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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 29 Mar 2011 7:49 AM

Today in the roundup: Patti LuPone analyzes the Tonys, Jubilee Theatre’s new artistic director thinks big and a preview of the Found Footage Festival.


WORDS WITH PATTI: On April 5, Patti LuPone comes to North Texas for one night only to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She’ll be singing her signature songs, including some of the ones that helped her with Tonys for Evita and Gypsy. So what’s it feel like to be a two-time winner? “Both were big reliefs,” she tells “The thing is, it’s political, and we forget that. It’s a campaign, not an award on merit. I’ve heard producers say that the way the Tonys work is that first they vote for themselves, then against the competition, and then for who is deserving. I was equally relieved when I won both.”

WORDS WITH TRE: Jubilee Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and its new artistic director, Tre Garrett, is 30 years old. But he’s done plenty in his short career, including working on Broadway and directing shows for Walt Disney. And he’s got big plans for Jubilee. “We have to create the canon,” Garrett tells “My goal is not to create the perfect play. You have to take some risks. You have to step out. The goal is to create conversation, to inspire people and create thought-provoking entertainment. If you don’t like one show, keep on coming.”

WORDS WITH NICK: Thursday night is shaping up to be a big night for film fans. Celebrating the medium’s highs will be the Dallas International Film Festival, which opens at the Winspear Opera House. And reveling in the lows will be the Found Footage Festival, which takes over the Texas Theatre. The Found Footage is just that – a collection of rediscovered VHS tapes that contain some bit of gold. It’s hosted by Joe Pickett of The Onion and Nick Prueher of The Late Show with David Letterman, and Prueher recently dialed up Unfair Park for a preview of the event.