ARCHITECTURALLY SPEAKING: The new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington opens on Saturday with George Strait and a host of other country music acts. When that soldout crowd steps foot in the structure, how will that building serve them? Architecture critic David Dillon weighs in on that topic, sounding mostly pleased. “Fortunately, architect Bryan Trubey has been able to translate this over-the-top program, in which excess threatens to trump excess at every turn, into a fluid contemporary design that belongs to its own time. No retro camouflage like Rangers Ballpark in Arlington or American Airlines Center. No cheap nostalgia,” he writes.
IN PRAISE OF PATSY: It sounds like Casa Manana has a real winner on its hands with Always … Patsy Cline. And it should come as little surprise that Texan Julie Johnson is a major reason why. “I’ve heard some other remarkable singing actresses portray the great country singer, but none came close to what Johnson does here,” write Lawson Taitte in a glowing review. “Not only can Johnson act, magnificently, here she has star quality to burn.” Not to be outdone, Punch Shaw goes straight for the hyperbole on DFW.com: “Julie Johnson, as the title character, has a voice that is good to enough to raise the dead. And she does an amazing job of capturing every nuance of Cline’s voice: the plaintive country bleat, the crisp enunciation and the occasional purring growl.” Better hurry if you want to catch this one – the show plays through June 7.
QUOTABLE: “I don’t know anything about Frisco. Frisco just came up! They said, ‘Frisco, Texas.’ And I was like, ‘OK. Dallas and Fort Worth and then … Frisco?’ I said, ‘Well who’s there?’ And they said, ‘Rich people!’ I think it’s a gated community?”
Bill Cosby, on The Late Show With David Letterman Monday night. Cosby plays the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Frisco on June 12.