“The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ irreverent musical comedy about two Broadway swindlers whose plan to produce the perfect money-making flop goes awry, is one of those timeless mainstays of theater that bears staging on a regular basis.
Yet, while its masterful, award-winning script, music and lyrics would seem to promise a sure-fire hit, the show is not without some very daunting challenges.
One dark and rainy night, the streets of downtown Bethlehem were crawling with all sorts of witches and wizards and magicians. Their destination was the Moravian Book Shop along Main Street, where at one minute after midnight July 31, long-anticipated and tightly kept secrets about their hero Harry Potter would be unwrapped.
On July 15, 2014, Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest senior vice-president for marketing and advancement, was sitting in her second-floor office looking out at the rusting monoliths that once had been the blast furnaces of the former southside Bethlehem plant where steel-making ended in 1995 with Bethlehem Steel Corp. filing for bankruptcy in 2001. Downstairs at ArtsQuest Center, a decision was being made by the ArtsQuest Board of Trustees that would change her life.
When John Christian Malthaner was a teacher at the Young Ladies’ Seminary in the mid-19th Century Moravian community of Bethlehem, he commissioned fellow teacher Gustav Grunewald to paint portraits of himself and his wife Catherine.
The portraits, after hanging for more than a century and a half in the homes of Malthaner’s descendants throughout the United States, have come home to Bethlehem, where they are now part of the permanent art collection of the Moravian Archives.
Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, best-selling author of "Love, Medicine and Miracles" and founder of Exceptional Cancer Patients, speaks on the "Psychology of Illness and the Art of Healing," 7:30 p.m. April 22, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.
The lecture is the fifth in the series sponsored by the Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement and St. Luke's University Health Network. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.