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Saturday, July 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Summer Theatre “Goes”: Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” July 11-28, continues Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre’s 39th season. The cast includes, above, Mia Scarpa (Reno Sweeney), center, with, from left, the Sailor Quartet (Ethan Lynch, Zach Rabishaw, Caden Fraser, James Du Chateau). The show includes Robert Fahringer (Moonface Martin) and Jarrod Yuskauskas (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh). Porter’s 1930s’ score includes “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.” The story is about madcap antics on an ocean liner bound from New York to London.

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.

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 I enjoyed that,” Yuskauskas says.

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).

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 Chairman in 1979) before retiring in 1992.

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 of playwright Charles Ludlum’s farce.

The Family Project: Childhood trauma

Friday, July 5, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have been hearing so much lately about the effects of “trauma” on children. How do I know if my children have ever faced it? Does trauma include only major things like abuse, or are there smaller incidents that can have the same effect?

The panel began by noting that the word “trauma” is used a lot in broad terms and not always accurately.

“The word is being used so much in the common language today that its meaning and importance is getting watered down,” panelist Michael Ramsey said.

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Friday, July 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Bach in Allentown: The “Bach at Noon - Allentown” series continues, 12:10 p.m. July 9, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director Greg Funfgeld conducts soloists, members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra and discusses each work.

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, June 25.

It was a match made, if not in heaven, then under the hills west of Kutztown.