Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nellie McKay seeks solace in the standards

Friday, August 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For her latest album, Nellie McKay returns to one of her favorite “books,” the Great American Songbook.

And she gives a nod to one of her favorite classic movies.

McKay performs selections from “Sister Orchid,” 8 p.m. Aug. 4, Sellersville Theatre 1894, Sellersville, Bucks County.

After several concerts in New York City, including SummerStage, Central Park, and a four-day series. Sept. 19-22 at Birdland, McKay returns to her home turf of the Poconos, for a concert at the Deer Head Inn, Sept. 29.

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.

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 designer, or sound designer.

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.”

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).

Lehigh Valley Stage: Summer Theater

Friday, July 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455

“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare in Love,” through Aug. 5, Main Stage

“King Richard II,” through Aug. 5, Main Stage

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” through Aug. 5, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare for Kids,” through Aug. 2, Main Stage

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Baker Center for the Arts, Trexler Pavilion, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/SMT, 484-664-3333

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.

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 and Studio Recording division for the 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards (CMA).

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.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, July 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 829-4540 for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, July 25: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, fresh sunshine salad, wheat bread w/margarine, cranberry coconut macaroon.

Thursday, July 26: Italian beef,cheese and noodle casserole, Caesar salad, Italian bread w/margarine, lemon meringue pie.

Friday, July 27: Cranberry juice, smoked turkey, salami, and provolone on bun/mustard, sour cream cucumber salad, fresh pineapple tidbits.