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FUSE Productions to stage musical ‘Bat Boy’

STATE COLLEGE — There is probably no subject more unusual for a musical than “Bat Boy.” “Bat Boy: The Musical” is a mixture of a horror show and musical comedy which descends when FUSE Productions stages this cult classic at 7:30 p.m. March 29-31 at the Singing Onstage Studios in ...

Allenberry Playhouse to stage two versions of ‘The Odd Couple’

BOILING SPRINGS — Allenberry Playhouse brings new meaning and twists to the term “in rep” with its latest offerings. It may be commonplace for community and professional theaters to stage the comedy classic “The Odd Couple,” either the original male version or the more contemporary ...

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ leaves a lasting impression

After the critical acclaim that Jordan Peele’s surprise hit, “Get Out” received, there was much anticipation to see if the comedian could strike gold again. Peele’s sophomore horror release, “Us,” proves that he is here to stay while delivering the same originality and thrills that ...

Hamilton-Gibson’s ‘Miss Holmes’ show offers a unique perspective

WELLSBORO — Mystery fans may easily recognize 221B Baker Street as the address of Sherlock Holmes, but may be surprised to learn that the world famous detective is actually “Miss Sherlock Holmes.” Hamilton-Gibson Productions puts a twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dynamic duo of ...

Lucky Afternoon Band brings music, family and fun to area stages

For over 23 years, the Lucky Afternoon Band has been providing high quality, professional variety dance and music entertainment throughout Central Pennsylvania. The band’s high-energy and crowd interactive shows of rock, oldies, country, big band, bluegrass and patriotic selections have ...

Art Garfunkel comes to CAC, provides an interesting show

When he walked on stage at the Community Arts Center last Wednesday night, Art Garfunkel looked a little more frail than most fans in attendance probably remembered him. There was a slight hunch in the 77-year-old’s back as he walked over to the stool that he would sit on for much of the ...

Open Stage of Harrisburg announces line-up of shows for 2019-20 season

HARRISBURG — Although the Open Stage of Harrisburg still has a couple of major productions on its current calendar, plans are being finalized for the 2019-20 season. With “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Ragtime” still to be mounted, OSH’s Artistic Director Stuart Landon announces ...

‘Wonder Park’ doesn’t live up to title, lacks vision

I’m betting many writers will mention “Inside Out” when they review “Wonder Park.” But even if that Pixar masterpiece hadn’t already covered much of this territory, the new release from Paramount, Nickelodeon and Ilion Animation would offer only a modest bang for your buck. The ...

Williamsport Community Concert Association bringing ‘In the Mood’ to CAC

With such a wide variety of music regularly playing on the radio in today’s world, it can be hard for some to image a time when the airwaves were dominated by a single genre. But some of those alive today can still remember back to the 1930s and 1940s, when the sound of jazz music infiltrated ...

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra set for ‘Rock Meets Celtic’ show at CAC

When most people think of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the first thing that comes to mind is usually classical music, which makes a lot of sense. They expect to hear the symphony play tunes from artists like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, not groups like Pink Floyd, Queen and Led Zeppelin. ...

Farcical ‘Noises Off’ to play on Community Theatre League stage

If a stage manager in England wants to quiet the cast and crew just minutes before the curtain rises, he doesn’t whisper “quiet, backstage,” but simply yells “Noises Off!” The Community Theatre League presents this frantic farce at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and March 28-30, with a 2 ...

BBA Audition Concert coming to Genetti next weekend

For the 27th year, the Billtown Blues Association is set to host its annual BBA Audition Concert, which offers local and regional musicians a chance to compete for a performance slot at the Billtown Blues Festival in the summer. The Audition Concert, also known as the “Blues Challenge,” is ...

Popular musicals headed to a few regional stages

For theater buffs, traveling a bit to see a revival of a classic or contemporary musical may be preferable to fighting the traffic into Manhattan to see a Broadway show. With the exception of the Community Arts Center’s recent production of “Cinderella,” the scarcity of big splashy ...

While exciting, ‘Captain Marvel’ fails to leave a lasting impression

Although it’s rare to say “DC did it better,” Marvel’s latest film showcasing an empowering female lead falls a little flat despite the heavy anticipation. “Captain Marvel” shows that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) formula can only do so much when so little is introduced to the ...

Art Garfunkel returns to CAC after 25 years

Art Garfunkel enjoys long walks more than most people. In fact, he has covered thousands of miles on foot through the years, hiking from coast to coast in both the United States and Japan, and also trekking his way through various parts of Europe. However, despite all of that traveling, the ...

Lock Haven band RIZE brings arena rock to local stages

LOCK HAVEN — In the mid-1970s, a style of rock music called “arena rock” or “stadium rock” originated, becoming increasingly popular throughout the ‘80s and even into the ‘90s. Designed for large audiences, the highly produced music featured a strong emphasis on melody, anthem ...

Auditions ready to start at Millbrook Playhouse with 56th season coming up

MILL HALL — As Millbrook Playhouse gears up for its 56th summer, Central Pennsylvania’s premier professional theater is looking for a few good men — and a few good women, too. David Leidholdt, Millbrook’s producing artistic director, is scheduling auditions for local actors to fill ...

New thriller ‘Greta’ works well despite predictability

There’s scarcely a single plot-point in “Greta” that doesn’t telegraph its arrival beforehand; yet somehow, the movie works. Directed by Neil Jordan, the new thriller strides firmly through the standard tropes of secret-psychopath stories (especially those with tormented captives, ...