Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 2018 Summer Season

Glens Falls – Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) announces its 24th season – the fourth for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz.  Rabinovitz will again bring an entire season of major new works to ATF with a team of top-level professional artists, offering experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world – only in Glens Falls.  After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, doubling attendance and subscribership in just the past three years, the 2018 season promises to be even larger.  In fact, the season will be one week longer than ever before in order to accommodate the large-scale productions.  Performances will run June 14 – August 9 at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, in Downtown Glens Falls, NY.


With ATF’s popular Subscription Package, season subscribers can use their tickets for any show, any time.  Subscribers can use one ticket for each performance or all tickets for one performance.  Ticket reservations can be changed to any performance without any exchange fees.  If a subscriber is out of town for a performance, they can see another show twice or give their ticket to a friend.  Subscribers also have the opportunity to reserve their favorite seats first before single tickets go on sale on April 1.

3 pass – $95 (save $40 off single tickets)

5 pass – $125 (save $100)

7 pass – $150 (save $165)

Packages and tickets to individual shows may be purchased by calling (518) 480-4878 or visiting the Wood Theater Box Office.


Last year’s subscribers who choose to renew will get the gift of a FREE additional subscription to give to any friend who was not a subscriber to the previous season.  ATF is the only theatre in the WORLD offering this innovative initiative that celebrates the loyalty of its core supporters.

If a subscriber from last year purchases a 5 Pass then they will receive an additional 5 Pass to gift to a friend.  If they purchase a 7 Pass, they’ll get a 7 Pass.  Next season, both the Subscriber and the Subscribe It Forward recipient will have the opportunity to renew and Subscribe It Forward again.  Now ATF’s loyal patrons can bring a new friend with them for an entire summer.  It’s also a great reason to subscribe for the first time, since next year you’ll be able to Subscribe It Forward!


The 2017 season set a lot of records for ATF:

  • 9,385 – most patrons in a season (5,798 in 2014, 8,385 in 2015, 9,143 in 2016)
  • 1,197 Subscribers – most in ATF history (591 in 2014, 895 in 2015, 1,057 in 2016)
  • NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT – best-selling show in ATF history (with a 2 week run)
  • GLITCHES IN REALITY – sold out the entire run prior to opening




Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater

Music by Burt Bacharach

June 14-23

Some Lovers follows the story of a couple caught between their present and their past. With an original story by Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and all new music from the legendary, Burt Bacharach, this captivating tale leaps across time as an unforgettable melody transports these lovers back to their younger selves.

  • This marks Burt Bacharach’s first new score for the stage in 50 years (PROMISES PROMISES, 1968).  Burt has written brand new music – this is no jukebox musical!
  • Burt Bacharach is the winner of 3 Academy Awards & 6 Grammy Awards
  • Rolling Stone in 2015 ranked Burt at 32 in their list of 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time
  • Steven Sater has been award 2 Tony’s and 1 Grammy Award for SPRING AWAKENING

“This is no jukebox musical – it’s packed with all new music from the legendary Burt Bacharach!  Combined with Spring Awakening’s, Steven Sater, it’s incredibly exciting that ATF and Glens Falls get to be in on the ground floor for this show.” – Chad Rabinovitz 




Music & Book by Marshall Pailet

Lyrics & Book by A.D. Penedo

Directed by Marshall Pailet

Presented by Special Arrangement with Victoria Lang, Mark Schwartz, Carl White and Gregory Rae

July 5-14

On the mysterious waters of the Scottish Highlands, a young girl discovers herself – and a legendary creature – in this epic new musical adventure.  Equally hilarious and heartwarming, LOCH NESS takes us on a magical journey about finding your way…where you least expect it.

  • LOCH NESS will have the same director and design team as NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT
  • Best described as “War Horse on Water” – will be working with a specialty puppetry company in NYC to design and build a large-scale Loch Ness monster puppet

“LOCH NESS is certainly unlike anything ATF has done before.  A larger-than-life, Disney-style musical that plays to adults but is great for the whole family.  I can’t wait to see that giant Loch Ness monster on our stage!  And with the TESLA team back together, this might just end up being the biggest show we’ve ever produced.” – Chad Rabinovitz




By Stephen Massicotte

Directed by Chad Rabinovitz

July 20-27

A not so long time ago in a theatre not so far away came a film that rocked the galaxy, changing both cinema and schoolyards forever…

The Jedi Handbook is a coming of age story about a young boy who survives growing older with help from The Force.  Experiencing the Star Wars franchise anew, through the eyes and imagination of a kid, The Jedi Handbook takes us on a nostalgic journey back to an era we can all relate to – our childhood.

  • By Canadian playwright, Stephen Massicotte, who is best known for MARY’S WEDDING.  He is the winner of numerous Canadian awards.
  • The Jedi Handbook has three parts and has only been seen in its entirety in Calgary.  ATF will be working with the playwright on a new, condensed version.

“THE JEDI HANDBOOK is a coming of age story that checks in on a young boy’s life as each of the first three Star Wars films are released.  When A New Hope is released, he’s moving to a new town and learning to make friends.  With Empire Strikes Back, he and his best friend are dating girls for the first time.  And with Return of the Jedi, he’s moving apart from his friend and having to sell his Star Wars toys.  Ultimately, it’s a story about whether growing older means that you have to grow up.  It’s a heartfelt and hysterical human story that is just as great if you’re a fan of the films or if you’ve never even seen them (but seriously, how could you not have seen them?)  I can’t say enough good things about this show!




Book by George Pinney, Larry Kass & Sara Kass

Music & Lyrics by Larry Kass

Directed & Choreographed by George Pinney

Executive Producer, Sara Kass

Aug. 3-9

In post-WWII New York City, the newspaper is king, and rambunctious reporter Flo is hungry for her big break. So when word hits the wires that a Soviet spy has landed in Manhattan, Flo follows the clues to get the scoop — and discovers more than she bargained for. With a golden-era Broadway score, dazzling dance numbers, loves lost (and found again), and non-stop fun, FRONT PAGE FLO is the world premiere musical that feels like seeing a classic for the very first time!

  • George Pinney is an Emmy-winner and Tony-nominee for his Broadway production of BLAST.
  • Larry Kass is a two-time Emmy nominee.
  • With a cast of 13, it will be ATF’s largest show in history

“I wondered what it would be like to be the first person ever to sit in the audience for shows like 42nd Street or Bye Bye Birdie and wanted to give our audience that opportunity.  A chance to see a new classic.  So get ready for the glitz, glam, bright lights, and vintage showbiz!” – Chad Rabinovitz





Book by Emily Goodson

Music & Lyrics by Jeremy Schonfeld

Directed by Chad Rabinovitz

July 22 & 23 

Marc gets dumped by his fiancé, Kate McBride, right before their wedding and honeymoon around the world. He’s now single and left to travel the globe alone since his plane tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable. In an act of desperation, Marc posts an ad online for the only companion who could legally join him… someone with the exact same name as his ex-fiancé.




Sneak Preview Screening featuring a talkback with Marc Summers

July 9

@ The Park Theater

This feature-length documentary follows television icon Marc Summers, the host of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare and Food Network’s Unwrapped, as he rehearses and develops the live theater show about his life – THE LIFE & SLIMES OF MARC SUMMERS – that appeared at ATF in 2016.




Aug. 5 & 6 (shows at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30)

A one-of-a-kind entertainment experience where you’ll watch multiple close-up magicians as you travel around the room, grabbing drinks along the way.






By Kathryn Schultz Miller

June 27 – July 27

It’s about time kids get to have the same amount of fun in a theater that adults do!  A revolutionary idea, the PB&J Café will give young theatre-goers the opportunity to order a meal from the cast of characters, participate in a pre-show art activity, dine during the live theatre performance, and come home with autographs from their favorite actors.

The Show:  This theatrical version of the classic story has the audience participating throughout the performance, becoming members of Robin’s rowdy band and even competitors in a high stakes archery tournament!

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