It’s peculiar that I hardly ever write about plays and musicals, given the fact that I go to them quite often, at various venues.
One great location is Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, pretty much the next city over from Albany, in the once a rundown vaudeville house that’s now a refurbished gem. Shows that had been on Broadway and are now touring show up here. It holds about 2700 patrons.
The Wife and I saw at least two shows in the 2010-11 season:
February 2011: Lion King. Astonishing, starting with the entrances from throughout the theater
May 2011: Hair. The story doesn’t age well, but it was still fun, with a lot of talented vocalists.
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Many bloggers, including this one, will start a blogpost and then move on to something else, leaving it in incomplete draft form.
Such was the case of this piece about the two musicals my wife, my daughter and I saw, both in June 2011, at the Mac-Hadyn Theater in Chatham, NY, about a 40-minute drive from our house in Albany.
The first show we viewed was Annie. I’d seen TV productions of it, I’m sure; certainly the one with Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan. But the stage performance made it more real than I remembered.
So my wife asked if I wanted to go see The King and I. She could hear the ambivalence in my response.
You see, I thought I knew the story well enough that I didn’t need to. I remember seeing the movie Continue reading The Small House of Uncle Thomas