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October 28, 2008 |  9:51 am

Arlequin--A 1909 Picasso painting that was to be the centerpiece of a Nov. 3 Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern art sale has been withdrawn. "Arlequin" has been estimated to sell for about $30 million. 

--The Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman-John Doyle musical "Road Show" is set to open tonight at the Public Theater. It is Sondheim's first new musical to debut in New York since 1994's "Passion."

--British architect Thomas Heatherwick's futuristic vision for a giant illuminated cube for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo hits a roadblock.

--Signaling a response to the economic downturn, Broadway experienced a drop not just in weekly box office, but also in attendance figures.

--Leaders of New York's largest nonprofit theaters are receiving healthy paychecks despite signals of tough economic times ahead.

--London's Royal Opera House is looking into plans to temporarily move its opera and dance performances to the northern city of Manchester.

--The J. Paul Getty Trust will announce today $2.8 million in grants to 15 Southern California institutions for exhibitions in 2011 exploring the local art scene. 

--Hoping to cash in on the success of the "High School Musical" craze, Paramount fast-tracks plans for a new  film version of "Footloose" and signs "HSM3" star Zac Efron.

--Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor wins the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

--A building under construction in Abu Dhabi has applied to Guinness Book of Records as the “world's most inclined tower.”

--Lisa Fung

Photo of Picasso's "Arlequin" at Sotheby's auction house in London. Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

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