On the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin Irish Dance brings to life an epic tale of Irish immigration to the United States with an all-star cast of Celtic dancers performing to traditional Irish music and song at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
Members of the cast have performed with such hit Irish dance and music productions as “Riverdance,” Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” and “Celtic Woman.”
“With what’s going on in today’s society, with the ‘me too’ movement, ‘A Chorus Line’ is as relevant as ever,” says Makayla McIntosh, who plays Vicky in the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.”
“We honor the story of women speaking out, of people who haven’t been heard opening up and telling their truth,” she says. “It is healing and brings us all together.”
“Pinkalicious The Musical” sings and dances its way into the State Theatre Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 25.
The show brings to life the popular children’s book, “Pinkalicious,” about the adventures of a little girl who loves pink so much that she turns pink, much to the dismay of her family.
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Four famous notes open Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” considered to be one of the great classical music works of all time.
The story behind the masterpiece and the life of Beethoven are explored in the touring family production, “The Life and Times of Beethoven,” in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Series,” 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
“This is not the Disney version,” says Leslie Jackson, who plays Marie, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella,’” being staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
“Most of us have grown up knowing some version of the story, but this is a more current version of the classic fairy tale,” says Jackson in a phone interview.
Rock legends The Orchestra light up Easton this month. Former members of the legendary classic rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and ELO 2, now known as The Orchestra, bring their powerhouse symphonic rock to the State Theatre Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.
Mik Kaminski, the blue violin; Louis Clark, arranger and conductor of the symphony orchestra on ELO recordings; and Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Gordon Townsend, and Glen Burtnik, take to the Easton stage to play ELO hit after hit, including “Evil Woman,” “Turn to Stone,” and “Livin’ Thing.”
The international Irish-dance production, “Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour,” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
“Riverdance” consists of traditional Irish music and dance and is one of the most successful dance productions in the world, having been seen on stage by more than 25 million.
Amy-Mae Dolan, lead dancer, “Riverdance,” believes Irish dance is so popular in the United States because of the Irish heritage of so many Americans.
When Noah Dach, a 2016 Muhlenberg College graduate and fellow student Henry Evans decided they wanted to run away and join the circus, they instead created their own.
Dach, Evans and Tommy McCarthy co-founded the Atlas Circus Company, which has been developing performances in and around New York City since the trio graduated from Muhlenberg College. McCarthy is assistant director of “Wild.”
Broadway star Dee Roscioli credits her time at Wilson Area High School under drama teacher Danny Kaye with opening her eyes to what her voice could do.
“At Wilson, I got to play my first lead and learned about my voice,” says the Wilson Borough native and Wilson, Class of 1995 graduate.
Two family-friendly ballets with live music, “Carnaval” and “Pictures at an Exhibition,” will be performed by the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley June 2, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
One performance for school students will be presented at 10 a.m. and one performance for the public will be presented 7 p.m. June 2.
The Ballet Guild, a nonprofit organization founded by Marjorie Berlin Fink in 1958, serves as the umbrella organization of the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB).