Eva Peron

(Photo courtesy Lyric Stage)

Whether you’re only familiar with the Madonna-starred movie version, or you’ve actually caught the bonafide Broadway production, pretty much anyone is familiar with the iconic scene where Eva Perón, wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, takes to the balcony to belt out “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

It’s one of the more enduring, memorable numbers of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, although some would argue that “On this Night of a Thousand Stars” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” are also indelible.

If you haven’t managed to catch the entire production ever, or if you’d just like to see it again, you have an excellent opportunity September 20 through 22 at Dallas’ Majestic Theatre as Lyric Stage opens its 2019-2020 season — The Wonder Women of Season 27.

The season kicks off by telling the story of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, from her childhood in the provincial town of Junín to her courtship and marriage to the man who would become the most powerful person in the country and her life as his wife.

But all this Evita talk got us thinking — where can you find a good balcony to reinact your own Eva Perón moment? We found 10 in varying price points around Dallas, perfect for belting out “The truth is I neeeeeeeeeeeever left you …” (more…)

The term “Renaissance man” was first used to describe Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo in the 14th century as men with interests and gifts in arts, sciences, politics, and intellectual pursuits.

These days, true Renaissance men are few and far between.  Whether it’s because people have become more specialized in pursuing interests and careers, or that there isn’t enough time in the day to explore new horizons, to find someone with a variety of gifts and passions is quite a feat.

The Renaissance Dentist

Steven Jones started his career as a dentist.  No, actually he got a Doctorate of Dental Surgery – even before he got his Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University — but he never cleaned gums or asked anyone to spit.

“Since the 4th grade I wanted to be a dentist,” explains Jones.  “When I started pre-dentistry classes and I quickly realized that wasn’t the career for me, but I went ahead and finished dental school.”

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If you’re going to have a Siglo de Oro (or Spanish Golden Age) story like the one in “Man of La Mancha,” you need a suitable backdrop. That’s just fact.

So when Lyric Stage told us that they’d be staging the musical, which tells the classic canon of Don Quixote, we knew we should find a home to match.

But what should that look like? After all, a lot of Spanish architecture during the Siglo de Oro could be rather austere. Juan de Herrera, who is one of the more recognizable names of the time period, was known for his purist structures with sober decoration, so much so that Herrerian and clasicismo are pretty much synonymous. 

But then, we found our match in El Escorial — a historical residence of the king of Spain in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The El Real Monasterio El Escorial is rather sober. But La Granjilla de La Fresneda, the royal hunting lodge? Let’s just say its got a lot in common with this listing we found Old Preston Hollow. (more…)