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Monster Mash: V&A Museum's new wing; Kelsey Grammer confirmed for Broadway; Miami Art Museum's interim leader

December 1, 2009 |  8:49 am


-- New and expensive: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has unveiled a new multimillion-dollar wing devoted to medieval and Renaissance works. (The Guardian)

-- Break a leg: As predicted, Kelsey Grammer is confirmed to star in the Broadway revival of the musical "La Cage aux Folles," which opens in April. (Variety)

-- Filling in for now: The Miami Art Museum has named John Wetenhall as interim director as it looks for someone to replace Terence Riley. (Miami Herald)

-- Free moolah: The Metlife Foundation has announced grants totaling $1 million to 15 museums across the country, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Art Forum)

-- Not quite priceless: An early Ming Dynasty red-lacquer tray fetched approximately $3.3 million at a Christie's auction in Hong Kong. (Bloomberg)

-- Crisis averted: A stand-off between two off-Broadway productions vying for space at Soho Playhouse has been resolved. (New York Times)

-- Better late than never: The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra has reached an agreement with its musicians and will start its delayed 2009-10 season. (New Mexico Business Weekly)

-- Changing of the guard: John P. Connolly, the executive director of Actors' Equity Assn., has stepped down from his post. (Playbill)

-- Positive vibes: New York City Opera is benefiting from improved acoustics at its home in Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. (New York Times)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews L.A. Opera's production of "The Barber of Seville"; Leonard Slatkin cancels Disney Hall appearances; Jerry Zaks to direct new Randy Newman musical at Mark Taper Forum.

Photo: Workmen polish the cabinet containing a medieval tabernacle, dating from about 1180, in the new medieval and Renaissance galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Credit: Frantzesco Kangaris / AFP/Getty Images