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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sing for America: Family theater troupe brings ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

For its 10th anniversary season, Sing for America is presenting “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” opening Dec. 28 and continuing through Jan. 8, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Sing for America was founded by Taryn Gilbert and her four siblings in 2005. The choral and theater troupe provides an artistic outlet for under-served communities. The Gilbert Family, which hails from the Easton area, raise money for families of active serving military.

Dee Roscioli brings it all back home to State Theatre

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Dee Roscioli, who played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Emily Rozek, who played the role of Glinda, in “Wicked” on Broadway, reunite for “Wicked Divas,” accompanied by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, 2 p.m. Jan. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Wicked Divas” is a cabaret music show presented in a concert format that is a compilation of iconic diva and music theater songs. Roscioli and Rozek toured in “Wicked” throughout the United States. Roscioli played the role of Elphaba on Broadway in 2009 and 2010.

Dickens imbues ‘A Christmas Carol’ with author’s performance pedigree

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Gerald Roderick Charles Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, brings to life “A Christmas Carol” in his energetic, 26-character, one-man show, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Foy Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

There’s a book-signing by Dickens after each performance at nearby Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem, which annually presents the event.

Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) gave his first public performance of “A Christmas Carol” in 1853 and his final performance in 1870, three months before his death.

Civic journeys to ‘Christmas’

Friday, December 2, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“A Christmas Carol,” adapted from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella by Sharon Lee Glassman and William Sanders, who again directs the show, returns to the Civic Theatre stage for the 27th year, Dec. 2-17, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge has allowed thousands of children and adults to share in the magic of Dickens’ cautionary tale in what has become a time-honored Lehigh Valley tradition for “fellow passengers.”

‘Fancy Nancy’ in last tour at Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, November 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” is a children’s show that adults should enjoy, too.

“The adults like this show very much, as well. It is not dumbed-down and the music is pretty sophisticated so they can sing along to it too,” says the show’s director-choreographer Sam Viverito.

“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” will be presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, in what may be the last stage version of the touring show.

‘Mooseltoe’ to take flight at State Theatre, Easton

Friday, November 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Mooseltoe” is a musical with a message as big as a moose call.

“‘Mooseltoe’ imparts valuable lessons for children and adults alike. It’s never too early for kids to hear those lessons and learn them,” says Jim Semmelman, who wrote the book, music and lyrics and is the producer of “Mooseltoe.”

“It’s the perfect vehicle for parents to introduce their children to a new Christmas tradition. In this day and age of social media and videos, it’s the first time many kids will see a live production and that makes it special,” Semmelman says.

The Midtown Men return to State

Friday, November 18, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

From the development of Broadway’s ”Jersey Boys,” through the show’s three-season run on Broadway, The Midtown Men are together again for their concert, “Sixties Hits With A Modern Twist,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Midtown Men reunites Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys.”

Duo cooks up book from play

Friday, November 11, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Made from Scratch: Tales of Women Who Take the Cake” is the new name playwrights and now authors, Gretchen Klinedinst Furst and Sharon Lee Glassman, have given to the book version of their play, “Mommalogues.”

“Mommalogues,” which had its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Allentown, was presented off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre, New York City, in 2013.

When they decided to adapt their script into a book, Klinedinst Furst and Glassman decided to change the name.

Boston to bring ‘more than a feeling’ to Musikfest Sands Stage

Friday, August 5, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Boston, the rock band that brings “more than a feeling” to the stage, headlines the Musikfest 2016 Sands Steel Stage at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

The rock band, celebrating its 40th anniversary with its “Four Decades North American Tour,” will bring its classic hits to the stage as well as some new additions to the group’s set list.

Boston, launched by studio technician, producer and musician Tom Scholz, became an iconic rock fixture with its self-titled debut album, which has sold more than 17 million copies.

30th annual Mayfair back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Mayfair Festival of the Arts returns Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, to the Allentown Fairgrounds, 1950 Liberty St., Allentown.

The festival offers an array of the arts that has brought the community of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley together for 30 years.

“The thing that’s really awesome about Mayfair Festival of the Arts is that it is the one place in the Lehigh Valley where you can experience all art forms at once, in one weekend,” says Arlene E. Daily, Mayfair Executive Director.