My behind-the-scenes interview for WTT’s “Boeing-Boeing”

Please take a minute to review my inaugural installment of Conversations @ WTT, where I ply my interview techniques with cast and crew members of shows at WaterTower Theatre in Addison. First up: Andy Baldwin and Emily Scott Banks, two bright spots in WTT’s current production of Boeing-Boeing.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WaterTower offers wine-and-theater package

It’s a little late to get started now — the first one was last night — but if you like theater and booze (and who doesn’t?) you can combine your passions at WaterTower Theatre.

The Addison company is offering a three-show series that includes tickets to select Wednesday night performances (June 6 for Boeing-Boeing and Aug. 1 for Smokey Joe’s Cafe still remain) and a pre-show wine tasting. The cost was $135 for all three shows, but WaterTower presumable has a system in place for two of three shows, as well as for those who are already subscribers. Call 972-450-6232 to find out.

While you’re at it, tell them they may wanna change the company name to WineTower Theatre. Could work.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Column Award theater nominations announced

Uptown Players' 'Next to Normal' is a major nominee in the Column Awards.

The Dallas Theater Center and Uptown Players are head-to-head with the most Column Award nominations for Equity theater companies with 39 and 28 respectively. But that’s nothing compared to the Non-Equity winner, Artisan Center Theatre, with 52 nods. (As always, tons of gay folks are nominated.)

Now that the Dallas Theater League’s Leon Rabin Awards don’t exist, the Columns are the only non-critic awards in town for local theater. Eligible theater professionals (and, actually, me) will now vote in the final round. The  winners will be announced at the Column Awards gala on Feb. 27 at the Patty Granville Performing Arts Center in Garland.

The complete list after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WaterTower’s 2011-12 season

WaterTower Theatre tonight announced several premieres or locally produced Tony Award winning shows, including Spring Awakening and August:Osage County. Here’s the schedule:

Spring Awakening, the 8-time Tony winning musical with a score by Duncan Sheik, opens the season on Sept. 30. The play about sexual repression in the 19th century was choreographed by Bill T. Jones.

Rockin’ Christmas Party returns Nov. 26. The jukebox musical features rock versions of Christmas carols returns after an absence of a few years (pictured is the 2007 edition).

The Diary of Anne Frank opens 2012, starting Jan. 6. It tells the story of a Jewish girl and her family hiding out in an Amsterdam attic during World War II.

August: Osage County, Terry Letts’ remarkable panoramic play about an Oklahoma family, opens March 30. Rene Moreno, who direcyed a version of it last year out of state, will direct WaterTower’s version. The play won the Tony for best play and the Pulitzer Prize.

Boeing Boeing, Marc Camoletti’s sex farce about a man dating three flight attendants, opens May 25.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, another jukebox musical featuring the songs of Leiber and Stoller (“Hound Dog,” “Woman”) closes the season with a July 20 opening.

Also returning is the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, running March 1–11.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones