Of course the Hudson Valley is bucolic. Of course there are farmers' markets and country fairs. But there are also two very special Broadway-style theatres here in the Hudson Valley that make going to shows there feel positively metropolitan! The Bardavon Opera House is a classic renovated theatre in the city of Poughkeepsie, and Ulster Performing Arts Center is located in the midtown neighborhood of historic Kingston. Over the years I have been lucky to see amazing shows in both houses: Natalie Merchant, Black Crowes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patti Smith, Patti Labelle, Whoopie Goldberg, Joan Rivers, Anthony Bourdain, John Waters, Liza Manelli, Kathy Griffin, Blondie, and more, more, more. Both theatres have the architecture, seating and acoustics you expect from a broadway house, without the trip to the city!
Here's a Flickr page of photos from some of their best shows...https://www.flickr.com/photos/bardavon/sets/
In the beginning of the summer I got a call from the Director of the theatres, Chris Silva, letting me know I had been nominated to be on the Board of Directors. I was truly blown away and humbled. I'm looking forward to serving on this board and doing what I can to help these two very special theatres.
There are a couple of ways to find out what great performances are coming up at The Bardovon and UPAC. One, become a member! Member benefits include ticket discounts, member only events, and pre-sale tickets to most events. Two, visit the Bardovon Website. Hope I see you at the theatre!