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Winter/Spring Preview 2013
In just a few short weeks, the Proctors’ Broadway series kicks into high gear with the return of the “big musical.” Some recent Broadway successes such as “Million Dollar Quartet,” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “Fela!” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” will be in for a first-time visit, but some old friends are making a welcome return — “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan,” the toe-tapping “Anything Goes” and a brand new staging of “Les Miserables.”
And while the Proctors main stage may have the glitz, some expected shows at the GE Theater promise some sparkle. “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience,” which parodies all seven Harry Potter books in just under 80 minutes holds promise to deliver a hilarious evening of theatrical quidditch.
On the dramatic front, “Red,” John Logan’s brilliant Tony-winning play examining the volatile emotional dynamic between commerce and the mission of art gets a staging by Capital Rep in April. But before the angry artists take the stage, the lawyers rule the boards in a regional premiere of David Mamet’s provocative courtroom drama “Race.”
Capital Rep won’t be the only theater in town to tackle the subject of art this spring. In early May, Schenectady Civic Playhouse presents the seldom-staged Stephen Sondheim Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Sunday in the Park With George.”
And a big welcome back to Oldcastle Theater Company, which just moved into a new home on Main Street in Bennington, Vt. Their 2013 season opens in March with a new version of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” by Mark Blum.
— Gazette theater critic Matthew G. Morross