By Greg Haymes
Although Proctors in Schenectady made their big Broadway musical announcements back in March, now they’ve announced the bulk of their 2012-2013 season, and while a few cool concerts are on the slate – most notably the premier Japanese drum ensemble Kodo and Afro-Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval – what’s most intriguing about the line-up are the new short-run musicals – “American Idiot”, “Fela!” and a late-breaking week-long stand of “Peter Pan.”
“American Idiot” – based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning 2004 concept album – will run for only three weekdays (8pm Tuesday-Thursday, February 5-7), while “Fela” – the celebratory tale of Nigerian music master Fela Kuti, directed by Bill T. Jones – will grace the Electric City stage for just two days (8pm on Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9, with a 2pm matinee on March 9). Meanwhile, the seemingly ageless Cathy Rigby returns as the Boy Who Won’t Grow Up in a run of Peter Pan that extends from Tuesday-Sunday, April 9-14.
On the concert front, pickings are slim so far. But they usually are for the initial round of announcements. Most likely others will be added in throughout the year.
Here are the concerts were announced today:
Tuesday, September 18: Celtic Thunder
Thursday, October 25: Under the Streetlamp
Monday, December 10: Mannheim Steamroller/Chip Davis
Friday, March 15: The Irish Tenors
Friday, March 29: Kodo
Friday, April 5: Arturo Sandoval
Friday, April 12: Gospel Jubilee
Saturday, April 20: Voca People
Saturday, April 27: Jim Brickman
Friday, May 10: Tom Chapin & Friends
Following his sold-out multi-media presentation “Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album” back in February, the Fab Four expert Scott Freiman returns with “Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt Pepper” on Friday, November 9.
And to kick things off this summer, the always entertaining Blue Man Group will be returning for a two-day stand, July 21 & 22.
Here’s Proctors’ complete schedule…