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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 24 Jan 2011 8:00 AM

Today in the roundup: The Amon Carter Museum turns 50, the return of Wanda Jackson and a Lyric Stage premiere heads to Off-Broadway.


AMON CARTER TURNS 50: Fifty years ago today – Jan. 24, 1961, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth opened its doors to the public. But on that day, the museum was just a fraction of what it would become. Several expansions and a slight name change have allowed it to broaden its scope beyond Western art into a museum that’s home to all types of American art. To catch you up on your Amon Carter history, tells the story of the museum and its founder.

BACK ON THE SCENE: She dated Elvis. She was the first woman to record a rock ‘n’ roll song. And she’s shared the stage with Buddy Holly. Wanda Jackson has seen and sung it all. And now, with the help of Jack White, she’s back with her first album in eight years. The New York Times talked to her about her life in music for an expansive feature on Sunday. If that story gets you wanting to know more about Jackson, you’re in luck – she plays Oak Cliff’s Kessler Theater on Feb. 26.

THE ROAD TO OFF-BROADWAY: Way back in 2009, Irving’s Lyric Stage staged the world premiere of The Road to Qatar. Stephen Cole and David Krane’s musical comedy details the real-life commission they received to write a musical that would play in the Middle East. Fast forward to 2011, and the show is set for its Off-Broadway debut tomorrow night. This time around, it’s being presented by the York Theatre Company. We’ll keep an eye out for reviews.