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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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Fairy tales like no other: "Grimm!," continues through July 25 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) in the Studio Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. The Doppelskope Theatre Company's world premiere of the children's musical is a one-hour show of puppetry, music and interactivity. Classic fairy tales by the Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are reinterpreted. In the musical, a Story Machine captures daydreams and makes them into fairy tales. Everything goes awry when the machine breaks down, releasing colorful, fuzzy stories into the world.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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Drive to "Avenue Q:" "Avenue Q," which opened the 35th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, continues through June 28, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theater and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The storyline, which sends up "Sesame Street," follows a group of 20-somethings, people and monsters alike, including George Primavera, above left, with Princeton, and Kate McMorran, above right, with Kate Monster, as they struggle to find their purpose in big-city life and the world at large.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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Drawing room: Enchantment Theatre Company presents "The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon," 2 p.m. May 16, in the "Family Series" at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The approximate 60-minute show, above, is recommended for children 5 and older. "Harold and the Purple Crayon," the first of seven picture books by Crockett Johnson, follows the adventures of an inventive young boy. Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky's-the-limit imagination. Enchantment's production combines life-size puppets, masks and music.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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The Bennett touch: Tony Bennett, above, 18-time Grammy Award-winner whose career spans more than six decades, performs at 8 p.m. May 1, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the singer's signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," as well as the release of a documentary film, "The Zen Of Bennett," by his son and manager Danny Bennett. Bennett's fourth book, "Life Is A Gift," released in 2012, was on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2014, Bennett released a collaborative album with Lady Gaga, "Cheek To Cheek," which debuted at No.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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Stoneback back: Rob Stoneback returns to the "Jazz Upstairs" series, 7:30 p.m. April 17, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. This time, it's the Rob Stoneback Septet, abover, performing straight-ahead jazz, from Dixieland to Swing to Bop. In concert, Stoneback and his band has backed Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, The Manhattan Transfer, Aretha Franklin, Olivia Newton-John, Englebert Humperdinck, Joel Grey, Bobby Rydell, Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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Nicely, Nicely: "Guys and Dolls," above, one of the greatest musicals of the American stage, will be presented at 7 p.m. April 1, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton. The show's many memorable songs include "Fugue for Tinhorns," "The Oldest Established," "I'll Know," "A Bushel And A Peck," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were A Bell," "Sue Me," "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat" and "Luck Be A Lady." Music and lyrics are by the legendary Frank Loesser. The masterfully witty book is by Joe Swerling and comedy legend Abe Burrows.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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King is a Queen: "A Legend in Concert: Peggy King and The All-Star Jazz Trio" is next in the "Jazz Upstairs" series, 7:30 p.m. March 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The Greensburg, Westmoreland County, native got her start with Ray Anthony; was in the movie, "The Bad And The Beautiful" (1952) with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner, and was on the "George Gobel Show" (1954 - '57). King, above, who has a star on the "Hollywood Walk Of Fame," sang the Oscar-nominated song, "Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep)," on the 1955 Oscar telecast.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

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True blue collar: Bill Engvall, above, part of the successful "Blue Collar Comedy" genre, returns for two shows, 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Engvall's first album, "Here's Your Sign," was certified platinum and was No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks, peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Current Country Album Chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. The single of the same name was ranked No.