Thursday, October 27, 2011

Check out the #1 ranked US college theater program - in Allentown this weekend

Admit it, when you looked at colleges, you read the Princeton Review. You checked to see if a school was anywhere near the top of the rankings for "Party Schools," what the food was like, and whether your roommate was likely to be an aspiring senator. Those rankings often tell more about a school than the M/F ratio (not in my favor at my alma mater, or most colleges, for that matter), average class size and number of student organizations that you'll get in most college guidebooks.

Muhlenberg College, a higher education institution known locally for its beautiful West End Allentown campus, its active Jewish student population, and its drop-dead-gorgeous-looks-like-Hogwarts dining hall, is also ranked #1 in the US among the 376 college theater programs the Review inspected. (It only ranks the best 15% of all colleges and universities to begin with.)

Here's the Wood Dining Hall. When Niki and I had lunch there recently, it took my breath away.

Not #1 out of Mid-Atlantic colleges, or among Division 2 schools, or schools with Hogwarts-like dining halls. #1 in the nation, better than NYU, better than USC, best overall. In Allentown!

The college's summer musical series is unmatched in the region, and shows frequently sell out. Subscribe to the college's Calendar (iCal or Google Calendar) on the theatre department's web site to find out when the shows are announced. See the students in action in their latest musical production," Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along," October 28-November 6. General Admission tickets start at $20. For mature audiences. Call 484-664-3333 or visit

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