Salisbury Press

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Both sides now: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Hair’ contrast two eras of the Broadway stage

Friday, May 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s the Yin and Yang of Lehigh Valley summer theater.

It’s polar opposites on the Broadway musical spectrum.

It’s Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT).

This year, MSMT again is staging the radical and new, and the tried and true, in the American musical theater canon.

For its 37th season, MSMT presents the revolutionary rock musical “Hair,” June 14 - July 2, and the classic musical, “My Fair Lady,” July 12 - 30. The family children’s show is a really big show, “Wild,” a circus performance, June 28 - July 29.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

T-Mobile cell phone antennas approved for Swain School roof

Data-hungry T-Mobile cell phone users should soon get a boost.

The placement of cell-phone antennas atop a building on The Swain School campus, 1100 S. 24th St., Salisbury Township, has been approved by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.

Zoners voted 5-0 on a motion by zoner Ronald Evans and seconded by Todd Laudenschlager at the May 2 hearing to approve the Use Variance appeal to Zoning Section 306 Table of Permitted Uses by T-Mobile Northeast, LLC.

Concerts Review: Bethlehem Bach Festival gives ‘To God Alone The Honor’

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

What’s best about the Bach Festival of Bethlehem is its surety of purpose, its certainty of artistry, its expectation and fulfillment of inspiration.

The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival, continuing May 19 and 20 with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Festival Orchestra and world-renowned soloists, is billed as a celebration of the human voice.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Director of zoning upheld in denial of proposed billboard

The Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board voted 5-0 to deny a billboard to be erected along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The ruling at the May 2 hearing upheld the decision of Salisbury Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka, who denied the application for Munhel Makhoul, manager, Vanessa Holding Co., to place the billboard.

Movie Review: ‘Guardians’ turns up the ‘Volume 2’

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” brings the usual crew of galactic misfits back for an entertaining mix of 1970s-era mix-tape music, galactic shenanigans and a summer movie season of bountiful quips.

The best part, though, is that writer-director James Gunn was to the movie superhero spoof genre born (writer-director, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014; “Super,” 2010; “Slither,” 2006; writer, “Dawn of the Dead,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo,” 2002; “The Specials,” 2000; “Tromeo & Juliet,” 1996).

Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Smile’ commemorates World War I Centenary

Friday, May 12, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was the “War to End All Wars.”

It was “The Great War.”

It was “World War I.”

World War 1 was waged from July 28, 1914, until Nov. 11, 1918.

The First World War Centenary is observed in 2017 in the United States, which on April 6, 1917, joined Britain, France and Russia to fight Germany.

ASO to play that funky music and hits of the 1970s and ‘80s

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “ASO Pops Series” is popping.

The latest iteration is the Allentown Symphony Pops’ “Rock On! Classic Rock & Pop from the 1970’s and 1980’s,” 7:30 p.m. May 13.

ASO Associate Conductor Ronald Demkee conducts the concert, featuring vocalists Lakisha Jones, Rob Evan and Morgan James, accompanied by backup vocalists and a rock backup band.

The “ASO Pops Series” has expanded in recent years from one to two to three concerts and, for the 2017-18 season, four concerts.

Bach reimagined: Renowned Bethlehem Choir marries tradition, innovation for 110th edition of Festival

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the 34 years that Greg Funfgeld has been artistic director and conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, he’s found new ways to showcase the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Leipzig cantor whose music, you might say, “baroque” through to lay the foundation for classical music.

“We’re always thinking about how we want to present Bach’s music and how to engage and how to intrigue the listener,” Funfgeld says.

Review: ‘The Circle’

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Will “The Circle” be unbroken?

Based on the ambiguous conclusion of the movie, “The Circle” is broken.

The up-to-the-minute examination of the cyberworld we live in stars Emma Watson. Shedding her Hermione Granger robes of the “Harry Potter” movies, Watson plays Mae, a smart twentysomething who becomes a valued employee of The Circle. It’s a Google-Facebook-Twitter Silicon Valley, Calif., social media company that seeks to make the world a better place through “transparency.”


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

LVHN employees move to cost township, school district

Salisbury Township municipal and school district coffers stand to lose approximately $26,000 in combined tax revenue annually starting in 2018 because of the relocation of about 500 workers from a medical office-building complex in the township to a new office building in center city Allentown.

According to Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich, the township municipal government expects to lose about $21,000 and Salisbury Township School District stands to lose about $5,000 in the move.