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Monster Mash: Gustavo Dudamel thrills Hollywood Bowl; Tony Roberts falls ill; Annie Leibovitz's prize

October 5, 2009 |  8:46 am


-- Big welcome: Gustavo Dudamel made his debut Saturday as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new music director to a packed Hollywood Bowl crowd.

-- Brain trust: LACMA's Michael Govan has joined an advisory panel for the long-planned Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

-- Theater illness, part one: Actor Tony Roberts falls ill during a preview performance of "The Royal Family" on Broadway, forcing the cancellation of the matinee show.

-- Theater illness, part two: Actor Michael Gambon withdraws from Alan Bennett's play "The Habit of Art" at the National Theatre in London due to illness.

-- Packing her bags: Controversial artist Tracey Emin is threatening to leave Britain for France in protest over tax policies and the government's attitude toward the arts.

-- Hardly a drag: The stage adaptation of the 1994 movie "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" is scheduled to open on Broadway in the spring of 2011.

-- Fiscal hard place: The Port Huron Museum in Michigan is considering deaccessioning certain works to help remedy a budgetary shortfall.

-- Belated premiere: A long dormant play by the late filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder finally makes its debut in Germany.

-- Confession: A former Marine pleads guilty to the 2007 theft of works by Picasso and Chagall from galleries in Washington, D.C., and Palm Beach, Fla.

-- Consolation prize: Debt-ridden photographer Annie Leibovitz will receive an award from the Georgia O'Keefe Museum as part of its Women of Distinction series.

-- David Ng

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times