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The Friday Roundup!

by Jerome Weeks 2 Dec 2011 7:48 AM

Bonnie and Clyde shoot themselves in the foot on Broadway, the Grammy nominators smile on Texas performers, the Dallas Zoo has a record year — and more in this morning’s roundup.


SINGING AND DANCING AND SHOOTING – Never thought you’d see the day when a pair of hard-luck, cold-blooded young killers from West Dallas would be musical comedy heroes on Broadway? Well, welcome to this Friday roundup — because they have! But if the NYTimes review is any indication, they won’t be there long. Despite the grim links between the Great Depression and our own, Ben Brantley writes, Bonnie & Clyde is pretty dull. But then he suggests — oh no!, Hollywood producers read no further — that if only the celebrity-wannabe couple had lived in the age of cable TV, they probably would have just wound up on a series like Real White Trash of West Dallas.

GRAMMY NOMS SMILE ON TEXAS – The Grammy nominations, announced yesterday, include a few mentions in the classical categories of Fort Worth Opera singers (in non-FWO performances), including contralto Meredith Arwady, who sang in FWO’s Julius Caesar, as well as mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and baritone Richard Paul Fink, past Opera Guild of Fort Worth McCammon Competition Winners. In other Texas-related Grammy news, Marcia Ball got her fifth nod, this time for best blues album for Roadside Attractions — her fourth album in a row to be nominated.

ROUNDING UP THE REST – Gary Tinterow, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s chairman of 19th-century, modern and contemporary art, is moving to Texas to head up the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston … The Dallas Zoo posted a record attendance last fiscal year (789,452 visitors), two years after it was turned over to private managers (pay wall) … Bruce Springsteen will be the keynote speaker at next year’s SXSW