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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Circus ‘Beyond Imagination’ expands Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Searching for the purpose to our life is a universal struggle that many of us can relate to, especially in our youth.

It’s a quest that led Noah Dach to create and direct “Tal: Beyond Imagination,” presented by Atlas Circus Company in its world premiere through July 28 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) in the Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

A Grande return: Broadway, television, social media star in ‘How To Succeed In Business’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Frankie Grande, of Broadway, television and social media fame, stars in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of the classic Broadway musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” July 11 - July 29, Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

“I wanted to study biology and theater and dance and that was impossible at every other college,” says Grande, a Muhlenberg College graduate, Class of 2005, who triple-majored in biology, theater and dance.

Theater Review: ‘Tal’ a treat for eyes, ears, mind at MSMT

Saturday, July 7, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Tal: Beyond Imagination,” a joint production of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and Atlas Circus Company, is billed as a “world-premiere circus performance for kids, parents and everyone else.”

The show, continuing through July 28, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, lives up to its billing as a show for all ages. Whether five, 15, or 55, audience members will love this dream-like production.

Dancing in the seats: It’s summertime and the time is right for ‘Dirty Dancing’ musical

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Maybe you saw the movie “Dirty Dancing” with your friends when it opened in theaters in 1987, or maybe you became a fan when you saw it on television one night.

However you came to love “Dirty Dancing,” and you know who you are, there’s no denying the power of the iconic love story and the hold it has on fans’ hearts.

“Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage,” with all of the music, romance and dancing of the movie, plus more, stops during its 30th anniversary North American Tour, 7:30 p.m. June 21 and 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Camp introduces children to the arts

Friday, May 4, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The 20th annual City Arts Camp returns June 25 and runs through June 29 in Allentown.

The camp, a collaborative project of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Association, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre, allows campers to learn about the arts while participating in activities and classes run by the Allentown arts nonprofits.

The camp is for children from ages 7 to 11 and is held 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

Jesse Cook: World music, world musician

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Jesse Cook, a Juno Award winner and world-renowned nuevo flamenco guitarist, returns at 7:30 p.m. April 21 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Cook, raised in France, Spain, Austria and Canada, has been a musician all his life.

“I had a little toy guitar I played,” he says in a phone interview. “And I loved to play French records on my mom’s turntable.

“It was at 14, when I was in Arles, Austria, where the Gypsy Kings were neighbors of ours, that I really fell in love with and became a student of flamenco.”

Under ‘Construction’: good themes

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

With bedtime approaching, a team of construction vehicles needs to get to sleep, but Crane Truck, Bull Dozer and Cement Mixer find that getting ready for bed is a job in itself.

Beloved by parents and children alike, these characters from the children’s book, “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site!,” come to life in an award-winning family musical, at 2 p.m. April 21, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, when the sing-along production of “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, the Musical!” illustrates that everybody, even busy construction vehicles, need their rest.

Pennsylvania Playhouse visits ‘Brighton Beach’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Bright Beach Memoirs” is the classic coming-of-age tale of 15-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome as he navigates life with his family in 1937 Brooklyn.

The Neil Simon semi-autobiographical play has been a comedy favorite since it debuted on Broadway in 1983.

“Brighton Beach Memoirs” is presented April 6, 7, 13-15, 19-22, The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

‘Rent’ 20th anniversary tour stops at State Theatre

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes

“How do you measure, measure a year?”

It’s been 20 years since the late Jonathan Larson’s famous lyrics were first sung on Broadway, creating an enduring hit.

The 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” is on its national tour, with a stop at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

‘Boys’ to Men

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“There had never been a spin-off group from a Broadway musical before The Midtown Men,” says Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff of The Midtown Men.

The Midtown Men, four stars from the original hit Broadway musical, “Jersey Boys,” perform at 7:30 p.m. March 23, State Theatre Center for The Arts, Easton.

Hoff is joined by Tony Award-winners Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer, performing songs by The Beatles, The Rascals, The Four Seasons and more.