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Theater Review Musical just 'Marvelous' at The Pines

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Step back to an era when big hair, cat's-eye glasses and go-go boots were cutting-edge fashion accessories and enjoy an energetic quartet harmonize non-stop hit songs from the 1950s and '60s.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" by Roger Bean, with music arrangements by Brian William Baker and directed by Oliver Blatt, continues through Oct. 28 The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The singing group, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," first appear in the Springfield High School's prom queen...

Blythe gives her regards to Kate Smith

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Mezzo-soprano Steph-anie Blythe will present her cabaret performance of music by American icon Kate Smith.

The show, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, Allentown, features Blythe accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.

"The show is a tribute to the great American singer Kate Smith. It is not an impersonation show," says Blythe. "I don't pretend to be Kate Smith or try to sing like Kate Smith."

In addition to the songs, Blythe offers...


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333 or

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," Sept 28 - 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Dog Eat Dog," 8 p.m. Sept. 20 - 22, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets...

The eclectic 'Heart' of Ramin Karimloo

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Ramin Karimloo fled with his parents from Iran to Canada, landed the lead in "The Phantom of the Opera" in Great Britain and is touring the United States behind his CD, "Human Heart," including a concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe, Bethehem.

Let's get the geopolitical question out of the way right away.

"It's one of those things. I think it's very scary about what goes on [in Iran]. What we see is not what really goes on over there. Anyone killing for any religion is...

Look, ma, no internet

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by KERRI JORDAN Special to The Press in Focus

Communication travels in many formats, and the radio is the number one method for the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC).

The 200 members of the club, founded 66 years ago, communicate with handheld radios.

Charles Lazarchak, of Easton, president of DLARC, describes the radio club as educational.

The club offers its members all kinds of projects, from building one's own antenna and computer software to participating in emergency preparedness procedures and...


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Phantom" for real: Ramin Karimloo, above, who played the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall," performs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Karimloo's debut album, "Human Heart," released in June, has songs Ramin has performed on stage, including "Music of the Night" from "The Phantom Of The Opera"; "'Til I Hear You Sing" from its sequel, "Love Never Dies"; new songs from Ryan Tedder and Greg Wells (Adele, Leona Lewis), a...

Broadway's dueling 'Divas'

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

If you look up the word "diva" in the dictionary, it means a "highly-distinguished female singer; derived from the Italian word for "a goddess."

Goddesses will abound on the Allentown Symphony Hall stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 as we feature two very "Wicked Divas" singing your favorite Broadway hit songs.

Singing with attitude and bravura has been a part of the "Diva" tradition for centuries. I remember going to pick up an opera singer from the airport once and although I didn't...

Blast Furnace Blues Festival schedule

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Sept. 14

Musikfest Café

James Supra, 5 p.m.

Lurrie Bell, 6:45 p.m.

Alexis P Suter, 8:30 p.m.

Jam, 10:30 p.m.

Banko Cinema, Red Theater

Mike Dugan, 5:30 p.m.

Watermelon Slim, 7:15 p.m.

Mike Dugan, 9 p.m.

Sept. 15

Musikfest Café

Lazy Lester, 12:30 p.m.

Catherine Russell, 2 p.m.

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, 3:30 p.m.

James Cotton, 5 p.m.

Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, 7 p.m.


Mattea's latest album renews 'Calling'

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Grammy Award winner Kathy Mattea brings the tour for her latest album, "Calling Me Home," to the Lehigh Valley for a concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

As with her 2008 album, "Coal," Mattea concentrates on letting her Appalachian roots show.

"A lot of people responded to the human struggle," Mattea says about listeners' reactions to the "Coal" album. "The album was the history of coal as told through music."


Ball to again have a Blast in Bethlehem

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The blues return to SteelStacks on Bethlehem's southside for the second annual Blast Furnace Blues Festival. The three-day blues showcase will consist of more than 25 acclaimed local and national acts performing on three stages.

Headlining the opening day of the festival, which runs Sept. 14 - 16, is legendary harmonica player James Cotton.

Cotton, a Mississippi native is the recipient of a 1996 Grammy award and a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. He performed with the iconic...