Catasauqua Press

Monday, October 21, 2019

Curtain Rises: Munopco gives ‘Mamma Mia!’ its Lehigh Valley debut

Friday, October 11, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When “Mamma Mia” became available for community theaters to stage, Rody Gilkeson didn’t waste any time helping to secure the rights to be the first in the Lehigh Valley to direct it.

“When ‘Mamma Mia!’ got released, Munopco grabbed it because it’s an extremely popular show,” says Gilkeson.

“Once it got released for community theater two years ago, if you were in an area where the national tour was going through, you had to wait.

“We’re the first to be doing it in the...

Curtain Rises: Civic Theatre of Allentown ready for its close-up in Lehigh Valley debut of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ musical

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley is ready for its close-up of “Sunset Boulevard” when the musical makes is Lehigh Valley premiere, Oct. 11-27, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Sunset Boulevard stretches 21 miles from Figueroa Avenue in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Palisades.

It makes a beeline through Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel-Air and Brentwood before descending with often wicked curves to Pacific Palisades and...

Theater Review: Pa. Playhouse does Agatha Christie justice

Monday, October 7, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is providing a welcome respite from musicals and comedies by staging a whodunit based on Dame Agatha Christie’s novel, “And Then There Were None,” the world’s best-selling murder mystery novel of all time.

“And Then There Were None” continues through Oct. 13 at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. The opening night, Sept. 27, performance, was seen for this review.

The play’s story is set on an island off the English coast. Eight unsuspecting guests...

Movie Review: Linda Ronstadt heard again

Monday, October 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Everybody has a Linda in their life.

For many of a certain age, there was Linda Ronstadt, whose voice soared across the Top 40 radio airwaves as lead singer for The Stone Ponys’ “Different Drum,” a song written by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees, that went to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967.

The ironically-titled documentary film, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” tells the story behind Ronstadt’s recording of The Stone Ponys’ “Different Drum” and many more...

Festival Unbound by past, looks to the future

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

After more than two years of planning, Touchstone Theatre’s 10-day Festival UnBound, a community convergence featuring more than 20 free and ticketed events, is Oct. 4 - 13, throughout the Lehigh Valley but primarily in the City of Bethlehem.

Festival UnBound is intended to use art to spark conversation about how the city has changed in the 20 years since the closing of Bethlehem Steel Corp.’s southside Bethlehem plant and to imagine the future now that the Lehigh Valley is “unbound”...

‘The Secret’ is out: Actors, puppets, musicians join to explore Bethlehem poet H.D.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

“The Secret,” a new mixed-media play by the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater about H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), the Bethlehem native and poet, has its world premiere, Oct. 5 - 8, Touchstone Theatre, as part of “Festival Unbound.”

“The Secret” is part of “Finding H.D., A Community Exploration of the Life and Work of Hilda Doolittle,” a year-long series of events organized by the Lehigh University English Department, Bethlehem Area Public Library, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in...

‘Prometheus’ returns, now Unbound

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Let’s go.”

Those were the last words uttered in “Steelbound,” Touchstone Theatre’s groundbreaking 1999 theatrical work that anchored its Steel Festival, a multi-arts festival celebrating Bethlehem’s heritage of steelmaking soon after the steelmaking stopped in Bethlehem.

Now, 20 years later, Touchstone, and Bethlehem, have moved forward, into the future. Touchstone is exploring that future in a new work, a sequel to “Steelbound” called “Prometheus/Redux,” which anchors a new...

Festival Unbound schedule

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Festival UnBound, Oct. 4-13, features more than 20 free and ticketed events in the Lehigh Valley, but primarily in Bethlehem.

Ticketed events include “Prometheus/Redux,” “A Joyful Noise,” “To Hunt a Wild Utopia” and “The Secret.” A limited number of Pay What You Will tickets are available for these events.

Events that are Pay What You Will, with a suggested ticket price, include “Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors,” “Beyond Utopia” and “Starry-Eyed.”

Free events...

Cook with ‘Kitchen Chronicles’ at PBS 39 Studio, SteelStacks

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

An original theatrical piece created by Mary Wright of Bethlehem aims to bring people together in the kitchen to discover how much they have in common.

“Kitchen Chronicles” will be presented Oct. 6 and 7 in the PBS show kitchen at the PBS 39 building at SteelStacks.

The performances are part of Touchstone Theatre’s Festival UnBound, a 10-day artistic community convergence featuring more than 20 free and ticketed events, Oct. 4-13.

“It’s not just about food. It’s about...