Proctors Collaborative rolls out glittering 2019-20 season at Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — "Disney's Frozen" and "The SpongeBob Musical" will launch their respective national tours in the fall at Proctors.

"Disney's Frozen" will be at Proctors Nov. 10-24; "The SpongeBob Musical" is set for Sept. 22-28 — both part of a 2019-20 Proctors' Key Private Bank Broadway Series that also includes two other current Broadway hits: "Dear Evan Hansen" and "The Band's Visit."

"Dear Evan Hansen" is the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy's family. The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, "Dear Evan Hansen" is due at proctors June 9-14, 2020;

Winner of 10 2018 Tony Awards and the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, "The Band's Visit" (Dec. 31, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020), focuses on the dynamics between the members of an Egyptian police band stranded in a tiny Israeli town and the locals they come to know as they wait in a cafe. It is based on a 2007 Israeli film comedy,

Also on tap are "Fiddler on the Roof," "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," "Hello, Dolly!" and two subscriber exclusives — "The Play That Goes Wrong" (April 7-12, 2020), and "Cats!" in a newly revised presentation (April 28-May 3, 2020).

Meanwhile, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, which begins its 2019-20 season Sept. 27-Oct. 20 with Kenneth Lonergan's "Lobby Hero," also is offering as subscriber exclusive, "The Full Monty," July 5-Aug. 4.

TheRep's 2019-20 season ends July 10-Aug. 16, 2020 with another musical, "Sister Act," the first production in theRep's new theater complex several blocks north of its current space at 111 N. Pearl St.

"We're so excited that 'Sister Act' will, hopefully, open our new space in July 2020," said theRep's producing artistic director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill in a news release from Proctors Collaborative. "It's the perfect, fun show for a new beginning. We can't wait to share our work with new neighbors, longtime supporters and the next generation of fans of professional theater."

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Also scheduled at theRep are "It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theater," Nov. 22-Dec. 22; "Your Best One" by Meredith Friedman, Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 2020; and "The Irish and How They Got That Way" by Frank McCourt, March 6-April 5.

Proctors subscribers will see seven Key Private Bank Broadway Series shows in 2019-2020, along with a title of their choice at theRep. Capital Repertory Theatre subscribers will see five shows in Albany and make a cross-venue choice from a KPB or Proctors exclusive title.

All subscribers will have exclusive priority access to "The Play That Goes Wrong" and "Cats!" at Proctors and "The Full Monty" at theRep, before they are available to the general public.

The joint season rollout was made Monday evening at a gathering of invited subscribers, members, group leaders, sponsors and supporters at Proctors, hosted by News 10 Albany/News10 ABC/FOX 23 anchors John Gray and Lydia Kulbida.

Proctors Collaborative CEO Philip Morris says in the news release that the twin seasons represent "more entertainment, more options and more flexibility.

"It's really incredible what we can offer to the Broadway fan right here in Schenectady," Morris said. "'Frozen,' for example, has announced only a handful of major, major cities so far, yet they are building the show at Proctors. You'll have the very first chance to experience the show outside of New York. And 'Dear Evan Hansen' is a true blockbuster, playing to sold out audiences on Broadway and across the country."

Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors and the 2019-2020 season at Capital Repertory Theatre are on sale now at the Proctors box office, 432 State St., and by phone at 518-346-6204.

All Proctors subscribers will choose one title from theRep. All Capital Repertory Theatre subscribers will choose one title from Proctors.

This article was put together by Berkshire Eagle arts editor Jeffrey Borak from material supplied by Proctors Collaborative and other sources.


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