FROM SCREEN TO STAGE: Dallas Summer Musicals opens Xanadu tonight at the Music Hall. If you saw the original film starring Olivia Newton-John, you might be wondering how that was adapted into a Tony-nominated musical. Lawson Taitte tells the story of how a young movie producer got the rights and got the story into the hands of Douglas Carter Beane, who is known around here for penning Dallas Theater Center’s Give it Up! from earlier this year.
THEATER BITS: Ain’t Misbehavin’ and The Hobbit are among the shows Theater Arlington announced as part of its 38th season. (theatrejones.com) … Punch Shaw was unimpressed by Casa Manana’s staging of Cinderella. “There isn’t a showstopper or memorable tune to be found,” he writes. (dfw.com) … Alexandra Bonifield says the greatness of the second act of WaterTower Theatre’s Is He Dead? is worth the “stodginess” of Act I. (Critical Rant & Rave)
MUSIC BITS: Neil Young has extended his acoustic tour with Scottish folk singer Bert Jansch, including a June 7 date at the Meyerson. (rolllingstone.com) … Seryn, RTB2, Ha Ha Tonka and Telegraph Canyon are among the more than 20 acts on the bill for Good Records’ Record Store Day concert. (DC9 at Night) … Mario Tarradell says Erykah Badu’s much-discussed video contains, “a potent message.” (dallasnews.com)