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Theater Review: 'Full Monty' delivers at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Perhaps one of the most anticipated endings in a play, "The Full Monty," continuing through June 14, Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, will have audiences asking themselves, "Will they or won't they?"

"The Full Monty" is an Americanized stage adaptation of the wildly-successful low-budget 1997 British film of the same name. The book by Terence McNally and music and lyrics by David Yazbek stay true to the central plot points of the film.

Theater Review: 'Andrews Brothers' comedy goes on at Pines

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

That old theater adage, "The show must go on," forms the basis for the musical comedy farce, "The Andrews Brothers," weekends through July 5, Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Continuing the audience immersion that has proven successful in past productions, for this outing theatergoers will be whisked to Fort Kittylock Canteen someplace in the South Pacific during the early 1940s and the height of World War II.

'Allentown Bach at Noon'

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Bach Choir of Bethlehem inaugurates concert series in center city St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church

"Bach at Noon," a well-attended free concert series held since 2005 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem, makes its debut in downtown Allentown with two events in June and July.

"Allentown Bach at Noon" premieres at noon June 9, St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. A second "Allentown Bach at Noon" concert is set for noon July 14, also at St. John's Lutheran Church.

'Amercan Idol''s Guarini in good 'Company' at Bucks

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"Company," the 1970 musical comedy (book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) which opened May 29 and continues weekends through June 21, marks the return of Doylestown native Justin Guarini to the stage of Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope.

Guarini made his Bucks County Playhouse stage debut in the 2012 production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" and returned to the legendary playhouse stage to kick off the 2014 winter concert series with "Justin Guarini: Lovesick," his ode to romance.

'Amercan Idol''s Guarini in good 'Company' at Bucks

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"Company," the 1970 musical comedy (book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) opening May 29 and continuing weekends through June 12, marks the return of Doylestown native Justin Guarini to the stage of Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope.

Guarini made his Bucks County Playhouse stage debut in the 2012 production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" and returned to the legendary playhouse stage to kick off the 2014 winter concert series with "Justin Guarini: Lovesick," his ode to romance.

Tom Goehring brings all-star quintet to Miller Symphony Hall

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall continues to bring Jazz to downtown Allentown. The monthly "Jazz Upstairs" provides listeners with an intimate clubby vibe.

The Tom Goehring Quintet is the latest offering in the ongoing series. The group bring its smooth easy groove to the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, 7:30 p.m. May 15.

Spotlight: Paul Bond to go old-school at Wise Crackers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Paul Bond is an old-school comedian. He combines politically-incorrect humor with impressions, physical comedy and song. He could easily be described as a one-man variety show.

Bond performs two shows, 9 p.m. May 15, 16, Wise Crackers Comedy Club, Ramada Inn, 1500 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 145) Whitehall.

Bond is the headliner. Pat DaBiere is the evening's emcee. Corey Alexander opens for Bond.

Bond 55, a Long Island native, has been performing old-school comedy since the time it was new school, or in other words, for around 20 years.

Another side of Jeff Daniels at Mauch Chunk Opera House

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Say the name Jeff Daniels and music is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.

The acclaimed actor has had a long career on stage (he founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in his home town of Chelsea, Mich., for which he's written plays), in film ("Ragtime," "Terms Of Endearment," "The Purple Rose Of Cairo") and on television (the critically-acclaimed HBO series, "The Newsroom," for which he received a 2013 Lead Actor Drama Series Emmy for his role as Will McAvoy).

Wise Crackers: Mitch Fatel looks at love from both sides now

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Mitch Fatel likes to talk about sex and married life. While many comics dish on common themes related to marriage such as children, a nagging spouse and household chores, Fatel has a much different take on married life.

Fatel appears for two shows at 9 p.m. May 8 and 9, Wise Crackers Comedy Club, Ramada Inn, 1500 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 145) Whitehall.

"Well, my style of comedy is basically about my hot bisexual wife, which is where I'm at in my life right now," explains Fatel during a phone interview.