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Date set for return of Broadway shows to Proctors in Schenectady

"Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" will be staged at Proctors Dec. 7-12, marking the return of touring Broadway musicals to the venue. (Matthew Murphy photo)

"Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" will be staged at Proctors Dec. 7-12, marking the return of touring Broadway musicals to the venue. (Matthew Murphy photo)

After nearly two years, touring Broadway productions will be back at Proctors in December.

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On Thursday, the Schenectady theater announced new dates for eight postponed productions from two seasons of its Key Private Bank Broadway series, both of which were interrupted by the pandemic.

The return will kick off with “Summer – The Donna Summer Musical,” from Dec. 7-12. It’s a late start for the Broadway series, which usually runs from fall to spring. However, delaying it will be a good thing, according to Proctors Collaborative CEO Philip Morris.

“The touring industry can’t come back until we can seat audiences near or at capacity. The economics won’t work otherwise,” Morris said in a statement. “All projections suggest we should be able to return to full capacity by December. And it goes without saying we will be fully compliant with all state and federal safety guidelines to assure patron safety.”

“Summer” will be followed by “Come From Away” from Jan. 25-30, 2022, “The Prom,” from Mar. 1-6, 2022, “Dear Evan Hansen” from Mar. 22-27, 2022, “Cats,” from May 3-8, “My Fair Lady,” from May 17-22, “To Kill a Mockingbird” from June 14-19, 2022 and “Mean Girls” from June 28-July 3, 2022.

Dates have not yet been announced for three postponed shows from the Broadway series, including “Hadestown,” “The Lion King” and “Pretty Woman: The Musical.”

Proctors’ announcement comes just after the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse rescheduled dates for its M&T Bank Broadway Season, which starts on Oct. 12 with “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” and includes “Hamilton” and “Cats,” among others.

“The collective effort of Broadway producers and local markets working together to reconfigure routes across the country is complicated beyond belief. It takes a while for plans to settle out for every show and every market,” Morris said.

Tickets have not yet gone on sale for the Broadway shows. According to Morris, Capital Repertory Theatre will open ticket sales this spring for its first performances in its new location, and tickets for shows at Universal Preservation Hall will go on sale this summer.

“Our prolonged intermission is nearly over. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back! And from all reports we are hearing they can’t wait to come back,” Morris said.

For more information visit proctors.org.

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