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Children's theater gets grant for new van
SCHENECTADY

Children's theater gets grant for new van

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Nonprofit children's theater is looking to buy a new van.
 
Musical ‘Joseph’ opens Monday at Proctors
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Musical ‘Joseph’ opens Monday at Proctors

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
“Joseph” was first presented as a 15-minute sketch in London in 1968 and was recorded as a concept album in 1969. After Rice and Webber scored big with “Jesus Christ Superstar,” they went back to work on “Joseph,” producing the show as a full musical in London in 1973. Several major revivals and a 1999 straight-to-video film, starring Donny Osmond, kept the show in the spotlight.
 
Best of 2015: Dance

Best of 2015: Dance

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015
As funding opportunities narrow, as do audience wallets, the area dance scene is reverting back to its earliest days here — when summer was the only season when dance could be enjoyed.
 
Best of 2015: Theater

Best of 2015: Theater

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015
Scissors closed, glue sticks capped. Fellow Gazette theater reviewers Paul Lamar and Matthew Moross have just finished pasting up their “Best of” theatrical scrapbook for 2015.
 
Comedy and magic on tap to entertain kids

Comedy and magic on tap to entertain kids

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015
A man of generous proportion lands a flying sleigh on top of a house and jumps down the chimney. Chad Dietz can appreciate the timing, balance and strength required for such an athletic gag. But the stunt isn’t in his bag of tricks.
 

Flashy ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker’ brings audience to its feet

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
“Hip Hop Nutcracker” has turned the classical ballet on its head.
 
Christmas sets stage for holiday traditions

Christmas sets stage for holiday traditions

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
In the category of Best Christmas Ever, the Franklin family Tony Award goes to 2015.
 
‘Nutcracker’ gets hip hop makeover

‘Nutcracker’ gets hip hop makeover

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
"The Hip Hop Nutcracker" show features DJ Boo, 11 dancers, an electric violinist and digital scenery that changes the traditional “Nutcracker” date from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. The opening party scene has become a block party in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan.
 
Two friends share lead in ‘White Christmas’

Two friends share lead in ‘White Christmas’

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Kerry Conte and Rachel Rhodes-Devey have been rubbing elbows on the stage for quite a while now, as most people in the Indian Hills neighborhood of Slingerlands will tell you.
 
Good Grief! 30 kids in stage version of 'Charlie Brown Christmas'
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Good Grief! 30 kids in stage version of 'Charlie Brown Christmas'

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
The stage production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was adapted by Eric Schaeffer from the animated television special based on the comic strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.
 
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A fine staging of 'Miracle on 34th Street' offered for Christmas

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
Niece Katie was once my co-reviewer for shows like this one, but she is now 17, a high school senior and a waitress, so our 10-year granddaughter, Hannah, was my companion for Saturday afternoon’s performance of the holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street."
 

Moscow Ballet’s uneven ‘Nutcracker’: from tepid to astonishing

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
The Russians are known for their ballet, so expectations always run high when the Moscow Ballet makes its annual visit to the Palace Theatre for “The Nutcracker.”
 
Poor diction makes musical ‘Matilda’ hard to understand

Poor diction makes musical ‘Matilda’ hard to understand

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
One of the first rules of any kind of sharing in the theater is accessibility and sadly, a good deal of “Matilda: The Musical” is inaccessible.
 
Spirit is more important than red suit and beard, actor says

Spirit is more important than red suit and beard, actor says

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
For Patrick Quinn, playing Santa Claus is much more about the right feel and not so much the right look.
 
Race track announcer on different turf in Christmas play

Race track announcer on different turf in Christmas play

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Tom Durkin always knew he would be a horse racing announcer. To better prepare for that career, the Chicago native thought majoring in drama at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, would be a good way to spend four years.
 
 

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