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Thursday, June 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Time for “Ragtime”: The hit musical, “Ragtime,” continues through July 1 at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. The musical is based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Terrence McNally, for which McNally received a Tony Award for best book of a musical in 1998 (the original Broadway production received 13 Tony nominations). “Ragtime” has three interlocking plots told in story and song: that of a New Rochelle, N.Y., community (above); an immigrant and his aspirations, and a Harlem piano player and his wrongs. The show, presented on the Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, features a cast of 40, who sing and dance in a Broadway-quality production with a 15-piece orchestra. Also at the Pennsylvania Shakespare Festival: “Twelfth Night,” through July 15, and “Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4. Tickets: Labuda Center for the Performing Arts lobby box office, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley; pashakespeare.org/psf_tickets.php; 610-282-WILL (9455)

“Tale as old as time”: “Beauty And The Beast” continues through July 1 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. The musical is paced by a great score of memorable songs: “Belle,” “Be Our Guest” and, of course, the title song. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Wolverton, the show, opened in 1994 on Broadway, receiving nine Tony Award nominations. The musical has additional songs that aren’t in the 1991 feature animation film. The show, presented in Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, has a cast of 35 and an 11-piece orchestra. It’s an entertaining musical for the entire family. If you can’t get to Disney World or Disneyland, “Beauty And The Beast” is a delightful summer getaway. Also for the family at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre is the new circus show, “Tal: Beyond Imagination,” June 27-July 28. Tickets: Muhlenberg College Department of Theatre and Dance box office, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, 2400 Chew St., Allentown; muhlenberg.edu/theatre; 484-664-3333

Role of The Diceman: Andrew Dice Clay brings his brash comedy style to the Outdoor Summer Pavilion, 7 p.m. June 29, Mt. Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. Andrew Dice Clay is an American comedian and actor who came to prominence in the late 1980s with the persona of “The Diceman.” Clay has been in several movies, including “The Adventures Of Ford Fairline” (1990) and “Blue Jasmine” (2013). He has released a number of stand-up comedy albums, including “Indestructible” (2012). The event is for those 21 and older. Tickets: Mt. Airy Casino Resort Box Office, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono; mountairycasino.com/events; 1-877-MTAIRY (1-877-682-4791)

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