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Musical Hit ‘Matilda’ Will Open AT&T PAC Broadway Series

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When it comes to hit Broadway musicals, Matilda isn’t as big as The Book of Mormon. No musical is. There are currently four tours of Mormon around the country. But Matilda does have one thing over that show. Parents are more likely to take their kids to see it. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports that’s one reason Matilda was the big news last night when the AT&T Performing Arts Center announced its new Broadway Series.

 

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North Texas Playwright Andrew Harris Gets New York Reading

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Nick Canon as Will Shakespeare and Anne Armenta as Emilia Bassano in the UNT production of ‘The Lady Revealed.’ Photo: Justin Curtin.

The lady has been getting around.

Andrew Harris’ play, The Lady Revealed, premiered two years ago at UNT, where Harris teaches theater. The drama concerns modern research into ‘the Dark Lady,’ the supposed mistress whom William Shakespeare wrote about in his sonnets. In this case, the lady is Emilia Bassano, a published poet who probably knew Shakespeare. Harris’ play follows both Emilia and A. L. Rowse, the combative Oxford historian who first proposed her as his great ‘solution’ to the mystery of the Dark Lady. (She remains a very likely candidate but Rowse made a number of errors in his research.)

The next year after the short UNT Theatre Department run, The Lady Revealed received two free performances at Theatre Three. And then, last year, it had a successful reading at Covent Garden’s Bates Theatre in London with British actors from Dr. Who and Downton Abbey in several roles.

And now, The Lady Revealed will get another notable reading, this time in New York at New Dramatists. On March 16th, the cast will include British actors such as Sam Underwood (Homeland) and Geoffrey Beevers (The Tudors) as well as such American performers as  Anthony Heald (Boston Legal, Silence of the Lambs).

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Dallas Symphony’s Next Season: European Tour, 3 World Premieres

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Dallas Symphony, Jaap van Zweden conducting. Photo: Mark Kitaoka

The Dallas Symphony’s next season will include a new European tour — this time including England, Scotland and Spain, in addition to the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. The season’ll re-up the ReMix series, the DSO’s smaller, more adventuresome concerts at the City Performance Hall (although just what most of those concerts will feature hasn’t been filled in yet). It continues the Lay Family Concert Organ series that started this season and it brings back the Soluna Festival — the Arts District-wide international arts festival that hasn’t even happened for the first time (it’s in May).

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Review: Endearing ‘Last 2 People’ Can Seem Like ‘Mandy Patinkin Plus One’

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Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in ‘The Last Two People on Earth.’ Photo: Paul Kolnik

 

The Last Two People on Earth offers a sweet apocalypse — at least for theatergoers. In the welcome, song-and-dance revue currently at the Eisemann Center, global warming has flooded the planet, and we’re left trapped on a patch of dry land with Mandy Patinkin. So, while the rest of the world slowly gurgles to its end, we get to sit and listen to Patinkin sing and share some numbers with off-Broadway dazzle-master Taylor Mac.

A bit of the Rapture, one might say. Developed by Patinkin, Mac and Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman, The Last Two People puts the two performers inside the old New Yorker cartoon set-up: Two castaways are lost on a desert isle.

And the punchline?

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Saturday Spotlight – Ringing in the Year of the Ram

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re ringing in the Year of the Ram with the Chinese New Year Festival at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas. The whole day is jam-packed with demonstrations and performances including Chinese dancing and music, fortune-telling, and calligraphy. You can make sheep headbands and decorate red envelopes plus take part in family yoga in the gallery.  CNY-Homepage-300x300

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Cultural Affairs Commission Votes To Remove White Rock Water Theater

water-theater-3editA week and a half ago, the White Rock Wildlife Water Theater was given a very bad bill of health Actually, it was a city-commissioned engineering report that said the steel support system for the artwork’s 60 metal poles in the water off the Bath House Cultural Center was pretty well shot.Neighborhood groups had complained that the Water Theater had become such a rusting eyesore that most people didn’t even recognize it was an artwork. It was hurting the lake’s beauty. Meanwhile, the Water Theater was put on a national list of “endangered” public artworks.

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The Big Screen: Going Backstage With ‘Birdman’

BigScreen_logoSMALLBirdman is nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture. In it, best-actor nominee Michael Keaton plays a washed-up movie star trying to re-establish his career by producing and starring in a Broadway play. This week, we talk to North Texas director Michael Serrecchia – a man who once walked the Broadway boards himself as a member of the original cast of A Chorus Line – to find out how Birdman captures the Great White Way.

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The Big Deal: Dallas Theater Center Presents ‘The School For Wives’

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The Dallas Theater Center is starting a new multi-year Classical Theater Initiative. The initiative will bring masterpieces of theatrical literature from around the world to the stage. First out of the gate will be Moliere’s satire, The School for Wives. It will be performed in rotating repertory with Euripides’s Medea.  Boy!  Talk about your mood swings. For this Big Deal, enter to win tickets to see the fast paced French farce, The School for Wives, on Feb. 27 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

You might also want to take the time to sign up for our other Big Deal this week – tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Korngold & Dvořák concert at Bass Performance Hall.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see The School for Wives.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents Korngold & Dvořák

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You might recognize Erich Korngold’s name on the credit from all those Errol Flynn movies like King’s Row, Captain Blood, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. While Korngold had a profound impact on the way movies are scored his classical compositions left a deep and rich musical legacy. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto for their concert, Korngold & Dvořák. Also, on the program will be Antonín Dvořák’s only commissioned work, his Symphony No. 7 in D Minor. Eugene Tzigane will conduct, and on violin will be guest artist Stefan Jackiw.  Sign up to win orchestra section tickets for the March 6 performance at Bass Performance Hall.

Don’t forget now is also the perfect time to peruse and sign up for our other Big Deal this week, compliments of the Dallas Theater Center, tickets to see The School for Wives at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Korngold & Dvořák presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

 

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‘The Last Two People On Earth’ Is Just Getting Started

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Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in ‘The Last Two People on Earth.’ Photo: Paul Kolnik

The Eisemann Center is presenting a world-premiere show called The Last Two People on Earth. The two-man comedy stars actor-singer Mandy Patinkin and performance artist Taylor Mac. KERA’s Jerome Weeks explains how this odd couple got together to survive the end of the world.

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