'The gay stuff' from two theater companies next season

Posted on 23 Apr 2009 at 10:50am

Last week, the Dallas Theater Center unveiled its 2009-10 season, and two other prominent companies — Theatre Three and gay-run WaterTower Theatre — released their slates last night. Among the gay content:

Theatre Three: William Finn, author of “Falsettos” and “A New Brain,” penned the music to “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” an hysterical and heartfelt comic musical. It opens in late September, followed in November by gay playwright Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Talley’s Folly.” In the Theatre Too space, gay Dallas canton Don Alan Croll returns in “Songs of the Redhead: The Music of Danny Kaye,” opening in January.

WaterTower:The season kicks on Oct. 1 with “Grey Gardens,” the musical version of the famed documentary written by gay playwright (and Pulitzer-winning Dallasite) Doug Wright. It is not related the current HBO movie starring Drew Barrymore. Next spring, community fave Liz Mikel will headline in “Black Pearl Sings,” set during the Great Depression (no, not the fall of 2008) and filled with blues music. Then Terrence McNally’s “The Full Monty,” about men (several gay) who strip to raise money, opens in July.

Meanwhile, over at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the Brinker International Forum begins its second season of conversations with newsmakers and celebrities, including Oscar winner Hilary Swank on Nov. 9.

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