C-R Productions Says Goodbye to Cohoes Music Hall with Two Gala Shows This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

April 22nd, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara
Tony Rivera (l) and Jim Charles (r) at Cohoes Music Hall

Tony Rivera (l) and Jim Charles (r) at Cohoes Music Hall

After a dozen years of staging musicals at the Cohoes Music Hall, C-R Productions is closing the curtain on its main-stage shows to focus on its performing arts school and youth performances. Marking the end of one era and the beginning of another are two concerts to say goodbye on Saturday and Sunday (April 25 & 26).

The company has fallen on hard times in recent years and has found it impossible to financially maintain main stage shows at the venue in Cohoes. The gala benefit shows will also serve as the springboard for continuing its C-R Kids programs.

The company produced many memorable shows during its dozen years of operation, at one point even taking its production of the The Producers to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. But during recent years the quality of its productions and size of its audiences sagged and subscribers dwindled to just some 300. Many of them were older and not as receptive to new work as musical theatre has evolved. That is not enough to sustain a company that hires professional talent and has always tried to keep up with the evolving art form. Their operation also suffered from inadequate PR, often opening shows without detailed press releases or photos in sufficient time to generate advance stories that might have helped sell more tickets. Physical problems with the theatre itself – a leftover from the Victorian era – also drained valuable resources.

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LIVE: Sean Rowe @ Cohoes Canal Square, 8/1/14

September 2nd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Sean Rowe

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Singer-songwriter and Troy native Sean Rowe has been playing a lot of house concerts lately, but he stepped out on a real stage – the Ernie Williams Stage at Cohoes’ Canal Square – last month for a knock-out free Friday evening show that offered a sneak peek at some of the tunes from his upcoming third album, Madman, due out next Tuesday (September 9). You don’t have to wait til then to hear the album, though. It’s currently streaming at NPR’s First Listen

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“Little Shop of Horrors” Closed in Cohoes – Future Fade Out? [Berkshire on Stage]

May 16th, 2014, 10:00 am by Sara


For Jim Charles and Tony Rivera, it’s been one thing after another with their new production of the musical Little Shop of Horrors at the lovely old Cohoes Music Hall.

Last weekend performances were cancelled because of illness in the cast.

On Thursday afternoon the City of Cohoes shut the whole operation down, posting warning notices on the front door of the theater and offices.

According to the mayor, the building has dangerous wiring.

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2013-14 Marks the 11th Season of Musicals at Cohoes (NY) Music Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

September 24th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Sara

Cohoes Music Hall 11th Season

The 11th Season at the historic Cohoes Music Hall begins with a major production of Les Miserables on September 26 and finishes with Little Shop of Horrors which gives its last performance on May 18, 2014. Between these two popular productions are six other shows, two on the mainstage – including Forever Plaid’s Plaid Tidings and the oddly named but delightful spoof of all things musical, Urinetown.

In between these mainstage shows are those of C-R Kids which feature students from around the Capital Region. They perform Annie, Aida, Little Mermaid, Jr. and the challenging Sweeney Todd, School Edition.

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LIVE: The Parlor @ the Foundry for Arts Design + Culture, 7/2/13

July 24th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Video by Timothy Reidy

Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans led the Parlor in concert at the Foundry for Arts Design + Culture in Cohoes on Tuesday evening, July 2…

Review: “My One and Only” Is a Crazy Big, Tap-Happy, Musical in Cohoes, NY [Berkshire on Stage]

June 12th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara

Nicky Romaniello (l) as Captain Billy Buck Chandler and Erin West (r) as Edythe Herbert in My One and Only at Cohoes Music Hall. Photos by Marilyn Rose

Nicky Romaniello (l) as Captain Billy Buck Chandler and Erin West (r) as Edythe Herbert in My One and Only at Cohoes Music Hall. Photos by Marilyn Rose

Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

GAIL BURNS: Well, Larry, My One and Only (MOAO) is one big, tap-happy treat at Cohoes. I had a bundle of fun!

LARRY MURRAY: There is both so much fun, and a sort of righteousness that goes with being able to make so much noise with your feet! What did you think when you first saw MOAO on the Cohoes schedule? Did the old theatre buff in you say: ”hooray and about time”?

GAIL: I was excited to have another chance to see this “all-new” Gershwin musical, which I’d seen on Broadway in 1983, with Tommy Tune and Twiggy in the leads. And I was surprised to realize it had taken me 30 years to have a second chance at it. I had very happy memories of my first encounter.

LARRY: Well so do I, Gail, I saw it in its pre-Broadway run in Boston and enjoyed it very much, but we saw very different shows.

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Review: Burns and Murray on Nunsenations! at Cohoes, NY Music Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

May 13th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara


Larry Murray: Between the two of us we have these nuns covered – I’ve lived to tell about eight years at Holy Redeemer School with its sadistic Dominican nuns, and you have seen just about every sequel to Nunsense that has come along. Is that about right or am I having to go to confession and admit I have committed two exaggerations…

Gail M. Burns: I can’t vouch for your tales of Holy Redeemer, but I do know that I have seen barely half of the currently existing shows in the Nunsense fanchise – the original Nunsense, Nuncrackers, Meshuggah-Nuns, and now Nunsensations. There are three more – Nunsense II: The Second Coming, Nunsense III: Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Jamboree, and the new Nunset Boulevard – plus a couple of spin-offs – Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class and Nunsense A-Men (a drag version!)

Larry: And that’s before even mentioning the filmed episodes with Whoopi Goldberg and others having fun with the idea. But down to business. We are talking about Nunsensations in Cohoes, ably directed and choreographed by Tony Rivera, the third Nunsense production they’ve pulled off at the Cohoes Music Hall if I am not mistaken.

Gail: It is. C-R Productions mounted Meshuggah-Nuns in 2005 [Read Review] and Nuncrackers in 2008 [Read Review]. The former featured Katherine Pecevich as Mother Superior, Sister Mary Regina, and the latter Cynthia Thomas as Sister Mary Hubert, Mistress of Novices, both of whom are reprising those roles here.

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LIVE: M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, 4/20/13

May 8th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Caroline Cotter and M.R. Poulopoulos

Caroline Cotter and M.R. Poulopoulos

Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

M.R. Poulopoulos and Caroline Cotter shared the stage at the More Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes last month…

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