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  The magic show The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible will be at Proctors from February 17-22. Hailing from Broadway, this fascinating performance exhibits the talents of seven illusionists: The Anti-Conjuror, The Warrior, The Futurist, The Inventor, The Trickster, The Escapologist, and The Manipulator. From mind-reading to levitation, over the course of the show, audience members of all ages will witness a jaw-dropping spectacle of magical feats.

We are joined today by “The Inventor” – Kevin James.

He is known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.

 SCHENECTADY – For those of you who are like me and tend to dismiss musicals in favor of dramas, the musical “Jersey Boys” playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday is for you.

  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.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Elf" At Proctors

Dec 26, 2014

SCHENECTADY – For those who want to extend Christmas I recommend a trip to the production of “Elf the Musical”, which is playing at Proctors Theatre through Sunday.  It’s hard to imagine another musical that celebrates the holiday spirit more effectively than does this adaptation of the film that starred Will Ferrell.

  This coming Saturday, Nov 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the GE Theater at Proctor's there will be a musical and artistic celebration of Nelson Mandela and what was learned from him. There will be several live performances from South African musicians and performers.

Here to tell us more are Marie Bosman, event organizer, and Michael Burns from Mopco - the theater improve company from Schenectady, who will do an interactive event with the audience about what they have learned from Mandela.

    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.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Newsies" At Proctors

Oct 14, 2014

SCHENCTADY -  “Newsies” is starting its first national tour at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady and it appears the Disney company has another cash cow on its hands.  This is a musical that should please almost everyone and fill the house at every show before its final performance on Friday night. And, it’s likely to do the same on the road.

“A Couple of Blaguards” can be termed an Irish reminiscence.   The work that continues at the small G.E. Theatre at Proctors through Sunday concerns two brothers who tell about their upbringing during the 1930s in Limerick, Ireland and their eventual assimilation into American culture as émigrés in the 1950s.

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For 20 years now, Cirque Éloize has been taking the public and critics by storm in more than 440 cities around the world. 

In iD, this astonishing modern circus will transport audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape as the stage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers and contortionists, who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping projections, building to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video tramp-o-wall.

The company was at Proctors last weekend and will perform again this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We are joined by Forty Nguyen and Maria Moneva.

  

  For 20 years now, Cirque Éloize has been taking the public and critics by storm in more than 440 cities around the world. This August, Cirque Éloize’s dazzling and energetic iD comes to the Capital Region for the very first time.

This astonishing modern circus will transport audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape as the stage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers and contortionists, who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping projections, building to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video tramp-o-wall.

We are joined by two Cirque Éloize performers, Justine Méthé-Crozat and Jérémy St. Jean.

    

  In February 2006, Proctors hosted a month-long visit of The Phantom of the Opera.

That historic run was made possible by a $42 million construction project that included a massive expansion of the stagehouse at Proctors, allowing the venue to host the very biggest touring shows. In addition, specific adaptations, inventions and rigging points created for the original Phantom are used by many of the other touring shows that reach Proctors each season.

Just before the expansion, Proctors was a single theatre, hosting approximately 60 to 70 performances a year. By 2009, it was offering over 600 events a year in three theatres and drawing over 500,000 people to downtown Schenectady. Now, Proctors is also the only theatre in the country to have its own district energy plant, Marquee Power, which helps to heat and cool much of the surrounding area.

The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Proctors Mainstage May 28 thru June 8 and Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors, joins us now to tell us more about what helps HIM make the music of the night at Proctors and in Schenectady.

    

  Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage!

With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance: The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer.

David R. Gordon and Ginna Claire Mason play Jimmy and Gloria in Flashdance: The Musical – which is running at Proctors in Schenectady this week.

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Mar 18, 2014

    The Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon's Rock with many local partners, celebrated across Berkshire County in the month of March - Women's History Month.

This year, the festival features more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings held at 36 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown. All 58 festival events are open to the public and most are free.

  1992 film, Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg combined comedy, a convent, and a church choir in a winning swirl that demanded a stage adaptation.

  Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Who’s Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of improvisational comedy at Proctor’s in Schenectady on February 8th.

Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes … just like a live version of ‘Whose Line’!

Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Their high-profile presentations have played to sold-out venues all over the country.

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A Saratoga County organization that uses horses to assist veterans suffering from psychological wounds has received a donation from Proctor’s Theatre from ticket proceeds.

Saratoga WarHorse, a Wilton-based nonprofit received, an $8,900 donation from Proctor’s.

The money is a portion of the ticket sales to the play War Horse, which premiered on the Schenectady stage January 15th.

    The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse gallops onto the mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY tonight at 7:30.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse is a moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry.

As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.

  From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You, is coming to Proctors in Schenectady, NY this weekend - running on the mainstage November 29th through December 1.

The show is a bona-fide hit and has been running for 11 years in London. This is the first North American Tour of the sci-fi musical-theater extravaganza which by all accounts honors the iconic music that frames it - the music of Queen.

Ryan Knowles plays Buddy (as in “Buddy you're a boy make a big noise playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day”). Ryan’s other credits include off-broadway productions of NEWSical: The Musical, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Caligula Maximus, Fools in Love, and National Tours of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and OZ: The Musical.

    Winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hello, Dolly! is an enduring Broadway classic and it will be at Proctors in Schenectady, NY tonight.

Sally Struthers will perform the dominating and endearing role of Dolly Gallagher Levi. Struthers won two Emmy awards for her role as Gloria on the 1970s CBS sit-com, All in the Family and has since played numerous roles on television and on the stage - performing in musicals each summer for the past several years at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine.

Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. The show opened on Broadway on January 16, 1964.

Matthew Bourne, the world’s most successful dance choreographer, and his company New Adventures, are bringing their spectacular and lavish UK production of Sleeping Beauty to a mere seven US cities -- and one of them is Schenectady – where the show will run at Proctors through the 20th of this month.

With Sleeping Beauty, Bourne returns to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and continued in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. In this Sleeping Beauty, the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, across the decades, that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.

We are joined by dancers, Hannah Vassalo and Christopher Marney. Hannah dances the role of Princess Aurora, and Christopher is the associate choreographer and dances the role of Count Lilac.

    GHOST The Musical has begun its first National Broadway Tour at Proctors in Schenectady. It opened this past weekend and runs through this Friday, September 20th.

Adapted from the hit 1990 film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, G The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic named Ida Mae, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

We are joined by Robby Haltiwanger, the actor portraying Carl in the touring company of GHOST.

    GHOST The Musical kicks off its National Tour on the mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on Saturday, September 14th. The musical features an original pop score from multiple Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

Bruce Joel Rubin joins us to talk about his film and his work adapting it for the stage.

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It is hard to think of any musical with a better score than “Anything Goes.” It’s just as difficult to think of a cast who might perform those numbers better than those in the national tour playing at Proctors through Sunday.

This revival, which originated at Roundabout Theatre in New York City, is a happy musical that entertains and delights with great Cole Porter masterpieces. It opens with “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and follows with classics like “Easy to Love,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely” and “All Through the Night.”

    The Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, opened last night at Proctors in Schenctady and runs through Sunday.

One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy comes here following a triumphant run on Broadway where The New York Times called it “Musical-comedy joe" and USA Today hailed it as "Glorious and exhuberant!"

In addition to the title song, the show includes the Porter classics “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “Easy To Love” and more!

Fred Applegate plays Moonface Martin in the show and joins us this morning. Fred has starred in London and on Broadway as Max Bialystock in The Producers. His Broadway credits include Sister Act, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein, and The Sound of Music.

    Peter Seeger will perform with his sister, Peggy, this Sunday afternoon at The 8th Step at Proctors in Schenectady, NY.

    As part of a Holocaust Remembrance Grant awarded to Union College Hillel to examine the Jewish resistance during the war, they are sponsoring Shira Ginsburg’s one-woman show, Bubby’s Kitchen, on Sunday April 28 at 1 p.m. in the GE Theatre at Proctors.

     Mrs. Honey B. is a no-nonsense disciplinarian with staunch traditional values, and a modern day life coach. In Ask Mrs. Honey B. she talks with her audience about issues like relationships, parenting, in-laws, sexting and dealing with adult children who boomerang back home.

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  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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Charlie Ross, whose One Man Star Wars show stops at Proctors in Schenectady for five performances beginning January 25.

    On Tuesday December 4, 1956 at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee - a few guys you may have heard of - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash – had an impromptu jam session.

Million Dollar Quartet is the musical - written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott - that brings you inside the recording studio with those four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. 

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