Posts Tagged ‘Proctors’

THEATER: “Pippin” @ Proctors, 5/26/15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Review by Greg Haymes

Montreal’s Cirque Eloize won’t be returning to Proctors this summer, so if you need a European circus fix, get thee to Proctors for “Pippin” this week, and enjoy the work of another Montreal-based circus ensemble, Les 7 Doigts de la Main.

Balancing feats, trapeze, juggling, silks, acrobatics, hoops, bouncing balls, knife throwing and a wide assortment of other circus and illusionist skills figure prominently in director Diane Paulus’ sparkling, energetic, Tony Award-winning re-boot of the 1972 Stephen Schwartz/Roger O. Hirson musical.

It’s a dazzling, big-top extravaganza, but it’s got meat on the bones. The plot revolves around the identity crisis of the title character – heir to the throne of King Charlemagne, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire – who is “searching for something important and meaningful to do” with his life. Yes, it’s a very ’60s-’70s existential theme, but Paulus and costume designer Dominque Lemieux have dressed it up magnificently for the 21st century.

The national touring company production has gone through a surprising number of cast changes since it was announced by Proctors more than a year ago (and hit the road in September), including the lead characters of Pippin (Sam Lips) and more recently the Leading Player (Lisa Karlin), as well as the role of Pippin’s grandmother Berthe (the 69-year-old Adrienne Barbeau in a single-song performance of “No Time at All,” in which she sang the final lyrics while suspended upside down, dangling from a trapeze above the stage).

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Ethan Russell

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Mick Jagger Onstage @ Altamont

Mick Jagger Onstage @ Altamont © Ethan Russell

By Don Wilcock

Rock photographer Ethan Russell is on a one-man crusade to prove that the ’60s were the first time in American history when the dream inspired our reality rather than the other way around. His photographs of John Lennon & Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and the Who are a peek behind the curtain into an intimate reality that gets lost in the revisionist history that Dion once told me has become “a cartoon.” Russell sees that cartoon as TV footage that has become embedded in our brains with the themes of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Russell’s “Best Seat in the House” show at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady on Saturday (March 28) promises to show 380 pictures of the most iconic rock stars of the 1960s complete with back stories. His photos offer a reality that exploded in a cultural shift away from the black and white box that was TV at the time into a colorful embrace that brought the pop musicians of the day closer to their fans and turned the rock stars away from being actors parroting other people’s songs into complicit compatriots in a modern revolution.

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Win FREE Tickets to Celebration of Rhythm at Proctors on Thursday

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Veena Chandra

Veena Chandra of North Indian Music

Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady is gearing up for its second annual Celebration of Rhythm Concert Series curated by Local 518 percussionist-around-town Brian Melick. The series kicks off at 7:30pm on Thursday (February 26) with a globe-hopping musical journey that stretches from India to Jamaica.

The internationally flavored homegrown musical talents slated to be showcased on Thursday are North Indian Music featuring the mother-son sitar-and-tabla duo of Veena and Devesh Chandra, as well as Robanic with the Caribbean Sound led by Aston “Robot” Ellis.

Tickets to the general admission concert are $15.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Wednesday (February 25), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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Robanic with the Caribbean Sound

Five Firsts: Andy Meixner of Z

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Andy Meixner

Andy Meixner

NAME: Andy Meixner
BAND AFFILIATION: Z
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASAround the World in a Day by Prince & the Revolution

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Bill Champlin, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Bill Champlin

Bill Champlin

“Actually, I think that the first record that I bought was when I was in grade school, probably second grade. It was a Little Richard record, and the guy stills sings great. He’s a piece of work. His personality is so flamboyant that a lot of people don’t get past that, but the guy can really, really sing.”

Singer-keyboardist Bill Champlin joins his son Will Champlin (from Season Five of NBC-TV’s “The Voice”) and fellow alum of the band Chicago, drummer Danny Seraphine, to lead California Transit Authority in concert at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Saturday (January 31). Tickets are $20-$50.

Five Firsts: Jeff Thacher of Rockapella

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Jeff Thacher

Jeff Thacher

NAME: Jeff Thacher
BAND AFFILIATION: Rockapella
INSTRUMENT: Vocal percussion, the in-band full-time version of beatboxing

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS… E.L.O.’s Time

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Depends on your perspective. With parents: The Osmonds (late ’70s). By myself: Howard Jones (ca. 1984)

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Signs o’ the City

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Signs of the City: Proctors in Schenectady

Photograph by Richard Lovrich

Proctors’ new marquee lights up downtown Schenectady, 9/15/14

THEATER: Cirque Eloize’s “iD” @ Proctors, 8/3/14

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes

Last year, the Montreal-based Cirque Eloize made their Proctors summer residency debut with “Cirkopolis,” a fusion of circus performance skills based around a somewhat bleak “Metropolis”-meets-”Brazil” theme, directed by Jeannot Painchaud.

This year they’re back with “iD” – also directed by Painchaud but with an entirely different troupe of performers – and it’s a decidedly more engaging, colorful, accessible and altogether thrilling display of circus skills based on a “West Side Story”-goes-hip-hop theme. And Sunday’s matinee performance was a real doozie.

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