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Monster Mash: New York's Whitney Biennial; 'Addams Family' problems; $85-million gift for Cincinnati arts

December 11, 2009 |  9:12 am

Lane -- Chosen few: The 2010 Whitney Biennial in New York has announced its lineup of artists -- and the list is noticeably shorter than in previous seasons. (Art Forum and The New York Times)

-- Get me re-write: The new musical "The Addams Family," now playing in Chicago and starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, is said to face a good deal of revisions prior to its Broadway opening in March. (New York Post)

-- Major donation: A philanthropist has announced a gift of $85 million for Cincinnati's performing arts organizations. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

-- Tough times: The Detroit Symphony is in rough financial waters as it faces a deficit of $3.8 million on a budget of $29 million. (Detroit Free Press)

-- Financial trouble: New York's American Folk Art Museum said it has stopped payment for bonds. (Bloomberg)

-- PR mess: The Broadway world is trying to figure out who will handle public relations for the Tony Awards following the dissolution of PMK / HBH. (Variety)

-- Taking it down an octave: Atlanta Opera is reducing its budget by 22% and reducing the number of productions for next fiscal year. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

-- Bizarre crime: The son of artist Frank Frazetta is accused of trying to steal $20 million worth of art from his father's museum. (BBC News)

-- Catchy tunes: The Broadway cast album of the musical "Memphis" hits stores today. (Playbill)

-- Passing: Actor Gene Barry, who received a Tony nomination for "La Cage aux Folles," has died at age 90. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Artist Glenn Ligon talks about his work that was chosen to hang in the White House; the New York City Ballet pulls double duty this holiday season; "Looped," starring Valerie Harper, is confirmed to open on Broadway in March.

-- David Ng

Photo: Nathan Lane, who is currently appearing in "The Addams Family." Credit: Evan Agostini / Getty Images