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2016-2017 State Theatre Show Schedule

2016-2017 SEASON

On sale to State Theatre Members Wednesday, August 3 (Box Office window at 453 Northampton Street opens at 6 AM; Online Ticketing and Phone lines open at Noon). Tickets will go on sale to the Public August 17 at 10 AM. Limit 10 tickets per Member per performance during Members Only sales. Membership to the Non-Profit State Theatre starts at $75, lasts one year and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


By Phone: 1-800-999-STATE  or 610-252-3132

Online: www.statetheatre.org

Child – 12 years & under and includes 1 Free concession coupon per child ticket.

Student – 18 & under or with valid school ID


2017 FREDDY © Awards

Thursday, May 25  7 PM

The State Theatre presents the 15th Annual FREDDY© Awards to recognize and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools of theLehighValleyand Warren County, New Jersey. Broadcast live on 69 WFMZ-TV. Tickets made available to participating schools after Nominations are announced.  For more information visit freddyawards.org



Wednesday, July 12 & Thursday, July 13  7:30 PM

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.  Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!


Sponsored by RCN, M&T Bank, The Morning Call, and WLEV. Part of the Butz Celebrates Broadway Series and the Bazzini Supports the Arts Series.



The Scared Scriptless Tour

Saturday, Nov 18  8 PM

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. “Interactive” in every sense of the word, Colin & Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages! Learn more at colinandbradshow.com.

$47/$42  Sponsored by 999 The Hawk

INFO Check For Show Times, State Theatre-Easton

City and Colour

City and Colour come to the Electric Factory in Philly on Sunday, May 28th! Get your tickets.

INFO 8:00pm, The Electric Factory


Banks comes to the Electric Factory in Philly on Friday, June 2nd! Get your tickets.

INFO 8:30pm, The Electric Factory

Third Annual Step Outdoors Festival

The return of the high-flying Keystone DockDogs competition; the “Taste of the Wild“ culinary event featuring delicacies like rattlesnake sausage and mini elk kabobs; and new activities designed to immerse kids in the wonders of the great outdoors highlight the third Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley festival at SteelStacks June 3-4. The festival, which is free to attend, includes two days of presentations, hands-on activities and educational experiences designed to encourage children and families to get outdoors, as well as learn about the many wildlife, outdoors and conservation-focused groups working in the region.


At Step Outdoors, children enjoy presentations and activities by more than 25 local and state groups. Activities include archery, biking, gardening, art & nature activities, hiking, nature photography, bluebird box building, fishing activities and more. Throughout the weekend, organizations like Hawk Mountain, Wildlands Conservancy and Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary also offer a great mix of presentations featuring live wildlife. 


The 2017 DockDogs competition, which takes place June 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and June 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., feature amazingly athletic dogs performing high-flying feats as they leap into a 40-foot swimming pool set up on SteelStacks’ Air Products Town Square. During the competition, dogs go paw to paw as they compete in categories designed to showcase the highest leap, longest jump and quickest retrieve. New this year are the DockDogs’ K9 Aquatics, where festival attendees can bring their own dogs and try three DockDogs disciplines: Big Air, Speed Retrieve and the Extreme Vertical jump. Public jump times are 9-10 a.m. both days.

On June 2, 6 p.m., Step Outdoors kicks off with “Taste of the Wild,” where guests can sample game and fish inspired hors d’oeuvres while getting up close and personal with reptiles, amphibians and mammals from the Emmaus-based Wildland Conservancy. Tickets for the event, which features offerings like Candied Rattlesnake Sausage on Cheddar Cheese Grits Cake, Pomegranate Glazed Wild Boar Belly Sliders and Gator Bites with Cajun Aioli, are $38 for ArtsQuest Members and $40 for public. They’re on sale now at www.steelstacks.org/stepoutdoors.


Other Step Outdoors highlights include:

-          Falconers Sean and Margaret Young flying the red-tailed hawk and American kestrel during falconry demonstrations on the Levitt Pavilion lawn.

-          New hands-on activities like tomahawk throwing by Boy Scouts of America’s Minsi Trails Council and BB gun shooting safety by the Walking Purchase Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation.

-          Two Urban Bird Counts May 26 where Donegan Elementary School students will enjoy a hands-on educational experience as they learn the importance of citizen science and the benefits of contributing their observations to a database of birding records. The program is presented by Lehigh Gap Nature Center and Lehigh Valley Audubon.


Families looking for unique experiences that tie art to the outdoors will want to check out the Banana Factory Arts Center’s tent, where kids work with the staff to create a nature-themed collage or make their own paintbrushes out of twigs, dried flowers and other materials. In addition, the Banana Factory is offering fee-based workshops both days including the opportunity to make a Kokedama moss-wrapped hanging plant or a Glass Jar Biosphere, filled with rocks, water plants and ghost shrimp. 


Partners supporting the Step Outdoors festival include the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, Northampton County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Aqua-Duck and Service Electric Cable TV & Communications. For more information on the festival, visit www.steelstacks.org/stepoutdoors.

INFO Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, SteelStacks

Food Truck Border Brawl

Stop by the Food Truck Border Brawl at SteelStacks on Saturday, June 10th. 10 of the Garden State’s most dynamic mobile eateries go head to head against 10 of the Keystone State’s best food trucks while serving up amazing eats including Wisconsin fried cheese curds, gourmet cupcakes and Korean fusion like dumpling bowls and kimchi fries. All participants are members of the New Jersey Food Truck Association, Greater Lehigh Valley Mobile Food Alliance or Philadelphia Mobile Food Association. The event, which attracted 6,000 people in 2016, offers two public sessions; the first takes place from noon-3 p.m. and a second runs from 5-8 p.m., with a one-hour VIP Hour preceding each public session.

Pennsylvania Food Trucks

New Jersey Food Trucks

INFO 11:00am-3:00pm, SteelStacks

Barenaked Ladies

GRAMMY nominated, chart-topping group Barenaked Ladies will rock SteelStacks June 19, 7:30 p.m., as part of the 2017 Yuengling Summer Concert Series. Tickets for the concert, which takes place at the Levitt Pavilion at the base of the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, are $35 in advance and $39 day of show. They’ll go on sale starting April 4, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and April 7, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.

INFO 7:30pm, Levitt Pavilion at Steel Stacks, 789 E. First St., Bethlehem

State Theatre 90 Years of WOW Gala

The Follett Family & Follett LLC presents the State Theatre 90 Years of WOW Gala on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the historic State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA. Andy Daub, former State Theatre Board President and founder of the Friends of the State Theatre, which worked to save the theatre from demise in the 1980’s, and his wife Carolyn will be Honorary Chairs of the event.


This one time iconic event will celebrate the amazing history and bright future of the non-profit State Theatre.


The evening will begin with WOW! Cocktail Hour, followed by award winning singer / songwriter Jim Witter taking guests Through the Decades with an original performance created just for this Gala. Following Jim, the main stage will transform into the weathertrends360 Dance Stage for the once in a lifetime experience of dancing on the glorious State Theatre stage. Guests will also enjoy themed rooms throughout the Theatre including the upbeat Norris, McLaughlin, & Marcus Club Vintage in the Acopian Ballroom, Nicholas Courts Stardust Lounge in the Gallery, and Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Tent, in honor of the Theatre’s resident ghost FRED, on the theatre’s parking deck.


“Our 90th gala promises to be a total wow!  We guarantee it will be different and fun,” says President & CEO Shelley Brown.  “After all, this is a one-time celebration, and we intend to do it right.  There will be something fabulous going on in every space we have.  From dancing on stage to cigars on the roof…we had to do that for Fred the ghost…he loved a good cigar.”


Tickets for the 90 Years of WOW Gala are available now at statetheatre.org/gala or call the Box Office at 610-252-3132.  In celebration of the State Theatre’s 90th Season, Theatre Members can purchase tickets for a special price of $90 until December 15th.  Regular tickets are $150.  Black Tie or Theatrical Gala attire.


The 90 Years of WOW Gala is presented by The Follett Family & Follett LLC.   Gala Sponsors to date include weathertrends360.com, Nicholas Courts Apartments, Famous Smoke Shop, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, 69 WFMZ, Air Products, Chand Rohatgi, MD, FACS, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Lutron, BB&T, Alvin H. Butz, The Principato Family, Strahman Valves and Viamedia.   For Sponsor information please contact Denise Smith, Vice President, Development, at 610-258-7766 x223 or dsmith@statetheatre.org

INFO 5:30pm, State Theatre-Easton

Cirque It!

CIRQUE IT! is a new three day festival showcasing the many faces of the circus arts involving internationally touring artists, visionaries and local artists on July 14-16, 2017. Centered on Bethlehem’s SouthSide and produced by ArtsQuest, Touchstone Theatre and Zoellner Arts Center, the free and low-cost shows will include imaginative events that give life to the spirit of circus exploration for all ages and also performances that push movement and theater to new and exciting extremes.  

 “CIRQUE IT! is a way to celebrate our community and to have fun through circus arts,” says Deborah Sacarakis, artistic director of Zoellner Arts Center. “The festival gives three long-standing arts organizations the opportunity to join forces in exciting and innovative ways.”   

Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at 6:30 pm, Jakopa’s Punch Processional, Touchstone’s next community offering, premieres outdoors on the South Bethlehem Greenway. It features original music created and performed by the Jakopa’s Punch Band on instruments as varied as a theremin, accordion, bassoon, and more. The one-act musical journey finds audience members traveling alongside the action on the South Bethlehem Greenway as they meet puppets created by Yodi Vaden; an aerialist, Christine Gorigoitia; and a variety of other larger-than-life characters. This free show promises to be part three-ring circus, part rock concert, and part puppet spectacular.

“Nothing brings a community together quite like the act of gathering in the streets to experience something joyful,” says Touchstone’s artistic director Jp Jordan. “By the end of Jakopa’s Punch Processional, we hope people are singing and dancing in the streets.”

On July 14, 8 pm, and July 15, 11 am, in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks’ Musikfest Café, the Lehigh Valley’s own Atlas Circus Company will present the family-friendly Lucky, the troupe’s homage and modern take on the art of “The Gag.” Through acrobatic slapstick, clowning and circus arts, the audience will experience a glimpse into the life of a man who can’t stop falling on his face.

Founded in 2015, Atlas Circus is focused on reinventing American circus by creating a new kind of narrative circus performance that can inspire and captivate audiences with stories of the human experience told with circus arts, contemporary music and everyday images. The company has performed throughout the region, including Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, Sands Resort and at Dixon Place Theater in New York City. The New York Post has called its show “the new Ringling Brothers Circus.” Tickets for the performance are $10.

 “CIRQUE IT is designed to highlight the innovative ways the circus arts have evolved over time,” says ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan. “The Atlas Circus show has especially strong ties to our area, starting with founders Noah Dach and Henry Evans, who formed the company while they were attending Muhlenberg College. We are thrilled to partner with Touchstone Theatre and Zoellner Arts Center, two of the region’s most creative arts presenters, to present a festival that’s not only focused on the performing arts, but is also geared toward drawing people to SouthSide Bethlehem and our arts district as well.”

On Saturday July 15 and Sunday the 16th at 4pm AcroBuffos, an internationally touring duo, will bring Air Play to Zoellner Arts Center.  The cheeky clowns journey through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future. Tickets for the performance are $20 adults/$10 students and kids under 12.

Tickets for CIRQUE IT! performances can be purchased at the participating venues. For Acrobuffos tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services Tues. 12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm, or Sat. 11am-1pm, and 90 minutes before curtain ticketed events or www.zoellnerartscenter.org.  For Atlas Circus tickets call 610-332-3378 or visit www.steelstacks.org.  For more info on Jakopa’s Punch Processional visit www.touchstone.org or call Touchstone Theatre at 610-867-1689.


For a full listing of activities go to www.ZoellnerArtsCenter.org, www.artsquest.org and www.touchstone.org.

INFO Check For Show Times, Southside Bethlehem

Sangria Fest

Raise a toast to summer as the popular SangriaFest returns to SteelStacks in Bethlehem Sat., July 15. Tickets for the festival, which sold out in its inaugural year, go on sale today at noon at steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.


At SangriaFest, attendees sample 10 different sangrias, all made with light and refreshing wines imported by South Italy Imports from family-owned vineyards throughout Italy. The event includes classical offerings like traditional Spanish Sangria, as well as contemporary takes on the drink like “Georgia Peach” and the pomegranate and green tea infused “Zen Sangria.” The 2016 event attracted 3,000 attendees and this year ArtsQuest and South Italy imports have enhanced the experience for guests by adding two different sampling sessions: The first takes place from 1-4 p.m., with a limited access VIP experience from noon-1 p.m. (VIP Access Ticket required), while the second runs from 6-9 p.m., with a VIP experience from 5-6 p.m.


“The magic of Sangria is the transformation of a wine into a completely different taste experience,” says Bill Binczak Jr. of the family-owned South Italy Imports. “Through introducing fresh and unexpected ingredients into the wine, it elevates the drink to a simultaneously surprising and refreshing elixir.


“At SangriaFest we take your palate on a ride, playing with pleasingly sweet notes and invigoratingly tart ones. The goal is to introduce flavors from across the globe to highlight the tremendous versatility of wine. We call this the ‘Art of Sangria.’”


New at SangriaFest for 2017 are Bocce courts where guests can enjoy the game throughout the day. Other highlights include food trucks like Fired Up Artisan Oven (Flatbreads), Sprout Stream by Sven’s Café (Artisan Sandwiches & Tacos) and Dough Heads Waffles (Savory & Sweet Waffles); live music by Billy Bauer Band and Light Up the Moon; games like beanbags and quoits; and a chance for guests to take their best shot at local celebrities sitting in the SangriaFest dunk tank. Proceeds from SangriaFest support the nonprofit ArtsQuest’s free music, arts and education programming for the region, while revenues raised from the dunk tank go to Angel 34, the nonprofit dedicated to bringing hope and healing to families of those affected by childhood cancer.


Ticket prices for SangriaFest are below; every guest who attends the event receives an official SangriaFest souvenir tasting glass:




Day of

ArtsQuest Member VIP Access

$             65.00

 $    75.00

Public VIP Access

$             69.00

 $    79.00

ArtsQuest Member Regular Admission

$             30.00

 $    35.00

Public Regular Admission

$             34.00

 $    39.00



VIP Access Tickets, which are available in limited quantities, include early access to the event and the opportunity to sample handcrafted sangria cocktails designed by mixologists from popular Lehigh Valley restaurants like Tapas on Main, The Brick, Edge, White Orchid, The Bayou and Historic Hotel Bethlehem. All VIP ticketholders also receive an official SangriaFest lanyard, SangriaFest sunglasses and have the opportunity to vote for their favorite drink as the “Best Sangria of SangriaFest 2017.”


For more information on SangriaFest, visit www.steelstacks.org

INFO 1:00pm, SteelStacks

John Mulaney

Comedian John Mulaney comes to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Friday, July 21st! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

John Mulaney

John Mulaney has added a second show on Friday, July 21st at 10pm. Get your tickets.

INFO 10:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Ninja Sex Party

Ninja Sex Party comes to the E;ectric Factory in Philly on Sunday, August 27th! Get your tickets.

INFO 8:00pm, The Electric Factory


Acapella group Pentatonix come to The Great Allentown Fair on Saturday, September 2nd! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:00pm, Allentown Fairgrounds


2Cellos come to the Mann Center in Philly on Wednesday, September 13th! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:30pm, Mann Center

Jim Breuer

With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time," Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour The Family Warrior, Breuer can be heard on his weekly podcast “The Metal In Me” which is available for download on BlogTalkRadio and airs Thursdays 7pm-8pm on Opie Radio Sirius/XM.


Tickets on sale Saturday, February 18th at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant and Bar.  Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only, no phone orders. 


Ticket Prices:

Regular reserved seating: $25.00

Premium reserved seating: $30.00 

INFO 8:00pm, Penn's Peak

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers come to the Santander Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 1st! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:00pm, Santander Performing Arts Center

Rob Schneider

On Oct. 5, 8 p.m., the Musikfest Café welcomes comedian, actor and Emmy-nominated writer Rob Schneider. Known worldwide for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, Schneider worked on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and actor creating characters like “copy machine guy.” Appearing in more than 50 films during his career, he most recently starred in “The Ridiculous Six” with Adam Sandler, the first feature film distributed by Netflix. The film marked the 18th collaboration between Sandler and Schneider following hits “Grown Ups,” “Big Daddy,” “The Waterboy” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” In 2009, Schneider made his return to stand-up comedy by releasing two albums; he now stars in the Netflix series “Real Rob.” Tickets for his show are $35-$39. 

INFO 8:00pm, Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Tracey Morgan

Tracey Morgan comes to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Friday, November 3rd! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:30pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Michael Carbonaro

Michael Carbonaro – actor, magician, and comedian of TruTV series “The Carbonaro Effect” is coming to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, November 4th! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:30pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown has announced “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” (www.altonbrownlive.com) will visit the State Theatre in Easton on November 8th.   Brown created a new form of entertainment – the live culinary variety show – with his “Edible Inevitable Tour”, which played in over 100 cities with more than 150,000 fans in attendance. The Eat Your Science tour has sold over 200,000 tickets in over 80 cities.


Show time for November 8th is 7:30PM. Tickets are $150 (VIP)/$65/$55 and can be purchased by visiting the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, by calling 1-800-999-STATE, 610.252.3132 or online at www.statetheatre.org. Tickets go on sale to State Theatre members on Thursday, May 4 at 10 AM and to the public Thursday, May 11 at 10 AM.


Brown says fans can expect “all-new everything including songs, new comedy, new puppets, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.” Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game.”


Brown has a knack for mixing together science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.”


Although Alton Brown is best known as the creator, writer and host of Good Eats, which ran for 14 years on Food network, he also hosted Cutthroat Kitchen and served as the culinary commentator on Iron Chef America. He’s written eight books on food and cooking (including his newest, EveryDayCook), and is currently touring the country with his second live culinary variety show, “Eat Your Science.”


Information about Alton Brown or the Eat Your Science tour can be found on Facebook: /altonbrown; Twitter: @altonbrown; Instagram: @altonbrown; or use the tour hashtag #AltonBrownLive.


Those with an appetite for more Alton Brown can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrownlive.com.

INFO 7:30pm, State Theatre-Easton

Billy Gardell

Comedian Billy Gardell comes to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, November 18th! Get your tickets.

INFO 8:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze comes to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center for multiple shows between Saturday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 28th! Get your tickets.

INFO Check Events For Times, Sands Bethlehem Event Center