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City Ballet, SPAC to mark 50 years together with old favorites, Peck premiere

SARATOGA SPRINGS

City Ballet, SPAC to mark 50 years together with old favorites, Peck premiere

On July 20, the New York City Ballet and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center begin the celebration of their 50-year collaboration. SPAC’s president and executive director Marcia White and ballet master-in-chief Peter Martins have a lot planned.

Cap Rep’s ‘Joplin’ a stunning production

Cap Rep’s ‘Joplin’ a stunning production

WMHT recently showed an absorbing documentary about Janis Joplin. And now you can see Janis in the thrilling performance of Kelly McIntyre

Janis Joplin show calls for poetic response

Janis Joplin show calls for poetic response

Tuesday’s opening night of Cap Rep’s homage to Janis Joplin was so thoroughly — and brilliantly — immersive, that a poem seemed the only appropriate way to describe it.

Actor will revisit role as adult Charlie Brown

Actor will revisit role as adult Charlie Brown

Greg Anderson is playing the famous “Peanuts” character this weekend at the Fort Salem Theater in a new musical, “You’re an Old Man, Charlie Brown.”

Play about Shaker founder to be staged at historic site

Play about Shaker founder to be staged at historic site

“Second Coming: The Character and Ministry of Mother Ann Lee of the United Society of Believers” will be performed in the Shaker Meeting House on the grounds of the Shaker Heritage Society in Colonie where Lee founded the Shakers in 1774.

Palace Theatre up for $65M renovation, expansion

ALBANY

Palace Theatre up for $65M renovation, expansion

A new 600-seat theater is coming to downtown Albany. So is a larger stage for the city’s Palace Theatre.

Don’t miss Park Playhouse’s sparkling ‘Chicago’

When you go — and you should — to Park Playhouse’s sparkling production of “Chicago,” you may find yourself recalling their searing staging of Kander & Ebb’s other big hit, “Cabaret,” a few years ago.

Star says Joplin show celebrates singer’s life

Kelly McIntyre doesn’t see herself playing Maria Von Trapp or Eliza Doolittle. At least not anytime soon.

Twyla Tharp Dance to premiere new work

Twyla Tharp Dance to premiere new work

Dancer Matthew Dibble has worked with many choreographers, including Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied. But none, he says, compares to Twyla Tharp. “She’s very refreshing to work with because she never rests on her laurels,” said Dibble who has performed with Tharp since 2002.

OITNB actress will be on stage in ‘Rose Tattoo’

OITNB actress will be on stage in ‘Rose Tattoo’

Constance Shulman, part of a large ensemble cast working on the show “Orange is the New Black,” is spending much of her summer in the Berkshires performing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a production of “The Rose Tattoo” with Marisa Tomei. The show opens tonight and runs through July 17, and included in the cast is Shulman’s daughter, Gus Birney.

SCHENECTADY

Musical ‘Kinky Boots’ returning to Proctors in September

“Kinky Boots,” the 2013 smash Broadway musical, is returning to Proctors in Schenectady for four performances Sept. 10-11.

Park Playhouse to put fresh spin on ‘Chicago’

Park Playhouse to put fresh spin on ‘Chicago’

“Chicago” certainly isn’t a brand-new musical, but it could be, according to Michael LoPorto, director of the Park Playhouse production opening Friday in Albany’s Washington Park.

‘Don’t Talk’ an amusing, entertaining production

The blurb for this show says “laugh-out-loud funny, witty, and delightful.” Hmmm. I think the first two adjectives lead us in opposing comic directions, with “delight” the objective of both.

Magicians to reveal secrets at Proctors  — and then some

Magicians to reveal secrets at Proctors — and then some

When Mike Tyler tells you there’s nothing up his sleeve, you have to believe him.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blends artistry, athleticism

It’s easy to see why Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a favorite with Jacob’s Pillow audiences.

ATF production has theatricality, energy, but songs miss mark

The press release for this world-premiere production notes that “five songs … have been nominated for Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards for Best Song.”

Opera Saratoga season offers both new and old

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Opera Saratoga season offers both new and old

Opera Saratoga’s 55th season starts tomorrow with a season that includes what is considered the greatest opera ever written, the American premiere of an opera-ballet, and an American opera barely six years old.

ATF musical promises a totally new experience

ATF musical promises a totally new experience

Tired of the same old Broadway show? Then head to Glens Falls this summer and the Charles R. Wood Theater, home of the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

Cast, score light up Berkshire’s ‘Fiorello!’

When I was 15, our folks bought — in one fell swoop — LPs of “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” “West Side Story” and “Fiorello!” — all of which we quickly wore out.

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At SPAC Doug Varone and Dancers kick off a fine summer for dance

Saratoga Performing Arts Center opened its 50th anniversary classical season with a champagne toast. But what got heads swirling was the first dance on SPAC’s summer stage — “Castles” as danced by Doug Varone and Dancers.

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