Posts Tagged ‘Cohoes’

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

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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



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

Friday, May 16th, 2014


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]

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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]

Monday, May 13th, 2013


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

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
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…


Burns and Murray Review “Five Guys Named Moe” at Cohoes Music Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Review by Gail Burns and Larry Murray

Gail Burns: Looks like we pulled a theatrical double-header yesterday seeing two shows in one trip. And the first one, Five Guys Named Moe at the Cohoes Music Hall, was a musical I hadn’t seen before.

Larry Murray: The show is based on the pioneering music of Louis Jordan (1908-1975) who was known as The King of the Jukebox. While it doesn’t seem all that revolutionary today, it was the badass music of its day. It ruled its particular musical domain from the late 1930′s to the early 1950′s when rock and roll was supposedly “born.” Jordan could be considered a preemie of the genre, often topping what Billboard then called the “race” charts.

Gail: It is really sad that Louis Jordan’s recordings have fallen into semi-oblivion even after the success of this jukebox musical in London and New York in the early 1990′s. Part of the reason is undoubtedly racial. I recently enjoyed a fascinating biography of a contemporary of Jordan’s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) on PBS (Click Here for Program). Like Jordan, Tharpe is credited with helping to birth rock and roll and I had never heard of her. I am pretty sure I would have grown up playing their records if they had been white.

Larry: My feet are still tapping out the great melodies from the swinging 1930′s and feeding off all that tremendous energy of five, no wait, six guys on stage. The video embedded at the very top of this page showcases the original Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five as they belt out the original song that is now the title of the show.

The show begins with just one guy on stage, Nomax (Ariel Padilla), who is down and blue over a breakup with his girlfriend, Lorraine. The raucous Five Guys Named Moe reveal themselves early on as the dissolute Nomax tries to cope with the pain of his breakup. The title song allows the quintet to introduce themselves to the audience as Big Moe (Daniel Belnavis), Little Moe (Avionace), No Moe (Sheldon Henry), Four-Eyes Moe (Daryl Stewart) and Eat Moe (Marc-Sally Saint-Fleur). They then get to work lifting Nomax’s spirits.

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