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Theater Review: ‘Crazy For You’ feel-good show at Pa. Playhouse

Monday, July 30, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Crazy For You,” through Aug. 12, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, is one of those feel-good, toe-tapping shows not unlike the wildly-popular romantic musical comedy movies of the 1930s.

That’s because “Crazy For You,” which premiered on Broadway in 1992, is based heavily on George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930s hit “Girl Crazy.”

Like its escapist Great Depression-era counterparts, the Tony award-winning “Crazy For You” features a fairly simple plot. Audiences know it is going to...

On 15th anniversary, Penn’s Peak is prestigious CMA venue nominee

Friday, July 27, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Pencor Services, Inc., took a chance on a concert hall in the mountains of Penn Forest Township, general manager Craig Stelling never dreamed the site would one day be in the company of legendary country music venues like Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Austin City Limits Live.

But as Penn’s Peak embarked on its 15th anniversary this year, Stelling learned that the Carbon County concert hall is one of five nominees for the Venue of the Year - Small Capacity in the Industry Award...

Muhlenberg, Cedar Crest celebrate Lehigh Valley arts community

Friday, July 27, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Underpinnings,” a collaborative project between Muhlenberg College’s Martin Art Gallery and Cedar Crest College’s Center for Visual Research, brings to the fore art by Lehigh Valley arts institutions officials and employees.

Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery Director Paul Nicholson and Cedar Crest College Visual Research Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins teamed up to create an opportunity for area creatives who work behind the scenes in the arts community to show their artwork....

Ciaran Sheehan brings Broadway to Allentown

Friday, July 27, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Forgetting the words when you’re singing in the shower is no big deal. Forgetting the words to the United States National Anthem when you’re singing at Yankee Stadium could be something else.

To be clear, Irish tenor Ciaran Sheehan didn’t forget the “Star Spangled Banner” lyrics when he performed it before a Yankees’ game, but that didn’t mean it was automatic. The world-renowned vocalist went over the lyrics “something like 50 times” before he took the field. Former Yankees legend...

Giving the hits Creedence

Friday, July 27, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Creedence Clearwater Revisited, with founding members Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and Stu Cook, brings the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, an American rock band from the 1960s and 70s, to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

The Hall of Famers formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 after the original group split up in 1972. Performing live once again in concert the hit songs that have touched generations for decades has generated world-wide tours and a platinum-selling...

Concerts at The Peak

Friday, July 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

All concerts start at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Blackmore’s Night – 7 p.m. July 26

Yonder Mountain String Band – July 27

Creedence Clearwater Revisited – Aug. 1

Guster – Aug. 2

Chris Isaak – Aug. 16

Fuel & Soul Asylum with Adelitas Way – Aug. 17

Dave Mason and Steve Cropper - Rock & Soul Revue – Aug. 18

Diamond Rio – Aug. 24

Classic Deep Purple Live Performed by Glenn Hughes – Sept. 8

John Cafferty and the...

‘Brigadoon’ auditions

Friday, July 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

MUNOPCO:

Munopco Music Theatre of Allentown holds auditions for its fall production of “Brigadoon,” 7 p.m. July 29, 30, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St, Allentown.

Callbacks (by invitation only) are July 31.

Prepare 32 bars of a musical theater selection in the style of the show.

There will be a dance audition. Dress accordingly.

The show runs September 21-29.

Bring a list of schedule conflicts from the date of audition through Sept. 30....

Healthy Geezer: Cancer radiation

Friday, July 27, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have a friend who is undergoing radiation treatments for cancer. I was wondering how this works. Doesn’t the radiation burn everything it touches?

Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by damaging their genetic material. This process prevents the cells from growing. Radiation attacks all cells in a targeted area, but most healthy cells recover when treatment ends.

When you are given radiation therapy, which is also called irradiation, radiotherapy or x-ray therapy,...

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Friday, July 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Entertaining “Business”: Frankie Grande stars as J. Pierrepont Finch, opposite Meredith Kate Doyle as Rosemary Pilkington in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” through July 29, Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. MSMT co-founder Charlie Richter directs the musical. Muhlenberg dance program director and founder Karen Dearborn choreographs the production, with music...

Article By: CAROLE GORNEY Special to The Press

Friday, July 27, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“How I Became a Pirate” is a delightfully-funny children’s musical evocative of “Treasure Island” with just a hint of “Peter Pan.”

Adapted from best-selling author Melinda Long’s book of the same title,” the production continues through Aug. 4 at Northampton Community College Summer Theatre.

The prolific writing team of Janet Vogt and Mark Friedman wrote the libretto, music and lyrics for “Pirate,” once again exhibiting their expertise in telling beloved children’s stories....