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Monster Mash: State comes down on MOCA; Jeffrey Deitch's debut show; 'Glee's' Jonathan Groff heading to West End

April 16, 2010 |  8:19 am

Groff --Corrective measures: The California attorney general's office determined the Museum of Contemporary Art skirted state law for years en route to its 2008 financial crisis, and has ordered MOCA to hire a consultant to help improve its financial management. Board members also will be required to receive special training in their fiduciary duties, (Los Angeles Times).

--Opening act: For his first exhibition at MOCA,  incoming director Jeffrey Deitch will present a survey of works by actor and artist Dennis Hopper, curated by painter and director Julian Schnabel. (Los Angeles Times)

--Bound for London: New "Glee" heartthrob Jonathan Groff, a Tony Award nominee for "Spring Awakening,"  reportedly will appear with Olivier Award-winning actor Simon Russell Beale in a West End revival of Ira Levin's comic thriller, "Deathtrap," this summer. (Daily Mail)

--Bound for New York: Daniel Radcliffe of "Harry Potter" fame will make his Broadway musical debut next spring as aspiring executive J. Pierrepont Finch in a revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." (Los Angeles Times)
--High note: Tenor James Valenti, who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Verdi's "La Traviata" in March, has won the 2010 Richard Tucker Award, which is given to an American opera singer considered to be on the verge of a major international career. (Associated Press)

--Calling it quits: Beverly Hills has dropped its bid to host Eli Broad's art museum, which leaves Santa Monica and downtown's Grand Avenue in the running. (Los Angeles Times)

--Still ailing: Conductor Seiji Ozawa, who is recovering from esophageal cancer, has withdrawn from two concerts with his former band, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at Tanglewood this summer. (Boston Globe)

--Rising star: Kara Lee Corthron has won the third annual Paula Vogel Playwriting Award for emerging writers. Past winners include Rajiv Joseph, whose "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," a finalist for this year's Pulitzer drama prize, will open at the Mark Taper Forum on April 25. (Playbill)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall; film critic Kenneth Turan reviews British guerrilla artist Banksy's "Exit Through the Gift Shop;" L.A.'s Ring Festival officially begins.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Jonathan Groff. Credit: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images