THE PASSING OF THE FONZ: How does an actor take over an iconic role that is closely associated with someone else? That’s a question that Joey Sorge has had to answer. He plays Fonzi in the touring production of Happy Days: A New Musical currently camped at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Something that’s certainly helped Sorge is advice from the Original Fonze, Henry Winkler. Winkler told Sorge, “I will tell you this: When the Fonze dances, he doesn’t move.” Check out the video above for more on what it takes to play the king of cool.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: The only thing American about the finals of the Cliburn Competition is the setting. Don’t get me wrong – the competitors from Europe and Asia are more than welcome on the Bass Hall stage. They’ve certainly earned it. But why is the American presence at the Cliburn diminishing? That is the question the Fort Worth Star-Telegram asked in a recent story. As it turns out, the Cliburn is just a symptom of a larger classical music issue.
QUOTABLE: “I love to be onstage. I like to think about what kind of personality my Munchkin has so I can make the right poses.”
Virgina Dollins, 13, one of a group of local kids playing Munchkins in Dallas Summer Musical’s The Wizard of Oz beginning Tuesday. Click here to read what other area Munchkins had to say about their roles to The Dallas Morning News.