Proctors/Capital Rep’s Big Reveal Bash Announces “Hamilton” & Lots More

February 13th, 2018, 9:00 am by Greg
 Lydia Kubida interviews The Grinch

Lydia Kubida interviews The Grinch

Story and photographs by Ed Conway

Most performance venues simply send out an email announcing the productions of their upcoming season of shows. But not Proctors. The folks at the Schenectady entertainment complex like to do things with a decidedly theatrical flair.

And so it was on Monday night when the theater held its big bash announcing the upcoming season of shows for Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre.

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The anticipation leading up to the next season was all about Hamilton, as that had actually been announced at last year’s bash, but one show does not a season make. Proctors CEO Philip Morris and Capital Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill arrived on stage in a car driven by Morris to spread the news.

Hosted by WTEN-TV’s John Gray and Lydia Kubida, the evening began with an interview of The Grinch in anticipation of the stage production of Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. As has become the norm, what followed was several songs from many of the upcoming shows by Broadway actors and actresses.

First up, Stephanie Rothenberg sang “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia, followed by Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash singing the title song from Ring Of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Kids of all ages whet their sweet tooth as Aaron Galligan-Stierle sang “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Emily Koch sang “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress. Robert Neary was up next with “One of the Great Ones” from A Bronx Tale, while Derek Davis delivered the most powerful song of the night with “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. Rounding out the night, Andrew Kober, as the Jack Black character Dewey stepped into the spotlight with “Mt. Rock” from School of Rock.

As always, Proctors created excitement for the upcoming shows, as the huge line formed at the box office to renew subscriptions for the upcoming year. The line-up of performers was stellar and went a long way in creating that excitement. Even though the current year hasn’t ended, I’m already looking forward to next year. All Proctors subscribers will choose one title from Capital Repertory Theatre and all subscribers will see Hamilton at Proctors.

PROCTORS’ 2018-2019 SEASON

ANASTASIA
October 9–14, 2018
From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime, this epic 2017 Broadway hit takes us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of 1920s’ Paris, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak and featuring a book by playwright Terrence McNally and a score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics).

A BRONX TALE
October 23–28, 2018
The Broadway hit takes you to the Bronx of the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks and bursting with original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, it’s a streetwise musical based on Chazz Palminteri’s story.

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL
December 5–9, 2018
Dr. Seuss’ tale comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

SCHOOL OF ROCK
February 5–10, 2019
Based on the hit film, this new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing rock band. In addition to all the original songs from the movie, this stage musical features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber… all played live onstage by the kids rock band.

ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
February 26–March 3, 2019
It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more in this everlasting showstopper.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
April 24–May 5, 2019
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical makes a triumphant return with a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler and new staging by director Laurence Connor. With a cast and orchestra of 52, Phantom is one of the largest productions now on tour.

THE BOOK OF MORMON
May 14–19, 2019
In its return to the Electric City, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

WAITRESS
June 11–16, 2019
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, this musical tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. It features original music and lyrics by pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, a book by screenwriter Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).

HAMILTON
August 13–25, 2019
Perhaps you’ve heard of it… The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War is the most acclaimed Broadway show in recent memory, featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography.

 Scott Moreau

Scott Moreau sings “Ring of Fire”

CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE’S 2018-19 SEASON

NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT 7
June 2–4, 2018
Taking place at both Capital Repertory Theatre and Proctors, NEXT ACT! New Play Summit invites theater-goers to slip behind the scenes to experience how play development happens, and hear readings of works from both seasoned playwrights and the Young Playwright Contest. Attendees have the ability to weigh in on what play will receive its world premiere during the 2019-2020 season.

RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH
July 6–August 12, 2018
The remarkable story of the Man in Black — created by Richard Maltby, Jr. and conceived by William Meade — is brought to life with 38 foot-stompin’, emotionally-packed country songs, including “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” all performed by a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians.

THE ROYALE
September 21–October 14, 2018
Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, this play bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s”Daredevil” and “Orange Is the New Black”) as Jay “The Sport” Jackson needs just one more win to become heavyweight champion of the world, but in the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America, his greatest opponent may not be in the ring.

MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
November 23–December 23, 2018
Spend the holiday season with your favorite “Pride and Prejudice” characters, as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. & Mrs. Darcy for this charmingly imagined holiday sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork. This entertaining, unstuffy play (by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon) will delight Austen aficionados and newcomers alike.

RED MAPLE (world premiere)
January 25–February 17, 2019
Written by veteran Greater Nippertown actor-writer David Bunce, this uproarious world premiere comedy, set in the suburbs of Albany, was the runaway hit of the most recent NEXT ACT! New Play Summit. Everyone wants to know, “What’s the matter with Robert?” Since becoming an empty-nester, the usually solid and dependable professor seems to be falling apart — just like the old red maple tree in the back yard. Dinner party cocktails and confessions build to a hilarious crescendo.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
April 5–May 12, 2019
Adapted from the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, the play follows young Will Shakespeare as he battles writer’s block, discovers his muse and falls head over heels in love – complete with sword fights, secret trysts, backstage disasters and a dog.

Stephanie Rothenberg

Stephanie Rothenberg

Emily Koch

Emily Koch

Derek Davis

Derek Davis

 Andrew Kober

Andrew Kober

 Aaron Galligan-Stierle

Aaron Galligan-Stierle

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