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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 30 Sep 2011 8:05 AM

Today in the roundup: Checking in with a busy local choreographer, Hugh Laurie heads to New Orleans and cataloging the DMA’s collection.


GOING LOCAL: For its current production of Spring Awakening, WaterTower Theatre tapped TCU grad John de los Santos to handle the choreography. The 30-year-old has been making a name for himself locally, choreographing and acting and dancing for theaters while directing for Fort Worth Opera. But Spring Awakening offered him some unique challenges, he tells For starters, he was following in the footsteps of Bill T. Jones, who won a Tony for choreographing the Broadway version of the show. But he says, “The biggest challenge has been the damn microphones. Jumping off a chair holding up a mike to your face is really very difficult.” Spring Awakening runs through Oct. 23.

HUGH LAURIE’S MUSICAL MUSINGS: If you’re an anglophile, you owe it to yourself to check out Tellyspotting, written by KERA’s television VP Bill Young. As you surely know, Ch. 13 is the source for British programming in the area. And sometimes those British stars actually take a trip to this side of the pond. That’s what Hugh Laurie did for Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk — A Celebration of New Orleans Blues. Bill previews the show, which follows Laurie on a musical journey from L.A. to Austin and Luckenbach before ultimately settling in in New Orleans. Tune in tonight at 8.

THE BOOK ON THE DMA: How do you go about organizing a book that details an entire museum collection? That was the challenge the Dallas Museum of Art recently faced when it decided that its collections handbook was getting a little dated. The last one was published in 1997, and a lot of art has come into the collection since then. The museum’s Uncrated blog details the process of preparing the new edition, with lots of cool photos detailing the process.