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Monster Mash: Outer Critics Circle nominees named; Guggenheim's big payout; an all-star Kennedy tribute

April 27, 2010 |  8:10 am

Memphis --Prize time: The musical "Memphis," which had its start at the LaJolla Playhouse, and a revival of the '20s comedy "The Royal Family" each received seven nominations to lead the field for the 60th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, which honor achievement in the Broadway and off-Broadway theater. (Playbill)

--Big payout:  During 2009, when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation cut 8% of its New York museum's full-time staff, the foundation paid out the relatively large balance of $2 million in severance, bonus and retirement payments to its former director, Thomas Krens. (Wall Street Journal)

--Star-studded salute: Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris will narrate the Boston Pops' "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers" in May at Symphony Hall, while Alec Baldwin will do the honors in July at Tanglewood. (Boston Globe)

--Return engagement: Eighty-two-year-old Tom Jones, who starred in "The Fantasticks" as well as wrote its lyrics and book, is reprising his original role in a revival of the show to mark the landmark off-Broadway musical's 50th anniversary. (New York Times)

--Outside the box: Five finalists -- including a "satellite symphony" delivered through an iPhone app -- are competing for Britain's 2010 New Music Award, which recognizes innovative projects by music and sound artists. (Gramophone)

--Rising stars: Operalia, Plácido Domingo's annual competition for young singers, is underway on one of the world's most storied stages, Milan's La Scala. (Los Angeles Times)

--New market: A Saudi art patron who owns one of the biggest collections of modern Egyptian works plans to auction 25 pieces in the first large-scale sale of its kind. (Bloomberg)

--Final farewell: Members of the art world gathered in New York to remember Jeanne-Claude, who collaborated with her husband, Christo, to create monumental public art projects such as "The Gates" in Central Park. (Associated Press)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" at the Mark Taper Forum and "Fences" at the Cort Theatre on Broadway; the financially troubled Pasadena Playhouse, dark since February, will host several performing arts events in coming weeks, but officials shed little light on its timetable for recovery.

--Karen Wada

Photo: Montego Glover, left, and Chad Kimball in a scene from the musical "Memphis." Credit: Joan Marcus