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The Grand Illusionist

Friday, January 8, 2016 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

Criss Angel returns to State Theatre

with new show: ‘The Supernaturalists.’

If last year’s appearance by Criss Angel at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is any indication, his first feat will likely be making tickets to his 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16 shows there disappear.

When Angel, whose given name is Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, brought his popular “Mindfreak Live!” show to the State Theatre for two dates last January, it quickly sold out.

A ‘Pip’ of a tradition at Liberty Bell Museum

Saturday, January 2, 2016 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

Long gone are the days of the dedicated department store Santa Claus and lavish Christmas window displays. Instead there are now mall Santas and generic holiday decorations.

If you are above a certain age and grew up in the Lehigh Valley, you probably recall the Christmastime displays at local department stores such as Zollinger’s, Leh’s and Hess’s, in center city Allentown, and Orr’s in downtown Bethlehem.

Penn State opens its LaunchBox in center city Allentown

Saturday, January 2, 2016 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Business Showcase

“Today we begin a new chapter of inspiring innovation and economic vitality and collaboration and investment in the region,” said The Pennsylvania State University President Dr. Eric J. Barron during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 17 to mark the official announcement of “Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox,” a PSU-funded business accelerator program operating out of the second and third floors of 532 Hamilton St, Allentown.

Theater Review: Sing For America concludes 10th year with ‘A Little Princess’ at Ice House

Saturday, January 2, 2016 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

Sing for America, celebrated its 10th anniversary Dec. 29 with a reception at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, followed by a salute to military veterans in attendance and a performance of “A Little Princess.”

“A Little Princess,” which continues through Jan. 3, is the perfect coda to the holiday theatrical season. Part Dickensian tale meets “The Lion King,” “Princess” is a fun and colorful journey from the tropics of Africa to the streets and rooftops of London and even to the jungles of Timbuktu.

Another New Year’s Eve at WiseCrackers for Mike Burton

Saturday, January 2, 2016 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

WiseCrackers, the longest-running comedy room in the Lehigh Valley, typically promises a night full of laughter featuring three stand-up comics. New Year’s Eve was no exception.

The lineup for the 7 and 10 p.m. shows was Paul Spratt, the emcee; local favorite and Nazareth native Tyler Rothrock, feature act, and New York City comedian Mike Burton, headliner, closing out the show.

Theater Review: Star Of Day ‘Babes’ enchants young and old

Thursday, December 24, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

I’ve always said that if a performance can capture the attention of a room full of children, that’s as glowing a review as any.

“Babes In Toyland,” as presented by Star Of The Day Productions, LLC, McCoole’s Arts & Events Place, Quakertown, where it concluded Dec. 13, brings a classic storybook fairytale to life that casts a spell upon youngsters and adults alike.

A very ‘Charlie Christmas’ Eric Mintel Quartet celebrates 50th year of TV show soundtrack

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

It’s hard to believe that “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has hit the half-century mark. The animated special, originally telecast Dec. 9, 1965, on CBS-TV, still has contemporary appeal due in large part to its jazz soundtrack.

The soundtrack to the beloved Christmas special composed by San Francisco jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi is recognizable to ears young and old and can be heard everywhere from shopping mall sound systems to frequent radio air play during the holiday season.

Theater Review: A good-natured ‘Carol’ at Pa. Youth Theatre

Friday, December 11, 2015 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is the ultimate tale of economic inequality and individual redemption. It is as timely in today’s society as it was in the Victorian era when it was penned. Perhaps that is a sad commentary. But as always, hope for redemption springs eternal.

Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” is an annual tradition for many theater troupes. Some present it as a dark cautionary tale, while others give it a lighter spin.

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre relies on the later strategy and the result is a good-natured spectacle filled with song, dance and fabulous acting.

Theater Review: It’s still a ‘White Christmas’ at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, December 11, 2015 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

How about a little song and dance to go along with your Christmas celebration?

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” weekends through Dec. 20, Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem, provides plenty.

World War II GIs turned song and dance men, Bob Wallace (Jason Zimmer) and Phil Davis (Seth Rohrbach), find themselves not quite by accident in remote Pine Tree, Vermont, at the Columbia Inn owned by their former commander, General Waverly (John Bracali).

‘LV Christmas In Concert’ returns to Symphony Hall

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by DEB BOYLANSPECIAL TO THE PRESS in Focus

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for “A Lehigh Valley Christmas In Concert.”

The highly-anticipated annual performance now in its 19th installment features a cornucopia of the area’s top musical talent performing interpretations of holiday favorites, 7 p.m. Nov. 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The three-hour concert, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, brings to the stage 18 acts each performing two Christmas songs of their choosing and then gathering together on stage for a star-studded finale.