"Ghost the Musical" launched its U.S. national tour right here in the Capital Region. Proctors in Schenectady opened its doors last week and for the first time, allowed a production to build its show from the ground up on its stage. YNN's Karen Tararache got an inside look at the making of Ghost and learned how the show has stimulated audiences and the local economy.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "It's a very beautiful story that is touching and relatable to all people," Steven Grant Douglas said.
Katie Postotnik encourages you to, "Come see 'Ghost the Musical.' It's great!"
Whether or not you've seen the iconic movie, "Ghost," you can now experience the touching love story, but this time in musical form and on the historic Proctors stage in Schenectady.
CEO of Proctors, Philip Morris, said, "Well the show itself technically is incredible, performers are great, but the technical stuff is like mind blowing."
"It took seven full days of technical rehearsals for a show that's two-and-a-half hours long," assistant stage manager Andrew Bacigalupo explained.
Over 215 automated lights including 46 LEDs, nine projectors, two 20 x 10 foot plasma screens that weigh about 6,000 pounds each and contain 87,000 pixels combined.
Bacigalupo said, "You see a seamless show from the front whereas backstage, it’s almost a rehearsed show in itself."
"This show was assembled, rehearsed, built, costumed, sound designed right here at Proctors," Morris said.
A first for the landmark theater, but he is hoping not the last.
"We're looking to do a tax credit for production costs," he said.
The Empire State Live Production Tax Credit, legislation that if passed in January, would give production companies creating shows in New York State a 30 percent refund on costs.
Morris explained, "We don't make any money by teching, in fact, we're giving them the building as a part of the deal, but what we get is a show before it goes anywhere else."
Plus, bringing shows to host cities translates to more money for local businesses.
Postotnik said she enjoyed, "Jay Street, I've been hitting up the little shops and Mission Café. I love that place."
"Schenectady has been wonderful, delicious food and great people," Douglas added.
A total of 306 performances in 31 cities over the next 40 weeks and their journey started here. "Ghost the Musical" plays at Proctors until Friday.