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Revivals bringing theatergoers to Broadway

With the arrival of January, the holiday season has officially ended, but for those who didn’t travel to New York City to attend Radio City Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, there are several new musicals and, more importantly, a couple of revivals that still beacon theatergoers to ...

Billtown Blues announces first wave of festival performers

Vanessa Collier, Nick Moss and Lindsay Beaver have been announced by the Billtown Blues Association to grace the Williamsport Sun-Gazette Stage for its 30th Year Anniversary celebration of American roots music. The iconic Lycoming County music event is set for a three day run June 10-16 at the ...

Kicking off the year with ‘Sparrowhawk,’ ‘Firefly’

I’m bringing in 2019 with a bang. I’m finally hitting up the fine folks at Isle of Comics in South Williamsport and getting on a subscription, so that I know which books will be in every week, even when I can’t make it. No floundering around for missing issues because I wasn’t able ...

A list of the most notable theater productions of 2018

Not that I’m keeping a close count, but having seen nearly three dozen plays and musicals this past year, it’s time to select the “baker’s dozen” which I found to be the most notable, nicely-staged and nifty productions of 2018. In no particular order, here are my top productions ...

Pajama Factory set for Seventh Annual Blues Bash

Kick off your New Year’s Eve festivities and ring in 2019 with one of Williamsport’s biggest celebrations in town, as WXPI Community Radio presents the Seventh Annual New Year’s Blues Bash at 6 p.m. Dec. 30, in the Community Room at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Avenue. Produced by ...

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ will make you feel like a kid again

While watching “Mary Poppins Returns,” I spent half the time grinning, half the time crying, and half the time feeling like a little kid again. I know, I know — bad math in that paragraph; but I kinda need the extra half to say how much I loved this movie. Even though Disney’s ...

‘Welcome to Marwen’ relies too heavily on symbolism

“Welcome to Marwen” is a high-profile movie starring Steve Carell and directed by Robert Zemeckis (”Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump”). It’s based on the true story of artist Mark Hogancamp, who was beaten nearly to death and struggled toward recovery by creating a scale-model ...

‘Bumblebee’ breathes new life into ‘Transformers’ franchise

Who would have ever thought? A coming-of-age film with an overt saturation of 80’s nostalgia would be the solution to the struggling Transformers franchise. “Bumblebee” departs from the stupidity the previous films have associated with their name by delivering an exciting story with ...

‘Censored’ exhibition coming to Arthaus Projects in January

Art and Censorship have a long and complicated history. While some artists make it part of their mission to push the boundaries of societal norms, most artists simply believe that their work is sacred and a true form of expression that transcends any limitations put on other parts of society. ...

Local woman Kimberly Eaton falls in love with community theater, pens plays

Kimberly Eaton continues to run up impressive credits both on stage as a performer and backstage as a director. Though born in Alexandria, La., Eaton currently resides near Selinsgrove. With her sister and five cousins, she has early memories of making up plays and choreographing song and ...

Boom Town Boys to release ‘Baby Wants’ single

When area musician Mike Steppe first recruited a couple of friends to join him in the recording studio last fall, his original concept was to create a solo album. What he got instead, was a whole new band — the Boom Town Boys — which is set to release its debut single, “Baby Wants,” ...

‘Aquaman’ provides some entertainment, lots of cheesiness

As the final shot ended, the packed theater I was in started to develop applause that did not to amount to anything more than an awkward handful of claps. This was the reaction that “Aquaman” deserves. With the potential entertainment to please many, the pure cheesiness was enough to mutter ...

Despite flaws, Eastwood’s acting saves ‘The Mule’

Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” has some notable flaws — but Eastwood’s acting is not among them. Fans of the 88-year-old director should consider this a must; despite its weak script, “The Mule” offers one of his finest performances. If you ever wanted to see Dirty Harry with more ...

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ offers fresh take on a classic

A literal comic book come to life that I just wanted to keep on flipping the pages, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” pridefully shows off its unique animation style with a thoughtful, well-crafted story. This film takes the term comic book movie to a whole new level. The beloved ...

WCJO returns to CTL stage

For those in the area that haven’t quite gotten into the holiday spirit just yet, don’t worry, the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra has just what you need — a perfect blend of big band jazz sound and fresh arrangements of your favorite seasonal tunes. As has become a yearly tradition for ...

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra to present ‘Holiday Gathering’ concert

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra is ready to help spread seasonal joy yet again, as it is set to host its “Holiday Gathering” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth Street. The show, which will see the WSO joined by the musical duo Revamped and the ...

Catch the Spirit event coming to city

Those looking to get in a festive frame of mind while taking in the atmosphere of downtown Williamsport will be in luck tomorrow, when the Williamsport Business Association and Lycoming Arts partner together for Catch the Spirit, an evening of shopping and music. The event, scheduled to run ...

Disney cashing in with live-action reboots

With the impressive performance of such live-action reboots as “Jungle Book,” “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney has a true cash-cow on its hands. The latest of these — “Mary Poppins Returns” — will no doubt be another box-office bonanza when it opens on Dec. ...

Millbrook Playhouse announces shows for 56th season

MILL HALL — Although summer is more than six months away, Millbrook Playhouse is already gearing up for next summer’s season. Millbrook’s board of directors and Artistic Director David Leidholdt have announced the theater’s 2019 summer attractions. The 56th season consists of eight ...