Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Coronavirus A&E closings: State Theatre, Penn’s Peak, Sherman Theatre extending postponements through April

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronoavirus pandemic on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues through April and beyond, with concerts at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Penn’s Peak and Sherman Theater postponed, productions at DeSales University and Touchstone Theatre canceled, and the entire 40th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre on hiatus.

The wave of coronavirus closings washed across the Lehigh Valley with the Allentown Art Museum; Civic Theatre of Allentown; SteelStacks, Bethlehem, and Wind Creek Bethlehem, shuttered temporarily.

Other venues, including PPL Center, Allentown; Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown; State Theatre Centre for the Arts, Easton; Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, and Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, canceled or postponed concerts.

On March 17, it was announced that postponements at the State Theatre would extend through April.

Said Shelley Brown, President & CEO of the State Theatre, “Through March 31st, the State Theatre has suspended Box Office operations for the safety of the community at large. When it is possible to accurately determine the status of a performance, postponement or cancellation, we will communicate that information to you.”

Gov. Wolf ordered schools in Pennsylvania closed March 16-27. High school musical performances entered in the Freddy Awards, presented annually at the State Theatre, were canceled or postponed. Check district and school websites for updates.

With classes moving online at colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley, theater and concert performances and gallery exhibitions were canceled on campuses.

Movie theaters and film venues closed in the Lehigh Valley include the Roxy Theatre, Emmaus Theatre, Civic Theatre of Allentown, ArtsQuest Banko Cinemas, New Vision Tilghman Square 8, AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas.

Here’s an update, as of March 20, of Lehigh Valley arts, entertainment and cultural closings, cancellations or postponements. The list is in alphabetical order. Be sure to check each venue’s website.

Allentown Art Museum - Closed March 14 - March 31. Information about Gala, April 4, to be announced.

AMC Theatres - Closed March 17 for “at least six to 12 weeks.” Movies available via AMC Theatres on Demand.

America on Wheels, Allentown - Closed March 14 - March 31

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Banana Factory, Bethlehem - Closed March 16 - March 31. Programming, including cinema screenings and comedy shows at ArtsQuest Center and classes at the Banana Factory, suspended. Performances postponed through March 31, including Lehigh Valley Podcast Festival, SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase. Rescheduled: The Amish Outlaws, July 23; Gary Hoey, March 13, 2021; Everlast, March 14, 2021.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem - Canceled: Spring Concert, March 29; “Bach at Noon,” April 14

Baum School of Art, Allentown - Closed through March 28

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Bethlehem - Postponed: 2020 iXchange, May 12

Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, Bethlehem - Cancelled: “Quiet Reflections” by Jeffrey M. Green; Lehigh Valley Charter Arts student exhibition

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center - Activities suspended until May 15

Bucks County Playhouse - Postponed: World Premiere, “Other World,” new dates to be announced

Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem - Canceled: Jupiter String Quartet, April 3

Civic Theatre of Allentown - Postponed: “Silence! The Musical,” Lehigh Valley premiere, March 13 - 21, rescheduled April 3-11. Film programming on hiatus.

Community Music School, Allentown - Canceled: Spring Brunch, April 26

Crowded Kitchen Players, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem - Postponed: World premiere, “The Rising: The Irish Rebellion of 1916 in Song and Verse,” March 16 - 18

DeSales University, Center Valley - Postponed: Act 3 Children’s Theatre, “The Jungle Book,” March 19 - April 28; Canceled: Dance Ensemble Concert, March 20 - 22; Student Film Festival, March 27, 28; Act 1, “The Sound of Music,” April 22 - May 3; Elisabeth Von Trapp, April 5

Emmaus Historical Society - Canceled: “The Circus is Coming to the Valley,” March 19

Emmaus Theatre - Temporarily closed

Global Impactors Group, Allentown - Canceled: “Thinner than Water,” March 20 - 29

Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem - Concerts canceled or postponed: Lucy Wainwright, Frog Holler, Blackwater, The Razzies, “Dave’s Night Out,” Kristy Cox and Serene Green, Pierre Bensusan, Jams and Open Mike (until further notice). Next scheduled concert: April 2, “On The Road & In The Round” - Craig Bickhardt, Thom Schuyler, Tony Arata, Jack Murray

Historical Bethlehem Museums and Sites - Moravian Museum, Kemerer Museum, Visitor Center closed through March 22

Lehigh University, Bethlehem - Canceled: “Godspell,” April 17 - 25; Zoellner Arts Center events, through May 3

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown - Closed through March 31

Mack Trucks Historical Museum, Allentown - Closed until further notice

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe - Concerts postponed through March

Michener Museum, Doylestown. Closed through March 30

Miller Symphony Hall - Akropolis Reed Quintet, March 15: private performance; Canceled: March 19, “Third Thursday,” Steve Brosky, The Lyric Room; March 20: “Jazz Upstairs,” Erich Cawalla Quartet; March 21, Allentown School District Foundation High Notes 2020 Gala; March 22, “The Met: Live in HD Series,” Handel’s “Agrippina”; March 25, “Laughs at The Lyric”; March 29, Young Musician String Festival Concert; Take 3, April 4

Muhlenberg College, Allentown - Canceled: “The Bacchae,” March 26 - 29; Fringe Festival, April 4, 5, 17 - 19; Dance Emerge 2020, April 23 - 25

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Allentown - Canceled: “Legally Blonde,” June 11 - 28; “The Legend of New York,” July 9 - 26; “The Comedy of Wizards,” June 24 - July 25

National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem - Closed until April 1

New Vision Tilghman Square 8 - Closed as of midnight March 16 until further notice

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe - Postponed: Styx, March 14; Melvin Seals and JGB, March 20; Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, March 21, rescheduled to Aug. 22.; Last in Line, Lynch Mob, March 22, rescheduled to June 7; “The Kids Closet Sale,” March 27, 28, 29; Clint Black, April 3, rescheduled to Aug. 15; Artimus Pyle Band, April 17; Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey, April 18; LiveWire AC-DC tribute concert, April 25, rescheduled to Aug. 29; Accept, Blackfoot, April 30; The Mavericks, May 1; Daughtry, May 3; The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Starring Terry Goffee, May 5, rescheduled to Sept. 15; Jukebox Saturday Night: A Tribute to the Big Bands, May 7; Lights Out - The Music of Frankie Valli, May 7, rescheduled to Sept. 16; Get The Led Out, May 8. Canceled: The Blue Mountain Community Church Easter Service, April 11

Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem - Canceled: “Twelve Angry Jurors,” March 27 - April 19

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra - Postponed: April 4 concert, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown; rescheduled to Aug. 1

Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown - Postponed: “Nunsensations! the Nunsense Vegas Revue,” March 20 - May 10. Performances suspended through March 27.

PPL Center, Allentown - Postponed: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, March 18; “Trolls Live!,” April 10 - 12; “Baby Shark Live!,” June 4. Next scheduled concert: April 17, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Travis Tritt

Regal Cinemas - Closed until further notice

Roxy Theatre, Northampton - Closed until further notice.

Sellersville Theatre - Closed through March 26

Selkie Theatre, Charles A Brown Ice House, Bethlehem - Lehigh Valley premiere, “The Revolutionists,” March 26 - 29

Sigal Museum, Easton - Closed March 13, including historic houses; reopening to be announced

Sherman Theatre, East Stroudsburg - Postponed: Ynot, Roi and The Secret People, March 28; Makeshift, Goalkeeper, House & Home, April 1; In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, DED, Raven Black, April 3; Blue October, April 4; Lil Tjay, April 5; The Infamous Stringdusters, Upstate, Serene Green, April 9; Nighttrain, Contraband, April 18, Next scheduled concert: Tim Reynolds, Chicago Farmer, Copper Fields. May 8

Star of the Day Productions, Emmaus - Postponed: “Newsies,” March 27 - April 5

State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton - Events postponed until April 2. Postponed: The Fab Faux, March 14, rescheduled to Sept. 12; Postponed: Red Hot Chilli Pipers, March 21; rescheduled to March 11, 2021; “One Night of Queen” by Gary Mullen & the Works, April 4, new date to be announced; “The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour,” April 18, new date to be announced; The Orchestra: Former Members of ELO, April 25, new date to be announced.

Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem - Postponed: “The Secret, Act 2,” April 3, 4; new dates to be announced. Canceled: 15th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival & Gala, May 9

Wind Creek Event Center, Bethlehem - Closed March 15; scheduled to reopen 6 a.m. March 29. Postponed: Chelsea Handler, March 13; Reba McEntire, March 27, rescheduled to July 18; Air Supply, March 19, new date to be announced; Brit Floyd, March 21, 22, new dates to be announced; Pitbull, March 26, new date to be announced. Next scheduled event: Brian Regan, April 2

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