Salisbury Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Late-night comics make it at State

Friday, October 20, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

A comic is said to be on the path of “making it” in showbiz once they have booked a spot on a late-night TV talk show.

During the heyday of the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” an appearance there could launch a comedian’s career, especially if the legendary talk show host asked the comic to “take the couch” after their set.

At minimum being able to add “As seen on the [such and such TV show]” after one’s name can increase a comedian’s bookings at rooms and provide club owners with a valuable tag on the marquee to fill seats.

Putting the funny back in Miller Symphony Hall, ‘Ladies of Laughter’ series revives vaudeville heritage

Friday, October 6, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Sounds of raucous laughter regularly echoed throughout the former Lyric Theatre in Allentown. The Lyric, now known as Miller Symphony Hall, was a popular venue for burlesque shows, theatrical productions, silent films, vaudeville acts and even prizefights during the early part of the 20th century.

Because of its proximity to larger cities such as New York and Philadelphia, the Lyric was often a “try-out” stage for well-known performers and playwrights seeking to hone their work prior to opening on Broadway and other big-city stages.

Mike Albert, Scot Bruce in rescheduled ‘Elvis Birthday Bash’ at State

Friday, January 29, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Elvis will return to the building.

However, there will be a delay.

The “Elvis Birthday Bash” has been rescheduled from 3 p.m. Jan 24 until 7 p.m. April 23, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, because of the Jan. 23 snowstorm.

Patrons were to be notified.

Tickets for the Jan. 24 performance will be honored April 23. Patrons with conflicts can contact the State Theatre Box Office for options: 610-252-3132.

Viva! Elvis: Mike Albert in 20th ‘Birthday Bash’ at State

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Elvis returns to the building. 3 p.m. Jan 24, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for the “Elvis Birthday Bash.”

Scot Bruce and Mike Albert, backed by the Big E Band, celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley from his early days as a youthful hip-swinging “Hound Dog,” to the sequined-jumpsuit-sporting Vegas headliner of the 1970s.

The show, now in its 20th year, pays tribute to the music icon. Mike Albert performs during the second half of the program as the latter-day Elvis.

‘Lush Life’

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Lynnie Godfrey sings evening of standards

with Allentown Symphony in ‘Pops Series’

Lynnie Godfrey has lived a blessed life. Ask her yourself and she’ll tell you how fortunate she has been in so many ways. A versatile talent, Godfrey has graced stages both on Broadway and off, stateside and abroad, appeared on television, received awards, directed, produced and been mentored by some of the greatest talents of the past century.

Taking Expansions to Ornette Coleman

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The weather may be cold outside but Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, heats things up inside the Rodale Community Room with the latest installment of the monthly “Jazz Upstairs” series.

The first showcase of 2016 sets the bar high with National Endowment of the Arts “Jazz Master” saxophonist Dave Liebman and his group Expansions, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

“This is my fourth or fifth year there. It’s become like a regular gig, which is nice,” says Liebman in a phone interview.

Culture expands this Club

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Bass player Mikey Craig happy to tour

No time seems better than now for Culture Club.

The multi-racial, gender-bending British pop group brings its reunion tour to the Lehigh Valley with a headline performance at Musikfest, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Sands Steel Stage, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Culture Club formed in 1981 with George O'Dowd, better known as Boy George, on lead vocals; Roy Hay, guitar, keyboards; Mikey Craig; bass, and Jon Moss, drums.

The group was unique at the time for featuring a flamboyant, androgynous gay front man and a multi-racial mix of band members.

Theater Review: 'Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical' top-notch at Notre Dame

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The central theme of "Jekyll & Hyde" is the battle between good and evil and the inner turmoil that can exist within one's self. It is a classic narrative that has been presented countless times in ancient and contemporary art and literature.

Notre Dame Summer Theatre's production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," continuing at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug 1 and 2 p.m. Aug 2, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church S., Bethlehem Township, brings to life this tragic yet romantic tale based on the 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Theater Review: 'Music Man' worth a trip to Pennsylvania Playhouse

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"Professor" Harold Hill has arrived by rail to River City, Iowa, and he's ready to form a marching band. The only problem is this bandleader has not one shred of music ability.

"The Music Man," weekends through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, is the quintessential American musical. Generations have grown up with this beloved classic through countless regional stage productions since its 1957 debut on the Great White Way and two film adaptations (1962 and 2003).

Theater Review: Visit Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon 'On Golden Pond'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"On Golden Pond," through Aug 2, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, is a play about growing:

Growing older, growing apart, growing together, growing aware, the growing ties that bind people to place and the growing spring that leads softly into summer.

It is 1979 and the start of another summer on Golden Pond in Maine. The Thayers, Norman (Keir Dullea) and his wife Ethel (Mia Dillon), are opening up their summer home for the season. It is their 48th season and a familiar routine.