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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 1 Jul 2013

Dallas Summer Musicals goes to the movies, LBJ heads to the stage and how Mimir Chamber Music Festival “runs like a Swiss watch.”

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WHAT A FEELING: Flashdance is currently playing the Music Hall at Fair Park as part of Dallas Summer Musicals. It’s got all the songs you remember from the movie – “I Love Rock & Roll,” “Maniac,” the title track – plus 16 new ones. So is it worth revisiting this pop classic? Cheryl Callon says definitely. “While yet another film-to-stage adaptation could legitimately cause some groaning, the haters might want to hold off. It’s one of the better ones so far,” she writes on theaterjones.com. Lawson Taitte liked it, too – to a point. “In some ways, this Flashdance is constructed in an old-fashioned way, with a comic secondary couple and even a trio of strippers right out of Gypsy – all of whom deflect too much from the main story,” he writes on dallasnews.com. “And those new songs keep coming and coming. After a while, you want the performers to stop singing and do some dancing, already.” Check it out through Sunday.

LBJ ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY: Two plays featuring Lyndon Johnson are trying to make it to Broadway this season. All the Way focuses on Johnson’s first term in office and stars Bryan Cranston. It’ll open at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. in September. The other, The Great Society, looks at his whole administration and opens off Broadway in August. So is there really room for two plays about the Texas president? Probably not. And nytimes.com has the story of how a producer of one of the shows is using Johnson-esque tactics to make sure his show is the one that makes it.

QUOTABLE: “We’ve tried to keep the same personnel for every summer — and we’ve gotten it down to a science. Mimir really runs like a Swiss watch. We are so familiar with each other that when we finally sit down together, it is not like sitting down next to a stranger. We’re not some ragtag group of people thrown together but, rather, an ensemble that returns to play with one another.”

– Mimir Chamber Music Festival founder and executive director Curt Thompson, in a dfw.com story. This year’s event runs tonight through Sunday.

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