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Friday, July 19, 2019

Theater Review: ‘Anything Goes’ is the top at MSMT

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “Anything Goes,” through July 28, Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is exquisite.

From the bright, brassy, intense nine-piece orchestra conducted by Music Director Bryan L. Wade; to the classy, sassy tap-lines, of Choreographer Shelley Oliver; to the charming ocean liner set, which opens up like a pop-up book, by Scenic Designer John Raley, combined with Lighting...

Theater Review: ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ conflicted loyalties at PSF

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s “Antony & Cleopatra,” through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is big, sprawling and grand.

The drama, believed to have been first performed in 1607 possibly at the Globe Theatre, by Shakespeare’s troupe, the King’s Men, is a hybrid in the Shakespeare canon of a history play, a tragedy and a problem play.

One thing “Antony & Cleopatra” is not: It...

Art Garfunkel to reveal all he knows in State Theatre concert

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Art Garfunkel walked away from Simon & Garfunkel, one of the most successful duos in pop-music history.

And he kept walking.

Garfunkel has walked across the United States and Europe.

“New York City is claustrophobic. It’s gotten taller and taller and all of a sudden there was no sky. So, one day I said to my friend, ‘Let’s walk across America.’ I got my sneakers on and started walking,” Garfunkel says.

Garfunkel presents a solo concert, 8 p.m. July 24, State...

Movie Review: ‘Echo’ and the Dylan man

Monday, July 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Echo in the Canyon” is not one of the greatest-ever documentary films, but it has its charms, especially for contemporary music buffs.

The film depicts the 1965-1967 Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, music scene when singer-songwriters, musicians and groups, including The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield (and later, Crosby, Stills and Nash) and others gathered to live, hang out and write one pop-rock music charter-topper after another.

The film is directed...

Theater Review: ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ serves it up at The Pines

Monday, July 15, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pines Dinner Theatre is serving up rousing country rock music in its production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a toe-tapping, hand-clapping musical that got its start by chance, and wound up receiving a Best Musical Tony nomination. The story of that journey is hard to separate from the musical itself.

“Pump Boys and Dinettes,” written by a six-member performance group with the same name as the musical, premiered on Broadway in 1982. The playwrights-lyricists-composers were Jim Wann...

Classical Mystery Tour: Roll up for ‘Abbey Road’ 50th anniversary tribute with Allentown Symphony

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Roll up, roll up for

the Mystery Tour”

- The Beatles,

“Magical Mystery Tour”

When The Beatles performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Feb. 9, 1964, Jim Owen wasn’t among the 73 million viewers of the legendary British rock group’s United States’ television debut.

Owen wasn’t born yet.

When The Beatles’ “Magical Mysery Tour” album was released in 1967, Owen was in diapers.

The Classical Mystery Tour, featuring Jim Owen as Beatle John, rolls up to...

Artists three at Muhlenberg College

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Femi and the Collection,” “Corporeal Landscapes” and “In search of” are concurrent exhibitions by three Lehigh Valley artists through Aug. 1, Baker Center for the Arts. Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

“Femi and the Collection,” 20 mixed media pieces by Femi J. Johnson selected from his ongoing “Abstract Story-Scapes” series, is in Martin Art Gallery.

Complementing Johnson’s work is art from Muhlenberg College’s permanent collection. Says Martin Art Gallery Director Paul...

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Summer Theatre “Goes”: Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” July 11-28, continues Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre’s 39th season. The cast includes, above, Mia Scarpa (Reno Sweeney), center, with, from left, the Sailor Quartet (Ethan Lynch, Zach Rabishaw, Caden Fraser, James Du Chateau). The show includes Robert Fahringer (Moonface Martin) and Jarrod Yuskauskas (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh). Porter’s 1930s’ score includes “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.” The story is about madcap antics on...

Respectfully Yours: Rehearsal dinner

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

This past weekend, I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner. The guest attire was a mix of casual and semi-formal attire. Some guests had on jeans and others were dressed up. I thought it was common knowledge that a rehearsal dinner requires semi-formal dress attire. Is this supposed to be a casual event?

Dear Reader, Determining what to wear to a wedding rehearsal dinner can be more complicated than you might think. You don’t want to be either overdressed or...

El Sistema receives three festival awards

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Sixteen students from El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) received the highest rating, Superior; the Overall Orchestra Award, and were the only group to receive the Esprit de Corps Award for the group that showed the highest level of professionalism during performances in the Music in the Parks Festival held June 1 at Northeast Middle School, Bethlehem.

ESLV’s advanced orchestra, The Fellowship of The Strings, led by Program Manager and Orchestra Conductor Kaylee Santanello, performed the...