Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company opens 2009-10 season with Helen Mirren in "Phedre."
-- What's next for Orange County high school students whose production of "Rent" was banned? "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
-- League of American Theatres and Producers' annual Broadway demographic survey finds the most popular method of purchasing tickets was online; tourists purchased 65% of the nearly 12.3 million tickets sold.
-- New Smithsonian Institution chief Wayne Clough shares his vision for the troubled organization.
-- Talk show host Jerry Springer set to give 'em the old razzle dazzle in West End production of "Chicago."
-- Designer Giorgio Armani donates $1 million for arts programs in New York schools.
-- Caryl Churchill's new play, "Seven Jewish Children," accused of anti-Semitism.
-- Spanish artist's Damien Hirst suicide sculpture stirs controversy at art fair in Madrid.
-- Will Eddie Izzard return to Broadway in Dario Fo's "Accidental Death of an Anarchist?"
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Helen Mirren at last year's Academy Awards ceremony. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times