Posted at: 09/11/2013 11:43 PM
Updated at: 09/11/2013 11:47 PM
By: Jessica Layton
SCHENECTADY - The bright lights of Broadway are once again about to illuminate the Electric City with the magic of "Ghost The Musical" taking the stage at Proctors.
"This is perhaps the most high tech show we've ever put on,"said Proctors Marketing Director Richard Lovrich, explaining the special buzz surrounding this timeless love story.
For the first time in Proctors history all the tech work is being done right here on site.
Townsend Teague is the general manager of the entertainment company putting on this emotional musical. He explains "teching" is the test phase for the live performance.
"They are running the physical show, the elements, the lighting, the sets moving in and out. A lot of lights, a lot of bang, a lot of illusions," Teague said.
In fact, a crew of about 100 people has been here for three weeks already.
Teague says they're slated to spend $120,000 on hotels, $30,000 on car rentals and have been frequenting local restaurants like Johnny's, Zen and The Happy Cappuccino.
It's all fueling support for a proposal in the New York State legislature right now to extend tax credits to theatrical companies like Teague's to develop their shows in New York. That's music to the ears of those who are as passionate about performances as Lovrich.
It might mean even more Broadway business for places like downtown Schenectady. And that's no illusion.
It's important to point out Proctors wouldn't get any kind of extra money or tax break with the Empire State Live Production Tax Credit alone. If passed, the law takes effect in January.
"Ghost The Musical" opens Saturday and runs through Friday, Sept. 20.