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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Respectfully Yours: Rehearsal dinner

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

This past weekend, I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner. The guest attire was a mix of casual and semi-formal attire. Some guests had on jeans and others were dressed up. I thought it was common knowledge that a rehearsal dinner requires semi-formal dress attire. Is this supposed to be a casual event?

Dear Reader, Determining what to wear to a wedding rehearsal dinner can be more complicated than you might think. You don’t want to be either overdressed or...

El Sistema receives three festival awards

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Sixteen students from El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) received the highest rating, Superior; the Overall Orchestra Award, and were the only group to receive the Esprit de Corps Award for the group that showed the highest level of professionalism during performances in the Music in the Parks Festival held June 1 at Northeast Middle School, Bethlehem.

ESLV’s advanced orchestra, The Fellowship of The Strings, led by Program Manager and Orchestra Conductor Kaylee Santanello, performed the...

Curtain Rises: ‘Anything Goes’ brings Jarrod Yuskauskas home to MSMT

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s the seventh season for Jarrod Yuskauskas at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT).

For 2019, Yuskauskas plays Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in “Anything Goes,” July 11-28, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

Yuskauskas played Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” in 2017 and had lead roles in “Gypsy,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “Spamalot” since 2012 at MSMT.

Henry Higgins is his favorite role so far at MSMT. “He’s a lot to dig into. And...

Theater Review: The music rocks on in ‘Buddy’ at NCC

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It wasn’t a long story. It covered a period of only a little more than 18 months, but it made up for its brevity with a blaze of musical genius that lives on 60 years later as a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll.

It is, of course, the Buddy Holly story retold on stage as “Buddy,” an exuberant musical through July 14, Northampton Community College Summer Theater.

The story begins in Lubbock, Texas, where 20-year-old Buddy Holly is starting out as a country-western singer. He’s...

Allentown’s Lee Iacocca’s secret sauce was innovation

Monday, July 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the mid-1960s, many teen boys, even before they could drive, wanted a Mustang.

So did many teen girls.

Just ask “Mustang Sally” (a Top 20 hit in 1966 for Wilson Pickett).

The Mustang was a point of pride for those in the Lehigh Valley who knew that the Pony Car, as it was dubbed, was the brainchild of Allentown native Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca, President of Ford Motor Company (1970-1978). Iacocca would go on to become President-CEO of Chrysler Corporation (1978, and...

Movie Review: ‘Pavarotti’: Life as opera

Monday, July 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

After Ron Howard directed the documentary film, ”The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years” (2016), one can Imagine (the name of Howard’s and Brian Grazer’s film and television production company), Howard saying, “How can I top that”?

First, there was the little matter of directing the feature movie, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018).

When it came to the topic of his next documentary, Howard chose the rock star of opera, tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007).

The...

Curtain Rises: Christopher Patrick Mullen is a maid man in PSF ‘Irma Vep’

Monday, July 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It isn’t often an actor revisits a favorite role, much less with the same artistic team.

Make that “favorite roles” for Christopher Patrick Mullen in the 2019 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “The Mystery Of Irma Vep,” through July 14, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University. Center Valley.

Mullen is back, opposite Brad DePlanche, directed by Jim Helsinger and with costumes by Lisa Zinni, the same artistic team for the 2007 PSF production...

Crystal Cave a cool place for family visit in summer

Friday, July 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Crystal Cave was discovered nearly 150 years ago.

Recently, it was discovered by Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal.”

Leon Fagbemi of London lifted his Cirque du Soleil “Crystal” partner Amber Van Nijk of Belgium high above his head as she balanced on his hands outside the entrance to Crystal Cave.

They performed acrobatic moves seen in Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal,” June 26-30, PPL Center, Allentown.

The “Crystal” duo visited Crysal Cave, Richmond Township, Berks County...

‘Toy Story 4’

Friday, July 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You know the story in “Toy Story 4”: The toys talk, laugh and scheme to remain in the company of children.

“Toy Story 4” reprises the familiar, from the opening song, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” written and performed by Randy Newman, who composed the score and also wrote some new songs (“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” figures into the theme and plot line), and concludes with the familiar, a happy ending for the toy and the movie-goer, as well.

The “Toy Story” franchise...