Michael Urie opens ‘Buyer & Cellar’ tomorrow night

Even though he trained in theater here in North Texas, Wednesday night will be something special: the professional Dallas stage debut of Michael Urie, in his one-man show Buyer & Cellar. Urie recreated his starring role in the off-Broadway hit — about a man who curates Barbra Streisand’s memorabilia mall — with a handful of performances at the City Performance Hall. Welcome home, Michael! We look forward to enjoying you again … for the first time.

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—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Resounding Harmony kicks off its 5th season with concert Saturday

Resounding Harmony will celebrate its fifth anniversary of bringing music and philanthropy together this weekend as it opens its new season with a concert at City Performance Hall.

The chorus will perform songs of hope, peace and love Saturday night during its “Let me be the Music” concert, the first of its new season. The concert benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which supports the search for the cause and cure for childhood brain tumors.

Robert Huneke, Resounding Harmony’s operations manager, said he was excited to kick off the new season and proud to mark five years with the organization. He said the organization has raised more than $160,000 for causes in the area over the last four years.

“I’m very excited that we’re starting our fifth year,” he said, adding that as of Friday afternoon Saturday’s performance was sold out. “We’re got great patrons and a great beneficiary.”

Resounding Harmony’s concerts will all take place at the new City Performance Hall, at 2520 Flora St.

Huneke said he was looking forward to a large turnout Saturday and at future concerts. The next concert is scheduled for June 15 and will benefit USO Wounded Warriors.


—  Dallasvoice

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

Dallas Pride Weekend is just around the corner, but the week leading up to it is jam-packed with events.

It’s the first weekend after Labor Day, which means theaters are churning out openings. Among the shows you can see this week: Rent at Theatre Arlington, The Second City Does Dallas at the Dallas Theater Center, the sexually complex Or, from Echo Theatre (at the Bath House, pictured above), War Horse at the Winspear as part of the Lexus Broadway Series and an entire selection of short plays courtesy of Uptown Players’ second annual Pride Performing Arts Festival. But we gotta say, the show we’re kinda most looking forward to this weekend is The Most Happy Fella at Lyric Stage. The rarely performed Frank Loesser musical (which immortalized our town in the song “Big D”) gets the fully orchestrated treatment courtesy of musical director Jay Dias, whom we profiled last month. Lyric only does two weekends of shows; it’s too bad, because they usually do a fantastic job. Cheryl Denson directs, too!

It’s not just theater, though, that takes to the stage. Drag diva Coco Peru performs her show at the Rose Room starting Thursday, unofficially launching Pride in Dallas. Best of all? Dallas Voice readers get a discount off tickets of up to 40 percent, just by using the promo code VOICE when they order here. And you can also see an actual theater — not something performed on its stages — by taking one of the behind-the-scenes architectural tours of the new City Performance Hall, which begins its gala weekend celebration on Thursday.

And if the Democratic National Convention only whetted your appetite for hearing gay people talked about on TV, tune into The New Normal on NBC at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, for the newest sitcom about gay life that could very well be the next Will & Grace … only this time, it looks more like Will & Jack.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones