Applause 2013: A big hand for a ’Hard Body ’

Posted on 23 Aug 2013 at 9:25am

Dallas native Doug Wright is Broadway’s go-to guy for book musicals. He turned his sights on Texas — for the first time — with ‘Hands on a Hard Body’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Applause Editor Doug Wright still vividly recalls his youth growing up in University Park. “My friend Bruce and I used to sneak […]

Applause: Sammons campaign hits home

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 11:15am

There is a quiet majesty to the old Turtle Creek Pump Station that overlooks Oak Lawn and Harry Hines. Better known as the Sammons Center for the Arts, the building is not only an architectural gem of the city, it’s home to a dozen key arts groups and a bustling entertainment spot for jazz enthusiasts. […]

Applause: Uptown, girl

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 11:00am

EXCLUSIVE: Uptown Players reveals its ambitious new season, including a world premiere, a first-ever revival and another trip to the Shores ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Applause Editor This show is killing Jeff and me,” says a weary Craig Lynch, referring to himself and fellow Uptown Players founding producer Jeff Rane a week before the opening […]

Applause: The most happy fella (in Texas)

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 10:45am

Lyric Stage’s monumental project to mount classic Broadway musicals with original orchestrations wouldn’t be possible without Jay Dias, the man behind the baton   GREGORY SULLIVAN ISAACS  | Contributing Music Writer Technically, The Most Happy Fella is a 1956 musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Frank Loesser. However, it really is a work […]

Applause : Small city, big art

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 9:45am

Sleepy Metroplex suburb Waxahachie boasts an edgy arts space in the Webb Art Gallery — and that’s part of the charm of both RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer As self-proclaimed weirdos, Julie Webb and her husband Bruce joke that Waxahachie chose them instead of the other way around. Since 1994, when their small gallery moved […]

Applause: At a turtle’s pace

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 9:30am

Now at a year under new leadership, Trey Jacobs recharges the Turtle Creek Chorale for its 33rd season   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer It was just a year ago when Trey Jacobs worked his way unexpectedly to Dallas for the short-term assignment of interim artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale. Then three months ago, […]

Applause: Mustache love

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 8:30am

An amalgam of drag, burlesque and performance art, Mustache Envy is redefining entertainment   AMY PRICE  | Contributing Writer Underneath a dim florescent glow, a dark, masculine silhouette enters stage right. The music cues to the familiar beginning notes of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and explodes from the speakers in the Vixin Lounge at Sue Ellen’s. […]

Applause: You Indi go, girl

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 8:15am

Iconic queer musicians team with DSO for an evening of classical and folk music For many artists, reinvention comes in the form of a new look, a new album or maybe even a newly leaked sex tape. Lesbian folk-rock icons Indigo Girls — the duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers — are raising the […]

Applause: Curtain up

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 at 8:00am

Dallas’ newest arts venue, the city-owned Performance Hall, is set to open soon with a style worthy of the Arts District. But will the community come?   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Applause Editor For years, it’s been apparent that the City Performance Hall — the Dallas-owned theatrical and music venue — was the redheaded stepchild […]

Applause: Stage pink

Posted on 25 Aug 2011 at 5:29pm

Queer highlights from the upcoming theater season RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer Anticipation should be strong for the upcoming theater season in general. Ambitious shows like Giant, The Tempest, West Side Story and Hairspray all dot the stage horizon. But we also like to see some of our own up there. As we look over […]