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Kristin Chenoweth replaces McPhee for Zoellner Arts Center's 'Gala2012'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will replace Katharine McPhee, who had to withdraw for medical reasons, for "Gala2012," Oct. 20, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Broadway, television and film star, Chenoweth is remembered for her show-stealing performance in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked."

Chenoweth was most recently seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of "Promises, Promises."

She appears in CBS's "The Good Wife" and the recent movie,"Hit and Run."

Levy takes it to The Limits

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Veteran 1960's Lehigh Valley garage band, The Limits, reunites 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center [formerly Illick's Mill], Bethlehem, as part of a double bill that includes The Old School Band, fronted by Steve Molchany and original members of his 60's area group, the Dooley Invention.

"Steve Molchany called me a few months ago and told me he had had a very successful event at Illick's Mill," says Levy, lead singer and guitarist for the Limits. "He said, 'Let's do a show together.'"

This year marks Levy's 50th year playing music professionally.

THEATER REVIEW A revealing 'Gypsy' at Civic Theatre

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

While it helps, "Having no talent is not enough," a veteran stripper tells the future Gypsy Rose Lee as the young woman searches for a path to stardom.

There is no shortage of talent in Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Gypsy, A Musical Fable," continuing through Oct. 27. William Sanders directs the fast-paced musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents.

'Cinderella' to enchant at JCC

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Stagemakers at the J will be bringing the world of glass slippers, pumpkin carriages and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" to the Lehigh Valley with its production of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28, Nov. 3, 4.

Stagemakers at the J is a children's theater troupe which was started in fall 2010 by the Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by PRESS PHOTO BY DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Become "Enchanted": Stagemakers at the J presents "Cinderella: Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28 and Nov. 3, 4, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown. Ashleigh Albert, above left, plays Cinderella. Nick Grotta, above right, is the Prince. The script is based on the 1997 teleplay adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." Tickets: allentownjcc.org, 610-435-3571

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Being taken with 'Taken 2'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Liam Neeson out-Bonds James Bond in "Taken 2."

You don't have to have seen "Taken" (2008). Here, Neeson, reprising his role a CIA spy operative Bryan Mills, must rescue his wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and prevent his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), from being taken hostage by Eastern European terrorists intent on revenging their losses depicted in the first movie. At the center of the terrorist group is a father whose son, a kidnapper, was killed by Mills.

'Beatles Showcase' gets back

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

All you need is love and performances by some of the Lehigh Valley's premier musical talent. The Lehigh Valley Beatles Showcase, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, is poised to bring a diverse group of performers to Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

The event, now in its second year, is presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA) and will feature 20 area acts, including notable 1960's pop music cover artists, The Large Flowerheads, and blues stylists The James Supra Band.

Once again, the circus comes to town

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

Ringling's Urias Family motorcyclists roar into Stabler

No one is ever too old for the circus, and now is the time to relive those memories. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Oct. 25 - 28, complete with elephants, camels, horses, dogs, acrobats and three dancing Ringlettes in "The Greatest Show on Earth."

There is one act that cannot be missed: The Urias Family motorcycle stunt act, which revs customized 125cc motorcycles at speeds up to 60 mph in a 16-foot diameter steel globe.

Travel writers discover Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Discover Lehigh Valley describes the Lehigh Valley thusly: the Lehigh River is "the heart," cutting through beautiful countrysides with scenic vistas.

Participants in this year's Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance "Media Marketplace" got first-hand views.

Discover Lehigh Valley, marketing organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties, was host for the Sept. 18 - 21 event attended by more than 100 invited journalists and 50 member destination marketing organizations. Hotel Bethlehem was headquarters.

'Gypsy' lives again at Civic

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bill Sanders has had a long relationship with "Gypsy."

"I saw it ['Gypsy'] when I was 15 at Valley Forge Music Fair with Angela Lansbury," says Saunders, Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director who directs "Gypsy" for his first time as it kicks off Civic's 2012-'13 season at the 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, theater with performances 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

At 18, Sanders played the role of Tulsa and choreographed "Gypsy" at Genesius Theatre, Reading.