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Munopco debuts 'Shout!'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Victoria Lang, a co-creator of "Shout! The Mod Musical," which makes its Lehigh Valley debut in the MunOpCo Music Theatre production, 8 p.m. June 28, 29 and 2 p.m. June 30, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, is pleased to see the show being done in "her own backyard."

"I had a phone call from Victoria Lang," says Larry A. Williams, MunOpCo artistic director who is directing "Shout!" "She lives in Brigantine, N.J. She said the show is touring all over the world and...

'Man of Steel' super-sized

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Man of Steel" is the latest makeover in the 75-year history of the ever-evolving Superman.

"Man of Steel," seen in the 3D Imax format for this review, is super in every way imaginable: super computer-generated special effects, super action, super chest-pounding loud and super long.

Yes, "Man of Steel" is super-sized.

Getting format choices out of the way first and it's a certainly a choice, as you can see "Man of Steel" in 2D, 3D, Imax and 3D Imax I think it's...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PHOTO BY SG POND in Focus

A "Luau, Luau": Whoa, baby, you gotta go to Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau," 8 p.m. June 28, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Zen for Primates, above, is back, spreading mature mirth and musical mayhem on a warm summer night. "Life Is A Cabaret," my friend, whenever they show up. With the mysterious T. Roth, vocals, stories, bells and whistles, fronting complex and tight musical weavings from Mike Krisukas, guitar; Jodi Beder, cello; Pete "Saxman" Fluck, sax, harmonica; and...

Cast creates a 'Beauty' of a 'Beast' at PSF

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

An inspired, high-spirited cast in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of "Beauty and the Beast" delivers a terrifically enchanting retelling of The Brothers Grimm's classic children's story as retold for the stage by Michele. L. Vacca.

Gina Lamparella directs this charming show, through Aug. 3, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Belinda Bell, or "Beauty" as she is known, is perfectly played by the graceful and completely...

Pretty amazing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

It's both thrilling and frightening to have someone tell you, "Even now, I know what you are thinking!"

And yet, that's exactly what The Amazing Kreskin, world-renowned mentalist, will be doing, starting at 8 p.m. June 28, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton: telling people what they are thinking.

Kreskin's show consists of two and one-half hours of the audience participating in amazing mental sleight-of-hands for example, having six audience members (non-confederates picked at...

Choreography in 'Oklahoma!' a dream

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Oklahoma!" is history-making as the first show in musical theater to use dance to advance the plot so successfully and extensively.

Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the first production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" in 1943, was among the great ensemble of choreographers of the 1940's era, including George Balanchine in classical ballet, Gene Kelly with dance in film, and Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance.

It was an exciting time for dance...

THEATER REVIEWS Take 'The 39 Steps' to comedy at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "The 39 Steps" yields nonstop laughter in a slapstick sendup of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Hilarity ensues from the moment that four actors in multiple roles so many I lost count step on stage in the farce adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel of John Buchan and the 1935 Hitchcock film.

At the conclusion of "The 39 Steps," through July 14, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University,...

Zen 'Luau' back at Godfrey's

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

In my world there are three signs of summer: grass that needs cutting twice a week, swimming pools full of screaming children and Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau."

This is the fifth year that the Zen crew is back at Godfrey Daniel's, Bethehem, at 7 p.m. June 28 for the vacation season with their magical musical "Luau." And even if you don't have a road trip on the books, composer and guitarist Mike Krisukas and his band will take you to the Islands and promises to return you to reality...

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

Actors in Action Festival: "The Un-Named Body Project," through June 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown. 610-433-4150

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Crazy For You," through June 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion...

VALLEY VIVALDI

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Valley Vivaldi continues at 7:30 p.m. June 30, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The program includes concert-opener, Vivaldi's "Flute Concerto in E Minor," Robin Kani; flute; Giuseppe Tartini's "Trumpet Concerto in D," Lawrence Wright, trumpet; Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, No. 4 (BWV 1049), and works are byLuigi Boccherini and Johann J. Quantz.

A reception with Pennsylvania Sinfonia musicians follows.