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Monster Mash: Paula Wagner eyes 'Saigon'; Guggenheim's birthday; is 'Shrek' a turkey?

October 21, 2009 |  8:42 am

Wagner  -- Stage to screen: Film producer Paula Wagner (pictured) is planning a film adaptation of the musical "Miss Saigon." (Variety)

-- Birthday bash: New York's Guggenheim Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary today by offering free admission to all. (Newsday)

-- Turkey tuner: Rumor has it that Broadway's "Shrek the Musical" is losing money and may close at the end of the year. (New York Post)

-- Downbeat: The New Jersey Symphony has named Jacques Lacombe as its new music director. (Newark Star-Ledger)

-- Box-office hit: Cirque du Soleil says it has sold 80,000 tickets for its debut Russia tour. (Agence France Presse)

-- Windfall: The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento has received a gift of nearly 400 works of California abstract expressionist art. (Art Info)

-- My fellow Americans: A one-man stage play about the life of Ronald Reagan is in the works, with David Rambo set to write the script. (Variety)

-- Theater history: The Indiana high school stage where James Dean began his acting career is up for sale. (Associated Press)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The L.A. City Council will decide today whether to nominate the Century Plaza Hotel for status as a historic cultural monument. (Los Angeles Times)

-- David Ng

Photo: Producer Paula Wagner. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press