With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the annual Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section concludes its annual preview series.
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Wednesday, April 11: Chicken Kiev, baked potato w/ sour cream, garden blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.
Thursday, April 12: Baked meatloaf with gravy, scalloped potatoes, red beets, wheat bread with margarine, lemon bar.
Friday, April 13: Chicken and toasted orzo soup, sausage sandwich w/ peppers and onions, Pennsylvania “Dutch” potato salad, fresh apple slices.
ARTS AT ST. JOHN’S:
The third 2018 “ASO Chamber Series” concert, presented by the Allentown Symphony Association with Arts at St. John’s, features Rick Basehore, Principal Oboe, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Yu Xi, pianist, 12:10 p.m. April 17, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.
The approximate 50-minute program is: “Sonata for Oboe and Piano,” Francis Poulenc; “Sonata for Oboe and Continuo in B flat Major,” Georg Philipp Telemann, and “Concerto in One Movement, Op. 45,” Eugene Goossens.
The iconic fairy tale, with a social justice point-of-view, comes to the stage at Notre Dame High School with “Cinderella (Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. April 20, 21, and 2 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.
With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Douglas Carter Beane, the 2013 Broadway debut received nine Tony Award nominations, receiving one Tony.
Follow the yellow brick road to “The Wizard Of Oz,” 7 p.m. April 26, 27, 28 and 2 p.m. April 29, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.
With music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. “Yip’” Harburg, and background music by Herbert Stothart, the musical is based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and adapted by John Kane from the 1939 movie, “The Wizard Of Oz,” for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1987.
Touchstone Theatre is holding a “telethon” on stage through April 15 for a very unworthy cause, that is, celebrating political tyrants, and raising funds so that their children’s despotic dreams can come true.
The “Tyrants of Tomorrow Telethon” is the fictional setting for the musical satire, “Dictators 4 Dummies,” written and directed by Christopher Shorr, with input from his fellow Touchstone company members. The April 6 performance of the world premiere production was seen for this review.
I was reminded of just how superb Neil Simon is as a playwright when I attended Pennsylvania Playhouse’s impressive staging of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a semi-autobiographical comedy about a Jewish teenager growing up in the turmoil of a Great Depression-era Polish-American family.
“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” through April 22 at the Playhouse, is full of hilarious one-liners, as well as Simon’s unfailing insights into the human condition.
“Ready Player One” is an elaborate, labyrinthine, challenging movie. In some ways, “Ready Player One” is a non-movie. Rather, it’s a cinematic videogame.
Its storyline is about a complicated virtual reality videogame played in real time, simulataneously in the real world and in the virtual world. It’s a movie that folds back on itself, turns inside out, moves backwards and forwards, up and down, and sideways with plot twists and visual twists that wiil test the most attentive movie-goer.
“Bright Beach Memoirs” is the classic coming-of-age tale of 15-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome as he navigates life with his family in 1937 Brooklyn.
The Neil Simon semi-autobiographical play has been a comedy favorite since it debuted on Broadway in 1983.
“Brighton Beach Memoirs” is presented April 6, 7, 13-15, 19-22, The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.