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After a year-long shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic, Playhouse Stage Company will return to Albany’s Washington Park this summer. 

The sign outside Cohoes Music Hall
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A theater company well known to Albany residents will take over management of the Cohoes Music Hall.

ALBANY - Park Playhouse has, in recent years, earned a reputation for offering musicals that were a bit dark, kind-of daring and always entertaining.  Works like “Ragtime,” “Chicago” and “Cabaret” built a reputation for Park Playhouse as the summer place to see challenging theater.  Better yet, many seats are offered free of charge in the Washington Park outdoor space.

A scene from Park Playhouse's production of "Always, Patsy Cline"
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COHOES – If you are a Patsy Cline fan you will love “Always, Patsy Cline” which plays at the Cohoes Music Hall through Sunday.  If you never heard of the country singer who was killed in a plane crash in 1963, you’ll probably leave the show a big fan.

The Park Playhouse is presenting a production of Always... Patsy Cline at the Cohoes Music Hall through October 15th.

The show is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The relationship, which began as fan worship evolved into one of mutual respect. It is the kind of relationship that many fans would like to have with their heroes. 

The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans.

Joining us this morning is the Producing Artistic Director of the Park Playhouse, Owen Smith and Chuck Kraus who directed the production. 

ALBANY  -  In the musical “Chicago” there are two leads – Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart.  Both women murdered their husbands and have manipulated their way to become media darlings – which assures they will be acquitted by a celebrity obsessed jury.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Hands On A Hardbody"

Jul 20, 2014

“Hands on a Hardbody,” is a tender, contemporary musical about the American dream.  It’s about ten people who enter a contest that demands a person keep at least one hand on a truck until all others drop out.  The last person standing wins the vehicle.

    

  There is a special benefit for the Palace Performing Arts Center & Albany's Park Playhouse taking place on Thursday, May 29th.

Side By Side By Sondheim honors the genius of one of Broadway's foremost composer-lyricists. The showcase is an array of songs from Sondheim's hit shows includes: Company, Follies and A Little Night Music to name a few, plus collaborations with Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), Jule Styne (Gypsy) and Richard Rodgers (Do I Hear a Waltz?).

Simple staging, a small cast and two pianos allow the songs to shine. To tell us more, we welcome Sean Allen, Director of Marketing for the Palace Theatre in Albany and Owen Smith is the producing Artistic Director of the Park Playhouse.