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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 30 Oct 2012 7:46 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing Lyric Stage’s ‘1776,’ George Clooney offers a star-packed ‘Monuments Men’ and the future of Nasher v. Museum Tower.


SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION: Lyric Stage opened its season with the Broadway hit drama 1776. All your favorite Founding Fathers are there in this story of the run up to the Revolutionary War. And though we know this story well, it sounds as if it’s worth revisiting. “It’s a strange hybrid of a piece, but it certainly does work, especially when performed as well as at Lyric Stage,” Lawson Taitte writes on “At times raucous, at others sober, the musical offers its audience an entertaining glimpse into the minds, hearts and souls of King George III’s most rebellious subjects who finally achieve enough consensus to gather the communal courage to change the course of history,” Alexandra Bonifield writes on 1776 runs through the weekend.

CLOONEY MAKES SOME CALLS: It was a big deal back in January when news came down that George Clooney would adapt Monuments Men into a movie. The book, by Dallas’ Robert Edsel,  recalls the efforts by U.S. forces to rescue valuable works of art during WWII. We already knew that Clooney would star and direct, and now we know who his co-stars will be. Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Billy Murray, John Goodman and this year’s Best Actor-winner Jean Dujardin have all signed on the bottom line, according to

THE END GAME: Last week, Tom Luce quitas mediator in the Museum Tower vs. Nasher dispute, blaming Dallas Police & Fire Pension System administrator Richard Tettamant on his way out the door. So what’s next? Settling things in court has always hovered over the negotiations, and now, maybe that’s the best thing? “The Museum Tower might almost welcome a lawsuit,” Mitchell Schnurman writes in a column. “It could be a catalyst for a settlement, under the best scenario. While it would be expensive and time-consuming if it dragged on, at least it would represent the start of the end.”