Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Theater Review: Grande shows how to ‘Succeed’ at MSMT

Monday, July 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you want to have the dibs on saying,”I saw him when ..., “ don’t miss the astounding performance of Frankie Grande in The Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre production of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.”

Grande does it all: act, sing and dance (including speed-tap and a handstand flip) in the terrifically-entertaining musical directed with impish charm by MSMT co-founder Charles Richter.

The Broadway classic continues through July 29, Dorothy Hess...

Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’ is big fun

Monday, July 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ant-Man And The Wasp” is preposterous. That’s OK. It’s preposterous fun.

The Marvel Comics superheroes Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, is played with charming bravura by Paul Rudd.

The Wasp, aka Hope Van Dyne, is played with confident strength by Evangeline Lily.

Together, and apart, they are big fun. Ant-Man super-sizes to proportions bigger than the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man in “Ghostbusters.”

They are also small fun. Ant-Man shrinks to the size of, well, an ant. And...

Theater Review: ‘The Pack’ is back at The Pines

Sunday, July 15, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“The Rat Pack Lounge,” a musical written by James Hinderman and Ray Roderick, brings back memories of the 1960s when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and, usually, a fourth or fifth entertainer (Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop), packed ‘em in at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas.

Now playing at The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, through Aug. 19, “The Rat Pack Lounge” is from every aspect the best Pines’ production so far this season.

Set in a rundown cocktail lounge on the...

Theater Review: ‘1776’ formidable at NCC Summer Theatre

Sunday, July 15, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

With rousing music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, and an engrossing book by Peter Stone, “1776” is an often whimsical, frequently poignant reminder that the tortuous path to American independence began not just on the battlefield, but on the political front, as well.

In staging the Tony Award-winning “1776,” Northampton Community College Summer Theatre Director Bill Mutimer, his production staff and amazing cast of 27 took on a formidable challenge. The result is a finely-crafted,...

A Grande return: Broadway, television, social media star in ‘How To Succeed In Business’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Frankie Grande, of Broadway, television and social media fame, stars in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of the classic Broadway musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” July 11 - July 29, Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

“I wanted to study biology and theater and dance and that was impossible at every other college,” says Grande, a Muhlenberg College graduate, Class of 2005, who triple-...

Circus ‘Beyond Imagination’ expands Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Searching for the purpose to our life is a universal struggle that many of us can relate to, especially in our youth.

It’s a quest that led Noah Dach to create and direct “Tal: Beyond Imagination,” presented by Atlas Circus Company in its world premiere through July 28 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) in the Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

Dach, a Muhlenberg College, Class of 2016, graduate and adjunct professor...


Saturday, July 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The Nuge: Ted Nugent brings his brash style of rock ‘n’ roll to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, for a concert at 8 p.m. July 11. Nugent, a guitar-playing showman, has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 concerts. The Detroit rocker spans five decades of multi-platinum hits, from the Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to “Cat Scratch Fever.” Opening the concert: Dave Bray, a Navy veteran and now touring musician, singer and songwriter. Tickets: Penn’s Peak...

Respectfully Yours: Wedding money

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My granddaughter is getting married later this summer. I would like to give a check as a gift. Should I write the check to the bride or the groom, or both? What is the proper way to make out a check for a wedding gift?

Dear Reader, A wedding gift of money is a fantastic and thoughtful way to help a newly-married couple start a savings account or put aside money toward buying a home. For a couple starting their lives together, it can be far more freeing than a...

Auditions set for

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus


Auditions for The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are 7 p.m. July 15 and 16 at The Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem.

Callbacks, if needed, are at 7 p.m. July 17. Show dates are: Sept 28, 29, Oct 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 at The Playhouse.

Those auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a comedic selection. Accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the correct key. Accompanist will not...

The Family Project: vacation drive

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We leave next week for our family vacation. It will be a nine-hour drive with our three children: two boys ages four and six, and our 13-year-old daughter. My patience is already taxed, and I need a good vacation. How can I keep this fun for all of us?

Since the parent is already taxed and taking on a lot of the responsibility for the trip, panelist Chad Stefanyak suggested that she include the children in the planning, such as what snacks and drinks to bring along. He also urged...