musical theater

Shervin Lainez

  Duncan Sheik will be performing in our region on April 10th at 7pm at the Drury Performing Arts Center at Drury High School in North Adams, MA. The concert was scheduled by students in the Performing Arts Management class at the school.

After breaking through in the late '90s with his Top 20 single "Barely Breathing", Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer/songwriter rituals. His focus was on albums that broke with pop music conventions and, additionally, theatrical musicals like Spring Awakening, the Broadway sensation that won him 2 Tony awards and a Grammy.

  Chicago: The Musical will paint the town - and all that jazz - at The Palace in Albany, NY this Friday and Saturday for three performances.

With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago is a powerhouse American musical created in a faux vaudeville style that tells the prohibition-era celebrity-criminal story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly - two "might"-be murderesses trying to beat their charges with guts, gusto, and iconic Fosse choreography.

Jacob Keith Watson plays Amos Hart, Roxie’s quietly suffering spouse who is -by all accounts- making his "Mr. Cellophane" impossible to overlook.

JOAN MARCUS

  The classic American musical, Annie, is at Proctors in Schenectady this week in a touring production which chooses to eschew recent adaptations and modifications to spin back to the pure fun of the original Broadway production.

Opening last night, the new tour is staged by Annie’s original lyricist-director Martin Charnin. Featuring book and score by Charnin and Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, and Charles Strouse. Annie includes - as if we needed to tell you - such unforgettable songs as "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," and "Tomorrow."

And what would Annie’s story be without her ultimately-adoptive father - Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks? In this touring company, Daddy Warbucks is played by Gilgamesh Taggett.

  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.

      Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally celebrated Young People’s Concerts, which introduced an entire generation to the joy of classical music.

In Leonard Bernstein, a new biography by Allen Shawn, the breadth of Bernstein’s musical composition is explored, through the spectacular range of music he composed—from West Side Story to Kaddish to A Quiet Place and beyond—and through his intensely public role as an internationally celebrated conductor.

Merri Cyr

    Erin McKeown is a Musician, Writer, and Producer based in Western Massachusetts.With 9 full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she’s a local, national, and international artist and activist and she joins us to talk about her Summer, songwriting, and music distribution. 

    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.

    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.

    On August 6th The Philadelphia Orchestra will kick off their three week summer season at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center with The Great American Songbook.

Bramwell Tovey conducts an evening of music from the Gershwins, Bernstein, and Copland with vocal selections sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell.

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.

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