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Cast creates a 'Beauty' of a 'Beast' at PSF

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

An inspired, high-spirited cast in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of "Beauty and the Beast" delivers a terrifically enchanting retelling of The Brothers Grimm's classic children's story as retold for the stage by Michele. L. Vacca.

Gina Lamparella directs this charming show, through Aug. 3, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Belinda Bell, or "Beauty" as she is known, is perfectly played by the graceful and completely...

Pretty amazing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

It's both thrilling and frightening to have someone tell you, "Even now, I know what you are thinking!"

And yet, that's exactly what The Amazing Kreskin, world-renowned mentalist, will be doing, starting at 8 p.m. June 28, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton: telling people what they are thinking.

Kreskin's show consists of two and one-half hours of the audience participating in amazing mental sleight-of-hands for example, having six audience members (non-confederates picked at...

Choreography in 'Oklahoma!' a dream

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Oklahoma!" is history-making as the first show in musical theater to use dance to advance the plot so successfully and extensively.

Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the first production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" in 1943, was among the great ensemble of choreographers of the 1940's era, including George Balanchine in classical ballet, Gene Kelly with dance in film, and Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance.

It was an exciting time for dance...

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

Actors in Action Festival: "Sensitivity Training," "The Un-Named Body Project," weekends through June 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown. 610-433-4150

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Crazy For You," through June 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre,...

Singing for Mary

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAMELA McLEAN WALLACE Special to The Press in Focus

"I just flew in from San Francisco," says Noel Paul Stookey, "on my way into New York City to meet Peter [Yarrow]. We are going to do an interview with Tom Brokaw on 'JFK Remembered' - fifty years later.

"Can you believe it's been fifty years?" says Noel Paul Stookey, of the legendary folk singing trio, Peter, Paul and Mary.

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow perform their "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary" tour, 8 p.m. June 21, State Theatre for the...

MACUNGIE

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Terry Kitchen, Boston contemporary folk singer-songwriter and Easton native, performs 8 p.m. June 22, The Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie.

The Listen Live Music's "Bringing Nashville North" Writers in the Round series includes performers Mike Holliday, Josh Joffen and Peter Scapegrace.

Ticket information: 610-966-6419

THEATER REVIEW Couldn't ask for anything more with 'Crazy for You'

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) 33rd-season opening production of "Crazy for You" is crazy fun and crazy good. It's as if an MGM musical has come to life in west Allentown in Technicolor.

The all-dancing, all-singing musical with many of George and Ira Gershwin's most popular songs (12 in Act One and eight in Act Two), continues through June 30, Dorothy H. Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

MSMT's "Crazy for...

'Oklahoma!' inspires courage

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by DENNIS RAZZE Special to The Press in Focus

Like many others, I grew up on the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. My first exposure to them was on film.

The wonderful movies such as "South Pacific," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma!" were my favorites. I especially loved the onscreen chemistry in "Oklahoma!" between Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

As I grew a little older, I was cast in these shows in high school and in summer theaters, mostly in ensemble roles. I loved to sing Richard Rodgers' music (I...

LV WRITERS

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Marilyn Hazelton, Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School, talks and leads workshops at The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group June meeting, 10 a.m. June 22, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The morning program is free and open to the public. The afternoon workshop is free for members with a fee for nonmembers. Registration required: glvwg.org

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Crazy" for choreography: "Crazy for You" choreographer Karen Dearborn, above left, with, left to right, Patrick McTamany, Chelsea Montgomery-Duban, Ryan Skerchak, Tommy McCarthy and Joe Marx inspires the dancers at the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. The 1992 Tony Award winner for best musical and choreography continues through June 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The show features some of the best-loved...