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Not just kids' stuff

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Harry Connick, Jr.'s 'The Happy Elf' in Pennsylvania Youth Theatre debut

Although the stage musical, "The Happy Elf," has been performed previously, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT), with the help of its creator, singer-songwriter-actor Harry Connick, Jr., has retooled the entire production, adapting it for a much larger cast and adding new musical numbers.

PYT launches its ambitious holiday production, "The Happy Elf," 7 p.m., Nov. 30, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 57 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, where it continues through Dec. 16.

THEATER REVIEW Pines' 'Christmas' readies you for season

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

It seems too soon to be thinking of Christmas. Was it not only a few short weeks ago when weather was still balmy with the kiss of summer?

The Pines Dinner Theatre production of "The Miracle of Christmas" changes all that, swiftly transporting theater-goers to the rustic charms of wintery Vermont.

As the holiday season launches into full gear, theater companies are bringing out their winter extravaganzas. Amidst revivals of classic fare, "The Miracle of Christmas," though Dec. 30, is an original work which explores the classic question: What is the meaning of Christmas?

Project Child meeting to show film about 'Learning to Care'

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

A child doesn't arrive with an instruction manual. Parents can become overwhelmed with the responsibilities involved in caring for their children. Other factors such as separation or divorce in a family can cause additional parenting stress.

Child abuse can be physical, mental and verbal in addition to not meeting the basic needs of the child.

Jorgenson salutes Django Reinhardt

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Virtuoso guitarist John Jorgenson, co-founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, takes the stage, 7 p.m. Oct, 18, Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

"I've been very lucky over my career," Jorgenson says. "I was named guitarist of the year three years in a row back in the '90s and I won a Grammy a few years ago [2008 Best Country Instrumental] for a collaboration with Brad Paisley."

Levy takes it to The Limits

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN 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.

'Beatles Showcase' gets back

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN 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.

THEATER REVIEW 'Curtains' raises hilarity at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The show must go on, but in Kander and Ebb's "Curtains," someone in front of or perhaps behind the stage wants to see it close.

"Curtains" is a multi-genre production: a play within a play, romantic-comedy, murder-mystery and musical comedy performed by a large ensemble cast.

The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of "Curtains," weekends through Oct. 21, offers a little something for most theater-goers' appetites. The play, which runs just more than two hours, kicks off with a big musical number that features most of the cast of roughly 20 on stage at once.

Enter the haggis - and the kilts

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Celtic Classic celebrates 25 years in Bethlehem

Kilts and Celts will descend upon Bethlehem for the 25th annual Celtic Classic.

What was once a tiny festival conceived by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving Celtic heritage has blossomed into the largest Celtic event in North America.

The Celtic Classic, Sept. 28 - 30, features food, music, and sport, all with roots in the rich Celtic tradition.

More than 250,000 people travel to Bethlehem to partake in the Celtic Classic.

Blythe gives her regards to Kate Smith

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Mezzo-soprano Steph-anie Blythe will present her cabaret performance of music by American icon Kate Smith.

The show, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, Allentown, features Blythe accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.

"The show is a tribute to the great American singer Kate Smith. It is not an impersonation show," says Blythe. "I don't pretend to be Kate Smith or try to sing like Kate Smith."

In addition to the songs, Blythe offers background and biographical material about Kate Smith.