Acclaimed playwright and director Moss Hart was a product of the Broadway of the 1920s when everything was changing. It was the Jazz Age and in pre-Great Depression New York City theaters were at their peak of popularity, drawing in some 20 million theater-goers a year.
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Why has my teenage daughter suddenly turned against me? My 17-year-old daughter has suddenly become very belligerent towards me. It is hurting my feelings, and I don’t know what to do about it. She was not like this before. She was kind and easy-going. What can I do?
The answer could be that it is behavior stemming from typical adolescent development, according to the panel.
The much-loved and often-performed musical, “The Secret Garden,” is on a national tour and is expected to be revived on Broadway on a yet undisclosed date.
Whenever that happens, though, it is hard to believe that any Great White Way production could surpass by much Civic Theatre of Allentown’s staging of the classic that runs through Oct. 22. To say the least, the Lehigh Valley production of “The Secret Garden” is a music, acting and technical triumph.
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Q. My infant grandson’s parents really need help getting him to sleep at night. He is 16-months-old and has to be taken for a car ride or a stroller ride every night in order for him to fall asleep. Then they transfer him to their bed, where he sleeps the rest of the night. They can’t put him in his crib because he wakes up. They really need help.
“Always … Patsy Cline,” through Oct. 22 at The Pine’s Dinner Theatre, Allentown, is an entertaining musical written by Ted Swindley, producer and director of more than 200 plays during the past two decades, and a prolific playwright whose scripts include “Honky Tonk Angels,” a successful Pine’s production earlier this season.
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Q. My 11-year-old son is out of control. He has bullied kids at school, refuses to listen to me or his teachers, and has been suspended from school multiple times. I don’t know what to do with him, and I am afraid that he is going to end up in jail by the time he is 13 or 14, or I am going to end up dead because I can’t control him.
“Sister Act,” though Aug. 20 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, is an evening of heavenly entertainment, from staging to acting to music direction to set design.
A convert from the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the musical stage version of “Sister Act” showcases music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.
Director Chip Rohrbach assembled a well-balanced and talented cast of singer-actors, somewhat of a miracle given that he had to cast 26 performers, most of whom not only have to sing and dance, but also play multiple roles.
Two area performers will showcase their talents during the Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “Cabaret & Concert Series,” which marks Civic’s 90th anniversary season.
Allentown native Kate Pistone kicks off the series 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 with “Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway,” her compilation of show tunes that never made it to the New York City stage.
Billed as “a musical beach party,” the Pines Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “The Bikinis,” is an often funny, always entertaining and undeniably nostalgic romp down jukebox memory lane from the 1960s and beyond. “The Bikinis” continues through Aug. 20 at the Pines, Allentown. The opening night July 7 performance was seen for this review.
Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.
Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.