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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 1 Sep 2011 7:37 AM

Today in the roundup: Stage West scores with “Jeeves,” locals on the national music scene and how Garrison Keillor stays focused on stage.


BY JEEVES, THEY’VE GOT IT: Stage West is selling silly with its current show, Jeeves in the Morning. And from reading the reviews, it looks as if the critics are buying. “The Jeeves shows, invariably set among the idle rich in between-the-wars England, provide a superb vehicle for Stage West artistic director Jim Covault and his turtle-swimming-in-molasses style,” Punch Shaw writes on “Jeeves in the Morning is an exhaustively British show, but a good one for those who appreciate that infamous dry British wit and who secretly wish they had their very own older British gentleman to solve all of their daily problems,” Kris Noteboom writes on Check it out through Sept. 25.

LOCALS GONE NATIONAL: A couple of very successful local ladies have new albums coming out soon. Burleson’s Kelly Clarkson has Stronger, her fifth album, slated for Oct. 25. Some of the tracks leaked online earlier this summer, and she tells, “I’m not so mad at the leaks, but it ruins the fun of it all.” Meanwhile, Dallas’ St. Vincent will release Strange Mercy on Sept. 13. She visited The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week to perform the album’s lead single, “Cruel.”

QUOTABLE: “We’ll sing ‘Unchained Melody’ and some other great, passionate duets, and I will try to avoid making eye contact with her so I don’t become distracted.”

– Garrison Keillor, on performing with Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins. You can check out their chemistry when A Prairie Home Companion visits Bass Hall on Tuesday.