Subscriptions to theREP’s 5-show season – now on sale – start at $153
ALBANY – Capital Repertory Theatre’s long hiatus is coming to a close with the recently announced production this summer of “Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow” and today’s announcement of the shows on theREP’s upcoming season at its new home.
The inaugural season at 251 N. Pearl St. consists of four titles on the 2020-21 announced season that was postponed due to the pandemic: the plays “The True” and “Fly” and the musicals “Jersey Boys” and “Wizard of Oz”. In addition, the subscription plan includes a play at Proctors, “To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Richard Thomas. Both theREP and Proctors are part of Proctors Collaborative.
“We are excited to finally present our first season in our forever home,” said Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, theREP’s producing artistic director. “And I am pleased to say the season we had announced for 2020-21 is largely intact for this restart, with the addition of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ which has received rave reviews on Broadway and on the road.
“While we had many people subscribe in the short window between our season announcement in February 2020 and the start of the pandemic – and those seats have been reserved – we want to encourage as many people as possible who haven’t subscribed to consider us. If you have ever experienced theREP we have the same spirit and dedication to professional theatre, but the ambiance at 251 N. Pearl will be much improved. Everything from auditorium sight lines to acoustics to bathroom capacity are upgraded from our previous facility.”
theREP announced its purchase of a former commercial bakery in 2017 and its intention to relocate from a rented facility at 111 N. Pearl St. A $14 million renovation project ensued with a goal of opening during the summer of 2020. Construction delays due to the pandemic resulted in contractors finishing work in early 2021. The project includes a 309-seat MainStage, a 70-seat black box theatre, an open lobby with concessions, and expanded support space including dressing rooms, prop and costume shops, administrative offices and a VIP lounge.
The subscription series pricing starts at $153. Contact the box office 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (518) 346-6204 or visit capitalrep.org to subscribe.
In addition to “Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow”, there is one additional previously announced show at theREP that is being presented later this year for 2019-20 subscribers and the general public: “The Irish and How They Got That Way” is being presented Nov. 19-Dec. 19. Tickets for this show are also currently on sale.
The subscription season line-up:
Jan. 28 – Feb. 27, 2022
Experience the thrill of flight commandeered by WWII flying aces, the Tuskegee Airmen. Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s soaring play takes us on a breathtaking journey with the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters. Based on true events, FLY takes you through the trials and tribulations of four recruits who transform from a collection of motley individuals into a true brotherhood of fighter pilots. Using tap dancing and spoken word, this ingenious play will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, as you experience the magnitude of this emotional ride t first hand.
“Moving and Powerful.” The New York Times
April 1-May 1, 2022
1977. Albany. Peek behind the curtains in Sharr White’s drama about the blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine, Dorothea “Polly” Noonan. Politics is personal for Noonan, especially now that her hero, “mayor for life” Erastus Corning II, is battling for party control, while at the same time fighting the fiercest primary challenge of his life. THE TRUE is an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics.
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird
June 14-19, 2022
All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prizewinning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is “the most successful American play in Broadway history. It has not played to a single empty seat” (60 Minutes). Rolling Stone gives it 5 stars, calling it “an emotionally shattering landmark production of an American classic,” and New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath, nuance, and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) — has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR).
July 15 – Aug 21, 2022
“O, What A Night!” and you’ll want to dance it away to this tune-filled journey with the Four Seasons! Follow the four boys from New Jersey, from their first stumbles and fumbles to their rise to become international icons of their generation. See how the group was almost ripped apart by personal problems and professional differences yet managed to climb to the top of the pop charts repeatedly with big hits, including “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man, “ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and many more. Travel with the boys to “late December back in 63,” and relive the music hits of Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi.
“The crowd goes wild!” New York Times
The Wizard of Oz
Dates to be announced
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Revisit your childhood in L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic story, with all the songs we love from the award-winning movie. You’ll meet all your favorite characters from Kansas and the wonderful land of Oz. Follow Dorothy and Toto as they travel the yellow brick road in search of the Wizard, while encountering new friends as well as dangers caused by the Wicked Witch of the West.
Sing along with the Munchkins to timeless classics such as “Over the Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” and “Yellow Brick Road”. The show gets the special theREP treatment with actor-musicians, delightful new arrangements and an imaginative setting in the intimate environment of our new theatre. You’ll leave the show feeling braver, smarter with your heart wide open!