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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Theater Review: PSF season ‘Ends Well’

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

All’s Well That Ends Well.

It’s one of William Shakespeare many titles and phrases that have entered the lexicon.

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” primary source material for the phrase, on stage through Aug. 5, brings down the curtain on the 2018 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) at DeSales University, Center Valley.

There is no curtain to bring down or up in the three-quarter round Schubert Theatre. Nor is there a director, scenic designer, costume desiger, lighting...

Theater Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ boundless energy at NCC Summer Theater

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” is rarely staged by local community theaters because its musical complexity, casting demands and vocal challenges can easily turn into a director’s nightmare.

It’s not so easy on the performers, either.

That didn’t stop Northampton Community College Summer Theatre Director Bill Mutimer from choosing the Motown-inspired musical as the last show of his impressive summer season where “Dreamgirls” continues through Aug. 5.

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Movie Review: Amanda ‘Mia!’

Monday, July 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” Here We Go Again” is really Amanda Seyfried’s movie.

While the movie poster for “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again” lists its stars in alphabetical order, Seyfried stars as Sophie, daughter of Donna (Meryl Streep), who is readying the reopening of Hotel Bella Donna on a Greek island (The fictional Kalokairi. Island scenes in the sequel were filmed on Vis, Croatia, in the Adriatic Sea).

Seyfried, an Allen High School graduate, is effervescent, in good voice and has the...

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...

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...

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....