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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by PHOTO BY KEN EK in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

A "Superstar" summer: The Lehigh Valley summer theater season at two of the biggest venues is nearing a close. You only have a few days left to catch one of the season's most spectacular shows, "Jesus Christ Superstar," Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), through July 28, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Dan Cary, above center, portrays Jesus. Joshua Neth, above right, plays Pilate. The rock opera dramatizes the last seven days in the life of Jesus, from his entry into Jerusalem through his crucifixion. With a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the hit musical debuted on Broadway in 1972 and was revived in 2000 and 2012. MSMT veterans James Peck and Ken Butler are director and music director, respectively. Former Muhlenberg College faculty member Charles O. Anderson is choreographer. Tickets: 484-664-3333

PHOTO BY LEE A. BUTZ

An "Earnest" summer: At the other main summer theater venue, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, "The Importance of Being Earnest" continues through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. Alexie Gilmore, above left, plays Gwendolen Fairfax and Blake Ellis, above right, is John Worthing in the classical Oliver Wilde comedy of manners and foibles. Algernon Moncrieff played by Zack Robidas. Cecily Cardew is Erin Partin. PSF favorite Jim Helsinger, who directs "Earnest," plays Lady Bracknell, in the tradition of male comedic actors in the role. Scenic designer is Bob Phillips. Costume designer is Lisa Zinni. "The Importance of Being Earnest" is in repertory with "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center. Tickets: 610-282-WILL

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"Seusscal" by the book: A musical for those who grew up reading and having Dr. Seuss books read to them continues through July 27, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty bring to life Dr. Seuss's most beloved characters, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie and Jojo. Lana Gallo, above left, is Jojo. Luke Taylor, above right, is the Cat in the Hat. This one-hour, 15-minute Young Audiences edition of "Seussical" is directed by Benjy Shaw, with music direction by David Dabbon and choreography by Nina Pongratz. The show is appropriate for ages four and up. Tickets: 484-664-3333

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