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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 10 Nov 2010 7:54 AM

Today in the roundup: Lyle Lovett loves Fort Worth, Elton John’s North Texas ex and a notable theater death.


LYLE COMES TO TOWN: If you’re looking for Lyle Lovett this weekend, he won’t be hard to find. On Saturday and Sunday night, he’ll be playing at Bass Hall. Sunday night’s show also serves as a closing night event for the Lone Star International Film Festival. Lovett says he has a special affinity for Bass Hall and the family it’s named after. “Ed’s loyalty to me has been amazing; he helped me out in the beginning, and I so very much appreciate him,” he tells” As for Bass Hall, there’s not a better place anywhere in the world to play.”

ELTON JOHN’S NORTH TEXAS TIES: In 1970, Elton John abruptly called off a two-year relationship with a woman he had been living with in London. For the last 15 years, that woman, Linda Hannon, has been living in North Texas. And if you ever heard John’s “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” yep, that’s her that he’s singing about. Hannon tells ahead of Sir Elton’s performance in Fort Worth Saturday night that she’s moved on. But she would like to reconnect. “I would like to see him and tell him what I’ve been doing and about my three boys and my grandbabies … just rekindle a friendship with him. There’s no bitterness there.”

A NOTABLE DEATH: Did you know that one of the world’s most preeminent theater historians was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin? Oscar Brockett was dean of UT’s College of Fine Arts and wrote History of the Theatre in 1968, which is now in its 10th edition. Brockett, who was known as “Brock,” died on Sunday at the age of 87. “Brock never missed a chance to be in the audience for theater,” UT theater professor Charlotte Canning tells the Austin American-Statesman. “Infirmity, bad weather, bad day — none of it deterred him from being there when the curtain went up.”