The Park Playhouse provides professional plays and musicals to the public, and arts education programs to young people in the Capital Region. With free and affordable admission to productions, they make theater an accessible art form for everyone.
High Quality Productions & Programs
The Park Playhouse has been producing free, outdoor summer theater productions in Albany's Washington Park for over 30 years. New for 2019, they're also in residence at the Cohoes Music Hall, so you can catch some of their productions there as well. All Washington Park productions are free and open to the public for several nights during each summer season; affordable reserved and VIP seats are available as well.
In addition to musicals and plays, Park Playhouse also offers a variety of programs and classes, including a summer arts education program that consists of a musical theater day camp. They take great pride in working with students to build important skills and gain confidence that they can take with them into adulthood.
2019 Productions at Washington Park
In the Heights
June 28 - July 27, 2019
Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm
Lawn seating free
Get reserved seating tickets starting at $18: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/park-playhouse-amp-playhouse-stage-co-18438492240
A uniquely American story about what it means to be home... In the Heights, the first hit Broadway musical by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a place where the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and the struggle to decide which traditions to honor and which ones to leave behind. This Tony Award-winner for Best Musical kicks off our summer season in Washington Park.
August 6 - 24, 2019
Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm
Lawn seating free
Get reserved tickets starting at $18: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/park-playhouse-amp-playhouse-stage-co-18438492240
Now is the time to seize the day with this inspiring tale... Based on the classic 1992 Disney film, and inspired by a true story, Newsies tells the story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic leader of a band of newsboys. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack rallies the boys to strike against unfair conditions and fight for what’s right. Disney’s Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, boasting classics songs such as “King of New York,” and “Carrying the Banner.” It’s perfect summer entertainment for the whole family!
2019 Productions at the Cohoes Music Hall
April 25 - May 5, 2019
Tuesday to Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
Get tickets at $27 adults and $17 under 18: https://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=avenue+q
Warning: Puppet nudity, foul language... and a touching coming-of-age story. Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Score and Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found neighbors struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Don’t miss this hysterical comedy, featuring some familiar Playhouse pros.
Tortoise & Hare (Children's Theater)
May 12, 2019
Get tickets starting at $15: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1822627
Based on the classic fable but with a modern twist! Ancient vs. modern. Brain vs. brawn. Sacred vs. secular. Poor vs. rich. Reptile vs. mammal. Hip Hop vs. Hula… you know. All the classic match-ups. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Musical styles collide in this energetic new re-imagining of the ancient fable.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
July 30 - August 3, 2019
Tuesday to Saturday at 2pm
Friday and Saturday at 7pm
Get tickets starting at $12: https://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=Disney%27s+Beauty+%26+The+Beast
Disney’s Beauty & The Beast is one of Broadway’s best loved family titles, and our fantastic Park Playhouse Kids will bring it to life on stage in Summer 2019! Based on the film, and featuring a book by Linda Woolverton, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Beauty & The Beast tells the story of a cursed prince, and the young woman who endeavors to save him.
Winnie the Pooh
August 22 - 23, 2019
Thursday and Friday at 2pm
Featuring students of the new Playhouse Tykes Program
Registration is first-come, first served, and open now: http://www.parkplayhouse.com/summer-programs