WHO SHOULD TAKE THE STAGE?: The Dallas Morning News reported earlier this week that George Strait is tentatively scheduled to play the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington this summer. There’s speculation that he might even be the first act to play there. If that’s the case, he would certainly be a fitting opener – he’s a Texan and even a Cowboy. But it got me wondering who the other options might be. Here’s a quick list that I came up with, but if you’ve got other suggestions or want to lobby for one of these choices, drop me a comment:
Willie Nelson – Pros: He’s in Strait’s league as far as his stature in Texas country music. Cons: Is seeing someone you can catch frequently a Billy Bob’s a big enough draw? Willie would serve as a great opener to George, though.
U2 – Pros: The biggest band in the world is solidifying plans for a massive world tour as we speak and have already said they will play stadiums (as opposed to the arenas they’ve played the last two tours). Cons: No real Texas connection
Eagles – Pros: They were the first act to play the American Airlines Center, so there would be some nice symmetry there. Don Henley is from Gilmer. Cons: They might not be interested if they aren’t out on tour.
Bruce Springsteen – Pros: His high-energy Super Bowl show from last week definitely plays well in a huge space. Cons: Do we really want to open the new Cowboys stadium with a guy from Giants and Eagles country?
YOU, TOO, CAN OWN A TONY: Every theater pro dreams of having a Tony Award on their shelf. And now, through the miracle of eBay, someone who wants one but would rather skip all the hard work and creative genius stuff can have one. The estate of costume designer Florence Klotz has put the Tony she won in 1985 up on the site. Minimum price: $10,000 (but you can take it home now if you are willing to fork over $20K). I looked for the bidding today on the site and couldn’t find it. But I read all of this here, so my guess is that it just hasn’t made it up yet.