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Monday, April 22, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Dumbo’

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The live-action “Dumbo” movie is an entertaining comedy-drama that the entire family should enjoy.

Movies rated PG or G movies are typically in the minority of theatrical feature movie releases, and “Dumbo” is one of them.

Based on a report by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which administers movie ratings, more than 50 percent of movies released since the rating system went into effect 50 years ago received an R rating, that is, 17,202 films. That compares to 5,...

Respectfully Yours: Charity at office

Friday, April 12, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

At my office, it seems like every time I turn around someone is asking me to participate in a fundraiser to support his or her child’s organization or a charity. I do not have a large budget for this, yet I do not want to create bad relationships at work. Can I participate in one fundraiser and not another? This is starting to get overwhelming. What is considered the most polite way to handle fundraising in the office?

Dear Reader,

It all depends on how...

True to life: Chazz Palminteri brings his ‘Bronx Tale’ to State Theatre

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Renowned actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright Chazz Palminteri brings his legendary one-man show, “A Bronx Tale,” which spawned a critically-acclaimed film of the same title, to the State Theatre Center for the Arts for one performance, 7:30 p.m. April 12.

The 1993 movie that starred Robert De Niro, who directed the film, is based on Palminteri’s 1989 play, directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.

“A Bronx Tale” is a coming-of-age story about Calogero Anello...

Night On The Town: Sins no more? Not so fast

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It may not be the last gig, but it’s one that reunites the original lineup of the Original Sins in concert for the first time in about two decades.

Muihlenberg College radio station, WMUH, 91.7-FM, wmuh.org, presents the Original Sins with St. John’s Alliance, 8 p.m. April 13, Event Center, Seegers Union. Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

The Sins’ original band members, John Terlesky, vocals, guitar, songwriter; Ken Bussiere, bass; Dan McKinney, keyboards, and Dave...

Folk music veteran Eric Andersen never gives up on a dream

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Robert Frost’s ambiguous classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” challenges readers to contemplate life choices: Ultimately, whether to go with the mainstream, or go it alone.

Folksinger-songwriter Eric Andersen’s choice came many years ago and in retrospect he didn’t go it alone, but he most certainly went his own way.

Andersen is in concert, 7 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

On tour accompanying Anderson is Scarlet Rivera, violin, harmonies, and Cheryl Prashker...

Theater Review: ‘Magnolias” in bloom at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the motion picture, “Steel Magnolias,” with its own superb stage production of the bittersweet comedy-drama about the bond among a group of women at a beauty shop in a small Southern town whose lives are changed with the death of one of their own.

The play, which continues April 12-14, 19 and 20 at the Bethlehem theater, was written by Robert Harling as a way to cope one month after his sister’s death from...

Liberty: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” delivers enchantment to the stage, 7 p.m. April 11, 12 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 13, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

An arrogant prince, under a spell as punishment for his selfish ways, is transformed into a hideous creature. For the curse to end, he must learn to love and be loved by the young woman he imprisoned.

“We would love for you to ‘Be Our Guest,’” says Liberty production director Judith Rivera.

She is...

Notre Dame: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 1920s Jazz Age arrives with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” 7 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.

Flapper Millie Dillmount leaves Kansas and arrives in New York City in 1922 in search of a new life and a rich husband. What she finds is that wealth and security are less important than love.

Shauna Khan is director and vocal director for the Notre Dame production, assisted by choreographer Jenna...

Parkland: ‘Curtains’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

It’s 1959 and death stalks those onstage in “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy, 7:30 p.m. April 10, 11, 12 and 13 and 3 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a Boston police detective and theater fan, investigates the opening night demise of the untalented leading lady of the musical, “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West.” While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of additional cast and crew members...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section concludes its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along...