The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s “Antony & Cleopatra,” through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is big, sprawling and grand.
The drama, believed to have been first performed in 1607 possibly at the Globe Theatre, by Shakespeare’s troupe, the King’s Men, is a hybrid in the Shakespeare canon of a history play, a tragedy and a problem play.
The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “Anything Goes,” through July 28, Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is exquisite.
“Echo in the Canyon” is not one of the greatest-ever documentary films, but it has its charms, especially for contemporary music buffs.
The film depicts the 1965-1967 Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, music scene when singer-songwriters, musicians and groups, including The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield (and later, Crosby, Stills and Nash) and others gathered to live, hang out and write one pop-rock music charter-topper after another.
“Roll up, roll up for
the Mystery Tour”
- The Beatles,
“Magical Mystery Tour”
When The Beatles performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Feb. 9, 1964, Jim Owen wasn’t among the 73 million viewers of the legendary British rock group’s United States’ television debut.
Owen wasn’t born yet.
When The Beatles’ “Magical Mysery Tour” album was released in 1967, Owen was in diapers.
The Classical Mystery Tour, featuring Jim Owen as Beatle John, rolls up to Miller Symphony Hall for an Allentown Symphony Pops concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Lehigh Valley house sales increased slightly in May, continuing a positive trend for two months in a row.
Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased 0.4 percent in May, with 815 houses sold, up from 812 houses sold in May 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released June 12.
Closed sales for the first five months of 2019 are up slightly, 0.3 percent, to 3,010 from 3,002 for the first five months of 2018.
Closed house sales had rebounded in April, reversing a three-month decline in the first quarter of 2019.