Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Flashdance: The Musical"

SCHENECTADY – The film “Flashdance” was a surprise hit in 1983.   It wasn’t a musical but the music and dance in the show about a female steel-worker who moonlights as a dancer in nightclubs and dreams of being a ballet dancer won over audiences.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed May 7, 2014

"The God Game" At CapRep


  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.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue May 6, 2014

"All My Sons" At Albany Civic Theatre


  The Albany Civic Theatre in Albany, NY is currently presenting Arthur Miller’s classic, All My Sons.

During the war Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money.

The play explores morality in times of war – and what happens in a family and a community when a war ends.

Aaron Holbritter directs All My Sons for Albany Civic, and Angela Buesing Potrikus plays Kate Keller and Ian LaChance plays her son, Chris Keller.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Tom Wopat At The Van Dyck Lounge


  Tom Wopat, star of stage, screen and TV will perform at the Van Dyck in Schenectady tonight for two shows in support of his latest album, I’ve Got Your Number. The album pays homage to the big band 'Mad Men' era, with Wopat performing classics from the Great American Songbook and contemporary songs from artists such as Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor--transforming them into jazz-tinged renditions.

Probably best known for his starring role in the '80s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard​, Wopat has been getting raves on Broadway with such shows as Annie Get Your Gun and Catered Affair - he received Tony Award nominations for both - as well as Chicago, Forty-Second St., Sondheim on Sondheim, and most recently The Trip To Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Broadway @ The Woodstock Playhouse With Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky


  This Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm - Two-time Tony Award winning Broadway superstar, Patti LuPone, will perform in concert at a gala event for The Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, NY.

The concert is part of the fantastically popular Broadway @ series, produced by Mark Cortale [long e] and hosted by Seth Rudetsky.

  Seth is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows and he was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts. He currently writes a weekly column on and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show “Deconstructing Broadway” - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of his varied Broadway, Off-Broadway, and television career.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Schenectady Civic Players Present "Room Service"


  A nimble-witted producer, living on credit in a Broadway hotel, is desperately in need of a big hit. By chance and good luck, he finds a playwright with a good play and a backer with $15,000. In the course of a few short days, he must deal with an odd assortment of actors, the hotel manager, the playwright and the angel with the money.

This is the plot of Room Service – a play by Allen Boretz and John Murray being presented by the Schenectady Civic Players May 2nd-4th and 7th-11th.

Here to tell us all about it are Chris Foster, the director of Room Service, and two actors - Patrick White who plays Gordon Miller and Amy Lane who plays Christine Marlow.

Arts & Culture
10:50 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Metroland 4/3/14

          Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Joshua Henry In Roundabout Theatre Company's "Violet"

Joshua Henry (Flick) and Colin Donnell (Monty) in rehearsal.
Credit Jenny Anderson / Roundabout Theatre Company


  Violet, begins previews at The American Airlines in New York City tonight. The Roundabout Theatre Company production marks the Broadway debut of the musical, following the acclaimed concert performance at City Center Encores! Off-Center last year. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1997, Violet features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley.

The Roundabout production is directed by Leigh Silverman and stars two-time Tony Award winner, Sutton Foster in the title role. The stellar cast of Broadway regulars also contains Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani, and Joshua Henry.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Motherhood Out Loud


  Motherhood Out Loud is a culturally and gender diverse series of monologues on the subject of Motherhood, written by a host of celebrated writers.

Motherhood Out Loud traverses the experience of motherhood in all its wonderful glory from inception, birth, sexuality, growing up and letting go to the inevitable role reversal that occurs as we find ourselves parenting our parents. The show will have its Berkshire Premiere on Friday and two performances on Saturday at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge as part of the Berkshire Women's Writers Festival.

To tell us more – Actors Jayne Atkinson and Jane Kaczmarek (probably best known as the star of TV’s Malcolm in the Middle.) And Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, Kristen Van Ginhoven also is here as WAM is co-presenting the production.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Mary Callanan Sings Out In Gypsy At CapRep Through 4/13

    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.