SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—MARCH 4, 2019—In the midst of smash seasons for both venues, Monday evening Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre revealed the 2019–2020 Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors and the 2019–2020 Season at Capital Repertory Theatre.
Disney’s Frozen and the critically acclaimed The SpongeBob Musical will both tech in Schenectady, launching national tours from State Street. In Albany, theREP is looking to inaugurate its new space, only blocks from its present location, with Sister Act in July 2020.
Tony and Grammy-winning pop culture phenomenon Dear Evan Hansen headlines the season offerings and is joined by the most recent Tony® winner for Best Musical, The Band’s Visit. Dates were also announced for Fiddler on the Roof; SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical; and Hello, Dolly! at Proctors and Lobby Hero; It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theater; Your Best One; and The Irish and How They Got That Way at theREP, with performers representing many of the shows.
Proctors Collaborative CEO Philip Morris said the twin seasons represent “more entertainment, more options and more flexibility.”
“It’s really incredible what we can offer to the Broadway fan right here in Schenectady. Frozen, for example, has only announced a handful of major, major cities so far, yet they are building the show at Proctors. You’ll have the very first chance to experience the show outside of New York with us! And Dear Evan Hansen is a true blockbuster, playing to sold out audiences on Broadway and across the country.”
Proctors subscribers will see seven Key Private Bank Broadway Series shows in 2019–2020, along with a title of their choice at theREP. Capital Repertory Theatre subscribers will see five shows in Albany and make a cross-venue choice from a KPB or Proctors exclusive title.
All subscribers have exclusive priority access to additional titles, including The Play That Goes Wrong and CATS! at Proctors and The Full Monty at theREP, before they are available to the general public. And all subscribers are now given the opportunity for automatic renewal.
Traditionally, theREP enchants with a summer musical. While that space in the 2019 calendar will still be occupied by such—five-weeks of The Full Monty, in fact—the show will, as noted, be a subscriber exclusive.
Beginning with the 2019–2020 Season, Capital Repertory Theatre will open its annual slate in September. The change will make it simpler for subscribers, particularly Theatre Lovers, who attend all shows at both houses.
“We’re so excited that Sister Act will hopefully open our new space in July 2020,” said theREP’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. “It’s the perfect, fun show for a new beginning. We can’t wait to share our work with new neighbors, longtime supporters and the next generation of fans of professional theatre.”
Hosted for the fourth consecutive year by NEWS 10 Albany/NEWS10 ABC/FOX 23 anchors John Gray and Lydia Kulbida, the annual Bash—sponsored by Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw LLC—played to a ‘sold out’ house of invited subscribers, members, group leaders, sponsors and supporters.
At the event, Fran O’Rourke, market leader, Capital Region, Key Private Bank, announced that, as winner of the 2019 Proctors Disney’s Frozen Getaway Sweepstakes, presented by KeyBank, one lucky entrant and a guest will win round-trip transportation to New York City, a two-night hotel stay, a Key Possibilities® MasterCard® gift card with a value of $250, and two tickets to a performance of Frozen at the St. James Theatre on an agreed upon date. For contest rules and information, visit proctors.org.
“Year after year, the Key Private Bank Broadway Series brings world-class entertainment experiences to the Capital Region,” said O’Rourke. “We’re proud to be a part of this long-standing tradition, and we’re especially proud to follow up on the success of last year’s Hamilton Flyaway Sweepstakes with the 2019 Frozen Getaway!”
Subscriptions for the 2019–2020 Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors and the 2019–2020 Season at Capital Repertory Theatre go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; and by phone at 518.346.6204.
2019–2020 Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors
All Proctors subscribers will choose one title from Capital Repertory Theatre.
The SpongeBob Musical
Sept. 22–28, 2019
A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, “Brilliant!” Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in The SpongeBob Musical, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.
Nov. 10–24, 2019
Frozen is the timeless tale of a family pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one sister struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other embarks on an epic journey to bring her family together once and for all. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.
The Band’s Visit
Dec. 31, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020
Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. And now it’s also a Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theater Album. Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at The Band’s Visit—now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and, ultimately, brings us together.
In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.
The Band’s Visit features music and lyrics by Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner Itamar Moses. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Award winner David Cromer.
Fiddler on the Roof
Feb. 18–23, 2020
Audiences across North America are toasting a new production of Fiddler on the Roof!
Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.
Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical
March 24–29, 2020
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
May 5–10, 2020
Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Hello, Dolly! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion—hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theatre history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”
Dear Evan Hansen
June 9–14, 2020
Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post, which says Dear Evan Hansen is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”
Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
Subscriber exclusives (available immediately to all subscribers):
The Full Monty
July 5–Aug. 4, 2019 at theREP
Put the sizzle in your summer with the raucous pop-rock-musical that peels away stereotypes and reveals all! While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out” trip to a male strip club, a group of unemployed Buffalo steelworkers come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that the strength that they find in each other just might give them the individual courage to “let it go.” Based on the cult film of the same name, this 10-time Tony Award nominee is filled with heart and will keep you wondering (and hoping) right up to the end if these lovable misfits will really pull it off—and go the full monty!
The Play That Goes Wrong
April 7–12, 2020 at Proctors
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast) that is “tons of fun for all ages” (HuffPost)!
April 28–May 3, 2020 at Proctors
Rediscover CATS!—the beloved musical with breathtaking music—including one of the most treasured songs in musical theatre, “Memory.” Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation—experience CATS! for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again.
2019–2020 Season at Capital Repertory Theatre
All Capital Repertory Theatre subscribers will choose one title from Proctors.
Sept. 27–Oct. 20, 2019
Who’s on first? It’s hard to tell when Jeff, a luckless but likable 27-year-old security guard, is drawn into a local murder investigation involving Bill, his tightly wound supervisor, who has been called upon to bear false witness to protect his troubled brother. When Jeff decides to reveal a big secret about the crime to his unrequited crush, an overzealous rookie policewoman, all hell breaks loose when she decides to tell her unscrupulous macho-cop partner. As Ben Brantley of The New York Times writes, “motives come in every shade but black and white.” Penned by acclaimed Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea writer Kenneth Lonergan, Lobby Hero packs a wallop, described as “smart, funny… a combustible brew of impulses.”
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theater
Nov. 22–Dec. 22, 2019
Meet George Bailey and all the residents of Bedford Falls as you’ve never seen—or heard them before! Adapted by WVR Repoley from the classic Frank Capra film, this story comes to life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give voice to all the memorable Bedford Falls characters, accompanied by sound effects and music created live on stage. The whole family can enjoy this timeless tale of a lovable fellow down on his luck and ready to end it all—until an Angel Second Class shows him life’s true value. Ring in the season as Clarence earns his wings with this beloved fable of how one life can make a very big difference to the lives of so many!
Your Best One (East Coast Premiere)
Jan. 17–Feb. 9, 2020
Family matters. Richard and David had it all: great jobs, a great Manhattan apartment and a great relationship. It seemed a natural thing to adopt a child to share their good fortune, right? Whoops! Rewind! Richard’s fear of commitment reared its head and out he walked. Now, eight years later, a crisis brings him back to be forgiven, to be useful, to be family. He wants a do-over. But we all know that anything worth having isn’t easy to get—and is even harder to get back! As Richard and David deal with grown up things, Josh, David’s teenage adopted son, has to deal with newcomer Richard: Who is he? What does he really want? And what does it mean for Josh’s future? Meridith Friedman’s warm, funny and touching play gets to the heart of what family is all about and makes us realize that, indeed, family matters.
The Irish and How They Got That Way
March 6–April 5, 2020
Hold onto your hats for this rollicking, roller coaster of a ride compiled by Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), who brings his razor-sharp wit, trademark bitter irony and boundless love of his people to this revue about all things Irish. This show delivers what it promises: stirring blarney, a bit of hokum, genuine heartache and much joy. Set in McCourt’s Pub, complete with a working bar, the narration weaves a buoyant blend of traditional songs, show tunes and pop—from “Danny Boy” and George M. Cohan to U2—with a reminder of the injustices, humiliations, and privations suffered by the Irish people both in Ireland and here in their new neighborhoods in America.
July 10–Aug. 16, 2020
This feel-good musical comedy smash—with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner—will have you jumping to your feet! Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical has delivered joy to audiences from Broadway to Beirut! When lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, the Vegas diva finds herself at odds with a starched Mother Superior, but using her dance moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the community—and herself as well. Filled with rock, pop and powerful gospel music, Sister Act—based on the Touchstone Pictures film written by Joseph Howard—is a sparkling tribute to the power of friendship, giving us all a reason to rejoice!