Mel Brooks, Sondheim, and Shakespeare

Well, I’m off to see Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein tonight (live stage musical comedy, for those who don’t know) on stage at Civic Theatre, 19th Street, Allentown. This 19th Street venue is my favorite place to see independent and foreign films, and the occasional stage show; and not just because of the great original art deco ceiling, or the wine, beer, tea, biscotti, chocolate, and popcorn offered at the concession stand. It’s just a great non-profit place with fantastic ambience and great shows. Young Frankenstein opened last week and runs through Sunday, after which they’ll be back to showing films.

Next week I plan to catch Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle, which opens tonight at Muhlenberg College’s Empie Theater at the Baker
Center for the Arts, 2400 Chew Street, Allentown. The musical opens tonight, Friday, October 24th and closes on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Alas, I won’t be able to fit in “Songs and Dances from Shakespeare’s Plays” performed by the Moravian College Early Music Ensemble on Sunday, October 26th at Peter Hall, Moravian College, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $10 at the door, students free.

For something really different, it might be worth re-arranging my schedule to attend the free student recital on Saturday night, 7:30 p.m., October 25, 2014, “We Hit Things,” at Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem.

Music percussion majors, Tyler Bickford & Jacob Krug, share the stage with a myriad of instruments that are hit and/or struck in order to make music.  There will be music on marimba, sounds on snare, and kicks on kettledrums filling Foy Hall!  Join us for all the music that’s fit to hit.

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