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JERRY GRETZINGER: THE RAT PACK IN CONCERT AT FORT SALEM
SALEM, NY — Former CBS6 news anchor Jerry Gretzinger returns to the Fort Salem Theater Mainstage this Sunday, August 13, at 2 PM, for a summer musical event, Jerry Gretzinger In Concert: The Rat Pack in Vegas. The previously announced Farm-to-Table Dinner Cabaret at Gardenworks Farm on Saturday night has been sold out.
Gretzinger has been performing regularly at Fort Salem Theater since appearing in the first Singing Anchorscabaret in 2009, headlining on the Mainstage in Forever Plaid and Women in My Life, and performing two Frank Sinatra Tribute cabarets both at the Fort and around the region. After the success of the Sinatra shows, Jerry is now ready to attack the entire Rat Pack repertoire from their Las Vegas shows in the sixties.
The term “Rat Pack” derives from a remark made by Lauren Bacall when her husband Humphrey Bogart and a group of his friends stumbled into their Hollywood home at dawn after a long night in Las Vegas. No…

Jerry Gretzinger IS the Rat Pack

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JERRY GRETZINGER IS THE RAT PACK: THE PACK IS BACK … IN SALEM
SALEM, NY – Fort Salem Theater and Gardenworks Farm announce two very special performances as popular Capital Region personality, Jerry Gretzinger, explores the The Rat Pack’s Songbook in an all new production, Jerry Gretzinger in Concert: The Pack is Back — The Rat Pack in Vegas. On Saturday evening, August 12, a multi-course locally sourced Farm-to-Table dinner begins at 5:30 at Gardenworks Farm, followed by an onsite cabaret concert. The same show, without the meal, will be presentedat Fort Salem Theater on Sunday, August 13, at 2 PM. The Pack Is Back chronicles the chart-topping singing careers of arguably the greatest male entertainers of the twentieth century, namely Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., by duplicating the song selection from several of the Rat Pack’s Las Vegas shows from the early 1960’s.
In The Pack Is Back, Gretzinger tackles the musical repertoire of the entire Rat Pack, celebrating the u…
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FORT SALEM THEATER presents Souvenir: The Florence Foster Jenkins Musical July 14-16 • Friday & Saturday at 8 PM • Sunday at 2 PM CoProduction with Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill (performed 3/16-26, 2017)
J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus http://www.berkshirebrightfocus.com/bridgestreettheatre/souveniratbridgest.html
   At the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, New York three people have taken center stage, each in a different way. Florence Foster Jenkins, the almost imperturbable diva of the 1930s and 1940s hates to give center to anyone else and, as portrayed in the Florence Hayle directed version of her story, she and her accompanist Cosme McMoon vie for that position like prizefighters in the match of their lives. It is a fight to the death and what happens here is a no-fail situation as both characters and their director never leave that position and they survive together for eternity.
      This play had its true premiere at the Berkshire Theatre Festival about a dozen yea…
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CALIFORNIA’S ROSE REPERTORY TROUPE  PLAY AT FORT SALEM THEATER
SALEM, NY — The players from Westminster, California’s Rose Center Theater have arrived early this week to perform their brand new old-fashioned musical comedy, Rip Van Winkle, on Fort Salem Theater’s Mainstage. Rip opens Friday, June 23 at 8 PM, with subsequent performances Saturday, June 24, at 8 PM and Sunday, June 25, at 2 PM.
Director Tim Nelson, who lives in Huntington Beach, California, and has a summer home in Salem, drove the deconstructed set along with costumes and wigs across the country. An instructor at the Huntington Beach Academy for Performing Arts, a public charter high school, he is also Executive Director at the professional Rose Center Theater, which is owned by the town of Westminster. The Rose Repertory Troupe consists of professional actors and theater educators.
Nelson has moonlighted during the summer for almost thirty years, working in the Capital District as a director and musical director. This yea…
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GARDENWORKS AND FORT SALEM THEATER  COLLABORATE FOR THE SIXTH YEAR
SALEM, NY — For the sixth season in a row, two Salem businesses, Gardenworks Farm, located at 1055 County Route 30, and Fort Salem Theater, 11 East Broadway, will be collaborating on Farm-to-Table Dinner Theater and Cabarets, a package that offers special dinners and musical and theater productions at discounted prices.
Starting with a Gardenworks dinner on Saturday, June 24, paired with Fort Salem’s original musical, Rip Van Winkle, the events will span the agricultural and cultural summer season, from blueberry picking to fall harvest; from the annual visit from California’s Rose Center Theater to an onsite live multimedia musical event at Gardenworks at the end of the season.
Each evening begins with a cheese tray appetizer in the Gardenworks gallery at 5:30 PM. Wine is available for purchase. Dinner is served at 6 PM, including salad and artisan bread, a main course, and dessert. For Rip Van Winkle, on June 24, and Hap…
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FORT SALEM THEATER  ANNOUNCES ITS SUMMER SEASON
SALEM, NY — Fort Salem Theater, Washington County’s Theater Home for Music, Musicals, and Cabaret, has announced its summer schedule for 2017. 
The Rose Center Theater, from Westminster, California, artistically directed by part-time Salemite Tim Nelson, returns for the ninth year to the Fort Mainstage on June 23-25, with his Rose Center adult repertory company, including Mary Murphy-Nelson, Melissa Cook, and Chris Caputo, with their second entry in the season, his original adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic tale, Rip Van Winkle: The Musical. Nelson’s  research took him to the Catskills, where he steeped himself in oral history of the nineteenth century, and many of his characters are based on the twenty-first century locals whom he met.
On July 14-16, in a co-production with Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, NY, opera diva Alison Davy plays Florence Foster Jenkins, the role that won Meryl Streep her latest Oscar nomination. In Souve…
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FORT SALEM THEATER HOSTS MAINSTAGE PIANO CONCERT
SALEM, NY — Fort Salem Theater rolls its seven-foot Steinway Concert Grand piano centerstage on Sunday afternoon, June 4, when piano virtuoso Deborah Young-Weiler returns to the Fort for an afternoon of piano music designed to touch the souls of its audience.
Mrs. Young-Weiler was born in the Tennessee mountains near the Kentucky border. She hadn’t even  reached her third birthday in her earliest memory of playing piano. “There I was at Grandma’s side,” she recently said. “She sat with me, playing her ragtime tunes. I’d play along at the high end of the piano. Later, I would sit alone and play, thinking that if I kept on sitting there, something good would eventually come out.” 
She was nine years old when the preacher at a local church asked her to accompany a prayer service. Playing in church became a regular gig during her teen years.
Not until Deborah went to college to study classical music did she hear a symphony orchestra. “We didn’t …