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The 'Band's Visit' highlights Proctors' next season

The 'Band's Visit' highlights Proctors' next season

'Frozen,' 'Spongebob' also coming
The 'Band's Visit' highlights Proctors' next season
Jodi McFadden performs a piece from 'The Band’s Visit' at Proctors Monday.
Photographer: Erica Miller

SCHENECTADY -- "The Band's Visit," winner of 10 Tony Awards in 2018, including Best Musical, highlights Proctors' 2019-2020 season announced Monday night at the theater's Bash 2019 event.

Along with "The Band's Visit," a story about music and romance set in a Israeli desert town, they'll be plenty of entertainment for young and old alike, as Disney's "Frozen," "Dear Evan Hansen," and the classic "Hello Dolly!" will also be a part of the 2019-2020 season.

"One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by," accordinig to New York Times critic Ben Brantley, "The Band's Visit" will hit the Proctors stage on New Years Eve, Dec. 31, and run for six days through Jan. 5. "Frozen," meanwhile, will run for two weeks, Nov. 10-24, and "The SpongeBob Musical" will kick off the season Sept. 22-28 in the fall. Both "Frozen" and "The SpongeBob Musical" are "teching" in Schenectady.

"It's really incredible what we can offer to the Broadway fan right here in Schenectady," said Proctors' CEO Philip Morris. "'Frozen,' for example, has only announced a handful of major cities so far, yet they are building the show at Proctors. You'll have the very first chance to experience the show outside of New York with us. And 'Dear Evan Hansen' is a true blockbuster, playing to sold out audiences on Broadway and across the country."

Images: Proctors 2019-2020 season announced, March 4, 2019

"Dear Evan Hansen" will come to town June 9-14, 2020, while "Hello Dolly!" will take the stage May 5-10. Also on the Proctors' playbill for 2019-2020 will be "Fiddler on the Roof" (Feb. 18-23) and "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical" March 24-29. Other shows at Proctors next season include "The Play That Goes Wrong" (April 7-12) and CATS! (April 28-May 3).

"Frozen," nominated for three Tony Awards, has been playing in New York since March 2018. Alyssa Fox, a Dallas native, has been a standby for one of the two female leads, Elsa, since the work on the show began.

"We opened last March and I've been a part of it since the pre-Broadway tryout," said Fox, who also performed at Proctors in 2013 when "Wicked" came to town. "I'm sure they'll be a lot of young ladies in the audience coming to their first Broadway show. But the great thing about the show is that it's also great for people of all ages. We have grandparents coming to enjoy it, people on dates. Everyone seems to enjoy it."

Having audience members so familiar with the show from the 2013 Disney movie does put some pressure on the cast, according to Fox.

"It's one of the highest-selling animated films of all time, and everyone is so familiar with the music," said Fox. "It's so well loved that there's a lot of expectation there. People also know the story. It's a wonderful story about two wonderful women finding love in their hearts for each other."

Fox and Jodi McFadden, a Toronto native, were among the many actors to perform Monday night. McFadden is a swing for four of the primary leads in "The Band's Visit."

Images: Proctors 2019-2020 season announced, March 4, 2019

"The show is so different from a lot of traditional American Broadway musicals," said McFadden. "David Comer, our director, explains it so well. He says it forces the audience to lean in a little more, whereas a lot of Broadway shows, the audience is receiving so much energy. It's a beautiful rich story about humanity in today's world."

Also announced Monday night was the 2019-2020 season for the Capital Repertory Theatre. "Lobby Hero" will open the season on Sept. 27, while an addition to the schedule coming this summer will be "The Fully Monty," July 5-Aug. 4.

Here is the Proctors' KeyBank Schedule:

Sept. 22-28 - "The SpongeBob Musical."

Nov. 10-24 - Disney's "Frozen."

Dec. 31-Jan. 5, 2020 - "The Band's Visit."

Feb. 18-23, 2020 - "Fiddler on the Roof."

March 24-29, 2020 - "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical."

May 5-10, 2020 - "Hello Dolly!"

June 9-14, 2020 - "Dear Evan Hansen."

 

 

 

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