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  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.

Peggy Seeger

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.

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.

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. 

In June of 1997, the first of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books was published in the UK. The scarred and bespectacled boy wizard’s popularity is virtually immeasurable and his adventures fill the pages of 7 total books - which have been the basis for 8 feature length films. As with anything – if there is anything – as popular as Harry Potter, the creativity doesn’t stop there – or even with officially sanctioned theme parks. Fans of the world Rowling created continue to retell and re-imagine the stories through fan-fiction, music, and theater.

In Potted Potter, two actors, Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner, comically and energetically deliver Harry Potter’s story on stage in 70 minutes. 7 books in 70 minutes. In their production – which was nominated for an Olivier award in London and has toured globally – Jeff Turner plays Harry, and Daniel Clarkson plays everyone else.

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  The Northeast Ballet Company, under the direction of Darlene Myers, has been serving the Capital District since 1990 and has had the honor of being the resident company of Proctors Theater since 1991.

Wicked at Proctors

Nov 15, 2012

In October of 2003, a green phenom named Elphaba took the stage at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City and she’s been defying gravity there ever since.

The multi-award winning musical - based on the Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West- has music and lyrics by the great Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. The National Tour of Wicked is a Proctors in Schenectady, NY through November 25th and we are joined now by two actors from the company.

Shirley MacLaine

Mar 21, 2012

Shirley MacLaine will be at Proctors on Friday, March 23. Here, Joe Donahue speaks with her about a little bit of everything.

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