Ted Nugent takes center stage with his “The Music Made Me Do It” 2018 tour, 8 p.m. July 11, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.
Nugent, who has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 shows, has been dubbed “the ultimate guitar-shredding showman carving his place in rock ‘n’ roll history.”
“Tal: Beyond Imagination,” a joint production of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and Atlas Circus Company, is billed as a “world-premiere circus performance for kids, parents and everyone else.”
The show, continuing through July 28, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, lives up to its billing as a show for all ages. Whether five, 15, or 55, audience members will love this dream-like production.
The question, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” has an implicit assumption.
It’s not “Please be my neighbor.”
it’s not “Will you be my neighbor?”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” implies that the decision is up to the individual being asked. It’s a straight-forward request. And it indicates a willingness on the part of the person asking, to be your neighbor to begin with.
It’s how Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), creator and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (beginning on PBS in 1968 and continuing until 2001), put it.
Tucked between the hex sign display and the horse-powered carousel at the Kutztown Folk Festival, a 100-year-old printing press clicks and clacks as it churns out hand-fed printed souvenirs.
It’s the first time the historic cast iron press is on display as part of the Pennsylvania-Dutch festival at the Kutztown Fairgrounds through July 8.
The press is from the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem and is part of a new exhibit on early printing at the museum through Oct. 31.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
Tickets: pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455
“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre
“Twelfth Night,” through July 15, Schubert Theatre
“Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Main Stage
“King Richard II,” July 19-Aug. 5, Main Stage
“All’s Well That Ends Well,” July 25-Aug. 5, Schubert Theatre
“Shakespeare for Kids,” July 25-Aug. 2, Main Stage
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre
Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall welcomes the Washington area ensemble Chaise Lounge to its “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. July 13.
The sextet offers swinging numbers that feature vocalist Marilyn Older while spotlighting an all-star lineup.
When Dave Bausch told me 20-plus years ago that there was a move underway to build a new automotive museum in Allentown, I was thrilled.
Bausch said they were looking into property at Lehigh Landing and the museum would be the keystone of the Allentown waterfront development.
The columns, “The Family Project,” “Respectfully Yours” and “Healthy Geezer,” are scheduled to resume in the July 11 Focus section.
The Munopco Music Theatre production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” is adorable kitsch.
Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott, and assistant director Vince Rostkowski, get it right: a mix of 1960s’ dance-craze nostalgia, in excellent choreography by Suzanne Baltsar, with dance captain Caitlin McLemore; in exuberant singing, with robust direction by Julius Sarkozy; in catchy costumes, with fabulous frocks and thrift-shop chic by McDermott, and clever set design, with pastel palette by McDermott, and lighting by Jonathan Tobias.
The Schubert Theatre in Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University is a kind of thespian trampoline. The three-sided stage with arena-style seating on each of the three sides lends itself to actor-audience interplay.