'Hamilton' coming to Proctors for 2018-19 season

CaptionClose"Hamilton" is headed to Proctors – in a year and a half, maybe two. Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash Broadway musical, a hip-hop conjuring of a Founding Father, will bring its touring production to Proctors some time during the 2018-2019 season....

'Hamilton' coming to Proctors for 2018-19 season



"Hamilton" is headed to Proctors – in a year and a half, maybe two.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash Broadway musical, a hip-hop conjuring of a Founding Father, will bring its touring production to Proctors some time during the 2018-2019 season. The news was revealed Monday night along with the venue's 2017-2018 Broadway lineup during its annual "bash," an event for subscribers heralding the upcoming season with splashy, sneak-peek excerpts from the shows being announced from the Great White Way.

Among the productions headed to Schenectady are "Fun Home," the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel; "The Color Purple," the 2016 revival of the musical based on the Alice Walker novel; and productions of "The King and I," "Les Miserables," "Finding Neverland," "The Bodyguard" and "On Your Feet!"

Also announced were productions slated for Capital Repertory Theatre, which shares administration with Proctors. Among them: "Sex with Strangers," "She Loves Me" and "Blithe Spirit."

But the biggest bombshell dropped on Monday was "Hamilton," winner of a Pulitzer, a Tony and a fanatical global following. "Is it a coup? Well, the coup part is we got it early," said Proctors CEO Philip Morris of securing "Hamilton" for the 2018-2019 season.

Regarding the 2017-2018 slate of Broadway touring productions, he said, "I think it's contemporary with the best stuff. Even what's a revival is a revival that's made contemporary noise. So it feels really good to me."

Nick Cartell, who plays J.M. Barrie in the touring production of "Finding Neverland," called the show "great for families" and described the upsides to bringing it on the road.

"I find that touring the country, you meet people that are, one, so thankful to have the arts in their hometown, in their cities," he said. "And it's also great for us, because we get to see parts of the country that we (otherwise) never get to see. We get to check out the little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and the coffee shops, and the best places in town, and the museums, that we, as normal, everyday people, sometimes don't get a chance to do. So it's great. I love touring."

Agreed Eli Tokash, 13, who has played Pan in the Broadway and touring iterations of the show: "It's always something new every night."

Performing on tour, he said, forms tight company bonds that resonate in a musical based on family. "There's just something about touring families. They bring the best out of you, and you're more connected with them, because you have to spend every day of your life traveling. And so to just share the stage with that — and to go through that together as a family — is something that's exciting and fun to do every night."

Subscriptions go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The date for single-ticket sales has not been announced, but subscribers will have immediate access to the non-subscription "Les Miserables." In addition, subscriptions to the Capital Repertory season will include Stephen Karam's Tony-winning play "The Humans" at Proctors.

The full 2017-2018 schedules are below. For more information, see proctors.org or capitalrep.org.


"The Color Purple": Oct. 7–14. The 2016 Tony Award winner for musical revival tracking the life and travails of a black woman in the deep South.

"Fun Home": Oct. 31–Nov. 5. Musical memoir – with a Tony-winning score – of a lesbian, her gay father and family mysteries.

"Finding Neverland": Dec. 5–10. Musical based on the 2004 film about J.M. Barrie, creator of "Peter Pan."

"The Bodyguard": Jan. 30–Feb. 4, 2018. Musical based on the 1992 film, featuring songs made famous by Whitney Houston.

"Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I": May 1–6. Lincoln Center production of classic musical about a British schoolteacher and the King of Siam.

"On Your Feet!": May 29–June 3. Jukebox musical tracking the lives and music of Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

"Les Misérables": Feb. 20–25. New production of Tony-winning mainstay of love and death in 19th-century France.

Capital Repertory Theatre:

"Mamma Mia!": July 7–Aug. 13. ABBA jukebox musical.

"Sex With Strangers": Sept 22–Oct. 15. Laura Eason's comedy about two snowbound writers.

NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 6: Oct 20–23.

"She Loves Me": Nov. 24–Dec. 24. Musical about lonely pen pals searching for love, based on the play by Miklos Laszlo that inspired "You've Got Mail."

"Paris Time": Jan. 26–Feb. 18. Steven Peterson's world-premiere play -- and winner of NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 6 – about a couple and anti-Semitism in France.

"The Humans": March 6–11 (at Proctors). Stephen Karam's 2016 Tony-winner concerning a family at Thanksgiving.

"Blithe Spirit": April 6–April 29. Noel Coward's spectral classic of a novelist haunted by the ghost of his dearly departed first wife.

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