OFFBEAT: PBS Lakeshore TV celebrating 25, 'Streetlamp' ready for new special

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-05-12T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: PBS Lakeshore TV celebrating 25, 'Streetlamp' ready for new specialBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

If you haven't already grabbed a ticket to the silver anniversary celebration of the season, here's a final reminder.

The week marks the 25th Anniversary Celebration for Lakeshore Public Television with a splashy, fun party Thursday at Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Radisson Hotel ballroom in Merrillville and will include hors d'oeuvres, dessert, drinks and entertainment. For a donation of $75, which will help support public programming, it's a great chance to celebrate the past and look forward to the exciting plans this television media partner of The Times has for the future.

New CEO James Muhammad will be introduced to the public for the first time, and I'm told PBS singing sensation Under the Streetlamp will be on hand for a meet and greet and maybe even a song or two. (The guys also are scheduled to sing at the Gary Railcats game the same night.)

To reserve your ticket, call Brandi Anstine at (219)756-5656 ext. 317.

Stay tuned

Since I've mentioned Under the Streetlamp and PBS, it's also an ideal time to pass along the news that Under the Streetlamp is set to tape a second PBS TV special and everyone is invited.

It's going to be taped at Star Plaza Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Tickets went on sale last week.

Tickets are $45 and available at the Star Plaza box office,, or charge-by-phone at (800)-745-3000.

Under the Streetlamp is best described as America's hottest new vocal group, always delivering an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook.

These four magnetic vocalists bring their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time rock with hits from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons and others.

The quartet is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation "Jersey Boys": Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley.

Wiley is in New York this weekend for his big Broadway opening, joining Christine Baranski, Kelli Barrett, Walter Bobbie, Jeremy Cohen, Dalton Harrod, Randy Skinner, and Karen Ziemba, along with New York City Ballet principal dancer Joaquin De Luz and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko to star in Rodgers and Hart's classic "On Your Toes," the final Encores! presentation of the 2012-13 New York City Center season.

Wiley is managed by Charlie Blum, who is CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre and Star Productions, who flew out Thursday to see the the quick one-weekend run of "On Your Toes," which is being directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle and played just seven performances at New York City Center.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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