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Live is back, live at Musikfest, with original lineup

Friday, August 4, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The recently reunited Live, on its 25th anniversary “The Reunion World Tour,” joins the Musikfest headliner lineup at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Black Pistol Fire opens the show.

Live, a multi-platinum alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk, vocals-guitar; Chad Taylor, guitar-backing vocals; Patrick Dalheimer, bass, and Chad Gracey, drums-percussion, has sold more than 22 million albums and charted two No. 1 albums, “Throwing Copper” and “Secret Samadhi.”

‘Little Prince’ to land on Allentown stage

Friday, April 28, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“The Little Prince,” with actors and puppeteers sharing the stage, will be presented in the “Family Series: Live Musical Theatre,” 2 p.m. April 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Antione de St. Exupery classic children’s book about a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and gains insight into love, loss and laughter through the eyes of The Little Prince, is brought to the stage by Swazzle, a Glendale, Calif.,-based puppet company founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean and Patrick Johnson.

ASO brings ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to life

Friday, February 24, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents “Peter and the Wolf,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The “ASO Family Classical Concert” program, in addition to “Peter and the Wolf,” includes Mozart, “Marriage of Figaro Overture”; Haydn, “Toy Symphony”; Rimsky-Korsakov, “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

“Peter and the Wolf” is narrated by Really Inventive Stuff, founded by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns. Really Inventive Stuff, based near Portland, Me., was founded in 2004 by Boudewyns and his wife, Valentine.

Sing for America: Family theater troupe brings ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

For its 10th anniversary season, Sing for America is presenting “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” opening Dec. 28 and continuing through Jan. 8, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Sing for America was founded by Taryn Gilbert and her four siblings in 2005. The choral and theater troupe provides an artistic outlet for under-served communities. The Gilbert Family, which hails from the Easton area, raise money for families of active serving military.

Dee Roscioli brings it all back home to State Theatre

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Dee Roscioli, who played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Emily Rozek, who played the role of Glinda, in “Wicked” on Broadway, reunite for “Wicked Divas,” accompanied by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, 2 p.m. Jan. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Wicked Divas” is a cabaret music show presented in a concert format that is a compilation of iconic diva and music theater songs. Roscioli and Rozek toured in “Wicked” throughout the United States. Roscioli played the role of Elphaba on Broadway in 2009 and 2010.

Dickens imbues ‘A Christmas Carol’ with author’s performance pedigree

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Gerald Roderick Charles Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, brings to life “A Christmas Carol” in his energetic, 26-character, one-man show, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Foy Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

There’s a book-signing by Dickens after each performance at nearby Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem, which annually presents the event.

Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) gave his first public performance of “A Christmas Carol” in 1853 and his final performance in 1870, three months before his death.

Civic journeys to ‘Christmas’

Friday, December 2, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“A Christmas Carol,” adapted from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella by Sharon Lee Glassman and William Sanders, who again directs the show, returns to the Civic Theatre stage for the 27th year, Dec. 2-17, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge has allowed thousands of children and adults to share in the magic of Dickens’ cautionary tale in what has become a time-honored Lehigh Valley tradition for “fellow passengers.”

‘Fancy Nancy’ in last tour at Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, November 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” is a children’s show that adults should enjoy, too.

“The adults like this show very much, as well. It is not dumbed-down and the music is pretty sophisticated so they can sing along to it too,” says the show’s director-choreographer Sam Viverito.

“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” will be presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, in what may be the last stage version of the touring show.

‘Mooseltoe’ to take flight at State Theatre, Easton

Friday, November 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Mooseltoe” is a musical with a message as big as a moose call.

“‘Mooseltoe’ imparts valuable lessons for children and adults alike. It’s never too early for kids to hear those lessons and learn them,” says Jim Semmelman, who wrote the book, music and lyrics and is the producer of “Mooseltoe.”

“It’s the perfect vehicle for parents to introduce their children to a new Christmas tradition. In this day and age of social media and videos, it’s the first time many kids will see a live production and that makes it special,” Semmelman says.