Monster Mash: 'Avenue Q' is closing; new director at Philadelphia Museum of Art; critic sues Elaine Stritch
-- Still running, for now: 2004 best musical Tony winner "Avenue Q" is set to close in September.
-- New leader: Philadelphia Museum of Art lures its new director from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
-- No decision: The fate of the Nederlander production of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" musical remains uncertain.
-- Lawsuit filed: New Yorker critic John Lahr sues Elaine Stritch over payment for her solo show, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," which he helped to "construct."
-- Years in the making: Work will begin on the long-delayed Louis Kahn Park in New York City.
-- Same name, different school: Dueling Stella Adler acting schools in Los Angeles create a turf battle.
-- More money for the arts: The House of Representatives approves additional funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
-- First effort: Rufus Wainwright's opera, "Prima Donna," is set to open in Manchester, England.
-- Economic woes: Portland (Ore.) Art Museum scales back its budget, cuts five employees and raises admission prices.
-- Economic woes, Part 2: Seven state museums in Nevada trim their hours of operation and raise admission prices.
-- Economic woes, Part 3: Funding cuts leave the Charlotte (N.C.) Symphony in a precarious position.
-- Crowning achievement: Westminster Abbey will get a corona -- a crown-shaped roof -- in time for the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the queen's coronation in 2013.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Kate Monster, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Princeton and John Tartaglia in "Avenue Q." Credit: Ari Mintz / Newsday