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Monster Mash: Hollywood stars and a surprise at the Oliviers; Fox says no 'Glee' musical; @ the museum

March 22, 2010 |  9:20 am

Olivier -- Toast of London: American playwright Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop" was the unexpected winner of the new drama prize at this year's Olivier Awards -- the British equivalent of Broadway's Tonys -- with other honors going to the musical "Spring Awakening" and actors Rachel Weisz, Mark Rylance and Maggie Smith among others. (Los Angeles Times)

-- No plans:  A spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television has denied reports Fox was talking with licensing company Music Theatre International about the possibility of creating a stage version of its hit series "Glee." (Variety)

-- Afternoon out: While her husband stayed in Washington to battle for healthcare reform, First Lady Michelle Obama  and her daughters Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11, were able to catch a matinee of the musical "Memphis" at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. (New York Daily News)

-- The maestro: German-born Michael Gielen has won the 2010 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize -- an award that is known as "the Nobel Prize for Music"-- for being “one of the few conductors who have not only served, but helped to form and change musical culture.” (Gramophone)

-- A milestone: The Vienna Philharmonic has made permanent the appointment of its first female concertmaster, Albena Danailova, who had been acting concertmaster since September 2008. (Associated Press)

-- Character counts: The computer keyboard symbol @ -- a once-obscure mark now essential to typing any e-mail address -- has been admitted into the architecture and design collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. (New York Times)

-- Unaccounted for: The Tel Aviv Museum of Art may have misplaced more than 600 works from its permanent collection, according to a municipal comptroller's report that also says the Israeli museum uses outdated techniques to monitor its holdings. (Haaretz)

-- End of an era: Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and for nearly six decades director of the Bayreuth opera festival dedicated to his grandfather's works -- has died at 90. (Associated Press)

-- Voice of the Bowl: Mark Ferber, longtime Hollywood Bowl production supervisor, special events manager and announcer, has died at 60 in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Dissecting the $32-million price tag attached to L.A. Opera's Ring cycle; architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on questions posed when an architect designs a building to represent his home country abroad; the Getty Villa expands its reach with"The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire."

-- Karen Wada

Above: Rachel Weisz received an Olivier for her performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at this year's award ceremony in London. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

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