Proctors & Capital Rep Announce New Season of Shows
Story by Ed Conway and Greg Haymes
Photographs by Ed Conway
On a night befitting the political season, Proctors’ CEO Philip Morris held a caucus announcing the 2016-17 Proctors Key Private Bank Broadway Series. But what’s a caucus without a dissenting opinion? Morris was joined on stage by Capital Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill who announced the Albany theater’s KeyBank Subscription Series.
On Monday evening (February 1), the debate between the two “opposing” candidates was moderated by WTEN-TV’s John Gray and Lydia Kulbida. In front of a by-invitation-only crowd, each side presented their case using both live performances of some selections from various shows as well as video highlights of each of their positions. Judging by those in attendance, the clear winners were the Greater Nippertown theatergoers, and the evening wrapped up with both candidates coming together for a major political rally.
While primary voters were caucusing in Iowa, the Local 518’s leaders in professional theater took the stage at Proctors, each delivering their vision of the area’s theatrical future for the upcoming year, and the big reveal included a diverse array of theatrical offerings, including classic Broadway musicals, a world premiere, a Tony Award-winning drama and musical biographies of pop music icons Janis Joplin and Carole King.
The biggest announcement of the night was An American in Paris – the four-time Tony Award-winning production, which will kick off Proctors’ 2016 fall season with technical rehearsals and a week of preview performances before touring the rest of the country. The Schenectady performances will mark the first time that the production will be seen outside of Paris and New York City.
Proctors’ Key Private Bank Broadway Series and Capital Repertory Theatre’s KeyBank Subscription Series go on sale at 10am today (Tuesday, February 2).
Here’s the calendar for upcoming productions at Proctors:
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
An American In Paris is the new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Acclaimed director-choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with the unforgettable music of George & Ira Gershwin in the four-time Tony Award-winning production that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 Broadway season.
DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
Featuring pop music, passion, yearning and plenty of dancing, Dirty Dancing–The Classic Story On Stage is the theatrical adaptation of the smash hit film that tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards – including Best Play – has been hailed as “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times. Directed by Marianne Elliott and adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, the play follows 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain but is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, and his attempt to identify the true culprit sends him on a life-changing journey.
January 10-15, 2017
Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical. The New York Post called it “Broadway’s big, fat hit!”
March 1-12, 2017
The Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
April 4-9, 2017
The hills are alive in this brand new production of The Sound Of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
April 12–16, 2017
It’s the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, including such songs as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”
May 9-14, 2017
As part of its 50th anniversary season, the award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (“Skyfall,” “American Beauty”) and Rob Marshall’s (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”) Tony Award-winning production of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical.
And here’s the schedule of upcoming productions for the 2016-2017 season at Capital Repertory Theatre:
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
July 8–August 7
A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating the iconic blues-rock singer and her biggest musical influences — trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. Including such hit songs as “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”
September 23–October 16
This charming play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright John Patrick Shanley whisks you away on a delightful journey to the farmlands of Ireland as it tells the tale of an unlikely romance between two rural, middle-aged neighbors – Anthony, an introverted farmer, and Rosemary, the woman who vows to have him.
November 25–December 24
Experience the “shining moment” that is one of America’s most beloved musicals; the lusty, legendary, romantic tale of King Arthur created for you in a fresh, new, intimate staging. Featuring such classic Lerner & Lowe songs as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” “How to Handle a Woman” and, of course, “Camelot.”
January 27–February 19, 2017
A world premiere! The hilarious story of Sol, a 70-something widower who’s ready to love again, and David, the still-single son he enlists to help a tech-challenged dad find true love via computer dating. Based on the memoir by The New York Times “Styles” columnist Bob Morris.
March 10–April 2, 2017
This Obie-Award winning adaptation of Homer’s epic poem explodes across the stage, spinning the familiar tale of the Trojan War through the eyes of an original and immediate narrator – portrayed by Timothy Deenihan, seen at Capital Rep in Venus in Fur and The Seafarer — whose knowledge cuts across time.