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Theater Review: ‘Billy Elliot’ dances to success for Civic reopening

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Billy Elliot The Musical” is a multi-layered show that has a bit of everything: family conflict, single parenthood, politics, labor strife, mentor and student, elder-care problems, boxing and ballet.

It’s an alphabet-soup mix of themes that would challenge any community theater, much less a troupe returning to its main stage for the first time in about a year to open a renovated and restored new space.

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s exuberant production of “Billy Elliot The...

Movie Review: A director is born

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The vagaries of fame and the music business have been covered in story and song many times over.

The Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (1967) pretty much said it all.

The Rolling Stones weighed in with “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” (1965).

Prominent in the music rags-to-riches story in cinema is, of course, “A Star Is Born”: 1976, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and directed by Frank Pierson; 1954, Judy Garland and James...

Jumping for joy: Lehigh Valley premiere of Elton John musical, ‘Billy Elliot,’ reopens restored 19th St. Theatre

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When William Sanders looked around to select the play for the reopening of Civic Theatre of Allentown’s $5.5-million renovation and restoration of its historic Nineteenth Street Theatre, he needed to look no further than his favorite musical.

“Billy Elliot.”

“Billy Elliot” premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, receiving four, including best new musical.

Sanders saw “Billy Elliot” six times on Broadway. The musical,...

Muhlenberg College, WMUH ring out at Libety Bell Museum

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End,...

‘Broadway Tenors’ sound big with Symphony Pops

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

In the 1990s, “The Three Tenors” were all the rage. Opera singers Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti had joined forces and created an operatic tenor super group.

Brent Barrett, who at the time had starred in numerous Broadway musicals including “West Side Story,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Grand Hotel,” thought he could use the same concept, but instead with some of the talented Broadway leading men he knew.

In 2000, Barrett launched “The Broadway Tenors” with...

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Tenors of our times: The Allentown Symphony Pops series presents “The Broadway Tenors: Ultimate Broadway,” 7:30 pm. Oct. 13, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Featured are Broadway show actors Brent Barrett (“Chicago”), Matt Cavenaugh (“West Side Story”) and Kyle Dean Massey (“Pippin”). Ronald Demkee, Pops Conductor, leads the symphony. The three tenors will sing songs from Broadway’s Golden Age. “Individually, each is a spectacular artist. Together, they present an infinite and kaleidoscopic...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: BBQ beef rib-a-que, roasted potato, green beans, banana.

Thursday, Oct. 11: Pulled pork, warm bean salad, creamy spinach, applesauce.

Friday, Oct. 12: Cheese ravioli with meatballs, Brussels sprouts, apricots.

Monday, Oct. 15: Vegetable lasagna w/ meat sauce, Mediterranean vegetables, cinnamon apples.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Potato crusted fish, brown rice, peas and carrots, fresh orange.

Wednesday, Oct...

The Family Project: First-grader reading

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My six-year-old daughter entered first grade this year. By the end of the first week of school, my daughter started becoming tearful at home, right in the middle of fun activities. When I ask her what is wrong, she says things like, “Who is going to play games with me when you die?” I had no idea where this is coming from. I reassure her that I’m not going anywhere, and she calms down. But the next day, it happens again. It is really upsetting me that she is so consumed with thoughts of...

Movie Review: ‘Smallfoot’ small

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Smallfoot” is “Frozen” without the ice-skating.

And also without Olaf.

“Smallfoot” has gorgeous animation of snow-laden landscapes of mountains and trees. The detail of artistry is impressive. For example, the hair on Migo, a Yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) is incredible, as is the animation of the face, eyes, mouth and physical movements of the character.

A Yeti is also known as the Abominable Snowman, a mythical apelike creature said to be taller than humans. The Yeti...