The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley presents the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet in the Lehigh Valley, now in its 51st year (1968-2019).
The beloved and whimsical production, with a splendid score by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is a holiday delight.
With a cast of more than 100 professional, pre-professional and student performers, performances are 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) of the Lehigh Valley will present its production of the beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” for two performances, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, in the majestic Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The Moscow Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker” again comes to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 with a dazzling and lavish full-length production.
Based on the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and a stunning score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the story of Masha, a young girl who receives a Nutcracker doll from her mysterious uncle. The Nutcracker comes to life and turns into a prince.
There was no decade quite like the 1980s, from the music, to the clothes, to the hairstyles.
There’s been a resurgence of interest in hit pop-rock songs from the 1980s. The songs have had an influence on hit songs of the past few years, too.
As for the clothes and hairstyles? Not so much.
The party continues with “The Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl,” 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” starring Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, returns at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
In the comedy show, part of their “Scared Scriptless” tour, Mochrie and Sherwood combine audience participation and improvisation.
In a recent interview, Sherwood combines interviewer participation and improvisation.
“We make improv look difficult so that more people don’t try it,” Sherwood quips, adding, “Job security.”
Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna” makes its Philadelphia region premiere under the big top, July 24-Aug. 25, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks.
Allentown native and gymnast Alix Croop performs in “Amaluna.”
“Amaluna,” written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, blends Greek and Norse mythology, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute” in a production that has a cast almost entirely of women.
It’s the third Cirque du Soleil production in which Croop has performed.
‘Part of the story’: Skater’s thrilled with role in Cirque du Soleil ‘Crystal,’ set for PPL Center shows
The world-famous Cirque du Soleil brings a thrilling and “cool” new show, “Crystal,” to PPL Center, Allentown, June 26-30.
The production blends stunning acrobatics and figure skating. With aerial feats and impressive artistry on ice, “Crystal” is predicted to surpass expectations in a breakthrough show.
“Crystal” has an international cast of 43 performers, including figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, plus acrobats, musicians and comics.
The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) and Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) presents its spring ballet, “Coppelia,” 7 p.m. May 31, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
“Coppelia,” a popular comedic ballet that premiered in Paris in 1870, is the story of an eccentric toymaker who creates a life-like doll. When a village boy named Franz becomes infatuated with the doll, his fiancé, Swanhilda, tries to intervene.
Renowned actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright Chazz Palminteri brings his legendary one-man show, “A Bronx Tale,” which spawned a critically-acclaimed film of the same title, to the State Theatre Center for the Arts for one performance, 7:30 p.m. April 12.
The 1993 movie that starred Robert De Niro, who directed the film, is based on Palminteri’s 1989 play, directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.
Ruby Gibbs, who plays Sylvia in the national touring production of “Finding Neverland,” says she found her mother as inspiration for the role.
“Finding Neverland” follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, whose sons inspired his classic tale, “Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’ Grow Up.” The musical is based on the movie by David Magee, and the play, “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” by Allan Knee.
“Finding Neverland” is presented at 7 p.m. March 20 and 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.