JINGLE ALL THE WAY: The Fort Worth Opera is asking you to help stop bad singing by supporting the opera. To make sure you know how dire the situation is, the Opera has put together the above video of local celebs singing “Jingle Bells.” Keep an eye out for KERA’s Krys Boyd (who as it turns out, doesn’t sound half bad).
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: It appears that Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific currently playing at the Winspear Opera House has lived up to the hype. “All performers exist vibrantly in the moment, whether wooing a potential sweetheart, dancing in a USO-style girlie revue, lounging about the island’s “seashore” or atop the WWII fighter plane that rolls onstage in Act I to the audience’s amazement and delight,” writes Alexandra Bonifield in her review. “Dreamy, dazzling, pure stage magic.” Lawson Taitte wasn’t quite as breathless on dallasnews.com, but it’s safe to say he was impressed. “This is one of the better ones – certainly the best-sung – though it doesn’t banish memories of past productions,” he writes. I was at Wednesday night’s performance, and I will say that Oak Cliff native Michael Yeargan’s sets are some of the best I’ve ever seen. And Yeargan isn’t the only local involved in the show – click here for my interview with Keala Seattle, who perfectly balances the comedic and tender elements of Bloody Mary.
MUSIC BITS: The Flaming Lips are all but confirmed to play the NX35 music conferette this spring (DC9 at Night) … Quick gathered some familiar local music faces to re-create some classic holiday movie scenes. Once again, the great Jason Janik delivers (quickdfw.com) … Fort Worth musician Matt Skates’ influence reaches deep into the Cowtown music scene (pegasusnews.com).