Denise Lee closes cabaret series with salute to Broadway

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:20am

Denise Lee knows she is no spring chicken — she ain’t happy about it, but she knows it. “I’m too old to be a Dreamgirl,” she grimaces. She’s also not a Size 2, not a perky blonde and isn’t waiting to be tapped as Sutton Foster’s stand-by. Simply put, she’s too old, too fat and [...]

Valentine’s day

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 6:30am

Actress Whitney Hennen plays the girl unlucky in love in ‘Sweet Charity,’ but in real life she and wife Sara Bollinger are a storybook couple ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Charity Hope Valentine is the girl who never finds love. That’s the plot of the musical Sweet Charity. But for Whitney Hennen, who [...]

REVIEW: First look at Festival of Independent Theatres

Posted on 11 Jul 2015 at 2:09pm

All the stories — kind of grown-up versions of Free to Be You and Me — paint a hopeful yet complex picture of mahood

Oh, what a circus

Posted on 10 Jul 2015 at 6:00am

‘Pippin’ is a bit of Vegas, a bit of Cirque du Soleil .. and a whole lotta fun ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Pippin was one of those shows at the vanguard of the quasi-revolutionary theater movement in the 1970s (after Hair), when youth culture was taking over, and when politics and social [...]

‘Dirty Dancing’

Posted on 26 Jun 2015 at 7:30am

The movie version of Dirty Dancing is one of those Hits That Never Should Have Been. Set in a Catskills resort in the early 1960s, is a cheesier-than-a-fromagerie romance about “bad boy” Johnny who seduces a virginal suburban princess (with the weirdly infantilizing name Baby) with his erotic hip swinging and musky masculinity. Daddy wouldn’t [...]

Deal or New Deal

Posted on 26 Jun 2015 at 6:15am

Uptown Players’ impressive ‘The Nance;’ ‘Annie’ percolates with schmaltz ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Dallas audiences are getting a good deal of the New Deal this week — both The Nance (locally produced by Uptown Players at the Kalita) and Annie (a national tour playing at the Winspear) view the 1930s through different [...]

Plumb role

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 6:30am

Perpetual middle child Eve Plumb grows up in the racy ‘Love, Loss & What I Wore’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES   Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Here’s a story of a lovely lady. Who’s been busy with a career of her own. You know her best as Jan, middle child on the cult sitcom The Brady Bunch as [...]

Lane change

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 6:00am

B.J. Cleveland — North Texas’ homegrown version of Nathan Lane — takes on a modern classic about a closeted performer in Uptown Players’ ‘The Nance’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com For all of his personal successes, B.J. Cleveland admits that, in many ways, he has had a shadow career. Look at some of his [...]

Review: Lyric Stage’s ‘South Pacific’

Posted on 18 Jun 2015 at 12:11pm

You root for Nellie because Janelle Lutz is one of the most intoxicatingly effervescent actresses on North Texas stages. She brings the performance more joyful abandon than I’ve ever seen delivered in the role before, filling the Carpenter Hall not with her size but with her boundless personality

Lyric Stage reveals 2015–16 season lineup

Posted on 12 Jun 2015 at 11:49pm

Shows include Into the Woods, Grand Hotel and Anything Goes