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Movie Review: Musical antics from Kermit the Frog and Elaine Stritch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For a sock puppet, Kermit the Frog has come a long way in his career.

Jim Henson's Muppets first appeared on a Washington, D.C., TV show 1955 - '61. "The Muppets Show" was televised nationally 1976 - '81. There have been numerous spin-off TV shows and television specials.

There've been seven previous Muppet theatrical feature movies: "The Muppet Movie" (1979), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981), "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984),"The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992), "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996), "Muppets From Space" (1999) and "The Muppets" (2011).

High School Musicals: Parkland

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'The Wizard of Oz'

Intrepid Dorothy leads her friends to a magic kingdom where very little is as it seems. Her red shoes hit the yellow bricks in "The Wizard of Oz," 7:30 p.m. April 9 -12 and 3 p.m. April 13, auditorium, Parkland High School, 2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

When Dorothy Gale (Victoria Bartkavage) dusts herself off after a Kansas tornado drops her in a strange land, her new friends accompany her on a fabulous quest.

Scarecrow (Megan Schmidt), Tin Man (Michael Falco) and Cowardly Lion (Evan Hall) help Dorothy and on the journey confront their own demons.

Touchstone 'Journey' inspired by Bethlehem Asian heritage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The journey to Touchstone Theatre's "Journey From The East" began nearly two years ago at a party at the home of Mary Wright.

Dr. Norman J. Girardot, recently retired University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University Department of Religion Studies, and Jp Jordan, Touchstone artistic director, were chatting about the newly-finished the Lehigh-Bethlehem Harmony Pavilion along the South Side Greenway, Bethlehem. Girardot was instrumental in the pavilion project.

"'Wouldn't it be cool to have some big production there?' they agreed," Wright recalls.

Theater Review: Thinking outside 'La Cage' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

When the straight world meets the French Riviera world of transvestites and "plain" homosexuals, things get, well, hilariously screwed up. It's so bad that a boy can't even bring his girlfriend home to meet the folks without things getting into an uproar.

"Girdles and jocks" have center stage in "La Cage Aux Folles," through April 13, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Brenda McGuire directs this musical depiction of the lives of a mostly all-male revue in a Saint-Tropez nightclub. Nancy Broadbent is music director.

High School Musicals: Lehigh Valley Christian

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

In a universe of mean girls, oblivious "red-haired girls," kite-eating trees and lost baseball games, super-average Charlie Brown examines what it means to be told "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," 7 p.m. April 11 and 3 and 7 p.m. April 12, gymnasium, Lehigh Valley Christian High School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.

Enduring Lucy's (Bryanna Pye) fatuous personality and mercenary analysis ("The Doctor is in.") and his unrequited love of every man's never-seen "red-haired girl," Charlie Brown (Matt Weaver) seeks to find out if, as his friends say, he really is a good man.

Spotlight On: Uggams one of the 'Girls'

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Leslie Uggams, Emmy Award-winning star of the iconic 1970's miniseries, "Roots," appears in the song and memory-filled ensemble production, "4 Girls 4," 8 p.m. April 4, State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Uggams and her fellow female stars of stage and screen, Andrea McArdle, who was Broadway's original Annie; Maureen McGovern, an Academy Award-winning vocalist, and Donna McKechnie, a Tony award-winner for "A Chorus Line," bring music and real-life tales from their star-filled lives and careers to the State Theatre audience.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus


@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS


ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100

The Psychedelic Furs, 8:30 p.m. April 2, Musikfest Café

Jon Anderson, 7:30 p.m. April 3, Musikfest Café

The Associated Mess Improv Comedy Troupe, 8 p.m. April 3, Blue Cinema

Who's Bad, 7:30 p.m. April 4: Michael Jackson tribute, Musikfest Café

Just So, 8 p.m. April 4, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Dan Frigolette & Miguel Dalmau, 11 p.m. April 4, Blue Cinema

Mike McGrath: Tomatoes, love and other organic truths

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Mike McGrath, the enormously popular host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, "You Bet Your Garden," an hour of "chemical-free horticultural hijinks" originating from the NPR affiliated WHYY, 90.9 FM, Philadelphia, will be talking tomatoes, 7 p.m. April 9, Community Room, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The talk, "Swing Into Spring," is free and open to the public.

Gardening guru McGrath says that this is the perfect time to plan your garden and he is eager to answer your questions about organic gardening, especially about tomatoes.

Classical Views: Three for the ages

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner fill the bill in Allentown Symphony, soloist, tribute

Beethoven. Strauss. Wagner. Three innovative composers who changed the world. Three exceptional musical compositions. Two performances in Miller Symphony Hall. One great orchestra, the Allentown Symphony, and one exciting soloist, Martina Filjak. This is a weekend of concerts April 5 and 6 that you do not want to miss.

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) is a name that is now known by virtually everyone in the world. And his music, although it was written more than 200 years ago, resonates with us today.