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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

December 12, 2008 |  9:03 am

-- Tom Cruise tells Jay Leno he'd like to appear in a Broadway musical -- and demonstrates his song and dance skills. Also, here (about 22 minutes in)

-- Reassigned music critic sues Cleveland orchestra and his newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

-- Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush will make their Broadway debuts this spring in Eugene Ionesco's "Exit the King."  Also, Alan Ayckbourn's comedic trilogy "The Norman Conquests" will make the leap from London to Broadway next fall.

-- Los Angeles Conservancy's annual report card on city preservation efforts indicates some positive news.

-- Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group launches a YouTube channel.

-- Whitney Museum of American Art names Francesco Bonami  curator of the 2010 Whitney Biennial and Gary Carrion-Murayari associate curator.

-- Joshua Prince-Ramus, the architect who transformed a Louisville office building into a museum, takes on starchitects, architectural theorists and Frank Gehry.

A_christmas_story_2-- A musical version of "A Christmas Story" -- you know, the 1983 film about the kid who wants a BB gun -- is under development. Beau Bridges is participating in an industry reading.

-- Staffing cuts lead Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram to share a classical music critic.

-- Gerhard Richter's paintings of Kennedy assassination to be reunited in a new exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery.

-- American Institute of Architects honors Boston's Faneuil Hall with its 2009 25 Year Award.

-- Artopia's John Perreault  offers his solution to the crisis at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

-- Maggie Gyllenhaal and real-life husband Peter Saarsgard will appear together off-Broadway in “Uncle Vanya.”

-- Daily dose of 2008 "best of": New York magazine critic Jerry Saltz's art picks.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Jeff Gillen as Santa Claus and Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker in "A Christmas Story."