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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 14 Nov 2012 7:27 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing Casa’s 42nd Street, Ben Fountain on his National Book Award finalist and the city’s arts-funding task force.


42 ST. AND W. LANCASTER: One of Broadway’s all-time classics – 42nd Street – is running through the weekend at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. And from reading the reviews, it sounds as if this classic holds up. “For those fans of classic theatrical dance, this is a show that’s certain to excite,” Kris Notebook writes on “And Casa spares no expense enlisting a cast full of talented tappers to really give the show what it needs.” Punch Shaw was also pleased. “These hoofers generate so many sparks, they light up the show like a four-alarm blaze. The dancing is so good, in fact, that it equals the quality of the singing,” he writes on

MONEY FOR ARTS: Today, a new group charged with protecting funding for the arts in Dallas will meet for the first time. The Sustainability Task Force is a piece of the Cultural Affairs Commission, which advises the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The task force’s charge is to figure out ways to protect the OCA from future city budget cuts. Some ideas of how it might do that are over at

QUOTABLE: “It wasn’t an idle or trivial thing for me, undertaking a book like this. Since I’ve never served in the military, never been in a shooting war, I felt like I had to earn the right to write a book like this. I’m still not satisfied that I had the right to do it.”

– Dallas writer Ben Fountain, on his National Book Award finalist – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – in an interview with We’ll find out tonight if Fountain takes home the prize.