Correction: This story previously indicated that Alexander Hamilton was the first secretary of state; he was the first treasury secretary.
SCHENECTADY — Theater lovers already making vacation plans for the summer of 2019 might want to take note: "Hamilton" will be in town.
The smash Broadway musical by Lin-Manual Miranda is coming to Proctors for two weeks, Aug. 13-25, 2019. The dates were revealed Monday at the Proctors Bash announcing the theater's 2018-2019 season, which also includes return visits by two of Broadway's biggest blockbusters, "The Book of Mormon" and "The Phantom of the Opera."
"Almost all of our titles in our Key Private Bank Series, and our exclusives, too, are still hot tickets on Broadway right now," said Proctors CEO Philip Morris. "We've never had this happen before and it shows that Proctors continues to be a major player in touring Broadway. It's here, right in Schenectady."
"Hamilton" — sung and rapped throughout — is about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first treasury secretary. Inspired by the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by Ron Chernow, Miranda's play had its Broadway premiere in February 2015. It was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards and won 11, and also earned Miranda a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Proctors' season ticket subscribers that attended Monday's event got a first crack at buying season subscriptions for the 2018-19 season, which includes "Hamilton." Season subscriptions will go on sale to the general public Tuesday morning. No single tickets for "Hamilton" are available yet.
The Proctors' 2018-2019 season will begin Oct. 4 with "Anastasia." From the Tony Award-winning creators of "Ragtime," "Anastasia" takes us back to the twilight of the Russian empire to the euphoria of 1920 Paris. The show is actually teching and launching its national tour in Schenectady.
"A Bronx Tale," Chazz Palminteri's autobiographical story dubbed "Jersey Boys meets West Side Story," will be mounted on the main stage as a musical from Oct. 23-28.
Robert Neary, a busy television and film actor since 1990, has played Sonny, the main character, on Broadway and will be a part of the national touring production. Jerry Zaks and Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro, who was in the film, directed the show.
"It's the PG version of the film," said Neary. "There aren't nearly as many F bombs. And I get to sing."
"The Phantom of the Opera" returns to Proctors for two weeks in 2019, April 24-May 5, and at Monday night's event Derrick Davis, who has played the title character for seven months on Broadway, demonstrated his vocal talents to the large crowd on hand. A Long Island native, Davis said he is looking forward to continuing his long run in the classic Andrew Lloyd Weber musical.
"How could you get tired of this brilliant musical," said Davis laughing. "We never know what's going to happen, but my love of this show will never end. It was the first show my parents took me to see when I was a kid. And then I saw it 14 more times before I even thought about being a part of it. Now that I'm a part of it, it's a part of my life."
Davis also performed as Scar in "The Lion King" on Broadway.
"The Book of Mormon," called the "best musical of this century" by the New York Times, will follow "Phantom" onto the Proctors' stage for one week, May 14-19.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will be Proctors' holiday offering, Dec. 5-9.
The Capital Repertory Theatre also announced its 2018-2019 season Monday night. Things will get started this summer with a performance of "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash," July 6-Aug. 12.
Scott Moreau, who has played Cash in a number of different ways over the past 10 seasons, gets busy in this production, performing 38 foot-stomping songs, including the title song, "Ring of Fire."
A native of Litchfield, Maine, Moreau has spent much of the past seven years performing as Cash in another stage musical, "Million Dollar Quartet."
"This really tells the story of Johnny's life through his music, and how his song-writing style changed throughout his life," said Moreau. "It's not at all like the movie, 'I walk the Line.'"
Here is the 2018-2019 Proctors season:
- Oct. 9-14, "Anastasia."
- Oct. 23-28, "A Bronx Tale."
- Dec. 5-9, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
- Feb. 5-10, 2019, "School of Rock."
- Feb. 26-March 2, 2019, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
- April 24-May 5, 2019, "The Phantom of the Opera."
- May 14-19, 2019, "The Book of Mormon."
- June 11-16, 2019, "Waitress."
- Aug. 13-25, 2019, "Hamilton."
Here is the Capital Repertory Theater's 2018-2019 season:
- June 2-4, "Next Act! New Play Summit 7"
- July 6-Aug. 2, "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash."
- Sept. 21-Oct. 14, "The Royale."
- Nov. 23-Dec. 23, "Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley."
- Jan. 25-Feb. 17, 2019, "Red Maple."
- April 5-May 12, "Shakespeare in Love."