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Monster Mash: Spielberg, Showtime going screen to stage; NEA explains phone controversy; Rose Art Museum under spotlight, again

September 23, 2009 |  8:45 am


-- Mogul multitasking: Steven Spielberg is developing a scripted TV series with Showtime about the creation of a Broadway musical, Variety says, with the hope of producing the musical in New York after the series runs.

-- Jumping ship: Allison Vulgamore is leaving her position as president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, but is she moving to Philadelphia?

-- Conference call: The NEA's Rocco Landesman discusses the recent demotion his communications director, Yosi Sergant.

-- Lingering controversy: A Brandeis University committee has recommended that the Rose Art Museum remain open after the college threatened to shut down the facility earlier this year.

-- Singing stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones is confirmed to co-star with Angela Lansbury in a Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music."

-- Home improvement: The California Shakespeare Theater is set to embark on a major renovation of its main amphitheater space.

-- Culture klatsch: Michelle Obama will lead other first ladies in an arts tour of Pittsburgh during the upcoming G-20 summit.

-- Bye bye baby: A minor media controversy arises around a cast change in the Las Vegas production of the musical "Jersey Boys."

-- Unlikely winner: Joss Whedon talks about his Emmy win for the Web series "Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog."

-- David Ng

Photo: Steven Spielberg. Credit: Associated Press