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Theater Review: 'Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical' top-notch at Notre Dame

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The central theme of "Jekyll & Hyde" is the battle between good and evil and the inner turmoil that can exist within one's self. It is a classic narrative that has been presented countless times in ancient and contemporary art and literature.

Notre Dame Summer Theatre's production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," continuing at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug 1 and 2 p.m. Aug 2, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church S., Bethlehem Township, brings to life this tragic yet romantic tale based on the 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Theater Review: 'Music Man' worth a trip to Pennsylvania Playhouse

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"Professor" Harold Hill has arrived by rail to River City, Iowa, and he's ready to form a marching band. The only problem is this bandleader has not one shred of music ability.

"The Music Man," weekends through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, is the quintessential American musical. Generations have grown up with this beloved classic through countless regional stage productions since its 1957 debut on the Great White Way and two film adaptations (1962 and 2003).

Theater Review: 'Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical' top-notch at Notre Dame

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The central theme of "Jekyll & Hyde" is the battle between good and evil and the inner turmoil that can exist within one's self. It is a classic narrative that has been presented countless times in ancient and contemporary art and literature.

Notre Dame Summer Theatre's production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," continuing at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug 1 and 2 p.m. Aug 2, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church S., Bethlehem Township, brings to life this tragic yet romantic tale based on the 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Theater Review: Visit Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon 'On Golden Pond'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"On Golden Pond," through Aug 2, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, is a play about growing:

Growing older, growing apart, growing together, growing aware, the growing ties that bind people to place and the growing spring that leads softly into summer.

It is 1979 and the start of another summer on Golden Pond in Maine. The Thayers, Norman (Keir Dullea) and his wife Ethel (Mia Dillon), are opening up their summer home for the season. It is their 48th season and a familiar routine.

Theater Review: 'Grease' is lightning at Pines Dinner Theatre

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Teenage romance, peer pressure, mischief and angst have not changed over the decades. The technology may have evolved, hairstyles and fashions may look different, but the issues and concerns so central to a high school student remain the same.

"Grease," weekends through Aug. 23, Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, will whisk audiences back to the year 1959 as we take a glimpse into the lives of a group of working-class teens during the course of a school year at the fictional Rydell High.

Theater Review: Players' 'Chronicles' is pitch-perfect

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Who doesn't enjoy occasionally eavesdropping on strangers' conversations? Often, the juiciest sound bites are overheard in a bar.

In the Crowded Kitchen Players' "The Bartender Chronicles," weekends through June 28, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem, the new play by Lehigh Valley playwright Brian McDermott, audiences will get an earful.

The setting is a small bar-restaurant in a resort in upstate New York's Lake George. The two-act play takes place beginning with Sunday brunch and later at dinner.

Theater Review: 'Full Monty' delivers at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Perhaps one of the most anticipated endings in a play, "The Full Monty," continuing through June 14, Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, will have audiences asking themselves, "Will they or won't they?"

"The Full Monty" is an Americanized stage adaptation of the wildly-successful low-budget 1997 British film of the same name. The book by Terence McNally and music and lyrics by David Yazbek stay true to the central plot points of the film.

Theater Review: 'Andrews Brothers' comedy goes on at Pines

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

That old theater adage, "The show must go on," forms the basis for the musical comedy farce, "The Andrews Brothers," weekends through July 5, Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Continuing the audience immersion that has proven successful in past productions, for this outing theatergoers will be whisked to Fort Kittylock Canteen someplace in the South Pacific during the early 1940s and the height of World War II.

'Allentown Bach at Noon'

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Bach Choir of Bethlehem inaugurates concert series in center city St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church

"Bach at Noon," a well-attended free concert series held since 2005 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem, makes its debut in downtown Allentown with two events in June and July.

"Allentown Bach at Noon" premieres at noon June 9, St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. A second "Allentown Bach at Noon" concert is set for noon July 14, also at St. John's Lutheran Church.

'Amercan Idol''s Guarini in good 'Company' at Bucks

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"Company," the 1970 musical comedy (book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) which opened May 29 and continues weekends through June 21, marks the return of Doylestown native Justin Guarini to the stage of Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope.

Guarini made his Bucks County Playhouse stage debut in the 2012 production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" and returned to the legendary playhouse stage to kick off the 2014 winter concert series with "Justin Guarini: Lovesick," his ode to romance.