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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 21 Jan 2013 7:58 AM

Today in the roundup: The DMA’s officially free, reviewing WaterTower’s ‘Putting It Together’ and a look at the Modern’s newest acquisitions.


DMA GOES FREE: Today’s the day that the Dallas Museum of Art officially goes free. For a reminder of how that came to be and a preview of how this will all work, check out Jerome’s story from late last week. The museum will be open today from 11-5; a full schedule of special events is on the DMA’s website.

SINGING SONDHEIM: WaterTower Theatre is going all Sondheim with Putting It Together. The revue features songs from Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies and more and is tied together with a story about people attending a Manhattan cocktail party. “Led by Dallas diva Diana Sheehan, the cast delivers song after song, falling into a rhythm so engrossing that by the show’s end the songs have nestled into one’s auditory cortex, where songs get stuck,” Lauren Smart writes on theaterjones.com. Lawson Taitte was also well-pleased. “Most singing actors, even famous ones, can cloak a number with the appropriate emotions,” he writes on dallasnews.com. “Sheehan, however, creates a specific character and brings the audience right into the scene with her. Even a well-worn classic like ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’ seems to arise out of the thoughts and experiences of that person at that moment.” Catch Putting It Together through Feb. 3.

BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of moving into its Tadao Ando-designed home. To mark the occasion, the museum has acquired nine new works, which are currently on display. Scott Cantrell walks through some of the highlights on dallasnews.com, where you can also see photos.