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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 18 Jul 2011 8:01 AM

Today in the roundup: Dolly talks musical theater, the clamor for the DTC’s movable seats and the overused superlative.


HELLO, DOLLY: If you’re a Dolly Parton fan, you’ve haven’t gone hungry around here lately. The touring version of 9 to 5 the musical recently played at the Music Hall at Fair Park, and it’s coming back to Bass Hall next week. And if you want to see the real Dolly in person, you can Tuesday night at the Verizon Theatre. In an interview with, she discusses writing 9 to 5 and reveals that she’s not done in musical theater.

QUOTABLE: “We absolutely have people who call and say ‘ooh that’s sounds interesting. I do not want to be in a moving seat.’ The more common response is people saying ‘I will do whatever it takes to get into that seat.'”

Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty, discussing the moving seats that are part of The Wiz, in an interview with

AWESOMELY AWESOME: Have we watered down our superlative? That’s the claim author Arthur Plotnik is making in promoting his book, Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives. So instead of telling you to have a good week, I’ll take Plotnik’s advice and wish you a “euphoric, larky” week.