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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Nicely, Nicely: "Guys and Dolls," above, one of the greatest musicals of the American stage, will be presented at 7 p.m. April 1, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton. The show's many memorable songs include "Fugue for Tinhorns," "The Oldest Established," "I'll Know," "A Bushel And A Peck," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were A Bell," "Sue Me," "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat" and "Luck Be A Lady." Music and lyrics are by the legendary Frank Loesser. The masterfully witty book is by Joe Swerling and comedy legend Abe Burrows. The musical comedy is based on Damon Runyon's short stories, "The Idyll Of Miss Sarah Brown," "Blood Pressure" and "Pick The Winner." The show opened on Broadway in 1950, receiving a Tony Award for musical. A 1955 movie version starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

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Princeton organist: Eric Plutz, above, recording artist and University Organist at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., performs an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in the "Arts at St. John's" series at St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. The program features works by J.S. Bach, Alfred Hollins, Adriano Banchieri, Percy Whitlock, and the Third Organ Symphony of Louis Vierne. James Hildreth of The American Organist has stated that Plutz "performs with gusto, flair, clarity and strong yet pliant rhythmic control." Plutz, who has released four solo organ recordings, has concertized across the United States. Plutz has been a guest artist with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Washington Symphonic Brass. An artist's reception follows the concert. There is a suggested donation at the door for the concert. Information: 610-435-1587

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Both sides now: The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in an all-new production of the musical thriller, "Jekyll & Hyde," above, 7:30 p.m. March 25, 26, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton. The show's songs include "This Is the Moment," "Someone Like You" and "A New Life." The score of pop rock music is by multi Grammy and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn. The lyrics are by Wildhorn, Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse and Steve Cuden. The book is by Bricusse. The musical opened on Broadway in 1997, receiving four Tony Awards nominations. The musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

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