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Tuesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 7 Dec 2010

Today in the roundup: Give it Up! heads to New York (sorta), Dallas Black Dance Theatre debuts new work and Jubilee Theatre resurrects God’s Trombones.


‘GIVE IT UP!’ HEADS TO NYC (SORTA): Give It Up!, the modern retelling of the Lysistrata story which debuted at the Dallas Theater Center in January, is getting an Off Broadway run. But you might not recognize it. That’s because the show has a new name (Lysistrata Jones) and the cheerleaders that were so much a part of the original have been scrapped. The reason? Another show featuring cheerleaders – Bring it On: The Musical – is also headed to New York. “It’s really about sex and relationships and basketball, not cheerleading,” Douglas Carter Beane, who wrote the book, tells nytimes.com. Now, the cheerleaders will just be the basketball players’ girlfriends. Dan Knechtges, who directed and choreographed the show, will serve the same roles in New York.

NEW MOVES: Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Winter Series will feature a pair of debuts. One comes from Fort Worth choreographer Bruce Wood. The other is by Francesca Harper, a choreographer known for bringing additional media to the stage to supplement the dancing. “That’s what I saw in Europe, and I’m seeing it more in the States now,” she tells dallasnews.com. “They have this dialogue between film, theater and dance, and I started investigating it when I got back.” The Winter Series will be performed Wednesday through Sunday.

SPLIT DECISION: Jubilee Theatre has been performing God’s Trombones for 20 years. The musical features biblical tales and was co-written by Jubilee founder Rudy Eastman. So how’s the show holding up? “Most of the numbers are delivered by the ensemble of 14 singers, and they are strong in both their composition and delivery,” Punch Shaw writes in his dfw.com review. Theater Jones wasn’t as impressed. “The production team rests on their laurels, content to lap up the inevitable praise for a pedestrian version of a much-loved show,” Kris Noteboom writes. You be the judge through Dec. 26.