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Monday, March 30, 2020

Ringo Starr cancels 2020 tour; including State Theatre concert in June because of COVID-19

Saturday, March 28, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Ringo Starr has announced that he is rescheduling his Spring 2020 All-Starr Band tour because of Covid-19.

Starr’s tour cancellation includes a June 6 concert at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, rescheduled for June 7 next year.

The State Theatre website advises ticket-holders for the June 6 concert: “Please hold on to your tickets. They will be valid for the new date.”

The 2020-2021 All-Starr Band features Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham...

Coronavirus closings: Muhlenberg College cancels summer theater

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Charles Richter won’t be around this summer to celebrate his 40th anniversary as cofounder of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

That’s because there will be no Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) this summer.

“I pulled the plug on Tuesday [March 17] because I think now people are beginning to realize that this [Coronavirus pandemic] is a long haul,” said Richter, MSMT Artistic Director.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 order for nonessential businesses in the...

Coronavirus closings: Civic Theatre dark, artistic staff laid off

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals, has a children’s theater school, an art gallery, and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

The layoffs and closing during the 92nd season of the Lehigh Valley art-deco landmark that...

Updated list of closings because of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Here’s an update, as of March 27, of Lehigh Valley arts, entertainment and cultural closings, cancellations or postponements. The list is in alphabetical order.

Allentown Art Museum - Closed indefinitely. April 4 Gala canceled

AMC Theatres - Closed as of March 17 for “at least six to 12 weeks.”

America on Wheels, Allentown - Closed

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Banana Factory, Bethlehem - Programming suspended, including cinema screenings and comedy shows at...

SALEM CHRISTIAN: ‘Anne of Green Gables’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A self-reliant orphan travels to her new home in “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

The show, with music by Norman Campbell, lyrics by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore, and book by Don Harron, is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel, “Anne of Green Gables.”

Director Yana Reinhard is assisted by co-director Pam Stevenson...

Note on High School Musicals series

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

The spotlight is on Lehigh Valley high school musicals and, although the road may be bumpy on the way to the 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

Students and teachers put a lot of time, effort and money into their school theater productions. This is their time to shine. With mandated school closings March 16-27 extended to April 6 (with students to return April 9), consult...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for updates.

Wednesday, March 25: Swedish meatballs, green beans, whole wheat noodles, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 26: Four cheese baked pasta, garlic spinach, Italian vegetable blend, ambrosia.

Friday, March 27: Fish almondine, peas and pearl onions, scalloped potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, apple bread pudding.

Monday, March 30: Rotisserie chicken, green and wax beans, creamed corn, whole wheat dinner roll, fresh fruit salad.

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WHITEHALL: ‘Cinderella’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

An iconic fairy tale is scheduled to come to the stage as “Cinderella (2013 Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.

The show has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Douglas Carter Beane.

Producer, director and music director Eddie Hong is assisted by assistant director Monique Haney and choreographer Melissa Zimmer.

The...

NAZARETH: ‘On the Town’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Three sailors on leave explore New York City in “On the Town,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

The show, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is based on the ballet “Fancy Free” by Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein.

Director John Andreadis is assisted by vocal director and choreographer Colette Boudreaux, choral director Justen...

ALLEN: ‘Bring It On’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

It’s a rivalry between cheerleading squads in “Bring It On: The Musical,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, John F. McHugh Auditorium, William Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.

The musical, with music by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and book by Jeff Whitty, is based on the 2000 movie by screenwriter Jessica Bendinger.

Director John T. Sechler is assisted by assistant director and choreographer Dawn Blanco,...