New York premiere: "Mommalogues," a play written by Lehigh Valley playwrights Gretchen Klinedinst-Furst, above left, and Sharon Lee Glassman, above right, has its New York premiere, May 22 - June 2, for six performances at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., New York, as part of Marvell Repertory Theatre's season. The show, which had its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Allentown in May 2012, is a collection of monologues honoring mothers and the bond they share with their daughters.
Playing for real: Touchstone Theatre presents the eighth "Young Playwrights' Festival," a showcase of new plays written by area elementary and middle school students, May 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem. Immediately following is a gala reception in the Lehigh University Art Galleries. Participant schools this year include Dual Language Charter School, above; Donegan Elementary; Freemansburg Elementary; Lincoln Elementary, all Bethlehem, and Harrison-Morton Middle and Central Elementary, both Allentown. One play from each participant school is produced in the festival.
"Arising" at Godfrey's: Tommy Sands, "The Bard of Peace," above left, with his son, Fionan, brings his "music of healing" to Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 8 p.m. March 8. Sands' United States' tour, "Arising from the Troubles," March 3 - 17, is named for his most recent album. In addition to songs from the album, the concert features classics of Northern Ireland, including "There Were Roses" and the evening's theme song, written with Pete Seeger, "The Music of Healing." Sands and Seeger each contributed a verse, with Sands writing the finale. His U.S.
Boa unconstricted: Sequins, fans and boas – oh, my! Quinn Lemley, above, and her diva sidekicks, Gracie and Raz, are set to dazzle in a scintillating tribute, "Burlesque to Broadway," 7:30 p..m. March 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The show, directed by Tony Award-winning Joe Hardy, tells a joke-filled, compelling and uplifting story of icons who rose from meager beginnings to become strong, celebrated artists. The Las Vegas-style production takes you to the world of vaudeville, Minsky's and The Ziegfeld Follies.
Sweet truth: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," through March 10; The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, asks the musical question: Why, indeed? And, while this frothy musical may not provide the answer, the fun is all in the asking. Four women try to satisfy their sweet truth. The audience will hear some sweet harmonies and familiar 1960's pop refrains. Gathering to celebrate an upcoming wedding are, above, Millie (Gwen Swanson Vigorito), Florence (Stacy Bechtel), Sally (Lauren Eitzenberger) and Dee Dee (Stacey B. Yoder). Oliver Blatt directs the show.
Time to Jump: The Time Jumpers, above, are in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The country and western-swing band's stellar lineup includes Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and "Ranger Doug" Green of Riders in the Sky, as well as highly-regarded Nashville session and touring musicians Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Dawn Sears, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas.
Landing the laughs: "Boeing, Boeing" lands the laughs at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. But you'd better make your reservations now because the show ends its run this weekend. The farce, based on a French play, was made into a movie in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The Playhouse cast, above, left to right, Annie Locke (Gretchen), Mark A. Saylor (Robert), Beth Linzer (Berthe), Joanne Rooney (Gloria), Seth Rohrbach (Bernard) and Kelly-Anne Rohrbach (Gabriella), is directed by Mark Breiner. The play continues at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3.
Hits Revisted: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, above, performs 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem. Revisited was formed in 1995 by former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook, bass, and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, drums. The group includes John Tristao, lead guitar, lead vocals; Kurt Griffey, lead guitar; and Steve Gunner, guitar, keyboards, harmonica.
Have a "Blast": The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem, will be transformed into a steel plant blast furnace during the multi-dimensional photography installation, "Blast Furnace," opening Jan. 10. The exhibit, created by Mike and Jamie Cabreza of iMiJ Shop of Easton, has more than 50 photos, including 30-plus featured on the Cabrezas' three-dimensional iMiJ Blocks, above, on display throughout the building. The opening reception for "Blast Furnace" is 5 - 8 p.m. Jan.
'S "Wonderful": Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this past summer following a multi-million dollar renovation, concludes its 2012 season with "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," through Dec, 30 at the legendary 70 S. Main St., New Hope, theater. Justin Guarini, above, center, plays George Bailey, the role made famous by Jimmy Stewart in director Frank Capra's 1946 movie classic. Guarini, a Central Bucks East High School graduate, was first runner-up in the "American Idol" 2002 debut season.