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Monster Mash: 'Ray Charles' to Broadway; in search of Caravaggio; finally, some good news for Liverpool

March 12, 2010 |  9:15 am

Ray  -- Showtime: The musical "Ray Charles Live!," which first appeared at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2007, will open on Broadway in November with a new title, "Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Musical," a book by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks and Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the financially troubled playhouse, at the helm. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Super sleuthing: Scientists hope to use DNA technology to solve one of the art world's great mysteries: what happened to the tempestuous and talented Italian painter known as Caravaggio, who disappeared 400 years ago. (Independent)

-- Reaping the benefits: During Liverpool's 2008 reign as a European Union Capital of Culture, the city reportedly attracted a record number of visitors, saw a boost in the local economy and, for the first time in years, received more positive than negative media coverage. (Guardian)

-- Changes afoot: Director Francesca Zambello, known for her work in musicals and at many of the world's major opera houses, has been named general and artistic manager of Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y. -- amid reports that "a major overhaul" will follow. (Wall Street Journal)

-- Stepping down: Dutch conductor Edo de Waart will leave his post as artistic director and chief conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra after the 2011-20012 season. (Arts Journal)

Also in the L.A. Times: The auction of artwork owned by the late author Michael Crichton has a back story worthy of a novel; music critic Mark Swed on the Southwest Chamber Music ensemble's historic visit to Hanoi.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Yvette Cason and Jeremiah Whitfield-Pearson, foreground, and Brandon Victor Dixon in a scene from "Ray Charles Live!" at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2007. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times