The Allentown Symphony Association and ArtsQuest
announce a new Comedy Series:
Laughs at The Lyric
starting September 25, 2019 in
The Lyric Room at Miller Symphony Hall
ALLENTOWN, PA — Launching an original, new partnership, ArtsQuest and the Allentown Symphony Association are excited to announce the comedy series: Laughs at The Lyric. Held in the intimate environment of The Lyric Room at Miller Symphony Hall (MSH), the series premieres on Wednesday, September 25 at 8:00 pm and continues through the fall with shows on Wednesday, October 23 at 8:00 pm and Wednesday, November 20 at 8:00 pm. There will be a cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets for Laughs at The Lyric are $7.00 and will be sold at the door or in advance through the MSH box office (23 N. 6th St., Allentown, 610-432-6715 or online at millersymphonyhall.org).
“The Lyric Room at Miller Symphony Hall has been such a great addition to downtown Allentown,” commented Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Al Jacobsen. “We appreciate all those that provided support to build it and now look to uphold their legacy by adding this exciting new program. I want to thank ArtsQuest for their enthusiasm in partnering with us so that we can bring ‘Laughs at The Lyric’ to the community. It speaks to the vibrant quality of life here in the Lehigh Valley.”
“We are excited to be working with Allentown Symphony Association to bring standup comedy back to downtown Allentown, where I started my comedy producing career over 10 years ago,” says ArtsQuest Programming Director Ryan Hill. “Since we opened SteelStacks in Bethlehem, ArtsQuest has presented more than 750 comedians, with many of them from our region. This partnership is an excellent opportunity to expand comedy’s reach in the Valley. The Lyric Room is also an intimate setting for comedy and an ideal place to see a show.”
Laughs at The Lyric kicks off on September 25 with three fantastic comedians booked so far on the lineup: Roya Hamadani, Tyler Rothrock, and Darryl Charles.
Roya Hamadani has performed at SteelStacks, Musikfest, Philly Punchline and venues all over Pennsylvania. She co-hosts the bimonthly open mic “Stout Laughs” in Bethlehem and will be performing at the Scranton “Fringefest” in October.
Tyler Rothrock is a Nazareth-born stand-up comic and writer who has performed all over the country, including opening sets for Michael Che, Dave Attell, Roy Wood Jr. and more. He recorded his first album, Tyler of Nazareth, at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
Darryl Charles is a comedian based mostly out of Philadelphia. He’s been seen on The Travel Channel’s “Mysteries At The Museum” and the Comedy Central web series “Delco Proper.” He does stand-up and has opened for a variety of performers like Adam Ferrara, Greg Fitzsimmons, Dave Attell, Patrice O’Neal, and Dick Gregory. He performs improv comedy and has been a member of ComedySportz Philadelphia since 2011. Charles is also a sketch comedy writer and performer, doing most of that work with the sketch group The Layoff Kids, which have been featured on Funny or Die.
Additional comics will be announced on MillerSymphonyHall.org as programs become finalized.
Please note: Laughs at The Lyric will contain adult language and/or situations. Seating will be assigned by staff upon arrival into the showroom. Anyone coming in between the ages of 13 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No child 12 or under will be admitted.
The Lyric Room at Miller Symphony Hall
In Fall 2018, a newly innovative vibe enhanced the downtown Allentown Arts District when Miller Symphony Hall unveiled The Lyric Room, an intimate, cabaret-style venue with limited seating for concerts, receptions, special events, and public gatherings.
In creating The Lyric Room, two unfinished storefront spaces at MSH were renovated and the exterior store display windows (which were added to the Hall in the 1940s) were replaced by large windows, restoring the grandeur of the façade as shown in a 1926 architectural drawing held by the Library of Congress. The design of the room allows for variable seating and includes an outdoor terrace. This beautiful and highly visible new space is an important new player in the vibrant Downtown Allentown arts community.
About the Allentown Symphony Association (ASA)
Operating the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) and owner/operator of Miller Symphony Hall, the ASA is one of the region’s premier arts organizations.
Each year, the ASO performs more than 20 classical, pops, educational, and family concerts. Led by Music Director & Conductor Diane Wittry, the ASO received the American Prize for “orchestral excellence” in both 2014 and 2017. A core component of the ASA’s community engagement commitment, ESLV is an innovative education and social initiative, providing opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. And serving as a cultural destination for the Lehigh Valley and beyond, Miller Symphony Hall is one of Pennsylvania’s most historic performing arts venues.
ArtsQuest is a Bethlehem-based nonprofit dedicated to presenting music, arts, festivals, cultural experiences, and educational and outreach programs that aid in economic development, urban revitalization, and community enrichment. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center and SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.8 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 40 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $135 million annually in the region.
Information and image provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest