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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.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

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.

Political ‘Fiorello!’ echoes turbulent election season

Stockbridge, Mass.

Political ‘Fiorello!’ echoes turbulent election season

“Fiorello!” is a Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award-winning musical from 1960 about Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the mayor of New York city nearly a century ago. Jerome Weidman and George Abbott wrote the book, and Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick provided the music and lyrics. The show is currently in previews, opens Saturday and runs through July 23 at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

'Hamilton' wins 11 Tonys, falls one short of a record

NEW YORK

'Hamilton' wins 11 Tonys, falls one short of a record

‘Hamilton’ came away with 11 Tony Awards—out of 16 nominations—leaving "The Producers" record of 12 wins in 2001 intact.

Mac-Haydn shows off American theater, in the round

Mac-Haydn shows off American theater, in the round

Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham will open its second production of the summer today, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” The show runs through June 19.

Actress to play several women in ‘39 Steps’

Actress to play several women in ‘39 Steps’

Natalie Wilder, a New York City-based actress, will be performing in Patrick Barlow’s “The 39 Steps,” opening Friday and running through June 19 at Oldcastle Theatre Company.

Family comedy has its serious moments

Family comedy has its serious moments

“The O’Conner Girls” a play about what to do with a lifetime of stuff after a family member dies, opens Friday at the Colonial Little Theatre in Johnstown. “

Summer Arts Preview/Theater: Barrington to stage 'Tribes'

Summer Arts Preview/Theater: Barrington to stage 'Tribes'

"The Rose Tattoo" at Williamstown Theatre Festival and "Tribes" at Barrington Stage will be among summer works to circle on the calendar.

Summer Arts Preview/Dance: SPAC's 50th a highlight

Summer Arts Preview/Dance: SPAC's 50th a highlight

Buglisi Dance Theatre and the SPAC 50th anniversary season of the New York City Ballet are highlights on the summer dance card.

Shakespeare & Co. play fits presidential season

Shakespeare & Co. play fits presidential season

“The Taming,” a 2013 play by Lauren Gunderson, was written more than three years ago, but it keeps on getting more timely, said Nicole Ricciardi, who is directing the Shakespeare & Company production opening Friday night and running through July 30 in Lenox, Massachusetts.

‘My Fair Lady’ brings Mac-Haydn full circle

‘My Fair Lady’ brings Mac-Haydn full circle

“My Fair Lady,” the smash Broadway hit that started it all for Mac-Haydn Theatre back in the summer of 1969, is kicking off the troupe’s 48th season today with performances at 2 and 8 p.m.

Barrington Stage will premiere new musical

PITTSFIELD, Mass.

Barrington Stage will premiere new musical

As is the case most summers, the Barrington Stage Company is luring some pretty talented people to the Berkshires this year. The season began Wednesday night with a brand new play produced by the BSC Musical Theatre Lab, “Presto Change-O.” The press opening is May 25 and performances will run through June 11.

Mop & Bucket Co. buys Schenectady building

SCHENECTADY

Mop & Bucket Co. buys Schenectady building

Mopco LLC, the parent company of the Mop & Bucket Co. based at Proctors, purchased the former firehouse on North Jay Street and plans to renovate it and relocate there.

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