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THEATER REVIEW 'Curtains' raises hilarity at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The show must go on, but in Kander and Ebb's "Curtains," someone in front of or perhaps behind the stage wants to see it close.

"Curtains" is a multi-genre production: a play within a play, romantic-comedy, murder-mystery and musical comedy performed by a large ensemble cast.

The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of "Curtains," weekends through Oct. 21, offers a little something for most theater-goers' appetites. The play, which runs just more than two hours, kicks off with a...

Donna The Buffalo stays in character

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by AMY HERZOG Special to the Press in Focus

Fans have reason to celebrate because when Donna The Buffalo continues its fall tour with an 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 concert, Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, the band will be bringing new music with them to share.

Donna The Buffalo has reached a milestone. The group is recording its 10th album featuring 14 previously unreleased songs. The album is recorded via analog. It will be released on vinyl. The yet-to-be-titled album is to be released in early 2013.

Donna...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Dream" book: Jack McCallum, Lehigh Valley's dean of sports writers, signs copies of his latest book, "Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever," 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. In "Dream Team," McCallum, above, an acclaimed Sports Illustrated magazine journalist, tells the untold story of the greatest basketball team ever assembled. The 1992 United States...

Jars of Clay in creative breakthrough

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by AMY HERZOG Special to the Press in Focus

Grammy Award-winning Jars of Clay rolls into Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, with a fall tour which includes opening acts Sleeping at Last and Mariah McManus.

Jars of Clay is recording a still-to-be-titled album, set for release in 2013.

"This record feels different in many ways to our other records, mostly due to the process of stripping away a lot of the voices that used to influence our songwriting...

The National Symphony of Cuba to play rare Lehigh Valley concert

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, founded in 1959, has given more than 3,000 concerts at home and internationally since its first performance Nov. 11, 1960, in its permanent home, the Teatro Auditorium Amadeo Roldan in Havana's Vedado district. Included in the orchestra's travels have been Russia, Poland, Peru, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Spain, Martinique and Argentina.

The National Symphony of Cuba has previously only performed twice before American audiences.

This year,...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"Amateurs," 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 27; 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Allentown. Free. Donations benefit Care Net of the Lehigh Valley. potstickets@gmail.com, 610-923-6742

"Curtains," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 3 p.m. Oct. 14, 21, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Ilick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665

"Gypsy," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Civic Theatre of...

THEATER REVIEW Touchstone's 'Pan'-American reunion

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Pan Show" is the Lehigh Valley's most wildly-imaginative original musical of the year.

It's "Pan"-demonium.

It's also "Panda"-monium.

Yes," it's a "Pan"-demic of laughter with Touchstone Theatre's "The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust."

"Pan" co-creators are Jp Jordan, Touchstone Artistic Director-Ensemble Member reprising his role the big guy with the big hairy legs, big horns and even bigger appetite, and Touchstone Ensemble Affiliate Christopher Shorr, who...

'Dream Team' recounts Olympian lesson

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Jack McCallum's new book, "Dream Team," is an in-depth look at the players on the winning 1992 Olympic Men's Basketball Team, which included iconic athletes such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.

McCallum answers questions and signs copies of "Dream Team," a book that is a must for any basketball fan, 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

The award-winning sports writer who retired from the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, chronicles...

McPhee magic at Zoellner

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Gala2012" stars Kath-arine McPhee of NBC's hit television series "Smash," 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

"Smash" is about the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by McPhee on the show.

Original music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is featured on "Smash," which debuted this year after "Super Bowl XLVI" and has been renewed for a second season.

Also on the show...

'Gypsy' lives again at Civic

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bill Sanders has had a long relationship with "Gypsy."

"I saw it ['Gypsy'] when I was 15 at Valley Forge Music Fair with Angela Lansbury," says Saunders, Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director who directs "Gypsy" for his first time as it kicks off Civic's 2012-'13 season at the 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, theater with performances 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

At 18, Sanders played the role of Tulsa and choreographed "Gypsy" at Genesius...