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Tuesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 14 Jun 2011

Today in the roundup: Next to Normal lives up to the hype, local music bits and considering the pseudonym.


NOTHING ‘NORMAL’ HERE: Only a handful of musicals have won the Pulitzer Prize, and one of the shows on that list is currently making its regional premiere. Uptown Players scored the rights to Next to Normal, and from reading the reviews, this one was a good get. “The strength of this production lies in the way it allows the powerful text and music to tell the story without overtly emphasizing or adding to it,” Mike Maiella writes on theaterjones.com. Lawson Taitte calls the production “superb” while directing most of his praise to the cast in his dallasnews.com review. And M. Lance Lusk says this show has pretty much everything you want. “It’s entertaining, thought provoking, and certainly crowd-pleasing,” he writes on Front Row. Catch it through July 3.

MUSIC BITS: Cameron Mitchell of North Richland Hills talks about what kind of character he’d like to play if he wins Oxygen’s The Glee Project. (dfw.com) … Remember the Boiler Room in Deep Ellum? It looks as if it’s going to reopen. (DC9 at Night) … Ahead of Peter Gabriel’s show at the Verizon Theatre on Wednesday, Hunter Hauk assesses the 61-year-old’s catalog. (quickdfw.com)

NAME THAT WRITER: I can’t say I’ve ever really put much thought into why a writer would use a pseudonym. (I think if I ever was able to get a book published, I would want everyone to know it was by me.) But after reading a thought-provoking excerpt from Carmela Ciuraru’s book Nom de Plume on slate.com, it all starts to make a little more sense. This is a good read for you potential authors out there.