Parkland Press

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Oak Ridge Boys bring the gospel of country to State Theatre

Friday, September 8, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

When the Oak Ridge Boys got back together, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

“We sat down face-to-face and did it individually and we decided as a first step, let’s renew our friendship, And we did,” says Richard Sterban, The Oaks’ bass singer.

“We asked each other for forgiveness. And we did. We got together and sang one day and I’ll tell you, there was not a dry eye among the four of us.”

The Oak Ridge Boys, with one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in music, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

The Voices: Pentatonix a cappella sound to ring out at Allentown Fair

Friday, August 25, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

In just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than six million albums in the United States alone and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at sold-out shows around the world.

The five-some, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Moldanodo, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, got its start after appearing on the reality TV competition show, “The Sing-Off,” devoted solely to a cappella groups. Pentatonix won the competition and was awarded $200,000 and a recording contract.

Live concert

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

On their 25th anniversary tour and after a seven-year hiatus, Live impressed its fans with a performance of undeniable camaraderie at on the Sands Steel Stage Aug. 7 at Musikfest, Bethlehem.

As the concert began, the stage was backdropped with white lights that spelled out the name, “Live,” and flashing red lights as energetic passion exploded from lead singer Ed Kowalczyk when he sang “All Over You.”

Live is back, live at Musikfest, with original lineup

Friday, August 4, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The recently reunited Live, on its 25th anniversary “The Reunion World Tour,” joins the Musikfest headliner lineup at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Black Pistol Fire opens the show.

Live, a multi-platinum alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk, vocals-guitar; Chad Taylor, guitar-backing vocals; Patrick Dalheimer, bass, and Chad Gracey, drums-percussion, has sold more than 22 million albums and charted two No. 1 albums, “Throwing Copper” and “Secret Samadhi.”

‘Little Prince’ to land on Allentown stage

Friday, April 28, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“The Little Prince,” with actors and puppeteers sharing the stage, will be presented in the “Family Series: Live Musical Theatre,” 2 p.m. April 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Antione de St. Exupery classic children’s book about a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and gains insight into love, loss and laughter through the eyes of The Little Prince, is brought to the stage by Swazzle, a Glendale, Calif.,-based puppet company founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean and Patrick Johnson.

ASO brings ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to life

Friday, February 24, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents “Peter and the Wolf,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The “ASO Family Classical Concert” program, in addition to “Peter and the Wolf,” includes Mozart, “Marriage of Figaro Overture”; Haydn, “Toy Symphony”; Rimsky-Korsakov, “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

“Peter and the Wolf” is narrated by Really Inventive Stuff, founded by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns. Really Inventive Stuff, based near Portland, Me., was founded in 2004 by Boudewyns and his wife, Valentine.

Sing for America: Family theater troupe brings ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

For its 10th anniversary season, Sing for America is presenting “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” opening Dec. 28 and continuing through Jan. 8, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Sing for America was founded by Taryn Gilbert and her four siblings in 2005. The choral and theater troupe provides an artistic outlet for under-served communities. The Gilbert Family, which hails from the Easton area, raise money for families of active serving military.

Dee Roscioli brings it all back home to State Theatre

Friday, December 30, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Dee Roscioli, who played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Emily Rozek, who played the role of Glinda, in “Wicked” on Broadway, reunite for “Wicked Divas,” accompanied by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, 2 p.m. Jan. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Wicked Divas” is a cabaret music show presented in a concert format that is a compilation of iconic diva and music theater songs. Roscioli and Rozek toured in “Wicked” throughout the United States. Roscioli played the role of Elphaba on Broadway in 2009 and 2010.

Dickens imbues ‘A Christmas Carol’ with author’s performance pedigree

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Gerald Roderick Charles Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, brings to life “A Christmas Carol” in his energetic, 26-character, one-man show, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Foy Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

There’s a book-signing by Dickens after each performance at nearby Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem, which annually presents the event.

Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) gave his first public performance of “A Christmas Carol” in 1853 and his final performance in 1870, three months before his death.

Civic journeys to ‘Christmas’

Friday, December 2, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“A Christmas Carol,” adapted from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella by Sharon Lee Glassman and William Sanders, who again directs the show, returns to the Civic Theatre stage for the 27th year, Dec. 2-17, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge has allowed thousands of children and adults to share in the magic of Dickens’ cautionary tale in what has become a time-honored Lehigh Valley tradition for “fellow passengers.”