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Monster Mash: Outer Critics Circle winners named; 'Glee' tour begins; 'Bombay Dreams' to hit big screen

May 17, 2010 |  8:10 am

Glee --Top winners: "Memphis," which got its start at the LaJolla Playhouse, and the revival of "La Cage aux Folles" have won four prizes each to lead the field at this year's Outer Critics Circle Awards, which honor excellence in the Broadway and off-Broadway theater. (Playbill)

--Gleeful Gleeks: The cast of TV's "Glee" launched a four-city national tour in Phoenix, revving up fans with a giddy mix of musical theater and pop-rock show. (Arizona Republic)

--Hooray for Bollywood: The rags-to-riches musical "Bombay Dreams," which opened in London in 2002 and on Broadway in 2004, is heading to the big screen. (Variety)

--Surreal notes: Sotheby's New York will auction more than 40 letters and postcards written by surrealist artist Rene Magritte. (BBC)

--Controversial move: A grass-roots artists group in Detroit has taken a cinder-block wall stenciled by tagger-provocateur Banksy and placed it on its gallery's grounds, igniting a debate about what graffiti art is and who actually owns it. (Detroit Free Press)

--Timely benefit: Tony winners and nominees including Scarlett Johansson, Angela Lansbury, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman have signed limited-edition Audemars Piguet watches that will go up for auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (Bloomberg)

--Cool prize: Italian film composer Ennio Morricone and Icelandic singer Bjork have won Sweden's Polar Music Prize, which typically is shared by a classical musician and a pop artist. (Associated Press)

--Here we go again: First, the Tonys withdrew "Ragtime's" nomination for costume design. Now Drama Desk Awards officials have taken away the Broadway revival's nods for costume design and orchestration, saying both too closely resemble work done for the original 1998 production. (TheaterMania)

--Circus act: Marcia Milgrom Dodge, a Tony nominee for the "Ragtime" revival, will direct the 141st edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Dodge currently is staging Reprise Theatre Company's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at UCLA. (Playbill)

And in the Los Angeles Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Palomino" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; music critic Mark Swed attends Jorge Mester's final concert after 25 years as music director of the Pasadena Symphony; Swed says L.A. Opera's "Ring" will offer the city the chance for a revealing encounter with composer Richard Wagner.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: From left, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Dijon Talton and Amber Riley open "Glee''s national stage tour in Phoenix. Credit: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press