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Jim Norton faithful to the funny

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Jim Norton is your funny best friend. He’s that pal cracking wise on the playground, in the high school locker-room, or over morning coffee in the break room at work.

Jim Norton is an everyman of comedy, relatable, a middle-aged yet youthful personification of the archetypical American male.

As he approaches 50, he’s keen on settling down and his circumstances and outlook have changed since his Netflix special, “Mouthful of Shame,” aired in March.

For Colin Mochrie, audience part of the act at State Theatre

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Much like the cliff swallows returning to Capistrano, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood’s annual improvisational comedy roadshow migrates to the Lehigh Valley and the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for the “Scared Scriptless” tour, 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

Year after year, flocks of comedy fans journey to the State Theatre to enjoy an evening of laughs and interactive performance as only the two beloved “Whose Line is it Anyway” veterans can deliver.

Late-night comics make it at State

Friday, October 20, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

A comic is said to be on the path of “making it” in showbiz once they have booked a spot on a late-night TV talk show.

During the heyday of the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” an appearance there could launch a comedian’s career, especially if the legendary talk show host asked the comic to “take the couch” after their set.

At minimum being able to add “As seen on the [such and such TV show]” after one’s name can increase a comedian’s bookings at rooms and provide club owners with a valuable tag on the marquee to fill seats.

Putting the funny back in Miller Symphony Hall, ‘Ladies of Laughter’ series revives vaudeville heritage

Friday, October 6, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Sounds of raucous laughter regularly echoed throughout the former Lyric Theatre in Allentown. The Lyric, now known as Miller Symphony Hall, was a popular venue for burlesque shows, theatrical productions, silent films, vaudeville acts and even prizefights during the early part of the 20th century.

Because of its proximity to larger cities such as New York and Philadelphia, the Lyric was often a “try-out” stage for well-known performers and playwrights seeking to hone their work prior to opening on Broadway and other big-city stages.

Mike Albert, Scot Bruce in rescheduled ‘Elvis Birthday Bash’ at State

Friday, January 29, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Elvis will return to the building.

However, there will be a delay.

The “Elvis Birthday Bash” has been rescheduled from 3 p.m. Jan 24 until 7 p.m. April 23, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, because of the Jan. 23 snowstorm.

Patrons were to be notified.

Tickets for the Jan. 24 performance will be honored April 23. Patrons with conflicts can contact the State Theatre Box Office for options: 610-252-3132.

Viva! Elvis: Mike Albert in 20th ‘Birthday Bash’ at State

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Elvis returns to the building. 3 p.m. Jan 24, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for the “Elvis Birthday Bash.”

Scot Bruce and Mike Albert, backed by the Big E Band, celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley from his early days as a youthful hip-swinging “Hound Dog,” to the sequined-jumpsuit-sporting Vegas headliner of the 1970s.

The show, now in its 20th year, pays tribute to the music icon. Mike Albert performs during the second half of the program as the latter-day Elvis.

‘Lush Life’

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Lynnie Godfrey sings evening of standards

with Allentown Symphony in ‘Pops Series’

Lynnie Godfrey has lived a blessed life. Ask her yourself and she’ll tell you how fortunate she has been in so many ways. A versatile talent, Godfrey has graced stages both on Broadway and off, stateside and abroad, appeared on television, received awards, directed, produced and been mentored by some of the greatest talents of the past century.

Taking Expansions to Ornette Coleman

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The weather may be cold outside but Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, heats things up inside the Rodale Community Room with the latest installment of the monthly “Jazz Upstairs” series.

The first showcase of 2016 sets the bar high with National Endowment of the Arts “Jazz Master” saxophonist Dave Liebman and his group Expansions, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

“This is my fourth or fifth year there. It’s become like a regular gig, which is nice,” says Liebman in a phone interview.