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Monster Mash: 'Thriller' dance event; Andrew Lloyd Webber fighting cancer; London theater ready for download

October 26, 2009 |  9:06 am


--Honoring the king of pop: An estimated 20,000 people worldwide engaged in a global "Thriller" dance event over the weekend. (CBC)

--Down but not out: Andrew Lloyd Webber is diagnosed with prostate cancer but vows to return to work as soon as possible. (Telegraph)

--Deeper: Placido Domingo makes his big switch to a baritone in a production of "Simon Boccanegra." (Guardian)

--Innovation: A new company is making digital video of theater productions from major British companies available for pay download via the Internet. (Variety)

--Judicial extras: Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia play nonspeaking roles in the Washington National Opera's production of "Ariadne auf Naxos." (Associated Press)

--Ringtone symphony: A musician and his team have programmed 1,000 cellphones to create the sound of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. (Toronto Star)

--Translation: Christopher Hampton is working on an English-language adaptation of the stage musical "Rebecca," based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, which will be directed by Francesca Zambello. (Variety)

--Cosmopolitan: Four former writers of HBO's "Sex and the City" are working on a theater project. (New York Times)

--Gloves, etc.: An exhibition of 250 items from Michael Jackson's personal estate will go on display this week at London's O2 Bubble arena. (Associated Press)

--Homicide: Police are investigating the slaying of an executive director of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Texas. (Brownsville Herald)

--And in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight discusses the latest Shepard Fairey controversy. (Los Angeles Times)

Photo: People dressed as zombies get ready to dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as part of a global celebration over the weekend in Astoria Park in New York. Credit: Stan Honda / AFP/Getty Images