PEROT EXPANSION: How do you know you’re a success? When you’ve only been in business three months and it’s already time to grow. That’s the situation facing the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “We want to get through our first year, but yet I can tell you that our team and many in the community — because we’re so full — have a long list for Phase 2,” Perot CEO Nicole Small told the Dallas City Council on Monday. “I don’t think Phase 2 is probably that far away.” Details of what that expansion could look like are at dallasnews.com.
CAMELOT AT CASA: Casa Mañana is taking a trip to merry old England with the musical Camelot. And New York-based director Gabriel Barre is earning praise for breathing new life into the show that made its debut in 1960. “He has not only directed a fantastic production of Camelot; he has surprised us with a warhorse that, for some, was out of surprises,” is how Mark Lowry wraps up his dfw.com review. Jan Farrington writes in her theaterjones.com review that Barre, “lets Camelot sparkle, with plenty of ladies dancing and lords a-leaping. But he also mines a deeper, darker vein in the story that’s been there all along.” Get thee to Casa through Sunday.
A CLIBURN CHALLENGER?: Earlier this morning, Jerome passed along the list of the 30 competitors announced for this year’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. And for the 29 who don’t walk away winners, there may be another option going forward. That’s because the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a passionate benefactor are teaming up to revamp the city’s World Piano Competition. And they are looking at the Cliburn as their model. “When it’s done right, the whole city is caught up in the excitement, even the controversy of who should win,” Cincinnati Symphony president Trey Devey tells cincinnati.com. And he should know – Devey previously worked at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.