Salisbury Press

Monday, February 17, 2020

Bringing ‘Rent’ character to life rewarding for actress

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

The 20th anniversary tour of the award-winning rock musical “Rent” stops for two performances, 3 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” tells the story of seven struggling artists trying to find their place in the world while pursuing their dreams without selling out. The action and drama unfold in Lower Manhattan’s East Village during the heyday of the Bohemian Alphabet City neighborhood, with the HIV-AIDS epidemic not only looming largely in the background, but playing a pivotal role in the musical’s storyline.

4th ‘Jakopa’s Punch Bowl’ benefits Touchstone Theatre

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

Imagine hearing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” performed with a boisterous Bourbon Street twist.

The resulting sound and image best describes the nine-piece music ensemble Jakopa’s Punch.

The Touchstone Theatre house band performs its fourth annual Mardi Gras-themed “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

The evet, a fundraiser for the south side Bethlehem theater, includes New Orleans-style food and complimentary wine and beer.

Night On The Town:

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

For Sons’ Portnoy, different

After 35 years in the business, Mike Portnoy is still hungry.

He is also a little under the weather and yearning for a good night’s sleep.

“But I know once I hit that stage, I know I’ll come alive and the adrenaline’s gonna kick in. I love each and every show,” Portnoy says in a phone interview.

“When it comes to performing, it’s always the audience that inspires me.”

Portnoy plays drums in the progressive hard-rock super group Sons of Apollo, in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Opening the concert is Tony MacAlpine.