7 new shows

Patti Labelle, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the return of Neil deGrasse Tyson among highlights

Proctors updated fall brochure hits homes throughout the Capital Region starting next week, bringing with it news of seven new titles for the 2016-2017 season, including Patti Labelle, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the return of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Tickets for all shows (except Neil DeGrasse Tyson) will be available 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at (518) 346-6204; and online at proctors.org.

New shows include:

Patti LaBelle
8 p.m. Saturday, October 29, $25–$85
Everlasting diva Patti LaBelle’s career spans pioneering girl group pop, powerful funk, sweet R&B ballads and inspiring gospel. She truly is one of a kind, and she brings her amazing catalog to Proctors for one special night of unforgettable soul.

Fireworks Ensemble with Empire State Youth Orchestra
8 p.m. Saturday, February 11, $20–$30
Empire State Youth Orchestra and area schools will get the chance to learn from and perform with the riveting Fireworks Ensemble—a small group making big waves on the classical scene with edgy moves like a rock-inspired take on Stravinsky.

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, $30–$35
This loving tribute and send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the beloved show. TJ Dawe, co-creator of One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings and PostSecret: The Show, has comedic whirling dervish Kerry Ipema bringing all our favorite characters to life as they brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos.

The Gazillion Bubble Show
3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, $20–$45
The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind-blowing bubble magic. Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.

ChipandGus: A Comedy with Balls
7:30 p.m. April 6–8, $20–$30
ChipandGus: A Comedy with Balls is unlike any play that’s come before: a funny, fast, moving and profound piece that happens while two guys—writer/actors Christopher Patrick Mullen and John Ahlin—are playing ping pong. The play, which takes place in the back room of a run down sports bar, is actually set in Schenectady.

Neil deGrasse Tyson—The Cosmic Perspective
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, $20–$250 (on sale date TBA)
“There is no view of the world as emotionally potent as the one granted by a cosmic perspective,” says Tyson—who returns to Proctors following a sold out evening of An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies last April—in his current talk. “It’s one that sees Earth as a planet in a vast empty universe. It profoundly influences what we think and feel about science, culture, politics and life itself.”

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
7:30 p.m. May 16–17, $20–$75
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly).

Box Office hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.