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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 1 Dec 2011

Today in the roundup: A worthwhile ‘White Christmas,’ a DMA lawsuit gets dismissed and parking threatens to hold up Ridglea’s reopening.


LET IT SNOW: A new musical featuring a bunch of old songs is currently in residence at Bass Hall. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – a remake of sorts of the 1954 movie – features the title song as well as other Berlin favorites as it follows a couple of friends who are putting on a show themselves. And from reading the reviews, it looks like those classic tunes still have some shine to them. “As you watch the lavish production numbers gloriously spill out across the stage before some amazingly colorful backdrops, you feel as if you have time-traveled to Paramount Studios and snuck onto the soundstage where the segment is being filmed,” Punch Shaw writes on dfw.com. “Stage adaptations of beloved old movie musicals usually don’t work. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is the happy exception,” is how Lawson Taitte begins his dallasnews.com review. Catch it through Sunday.

DMA SUIT DISMISSED: In March, Arnold Schroeder Jr. – the son of philanthropist Wendy Reeves – sued the Dallas Museum of Art and former UT-Southwestern president Kern Wildenthal, claiming that they defrauded Reeves in an effort to hold on to her $400 million art collection. And on Wednesday, that suit was dismissed by a federal judge, who said the claims were too old and unspecific. All of the details are on dallasnews.com.

RIDGLEA REOPENING HITS SPEED BUMP: Jerry Shults plans to reopen Fort Worth’s historic Ridglea Theater this spring. But he’s having a tough time with the city council over parking for the theater. Shults says that since the building is on the national registry of historic sites, it’s exempt from parking regulations that require buildings to have a certain number of parking spaces. But the city council isn’t so sure about that. Over on fwweekly.com, you can read about a possible solution to the problem that Shults says could cost him more than he’d like to pay.