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‘Cinderella’ goes to source

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“This is not the Disney version,” says Leslie Jackson, who plays Marie, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella,’” being staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Most of us have grown up knowing some version of the story, but this is a more current version of the classic fairy tale,” says Jackson in a phone interview.

Simon Mulligan in ‘Jazz Upstairs’ series for fifth time

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The fifth time is the charm.

Pianist Simon Mulligan returns to Miller Symphony Hall’s “Jazz Upstairs” series for the fifth time at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, accompanied by Gene Perla, bass, and Dave Willard, drums.

Mulligan has classical and jazz chops. He studied music at St Paul’s School and the Royal Academy of Music, both London, and the International Piano Academy, Lake Como, Italy.

Readers Pick

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 90th Academy Awards.


- “Darkest Hour”

- “Dunkirk”

- “Phantom Thread”

- “Get Out”

- “The Post”

- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

- “The Shape of Water”

- “Lady Bird”

- “Call Me by Your Name”


- Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

- Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

- Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

- Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Healthy Geezer: Myasthenia gravis

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. Could you do one of your columns on this subject so everyone in our family can understand it?

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a muscle disease. The name comes from Greek and Latin words meaning grave muscle weakness. Myasthenia gravis (my-us-theen-ee-uh-grav-us) affects the muscles that control the eyes, face, breathing, chewing, talking, swallowing and limbs.

MG was first described in detail in the late 19th century, when the outlook for patients was bleak. Many died of respiratory failure.

Lynnie Godfrey wants to share her expertise, inspire children to sing

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Stage and screen veteran Lynnie Godfrey is looking for a few good friends, young friends, to accompany her in a holiday concert.

Godfrey is holding vocal auditions 1 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, for kindergarten through fifth grade students in Allentown School District to perform with her in a December holiday concert at the church.

Theater Review: ‘British’ farce has lots of laughs at Pa. Playhouse

Monday, February 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Farce is a type of theater stage comedy designed to entertain through the use of exaggeration, improbable situations and physical shenanigans. In farce, actors may disguise themselves in ridiculous costumes, hide in obvious places or try to hide other people or things. The absurdity of their attempts is what makes us laugh. We, the audience, are in on the deception, and we know something the characters on stage don’t seem to know.

Pennsylvania Playhouse’s latest production, “No Sex Please, We’re British,” through Feb. 25, is classic farce.

Theater Review: Civic rocks 1980s’ music nostalgia

Monday, February 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Rock Of Ages,” Civic Theatre of Allentown’s latest offering, which continues through Feb. 25, is a musical in search of a plot.

Opening on Broadway in 2009, and garnering five Tony nominations, “Rock Of Ages” was written to showcase some of the classic rock music of the 1980s, especially songs from the famous glam pop-metal bands. It’s known as a “jukebox musical” because the script is written around the music.

Entries now open for Student Poetry Project

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.