Salisbury Press

Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Rent’ 20th anniversary tour stops at State Theatre

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes

“How do you measure, measure a year?”

It’s been 20 years since the late Jonathan Larson’s famous lyrics were first sung on Broadway, creating an enduring hit.

The 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” is on its national tour, with a stop at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Rent,” the 1996 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical, is a reimagining of Puccini’s “La Boheme”...

The Machine more than Pink Floyd tribute band

Friday, April 6, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band in its 30th year, has sold out theaters and clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia, and appeared at music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, and Germany’s “Rock of Ages.”

“The Machine: America’s Premiere Live Pink Floyd Experience” stops at 8 p.m. April 6, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Expect to hear a mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, including faithful renditions of...

‘Dictators 4 Dummies’ musical is Touchstone world premiere

Friday, April 6, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For writer and director Christopher Shorr, the creation of “Dictators 4 Dummies” started as early as 2014.

“Dictators 4 Dummies” has its world premiere, April 5-15, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

“It began as a research into a phenomenon. I was looking into the odd situation of people not seeming to recognize these ... moves from ‘The Fascist Playbook,’ if you will,” Shorr explains.

Shorr, Director of Theatre, Moravian College, devised the original title, “The Fascist...

Freedom: ‘Once Upon A Mattress’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Freedom High School presents “Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical comedy inspired by “The Princess and the Pea,” a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, at 7 p.m. April 11, 12, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. April 15, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

The show, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer, opened on Broadway in 1959.

The Freedom production is directed by Jennifer Wescoe, assisted by...

Allen: ‘Aida: School Editiion’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The William Allen High School theater department presents “Aida: School Edition,” a musical about Aida, a captured Nubian princess; Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the Egyptian soldier they both love, at 7 p.m. April 12, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. April 15, John F. McHugh Auditorium, William Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.

The William Allen production is directed and produced by John T. Sechler, assisted by choreographer-assistant director Dawn Blanco, music director...

Dave Roper Trio

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

SECOND SUNDAY:

The Dave Roper Trio performs 3 p.m. April 8, second floor sanctuary, The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Roper, piano, will be joined by Paul Rostock, bass, and Gary Rissmiller, drums.

Tickets: at the door; concertseries.uuclvpa.org; 610-866-7652

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, April 4: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.

Thursday, April 5: Herbed pork, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie.

Friday, April 6: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, wax beans, applesauce.

Monday, April 9: Chicken croquette, whole wheat pasta, carrots, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, April 10: Baked ham w/maple mustard, whipped sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake....

Pennsylvania Playhouse visits ‘Brighton Beach’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Bright Beach Memoirs” is the classic coming-of-age tale of 15-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome as he navigates life with his family in 1937 Brooklyn.

The Neil Simon semi-autobiographical play has been a comedy favorite since it debuted on Broadway in 1983.

“Brighton Beach Memoirs” is presented April 6, 7, 13-15, 19-22, The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Rody Gilkeson, long-time director of shows...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, April 4: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, pickled beets, wheat bread with margarine, chilled apricots.

Thursday, April 5: Minestrone soup, Italian beef-cheese and noodle casserole, Caesar salad, Italian bread with margarine, fresh fruit cup.

Friday, April 6: New England clam chowder, smoked turkey, salami and provolone on bun /mustard, carrot raisin salad, peanut butter cookie.

Monday, April 9: Beef Stroganoff,...