SCHENECTADY (March 6) – Proctors Collaborative took its patrons to the Big Top Monday night as Proctors in Schenectady and Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany announced their 2023-2024 seasons during a circus-themed bash. Hosts John Gray and Lydia Kulbida from News 10 ABC were joined by Philip Morris, Proctors CEO, and Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, producing artistic director of theREP, as they announced the plethora of amazing shows coming to both venues.
Starting the KeyBank Subscription Series at Proctors is the Sondheim classic “Company” coming in October 2023. They will be teching their show on the MainStage before they kick off their national tour.
Directly following that in October is “Mrs. Doubtfire,” a new musical comedy based on the beloved film about an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids. In December, “Girl From The North Country” reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before.
Next year brings a classic back to the MainStage with “Annie” in January. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way. Then, in May, Proctors welcomes you to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak with “Six.” One month later, he earned his stripes on Broadway, and now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Schenectady with “Beetlejuice.” Proctors then ends its 2023-2024 KeyBank Broadway Series with “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical,” the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.
In addition to the shows in the KeyBank Broadway Series, Proctors will also offer two subscriber exclusive add-ons with “Les Misérables” in March and a yet-to-be-announced show in June 2024. Proctors subscribers will also be able to choose a crossover show from theREP’s 2023-2024 season.
Heading to Albany, theREP has quite a versatile 2023-2024 season. Starting in September, theREP kicks off the season with a special production of a smash Broadway hit, “What the Constitution Means to Me”(this production is being produced in association with WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group). It is a boundary-breaking, timely and thought-provoking play that breathes new life into how to think about the Constitution and imagines how it will shape the lives of future generations of Americans.
Next, just in time for the holidays, is “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas.” Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. In March, theREP welcomes the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Sweat.” Based on interviews with residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, Lynn Nottage brings her breathtaking storytelling to characters and situations that have become far too recognizable in the heart of de-industrialized America.
The 2022 NEXT ACT! New Play Summit winner “Three Mothers” is making its world premiere on theREP stage starting in April. Three college students, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, were tortured and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi. A photo of their three mothers was taken as the women left the funeral. “Three Mothers” is the imagined moment afterward, in Carolyn Goodman’s home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, when the three women forged an unbreakable bond and commitment to the Civil Rights Movement.
Last in theREP’s season is the Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” in its own up-close-and-personal production. This crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with over two-dozen pop classics you remember—and the story you’ll never forget.
Subscribers to theREP 2023-2024 season will also be able to choose a crossover show from the KeyBank Subscription Series at Proctors.
Subscriptions for the 2023-2024 KeyBank Broadway Series at Proctors and the 2023-2024 season at theREP go on sale Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. Subscriptions are available through the Box Office at Proctors, in person or via phone at (518) 346-6204 Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Single ticket on-sale dates have yet to be announced for the upcoming season. Subscriptions at Proctors start at $208.50 and at theREP start at $205.
What the Constitution Means to Me (September 15, 2023 – October 8, 2023)
By Heidi Schreck
The smash Broadway hit kicks off the new season at theREP with a special production created just for us. Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking, timely and thought-provoking play breathes new life into how we think about the Constitution and imagines how it will shape the lives of future generations of Americans.
Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
The New York Times – “Best and most important new play of the season.”
Time Out New York – “Something every citizen must see.”
The Washington Post – “Endearingly funny and deeply affecting.”
Million Dollar Quartet Christmas (November 24, 2023 – December 24, 2023)
Book by Colin Escott
They’re back! Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Sun Records, donned with Christmas tree, garland and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous. The gang is up to their usual antics as we journey through stories of Christmas past, present and future. It’s a jam-packed evening of holiday hits to celebrate year after year!
The team of the Tony®-nominated prequel, “Million Dollar Quartet,” invites you to come and join another unforgettable jam session, as these legendary performers create a scrumptious, hit-filled, holiday confection, including, “Blue Christmas,” “Run Rudolph Run,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”and many more!
Sweat (March 8, 2024 – March 31, 2024)
By Lynn Nottage
This stunning Pulitzer Prize-winning play exposes the devastating impact of the loss of work in America’s Rust Belt, circa 2000. Based on interviews with residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, Lynn Nottage brings her breathtaking storytelling to characters and situations that have become far too recognizable in the heart of de-industrialized America. At the local hangout for steel workers, resentment explodes when one of the regulars gets a promotion and delivers the news that the factory is cutting jobs and wages by 60%. A strike is imminent. Sides are drawn. As friendship gives way to betrayal, an act of violence changes everything…forever.
Three Mothers (April 26, 2024 – May 12, 2024)
By Ajene D. Washington
June 21, 1964. Three college students, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, were tortured and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Their crime: registering Black Americans to vote and being born Black or Jewish. Taking inspiration from the 1964 photo of their bereft mothers leaving the final funeral together, “Three Mothers” is the imagined moment afterward,in Carolyn Goodman’s home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, when the three women forged an unbreakable bond and commitment to the Civil Rights Movement. Don’t miss this stirring play, the winner of 2022 Next Act! New Play Summit, in its World Premiere production only at theREP!
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (July 12, 2024 – August 18, 2024)
Book by Douglas McGrath
Music and Lyrics by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and by the time she reached her twenties, she had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
For six years, “Beautiful,” the Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning Carole King musical, thrilled Broadway audiences, and now “Beautiful” comes to theREP in its own up-close-and-personal production that will give you the ride of a lifetime!
Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Tapestry,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman,” this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember—and the story you’ll never forget.
Key Bank Broadway Series at Proctors Theatre
Company (October 8-October 14, 2023)
PHONE RINGS, DOOR CHIMES, IN COMES COMPANY.
Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, COMPANY “strikes like a lightning bolt. It’s brilliantly conceived and funny as hell.” (Variety). Helmed by three-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America) this revelatory new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy, at once boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful, and downright hilarious.
It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy.
COMPANY features Sondheim’s award-winning songs You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive. Let’s all drink to that!
Mrs. Doubtfire (October 24-October 29, 2023)
A new musical comedy about the things we do to stay together.
Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Schenectady in an internationally acclaimed new hit musical critics call “wonderful, heart-warming, and laugh-out-loud funny” (Manchester Evening News) and “a feel-good, family-friendly comedy that delivers” (The Hollywood Reporter). Based on the beloved film and directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, Mrs. Doubtfire tells the hysterical and heartfelt story of an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids. It’s “the lovable, big-hearted musical comedy we need right now,” raves the Chicago Tribune – one that proves we’re better together.
Girl From The North Country (December 5-December 10, 2023)
is the Tony Award-winning new musical that the Chicago Tribune declares is “a Broadway revelation!”
Written and directed by celebrated playwright Conor McPherson and featuring Tony Award-winning orchestrations by Simon Hale, GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before, including “Forever Young,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Hurricane,” “Slow Train Coming,” and “Like A Rolling Stone.”
It’s 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota. We meet a group of wayward travelers whose lives intersect in a guesthouse filled with music, life and hope. Experience this ‘profoundly beautiful’ production (The New York Times) brought to vivid life by an extraordinary company of actors and musicians.
Annie (January 9-January 14, 2024)
Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most.
Annie, directed by Jenn Thompson, features the iconic book and score, written by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.
Six (May 7-May 12, 2024)
From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!
SIX has won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” (Critic’s Pick) and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for!”
The SIX: LIVE ON OPENING NIGHT Broadway album debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard cast album charts and surpassed 6 Million streams in its first month.
Beetlejuice (June 18-June 23, 2024)
He earned his stripes on Broadway… now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Schenectady.
It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is “SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!
Tina- The Tina Turner Musical (July 30-August 4, 2024)
THERE IS ONLY ONE.
HER VOICE IS UNDENIABLE. HER FIRE IS UNSTOPPABLE. HER TRIUMPH IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER.
An uplifting comeback story like no other, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of her most beloved hits, this electrifying sensation will send you soaring to the rafters.
One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.
Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.
Les Misérables (March 19-March 24, 2024)
Cameron Mackintosh presents the acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables. This brilliant staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed as “a reborn dream of a production” (Daily Telegraph). Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and many more.
Yet-to-be-announced surprise show (June 4-June 9, 2024)