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Monster Mash: 'Addams Family' trouble; 'Ragtime' to close on Broadway; Simon Cowell's present*

December 29, 2009 |  8:51 am


-- Rescue mission: The producers of the Broadway-bound "Addams Family" musical have hired Jerry Zaks to oversee revisions of the show, which opened in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

-- See you in court: The California Science Center faces a lawsuit over a documentary movie that disputes Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Flop sweat: The current Broadway revival of "Ragtime" is set to close Jan. 3 after failing to stir box-office interest. (Playbill)

-- Yuletide gift: TV personality Simon Cowell has received a Christmas present from British graffiti artist Banksy in the form of a new artwork. (Daily Mirror)

-- Cultural diplomacy: There's been an increase in cultural exchange between the U.S. and Cuba since President Obama took office. (The New York Times)

-- Ethical quandary: Questions have arisen around a job given to the wife of the president of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. (San Jose Mercury News)

-- Crowdsourced: A  theater company has produced a new version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" using people's hazy recollections of the play. (NPR)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Tyler Perry will bring his latest stage play to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood in January; costumes from the movie "Nine" and others go on display at the FIDM Museum.

-- David Ng

* A previous version of this post incorrectly referred to a theater company as being based in Oklahoma. The company is based in New York.

Photo: Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane in the current musical "The Addams Family." Credit: Chicago Tribune