Proctors Announces 2017-2018 Season of Shows

February 7th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg
Moeisha McGill

Moeisha McGill

Story and photographs by Ed Conway

The theme for the 2017-2018 Key Bank Broadway Series at Proctors in Schenectady and the Subscription Series at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany is “It’s all yours.”

The big reveal/surprise party/announcement bash, which took place on Monday evening (February 6) at Proctors, was hosted by Proctors CEO Phillip Morris, TheREP’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, as well as, WTEN-TV news anchors John Gray and Lydia Kulbida.

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Rather than simply announcing all of the shows to the packed house of special guests (made up of past subscribers and news outlets), the presents were unwrapped one by one, with video snippets revealing insights into each show as it was announced. Proctors pulled out all the stops by also bringing in top talent to sing songs from selected shows, or, as in the case of “On Your Feet!” (the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan), youths from Schenectady High School’s Dance Connections Team performing to the music of the Miami Sound Machine, both on stage and then up the aisle as the intermission began.

Moeisha McGill led off the evening with a selection from “The Color Purple,” the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival which opens the series from October 7-14. Nicole Van Giesen followed with “Telephone Wire” from “Fun Home” (at Proctors October 31-November 5), another Tony Award winner, based on the graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel.

Kara Mikula delivered one of the more rousing renditions of the evening, performing ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” from “Mamma Mia,” which will be at theREP from July 7-August 13. From “Finding Neverland” – at Proctors December 5-10 – Nick Cartell and Eli Tokash sang the inspiring duet “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground.” From “She Loves Me” (at theREP, from November 24-December 24), Michael McCorry Rose delivered an animated and hilarious version of the title song.

From “Les Miserables” (which is not part of the subscription, although subscribers will have exclusive priority to purchase tickets for the Proctors run which takes place from February 20-25, 2018), Will Ray sang the stirring “Bring Him Home.” And for the final performance of the evening, Amy Decker sang a song from the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, “The King and I,” the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival.

And there was one more surprise, and it was a BIG one. Subscribers to the new season of shows will have priority for tickets to the game-changing blockbuster “Hamilton,” which will be making its way to Proctors for the 2018-2019 season.

All in all it was a blockbuster of an evening, straight out of the Great White Way as the audience cheered each revelation enthusiastically. And judging by the length of the line at the box office afterwards – which extended back into the arcade and nearly to the outer doors – the season will be another successful one for both theaters.

Here’s the schedule for Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre:

THE 2017-2018 SEASON @ PROCTORS

“THE COLOR PURPLE”
October 7-14
2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival

“FUN HOME”
October 31-November 5
2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical

“FINDING NEVERLAND”
December 5-10

“THE BODYGUARD”
January 30–February 4
Deborah Cox stars in the stage musical based on the 1992 Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film.

“LES MISERABLES”
February 20–25, 2018
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon

“THE HUMANS”
March 6-11
Stephen Karam’s 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play

“THE KING AND I”
May 1–6
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival

“ON YOUR FEET!”
May 29-June 3
The story of the Miami Sound Machine’s Emilio and Gloria Estefan

THE 2017-2018 SEASON @ theREP

“MAMMA MIA”
July 7-August 13
From “S.O.S.” to “Super Trouper” to “Dancing Queen,” the music of ABBA fuels the effervescent jukebox musical.

“SEX WITH STRANGERS”
September 22–October 15
Twenty-something blogger meets forty-ish novelist in Laura Eason’s comedy.

NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT 6
October 20–23

“SHE LOVES ME”
November 24–December 24
Music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick fuels the tale of lonely-hearts pen pals.

“PARIS TIME”
January 26–February 18
The world premiere of Steven Peterson’s gripping drama that looks behind the headlines at anti-Semitism in France

“BLITHE SPIRIT”
April 6–April 29
Noel Coward’s witty comedy classic

Will Ray

Will Ray

Nicole Van Giesen

Nicole Van Giesen

Michael RmCorry Rose

Michael McCorry Rose

Eli Tokash and Nick Cartell

Eli Tokash and Nick Cartell

Amy Decker

Amy Decker

Dance Team

Dance Connections Team