‘Hamil­ton’ high­lights lo­cal the­ater sea­sons

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Bob Goepfert To pur­chase sub­scrip­tions to Proc­tors or Cap­i­tal Rep sea­sons, call (518) 346-6204.

SCH­ENEC­TADY, N.Y. » On Mon­day night, be­fore an es­ti­mated crowd of 2,800 at Proc­tors in Sch­enec­tady, sub­scribers and sup­port­ers learned what they’ve al­ready known for a year. Broad­way’s smash hit, “Hamil­ton,” is in­cluded in the 2018-19 sea­son for both Proc­tors and Al­bany’s Cap­i­tal Reper­tory The­atre.

What the au­di­ence did learn is the dates of “Hamil­ton”, Aug. 13-25, 2019. It is a year and a half away, which tech­ni­cally makes the two week en­gage­ment part of the 2019-20 sea­son. Nonethe­less, there is lit­tle doubt the run will sell out and be a boon to help sell sub­scrip­tions to Cap­i­tal Rep’s sea­son as well.

“Hamil­ton” may be the frost­ing on the Proc­tors sea­son, but there are other de­lights as well. The Key Pri­vate Bank Broad­way Sub­scrip­tion Se­ries will in­clude “Anas­ta­sia,” (Oct. 9-14) “A Bronx Tale,” (Oct. 23-28), “School of Rock,” (Feb. 5-10, 2019) “Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory,” (Feb 26-Mar. 3, 2019) and “Wait­ress” (June 11-16, 2019).

Mu­si­cals also play­ing the the­ater, but not in­cluded in the sub­scrip­tion se­ries are “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas: The Mu­si­cal,” (Dec. 5-9) and re­turn vis­its of “The Phan­tom of the Opera” (April 24-May 5, 2019) and “The Book of Mor­mon” (May 14-19, 2019). “Anas­ta­sia” will tech at the the­ater be­fore start­ing its na­tional tour. Proc­tors sub­scribers also get a ticket to a pro­duc­tion of their choice at Cap­i­tal Rep.

Cap­i­tal Reper­tory The­atre sub­scribers get four plays and a mu­si­cal at the Al­bany venue and a ticket to “Hamil­ton” at Proc­tors. Sub­scribers also have ac­cess to “Next Act: a New Play Sum­mit”, which has been moved from its tra­di­tional early-Novem­ber time slot to June 2-4.

The Cap­i­tal Rep sea­son starts July 6- Aug. 12, with a pro­duc­tion of “Ring of Fire: The Mu­sic of Johnny Cash.” It is fol­lowed by “The Royale,” (Sept. 21-Oct. 14). The hol­i­day show is the Jane Austin story “Miss Ben­net: Christ­mas at Pem­ber­ley (Nov. 23-Dec. 23).

2019 starts with “Red Maple,” (Jan. 25-Feb. 17, 2019). “Red Maple” is a com­edy by David Bunce, a lo­cal play­wright and for­mer ac­tor at the New York State The­atre In­sti­tute. He is on the fac­ulty of Rus­sell Sage Col­lege in Troy, NY. It was the hit of this year’s New Play Sum­mit.

The Cap Rep sea­son closes with a stage adap­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar film “Shake­speare in Love” (April 5-May 12, 2019).

Proc­tors CEO Philip Mor­ris pointed to the Proc­tors slate and made men­tion of the fact that all shows on the 2018-2019 sea­son are cur­rently in-de­mand shows still run­ning on Broad­way. “We’ve never had this hap­pen be­fore,” he said.

How­ever, the sched­ul­ing lo­gis­tics for in-de­mand ti­tles presents the the­ater with odd clus­ter sched­ul­ing. Of the six shows on the sub­scrip­tion se­ries two of the shows – “Anas­ta­sia” and “The Bronx Tale” play in Oc­to­ber. “School of Rock” and “Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory” are both in Fe­bru­ary, 2019. The two of the most pop­u­lar ti­tles “Wait­ress” and “Hamil­ton” are not at the the­ater un­til June, 2019. Even two re­peat shows “Phan­tom” and “Book of Mor­mon” play within two weeks of each other in May, 2019.

With the ex­cep­tion of ac­cess to “Hamil­ton” at Proc­tors, Cap­i­tal Rep is ab­sent of an in-de­mand ti­tle. Be­cause it has two shows and Hamil­ton dur­ing June-Au­gust of 2018, it will only of­fer four pro­duc­tions be­tween Sept. 21, 2018 and May 12, 2019. The the­ater will be dark from Fe­bru­ary 17 to April 5, 2019.

How­ever, for those who don’t want to wait un­til 2019 to ex­pe­ri­ence “Hamil­ton”, Proc­tors is hold­ing the Hamil­ton Fly­away Sweep­stakes which in May 2018, will take the win­ner and a guest to Chicago for three days and two nights to see “Hamil­ton.”

For in­for­ma­tion go to w w w.proc­tors.org/key f ly­away.

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