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The David Yazbek/Terrence McNally musical “The Full Monty” is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, New York through August 11.

While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out” trip to a male strip club, a group of unemployed Buffalo steelworkers come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that the strength that they find in each other just might give them the individual courage to “let it go.”

The musical is based on the 1997 film of the same name and was nominated for ten Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2000. Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill directs the production at The Rep.

We are joined by actors Christopher Sutton and Lyn Philistine.

In Capital Repertory Theatre’s production of “Shakespeare in Love,” young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block and the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he desperately needs some inspiration.

That is, until he finds his muse: Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including donning a moustache) to appear in his next play. As love blossoms, so does the comedy, great romance and playwriting. The show is an immersive adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay, complete with sword fights, secret trysts, backstage disasters, and a dog.

We are joined by actors Jenny Strassburg and Kevin Craig West who play Viola and Kit Marlowe respectively.

Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre announced their 2019-2020 subscription series on March 4.

The Proctors slate includes "The Spongebob Musical" and Disney's "Frozen," both of which will launch national tours from Schenectady. "The Spongebob Musical" will be in town in late September, while "Frozen" will spend two weeks in November. 

Capital Repertory Theatre will usher in its new space, only blocks from its present location in downtown Albany, with "Sister Act" in July 2020. Other highlights include the east coast premiere of "Your Best One" beginning in mid-January 2020.

To tell us more  we welcome: Philip Morris the CEO of Proctors in Schenectady and TheRep, and Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at The Rep. 

Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, New York is currently presenting the world premiere of “Red Maple.” The play was written by Capital Region veteran actor-writer, David Bunce and was the runaway hit of the 2016 NEXT ACT! New Play Summit.

In this comedy set in the suburbs of Albany, everyone wants to know, “What’s the matter with Robert?” Since becoming an empty-nester, the usually solid and dependable professor seems to be falling apart — just like the old red maple tree in the back yard.

When friends get together for a cheer-him-up dinner, Robert announces he’s had an epiphany that will rock the world of the stalwart suburban gang around the table. Things get shaken and stirred as the cocktails and confessions flow, building to a hilarious crescendo when an unexpected guest shows up begging another question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”

TheRep’s production of “Red Maple” is directed by Margaret E. Hall who joined us along with playwright, David Bunce.

In Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” bookish Mary Bennet is the middle child, even though she is a child no more. She is, frankly, growing a bit weary of being the responsible, stay at home one. Why can’t she up and live her own life, too? In the imagined sequel, “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” Mary does just that, stepping up and stepping out.

The show, at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY runs through December 23rd, is a genteel comedy with sass, written by Lauren Gunderson (currently America’s most-produced playwright) and Margot Melcon. “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” is directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. She joins us along with Music director Josh D. Smith.

The Eighth Step presents global activist, singer, teacher and recording artist Holly Near tonight at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, New York. 

In 1970, Holly Near was a cast member of the Broadway musical “Hair.” Following the Kent State University shootings in May of that same year the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song, “It Could’ve Been Me” was Holly’s heartfelt response to the shootings. Before and since the 1970s, Near has been consistent and outspoken in her desire for a more equitable world - her activism most often taking the form of music.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Blithe Spirit" At Cap Rep

Apr 12, 2018
Brenny Rabine (Ruth Condomine), Gary Lindemann (Charles Condomine) and Yvonne Perry (Elvira) in Blithe Spirit at Capital Repertory Theatre, April 6–May 6
Kate Penn

ALBANY-   Blithe Spirit is one of Noel Coward’s most durable comedies.  Since it was first produced in 1941, it has been performed constantly.  Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany is keeping the torch alive with a pleasing production that continues through May 6.  

Eileen Schuyler, Yvonne Perry, and Brenny Rabine in "Blithe Spirit" at TheRep
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The classic Noël Coward comedy, Blithe Spirit, is being produced at The REP, through May 6th, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, and featuring three of the region's best known Equity actresses: Yvonne Perry, Brenny Rabine and Eileen Schuyler, together on stage for the first time.

In the play, we meet cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married to Ruth but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who has been conjured up by a visiting “happy medium.”

To tell us more – we welcome actors Yvonne Perry (Elvira) and Eileen Schuyler (Madame Arcati).

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

One of Albany’s leading arts institutions is moving to new digs, but staying downtown.

"Paris Time" At TheRep

Feb 2, 2018

Capital Reparatory Theatre is currently presenting, "Paris Time," a drama that looks behind the headlines at anti-semitism in today’s France. The world premiere production by Steven Peterson is directed by Gordon Greenberg and runs through February 18.

When Deborah, the wife of a successful American executive based in Paris, becomes an activist defending a young Jewish Frenchwoman, Charles gets caught in the corporate hot seat. Company policy demands him to withdraw from the political limelight or lose his career, but if he won’t get involved, he may lose his marriage.

Jenny Ashman plays Reina in the show and Wally Dunn plays Martin and is making his Capital Rep debut in "Paris Time."

Scene from Sex With Strangers at Capital Rep
Doug Liebig

ALBANY – When a play that is rooted in steaming passion lacks heat you know there’s a problem.  That’s the case in “Sex with Strangers” playing at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany through October 15.    It’s a talky work with characters about whom it is difficult to care about.

When Ethan, a hotshot twenty-something blogger ends up snowed-in at a Bed and Breakfast with failed novelist Olivia, sparks fly! One thing leads to another, as these two writers both discover what they really want — but in the morning….things are not quite what they seemed to be the night before.  Soon it becomes clear that this passionate weekend will change both of their lives.

Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers, directed by Stephen Nachamie is running at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY through October 15th.  

Jenny Strassburg, who stars as Olivia, returns to CapRep for the first time since 2013, when she played Vanda in Venus in Fur.

Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany and Proctors have announced the purchase of the former Gomez Electrical Contracting building for use as a production facility.

Mamma Mia! At TheRep

Jul 14, 2017

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

Mamma Mia! is running at TheRep (Capital Repertory Theatre) in Albany, NY through August 13th. Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill directs.

Kara Mikula plays Rosie (one of the Dynamos) at TheRep and she joins us.

Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story - an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality. Set between 1914 and 1915, in New York and southern Turkey, in the midst of shocking historical events, Some People Hear Thunder comes to life through song, dance and beautiful storytelling.

The show is running at The Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY through May 21.

To tell us more we welcome Gerson Smoger and Kevin McGuire. 

ALBANY – “An Iliad,” which is at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany  through April 2, is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting.  It’s drama that is intellectually stimulating, moving and powerful, and frequently painful to experience.  In other words it’s theater that will touch your emotions, your heart and jar your comfort level. 

An Iliad At TheRep

Mar 17, 2017

Running now through April 2nd, Cap Rep’s production of An Iliad is a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem. This Obie Award-winning adaptation spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and battles of The Trojan War told through an original and immediate narrator -- whose knowledge cuts across time -- to bring the past and present together.

We are joined by actor David Barlow, cellist Kathleen Bowman, and director Margaret E. Hall.

Over the past few years, Proctors has become an important destination for Broadway shows readying for the road. The 2017–2018 Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors will continue that tradition with the Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple, which will tech in Schenectady before traveling the rest of the country.

Proctors announced their upcoming season with shows including, the 2015 Tony Award winning Best Musical Fun Home, Finding Neverland, The Bodyguard, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and On Your Feet! Plus, much, much more. We learn more about that from Peter Hughes; Heidi Nathanielsz and Michael Eck. 

What would you do if your 80-year-old father dragged you into his search for new romance after 50 years of marriage? David, a resolute bachelor learns more about love than he bargained for and as his father's wingman and screener, sees some things he'd like to forget. It is the subject of the play Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating With My Dad, now at The Rep through February 19th.

Based on Bob Morris’s award winning memoir, it is a heartfelt and hilarious true tale of a year of dating dangerously. Here to tell us more – we welcome Director Gordon Greenberg and author Bob Morris.

Camelot At TheRep

Dec 7, 2016
Camelot Leenya Rideout as Guineviere, Oliver Thornton as Lancelot, and Kevin McGuire as King Arthur
Douglas C. Liebig / Optimum Exposure Photography

Camelot, one of America’s most beloved musicals, is now playing at Capital Rep in Albany through Christmas Eve. The four-time Tony Award-winning musical has one of the richest scores of the Broadway songbook.

This lusty, romantic tale is sure to inspire audiences with a celebrated score that includes the classics “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” “How to Handle a Woman” and the title song, “Camelot.”

We welcome two of the cast-members this morning: Jane Pfitsch and Leenya Rideout.

The Rep/Douglas C. Liebig

“If you made a list of your favorite plays or musicals that might make you think of the holidays, it’s doubtful that the Lerner and Lowe musical, “Camelot” would make your top 10. Or, for that matter, the top 25.

ALBANY - It is difficult to conceive of anyone not enjoying the romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar” that is playing at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany through October 16.

Outside Mullingar, a play by John Patrick Shanley - the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Doubt – brings us on a journey to the farmlands of Ireland. It is now playing through October 16th at Capital Rep in Albany.

Outside Mullingar is the story of an unlikely romance between two rural, middle-aged neighbors: Anthony, an introverted farmer and Rosemary, the woman who vows to have him – at all costs.

This morning we meet two of the cast-members - Kenneth Kimmins has a major Broadway/West End resume, with stints in The Music Man and the New York and London companies of Company. On television, Ken spent nine years as series regular Howard Burleigh, on Coach. He was also being a semi-regular on Lois And Clark.

Laurie O’Brien has extensive television and film resume includes work on CSI, CSI: Miami, Detroit 1-8-7, ER, and NYPD Blue

The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made Janis Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

A Night with Janis Joplin, now running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences.

The show is created, written and directed by Randy Johnson and stars Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin. 

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community.  Last week, the Palace took center stage at its own press conference, where officials announced an ambitious project to revitalize the old movie house, with the intent to position the Palace as a gateway to downtown.  But there are a few loose ends.

  In The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote, Carrie Watts, a charming, aging widow escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time.

Along the way, Miss Watts befriends fellow travelers, sharing her wisdom and courage on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to renew strength and dignity for all.

The Trip to Bountiful is current running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. Kevin Craig West plays Ludie Watts and he joins us.

  The Blue-Sky Boys dramatizes the unorthodox creative process used by a group of maverick engineers at NASA to land men on the moon.  It’s a wild comedy about the beginnings of the Apollo space mission and about the crossroads of science and art.

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY will launch (pun intended) a production of the play directed by Gordon Greenberg. Previews begin tonight and the show opens on Tuesday.

The show is written by Deborah Brevoort who joins us to tell us more. 

  A dancer’s past. A woman’s future. The seductive and lucrative world of strip clubs sets the stage for Naked Influence, a tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman.

The show opened at Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany and runs through February 14th.

The favorite of last year’s NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3, Naked Influence showcases author Suzanne Bradbeer’s intelligence in examining contemporary stories ripped from the headlines.

Robert Newman plays Dennis, a congressman with a heart of stone. Newman is familiar from a 28-year run as Joshua Lewis on the longest running program in broadcast history, Guiding Light. A two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, Newman recently guest starred on Homeland, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Law and Order: SVU. He has an extensive off-Broadway and regional theatre resume.

  This holiday season, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany presents A Christmas Story: The Musical.

The Chinese food, the Red Ryder BB gun, the frozen pole, and the leg lamp are all there in this musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. The show features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Joseph Robinette. Maggie Mancinelli Cahill directs.

Preview performances for A Christmas Story: The Musical take place November 27th through the 29th. Opening night is Tuesday, December 1.

Bob Goepfert Reviews 4000 Miles At Capital Rep

Oct 15, 2015

 Albany – The play “4000 Miles,” which is at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany through October 18, is a small, gentle play that is more about the emotions generated by the characters  than it is the events of the plot.   It’s a warm and compassionate work that is without bells and whistles or powerful climactic moments.  Yet it is a work that should linger in the memory for a long time.

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