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THEATER REVIEW Civic's 'Next to Normal' is anything but

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Next To Normal" is certainly not your normal musical.

It defies the conventions of traditional Broadway fare in several ways.

"Next to Normal," through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, has very few spoken words of dialogue. The story is advanced through songs 17 in act one and 20 (including five reprises) in act two, for a total of 37 production numbers.

This is about double the number of songs in a typical musical. "Chicago," for example, has 11 songs in act one and...

SYMPHONY POPS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Muhlenberg College sophomore Morgan Reilly will be featured in the Elton John-Kiki Dee duet for "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" during "Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy" Allentown Symphony Pops concert, 8 p.m. May 11, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Reilly, a 2011 Parkland High School graduate, has appeared on stage at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College and Bucks County Playhouse.

She most recently performed as Gypsy Rose Lee...

Playing 'Allentown' in Allentown

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

I don't know if Billy Joel did us a favor or not when he wrote the famous "Allentown" song, but either way you view it, he put the city of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley on the map.

Just last week, as I was traveling, conducting concerts, someone asked me if I conducted the orchestra in the city of Allentown that Billy Joel had written the song about.

Since the release of "that" song in 1982 and over the last two decades or so, the Lehigh Valley has changed tremendously....

To Grover Washington Jr. with jazz

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Producer, arranger, composer and keyboardist Jason Miles has been bringing audiences to their feet at jazz festivals all over the United States with "To Grover with Love," a tribute to the music of Grover Washington Jr., which will be presented during RiverJazz, 8:30 p.m. May 24, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Chick Corea and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are two of the many acts in the 2013 RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller, May 9...

STEELSTACKS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

SteelStacks Art and Architecture Tours, presented by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites and ArtsQuest, are being given 11 a.m. Fridays - Sundays.

The tours start at the former 1863 Stock House, now a Visitor Center for the City of Bethlehem.

Included on the 75-minute tour, led by former Bethlehem Steel workers or guides who had family and friends who worked at "The Steel," are examples of significant buildings erected as far back as the 1860s.

The tour is an addition to...

When buying plants, consider life cycle

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

As you go to the garden center and are looking to buy some plants, keep their life cycles in mind.

If you want something that you don't have to plant each year, don't buy annuals.

Here are tips that will help you buy the kind of plants that you want for your flower garden.

Plants are classified by the number of growing seasons required to complete their life cycle. Generally, these groups are annuals, biennials and perennials.

Annuals will provide continuous...

'Oblivion': Cruise drone-alone

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Oblivion" is a stunning sci-fi thriller that transports you to another world: Earth in the not two-distant future.

The year is 2077, intones Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) in the prologue. An alien invasion has made the planet uninhabitable, he tells us. Surviving humans have fled to Triton, a moon of Saturn.

Harper is a kind of space-age mechanic. Only, instead of repairing cars, he repairs drones, which have been developed into all-purpose super-fast, super-lethal security forces...

Bach schedule

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The second weekend of the 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is May 10, 11, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld, artistic director, conducts the 100 volunteer singers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.

Internationally-acclaimed soloists for this year's Festival are Kendra Colton, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Christòpheren Nomura, bass; William Sharp, baritone; and Daniel Taylor, countertenor.

The Festival...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"8th Annual Young Playwrights' Festival and Gala" 7 p.m. May 18, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. touchstone.org, 484-767-2456

"Beauty and the Beast" May 31 - Aug. 9. Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. pashakespeare.org, 610-282-WILL

"The Clean House," 8 p.m. May 8, 14, 15, 21, 21; 6 p.m. May 16, 23. Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665

"I Love A Piano," through June 2, 12...