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Monster Mash: Operalia winners named; O'Neill Center to get a Tony; 'Little Miss Sunshine,' the musical

May 3, 2010 |  8:13 am

Sunshine-2 --High notes: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva and Romanian tenor Stefan Pop have taken the top prizes in Plácido Domingo's Operalia competition for young singers, which this year was held at Milan's storied La Scala. (Associated Press)

--Play-maker: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., a leading developer of new works, will receive the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award. (Hartford Courant)

--And the winner is: "The Scottsboro Boys" was named outstanding musical and "The Orphans' Home Cycle" outstanding play at off-Broadway's 25th annual Lucille Lortel Awards ceremony. (Playbill)

--Family fun: "Little Miss Sunshine," William Finn's and James Lapine's musical based on the offbeat Oscar-winning film, will receive its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse. (Los Angeles Times)

--Big money: The world's leading auction houses are kicking off two weeks of major art sales that will offer at least 10 works that carry price tags of $10 million or more. (Wall Street Journal)

--On a roll: The Metropolitan Opera has sold a record 2.2 million tickets for its nine high-definition telecasts to theaters this season. (Associated Press)

--Looking ahead: As it celebrates the beginning of its 125th season, the Boston Pops is seeking ways to address declining ticket sales, diminishing television exposure and the challenges of a rocky economy. (Boston Globe)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Redesigns at LACMA and the Getty seek to make the permanent collections more viewer-friendly; newly named artistic director Robert Battle discusses his plans for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; theater critic Charles McNulty talks with author Armistead Maupin and actress Olympia Dukakis about Maupin's "Tales of the City," which is being made into a musical; at 80, choreographer Paul Taylor continues to surprise.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: From left, Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear in the 2006 film "Little Miss Sunshine." Credit: Eric Lee / Fox Searchlight Pictures