For more than half a century, Dan Flynn has played dozens of prominent men in the theaters of the Lehigh Valley.
Among his many roles, Flynn was Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls”, Harold Hill in “The Music Man”, Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”, Emile de Becque in “South Pacific”, Billy Bigelow in “Carousel”, Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music”, and Cornelius Hackl and Horace Vandergelder in “Hello Dolly!”
Flynn, who died at age 93 in February, will be remembered with âFifty-Six Years of Flynn: The Man, The Myth, The Legend,â at 7 p.m. on July 10 and 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem.
The memorial performance, which is part of the Playhouse cabaret series, features songs from Broadway musicals presented by artists who appeared on stage with Flynn.
Flynn, who was often referred to as “The Legend” by other actors, was well known in Valley community theater for his acting skills and beautiful voice, says Rody Gilkeson, administrator of Pennsylvania Playhouse.
“We miss him,” said Gilkeson.
A native of Phillipsburg, NJ, a longtime member of the Pennsylvania Playhouse and MunOpCo Music Theater, Allentown, was the conductor of Lions Club Circus.
Flynn first appeared on stage in 1956 at the Easton Chansonnette Theater where he became a member of the board of directors. He was a regular performer at the Guthsville Playhouse, Percy Brown’s Dinner Theater, Notre Dame Summer Theater and assisted the director of the Freedom High School Theater Program.
Flynn was also known for his talents as an artist. His cartoons have graced the covers of many theaters in the region over the years.
Attendance for the cabaret, which will be presented inside the Playhouse, is limited to 70 people. The performance is general admission. Spectators who are not fully vaccinated should wear a face mask during the performance.
“The scoundrels” in the pines “:
Two crooks competing to defraud an heiress are the summer musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” through August 22, The Pines Dinner Theater, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.
The sophisticated musical, with a hint of mischief, is based on the 1988 MGM film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine.
Pines’ production follows suave con artist Lawrence Jameson (Sean Carroll), who makes a living talking to wealthy women about their money.
Petty American con artist Freddy Benson (James Ofalt) also defrauds women, but playing on their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.
After meeting on a train on the French Riviera, they try to work together, but find that the city is not big enough for the two of them. They agree that the first to get $ 50,000 from heiress Christine Colgate (Abigail Garrigan) wins, with the loser having to leave town. It’s a battle of cons with a twisted ending.
The cast of Pines includes Kristofer Wills, Jennifer Wills and Jolene Oakes.
âDirty Rotten Scoundrelsâ premiered on Broadway in 2005 and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, receiving a Tony.
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is written by Jeffrey Lane with music and lyrics by David Yazbek.
Yazbek’s jazzy score with orchestrations by Harold Wheeler features the songs “Great Big Stuff”, “Give Them What They Want”, “Ruffhousin ‘Mit Shuffhausen” and “Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True”.
The show is recommended for ages 13 and over.
Aperitifs, main courses, desserts and drinks are available for purchase Ã la carte. Starters include barbecue chicken, braised roast, striped pangasius, grilled shrimp skewers, filet mignon, fettuccine Alfredo with broccoli and butternut squash ravioli.
Dinner is served before the show. Theatergoers are welcome at BYOB.
The schedule is as follows: dinner, 12:30 p.m .; show, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and dinner, 6:30 p.m. show, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Virtual Reading:
As part of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), which is presented both in person and virtually, four actors will participate in a filmed reading of Karen Zacarias’ âNative Gardensâ, available to stream only at 8 p.m. until July 18.
The PSF, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, runs through August 1 at DeSales University in Center Valley.
In the 2019 comedy, “Native Gardens,” a fence separating rival gardens symbolizes the clash of cultures.
When a rising Chilean lawyer Pablo (Joseph Castillo-Midyett) and his pregnant PhD candidate wife Tania (Gisela Chipe) buy a house next to a well-established Washington, DC couple, an innocent disagreement over a long-standing fence turns into an all-out border war.
Real-life husband and wife Greg Wood and Susan Riley Stevens play the powerful couple Frank and Virginia.
Discussions of class, ethnicity, tastes and privileges ensue in what critics call a play “biting, insightful and ultimately hopeful.”
The PSF production is directed by KJ Sanchez.
Tickets: www.pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455
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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Dan Flynn (Sky Masterson), Terry DeBiase (Sarah Brown), “Guys and Dolls”, circa 1980s, Percy Brown’s Dinner Theater, Whitehall. DeBiase performs in “Fifty-Six Years of Flynn: The Man, The Myth, The Legend,” July 10, July 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse.
Dan Flynn, Ringmaster, Lions Club Circus
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS âDirty Rotten Scoundrelsâ, through August 22, The Pines Dinner Theater, Allentown.