshman at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008. They have produced their original plays Off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the country.

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.

    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.

    The hit musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda is currently running on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre. The show, which was first staged and is still running in London, features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Matilda is the story of an extraordinary young girl whose voracious reading habits help her to dream of a better life - as her current life is full of bullies and disregard for her well being - starting from the moment she’s born when her mother, Mrs. Wormwood played by Lesli Margherita, declares: "This the worst day of my life!"

Emmy Award-winning television and theater writer, Glen Berger, is the author of the new book Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of The Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History.

The book follows the troubled production of the Julie Taymor-directed and U2-orchestrated Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, which was plagued from the beginning by technical difficulties. Berger was the co-writer of the play, and is here to tell us about how he got the job, what went right and what went very, very wrong.

  Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Animal Crackers overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Animal Crackers brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.

The show is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.

    Chester Theatre Company will open its 24th season with the world premiere of Arms on Fire, a new play-with-music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, the creators of the Tony and Olivier Award winning, Spring Awakening.

The production will run from June 26th to July 7th at the Chester Town Hall in Chester, MA.

We are thrilled to be joined today at The Linda by the aforementioned Steven Sater along with Byam Stevens, Director of Arms on Fire and Artistic Director of Chester Theatre Company; Natalie Mendoza, who plays Josephina in the play; Musical Director and guitarist, Joe Belmont; and bassist, Rhees Williams.

    Futurity is an original indie-rock musical by The Lisps, a Brooklyn-based co-ed of 21st century theater-prone indie rockers. Within a theatrically-staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and The Lisps' own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor.

The Lisps bring Futurity to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Saturday, April 27th at 8pm.

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.

Carol Rosegg

  FELA! is the story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Grammy winner and former member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, is in town to perform in the run of the musical FELA! at Proctor’s in Schenectady tonight and for two shows tomorrow.

    In the grand tradition of the English Rock opera, a la Tommy, The Wall and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – there is a new rock opera for the 21st century: A Wall Street Odyssey.

Yossarian, (from Joseph Heller's seminal book, Catch 22) is reborn as a burned out stockbroker on a path of self-destruction, rebirth and transcendence. The show includes live music, costumes, narration and videos on a giant screen.

Songwriter Sean Bigler and wife Bonnie Lykes live in the Woodstock area of upstate NY formed Epigene in 2000 and are the creators of A Wall Street Odyssey. They bring their show to The Linda in Albany, NY on Saturday, February 23rd.

Lyricist, Lorenz Hart, together with composer Richard Rodgers, wrote some of the most memorable songs ever created. Gary Marmorstein’s new book, A Ship Without A Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart is a revelatory biography that includes many of the lyrics that define Hart’s legacy.

The Two Of Us Productions is an affiliate of Roving Actor's Repertory Ensemble. The company is based in Copake, NY and they produce full-scale musicals, drama & comedies, and murder mystery evenings. 

Their upcoming production of A Tale of Two Cities is the Northeast regional premiere of the musical adaptation of the work by Charles Dickens.

Kevin Sprague

The Black Suits is a musical with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and book by Iconis and Robert Emmett Maddock. The show is presented as part of Barrington Stage’s Musical Theatre Lab (William Finn, Artistic Producer). Directed by John Simpkins, with musical direction by James Sampliner, The Black Suits runs September 2 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, MA.

Myriam Santos

Stage superstar, Betty Buckley, will perform Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Sunday, August 19th.

Here we speak with her about that show, her memories of Marvin Hamlisch, and her upcoming performance with The Boston Pops at Tanglewood.

Cool things have been happening all Summer at the Weston Playhouse and they continue with the World Premiere (opening later this month) of the new musical, Pregnancy Pact. Inspired by the real-life story of a group of teenage girls who decided to become single mothers together, it is an entertaining and hard-hitting pop-rock musical about the realities of love, responsibility, and growing up in America.

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