East Penn Press

Sunday, March 18, 2018

No reservations about fun for The National Reserve

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Sean Walsh was content being a solo musician, often preferring it over being a part of a band. So it surprised him when he became the front man for The National Reserve.

The National Reserve, as well as Tioga, opens for Low Cut Connie, 8 p.m. March 3, Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem.

“I’ve been making songs since I was younger and always liked my solo projects, but it just kinda happened,” Walsh explains in a phone interview.

“I had a regular gig where they put together a line...

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’ is no marvel

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Black Panther” has everything: great cast, fantastic computer-generated imagery, and distinctive and impressive production design.

“Black Panther” has everything, except one thing: a solid screenplay.

While the film has been hailed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) feature film directed by an African-American and with an African-American cast in lead roles, “Black Panther” is just another comic-book, violence-laden, science fiction superhero action film. “Black...

Blood is thicker than mud on ‘Monster Jam’ circuit

Saturday, February 24, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

James Brown proclaimed in his 1966 song that “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

Until recently, it had been considered a “man’s man’s man’s world” in motorsports.

Monster truck competition had long been a playground for men. While largely considered to be a family-friendly sport, the monster truck audiences were heavily composed of fathers, sons and male buddies.

Fast-forward to the present day and a new crop of female competitors and fans have put the guys on alert with...

Moving ‘Pictures’: ASO to accompany animated film in East Coast premiere

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Art inspiring music, inspiring more music, which inspired more art. Sounds like a tongue-twister, or a lesson in cause and effect.

It all started in 1874 with a gallery exhibition of the drawings and paintings of Victor Hartman, an artist and architect who was a good friend of the Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky.

Victor Hartman had recently died, and Mussorgsky, looking for a way to honor the memory of his friend and his work, decided to try to capture the essence of some...

Readers Pick the OSCAR winners

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the Academy Awards for 2017 outstanding film achievements, 8 p.m. (EST) March 4, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, televised live on the ABC-TV.

The Press Focus section again presents the “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest. The person who picks the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn’s Peak gift, Roxy...

Northwestern: ‘High School Musical’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Northwestern Lehigh High School presents “High School Musical” with music and lyrics by Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Ray and Greg Cham, Drew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts, Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston. The book is by David Simpatico. It’s based on the 2006 Disney Channel movie of the same title.

The show is at 7 p.m. March 1, 2, 3 and 2 p.m. March 4, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh Middle School, 6636 Northwest...

Moravian Academy: ‘Into The Woods’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Take a walk “Into The Woods” at Moravian Academy with fairy-tale characters from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault as they journey into the dark and unpredictable forest in pursuit of their wishes.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the story of a childless baker and his wife whose quest to start a family ties the musical together with characters from “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and others.


‘Bach Comes to Call’ on 10th anniversary

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Children and their families get a glimpse into composer J.S. Bach’s personal life in the 10th anniversary performance of “Mr. Bach Comes to Call,” 3 p.m. Feb. 25, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Bach Festival Orchestra and Touchstone Theatre are collaborating on a theatrical journey through more than 20 works by Bach in the annual “Family Concert” conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld

Bach, the Baroque era composer...

State books ‘Pinkalicious’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Pinkalicious The Musical” sings and dances its way into the State Theatre Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 25.

The show brings to life the popular children’s book, “Pinkalicious,” about the adventures of a little girl who loves pink so much that she turns pink, much to the dismay of her family.

Stephen Sunderlin, Artistic Director of Vital Theatre, the company behind the “Pinkalicious” tour, says that the production follows the story book almost exactly. “The...

Review: ‘Showman’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Greatest Showman” puts on quite a show. It’s a movie made for Broadway.

While not billed as a movie musical per se, that’s indeed what “The Greatest Showman” is, thanks to the Oscar-winning (“City Of Stars”) song-lyricist team of “La La Land” (six Oscars, 2016) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are Oscar-nominated, original song, “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” among their 10 outstanding original songs in the movie.

From its opening scenes, “The Greatest Showman”...