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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 15 May 2013 7:53 AM

Today in the roundup: Theatre Arlington’s 41st season, a sea change at Arlington Music Hall and words with the star of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.


THEATRE ARLINGTON’S NEW SEASON: Theatre Arlington has found religion in its 41st season. It kicks off Sept. 13 with the musical Altar Boyz and also includes John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt and the comedy Nunsense. Other titles you might recognize include Of Mice and Men, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. and A Tuna Christmas. The full lineup is on the theater’s website.

ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL UPDATE: The Opry shows that have been an Arlington Music Hall staple for more than 30 years are no more. They’re basically a victim of changing musical tastes – too expensive to stage to justify the shrinking audience. Instead, the theater will focus on touring country acts. Merle Haggard, Joe Diffie and John Anderson are all on the schedule. More about the philosophical change is on

QUOTABLE: “Because it’s musical theater, there’s more of a fantastical element. What made the film so fantastic is that it was so real and gritty, we got to see the insights into these outcasts and the life that they led and the hardships they went through. Here, the grit is turned down and we get a glimpse of the fantastic elements of their imagination; we get to go inside their heads at times. That’s fun.”

– Wade McCollum, one of the stars of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, currently playing the Music Hall at Fair Park. McCollum talks more about the show – and his role in Dallas Theater Center’s Cabaret from a few years back – with