Special Film Screenings at the Madison Theater in Albany

TROY, NEW YORK     The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Madison Theater in Albany have paired up to present films scored by the incomparable Randy Newman, who is performing at the Hall on Saturday, September 16, at 8 PM.  The Madison Theater will also present a special screening of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which tells the life story of singer/songwriter Rodriguez.  Rodriguez will perform at the Hall on Monday, September 25, at 7:30 PM.

 Randy Newman

After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Randy Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-titled album Randy Newman. He found acclaim in the 1970s for his solo recordings, but as he moved in the ‘80s, he began finding critical and commercial success composing and scoring for films. The list of movies he has worked on since then includes The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, SeabiscuitJames and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Monsters University and, most recently, Cars 3 in 2017.

Join us at the Madison theatre this Saturday, September 9th for a special one-time screening of Pleasantville, or bring the kids to enjoy Cars 3, which has several screenings scheduled.  Our goal is to shine a spotlight on Randy’s musical accomplishments in the film industry in anticipation of his performance at the Hall on September 16.

Movie times at The Madison:

CARS 3 (2017) – Rated G – Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Thu, September 7 – 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 9:00 PM

Fri, September 8 –  4:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 9:00 PM

Sat. September 9 – 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 9:00 PM

Sun, September 10 – 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 9:00 PM

PLEASANTVILLE (1998) – Rated PG-13 – Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Sat, September 9 – 7:00 PM


To truly appreciate the music of Rodriguez, you need to understand the incredible journey he took that lead him to play the Hall, as well as venues all over the world.  The 2012 Oscar winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man tells the story of how he became the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.


Fri, September 22 – visit the madisontheater.com for show time

Movie tickets may be purchased in person prior to the screenings, or online at themadisontheater.com.  The Madison Theater is located at 1036 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208.  The Box Office number is 518-438-2094.

Concert tickets to Randy Newman and Rodriguez are available via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online atwww.troymusichall.org.  Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  More information on the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and upcoming programs is available on the website at www.troymusichall.org.

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