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Parmalee Tolkan kneels near a hand-painted scenic backdrop in her studio in the basement of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  She's been living in the Adirondacks and creating costumes for Broadway shows for more than 30 years.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Parmalee Tolkan kneels near a hand-painted scenic backdrop in her studio in the basement of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She's been living in the Adirondacks and creating costumes for Broadway shows for more than 30 years. Photo: Todd Moe

Broadway magic created in a Lake Placid artist's studio

Hours from the lights of Broadway, an Adirondack artist has made a career of creating costumes for some of the city's biggest shows.

For more than 30 years, Parmalee Tolkan has been painting costumes and scenery for the theater, working with some of the greatest designers and scenic artists on Broadway. Scenic arts and colorful costumes from a studio in one of the most scenic parts of the country.

Parmalee Tolkan works in a quiet space in the lower level of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Email, social media and FedEx allow her to create costumes in the Adirondacks that will end up on stage in New York City.

A member of the United Scenic Artists Union, she's also painted murals for venues like the Northwoods Inn and the Adirondack Carousel, but Parmalee told Todd Moe that she prefers the collaborative process of theater over the life of a solitary artist.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/18432549@N00/33268860/">Peg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Peg, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY selling joys of upstate winter at Super Bowl

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) In an effort to make Super Bowl fans learn to love upstate New York in the dead of winter, tourism officials are planning a half-dozen exhibits and events encouraging that crowd to eat its foods, drink its beverages and play in its ice and snow.

While the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks play football Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium at the New Jersey Meadowlands, the spillover will far exceed 82,000 holders of high-priced ticket.  Go to full article
Broadway star Lisa Vroman leads singers from Jefferson and Lewis counties in a vocal workshop last month in Lowville.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Broadway star Lisa Vroman leads singers from Jefferson and Lewis counties in a vocal workshop last month in Lowville. Photo: Todd Moe

Lisa Vroman: returning to her roots, sharing some musical inspiration

World-renowned soprano Lisa Vroman took a break from concerts and musical tours to return to her native North Country this spring.

Vroman, who grew up in Adams, just south of Watertown, and graduated from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, hosted a workshop for dozens of young singers in Lewis and Jefferson counties. The students auditioned before a panel of judges, including Vroman, in an event dubbed "Broadway Idol."

Some of the top students got an opportunity to sing on stage with Vroman at Lowville Academy as part of the Black River Valley Concert Series. Competition aside, for many of the students it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet a Broadway star with local roots.  Go to full article
NCPR theater critic Connie Meng
NCPR theater critic Connie Meng

Pleasant surprises on Broadway

NCPR's resident theater critic Connie Meng spends a lot of time on the road around the region during the theater season. Just before the Tony awards were announced last weekend, Connie was in New York City taking in some of the best music and drama that Broadway is offering this summer.

So, if you're visiting the city this season, Connie has some theater recommendations. Five of the Tony winners for acting were in the four shows she saw recently: Nice Work if You Can Get it, Peter and the Starcatcher, Other Desert Cities, and One Man, Two Guvnors.  Go to full article
Linda Eder
Linda Eder

Preview: Linda Eder in Potsdam

Singer Linda Eder will perform a tribute to Broadway in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday night (7:30). She originated the role of Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway. Todd Moe spoke with Eder about her big break on "Star Search" in the late 80's, and how she created her own niche as an interpreter of Broadway songs and pop classics.  Go to full article

Preview: Lisa Vroman in Potsdam

Broadway and opera star Lisa Vroman returns to her musical roots in Potsdam on Saturday night. Perhaps best known for her role as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera during it's record breaking run in San Francisco, Vroman is a versatile performer with symphonies, Broadway and opera. She grew up in Adams, NY and majored in music education at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam. Community Performance Series presents her concert, "How Can I Keep from Singing" Saturday night (7:30 pm) in Potsdam's Hosmer Hall. Todd Moe spoke with her about the music industry, her career and returning to the North Country.  Go to full article

Preview: "Mame" in Willsboro

The Willsboro Drama Club's production of "Mame" opens at the Willsboro Central School tonight. The show features two Broadway veteran performers and local residents: Leslie and George Hearn. Todd Moe talks with actor George Hearn about the show, life along Lake Champlain and community theater.  Go to full article
John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young

Plattsburgh Native Wins Tony for Jersey Boys

Plattsburgh is celebrating the success of native son John Lloyd Young who won a Tony Award and then made a trip to the White House for a command performance earlier this week. Young was honored last Sunday night with Broadway's highest award -- the Tony for best lead actor in a musical -- for his powerful performance as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. The show also won best musical. Young graduated from Plattsburgh High School in 1993, and he told Todd Moe about growing up in the North Country.  Go to full article
Lisa Vroman
Lisa Vroman

Broadway Diva Returns to Crane for Benefit Concert

Acclaimed soprano Lisa Vroman played the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera, touring for 9 months and then opening its long San Francisco run for 5 years. She reprised the role on Broadway. Vroman grew up in Jefferson county, graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam and now lives in California. She returns to Hosmer Hall Saturday night (7:30) for a scholarship benefit concert in memory of her stepfather, Calvin Gage, professor emeritus at Crane. Todd Moe caught up with Lisa Vroman and Patrick O'Neil, Music Director for the concert, in Snell Music Theatre. They talked about Lisa's career, life at Crane and her stepfather.  Go to full article
Ted's solo album, <i>Ted Keegan Sings</i>
Ted's solo album, Ted Keegan Sings

Preview: Ted Keegan & Syracuse Symphony in Watertown

Broadway star and Watertown native Ted Keegan is back in his hometown for a concert with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra tonight (8pm, Watertown HS). Keegan has made a name for himself with the title tole of "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway and on national tour. He told Todd Moe he has always enjoyed music theatre.  Go to full article

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