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Metropolitan Inks Exclusive With Mountain Laurel Center For The Peforming Arts

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Metropolitan Entertainment has entered into an exclusive agreement to book Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts for rock, pop, country and comedy. Its principal venue, the Tom Ridge Pavilion, features 2,500 covered seats and a lawn capacity for 3,000. MLCPA plans to announce its 2007 summer season in April.

“Mountain Laurel Center is proud and delighted to partner with John Scher and Metropolitan because of their remarkable eye for talent and extraordinary ties to the concert industry,” said MLCPA CEO Richard Bryant. “I am personally pleased that John and I will be working together again to build on what MLCPA has already accomplished and further strengthen our programming capabilities.”

Scher and Bryant first worked together 10 years ago with the opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Bryant was the VP there and Scher booked the rock and pop programming.

“Richard Bryant has done a remarkable job establishing the fiscal stability that will finally allow Mountain Laurel Center to become the national destination it was always meant to be,” said Metropolitan Talent co-CEO Scher. “With our expanding profile throughout the Northeast, we consider Mountain Laurel Center a perfect fit. I look forward to our collaboration with Richard Bryant and to playing a key role in Mountain Laurel Center’s future success.”

MLCPA is a nonprofit performing arts center serving the Pocono Mountains region and beyond. Among the artists who have performed at MLCPA include Bob Dylan; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Boston Pops; Dave Brubeck; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Bela Fleck; Ricky Skaggs; Hank Williams Jr, and ZZ Top, among others. Programs for children and schools have included Dora the Explorer Live; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Pilobolus; and Paul Taylor II. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner