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Monster Mash: Sean Hayes to host Tony Awards; Paula Abdul's new dance show; more art heists

May 24, 2010 |  8:04 am

Sean Hayes -- Former "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes, who is currently appearing in "Promises, Promises" on Broadway, has been tapped as host of the 64th annual Tony Awards on June 13. (Tony Awards)

-- Medical complex: Richard Meier's architecture firm will design UCLA's Edie and Lew Wasserman Building, which will house the Jules Stein Eye Institute, as well as departments of the David Geffen School of Medicine. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Next job: Former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul will serve as lead judge and executive producer of a new CBS reality series, "Got to Dance."(Vulture)

-- Rhythm and blues: "Memphis," which originated at the La Jolla Playhouse, wins four prizes including best musical to lead the field at this year's Drama Desk Awards, which recognize achievement in New York theater. (Associated Press)

-- Home heists: Thieves grab five artworks, including a Picasso lithograph, from the residence of a private collector in Marseille, France. And a 24-year-old man is arrested in the theft of three works -- including a Banksy portrait with an estimated value of $115,000 -- from the London home of model Kate Moss. (Reuters and Daily Telegraph)
-- Supporting our troops: More than 600 museums across America, including many in Southern California, will offer free admission to active-duty military families this summer in a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Over the rainbow: Danielle Hope, an 18-year-old student, wins a BBC talent contest and the chance to play Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of "The Wizard of Oz." (Daily Telegraph)

-- New music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of "On a Wire," a concerto for sextet and orchestra by Jennifer Higdon, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner in music. The June performances will feature the ensemble eighth blackbird. (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)

Shipbottle -- Anchors aweigh: Artist Yinka Shonibare unveils a giant ship in a bottle -- a replica of Lord Nelson's HMS Victory in a 16-foot container -- near the admiral's statue in London's Trafalgar Square. (Guardian)

-- Paying tribute: The Los Angeles Times' Charles McNulty remembers fellow drama critic Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press.

-- No deal: Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians reject an interim agreement designed to keep the orchestra in business for the 2010-11 season. (Post and Courier)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Music critic Mark Swed goes to New York for the final concert of Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's national tour; architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reviews Renzo Piano's Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; a day in the hectic life of Los Angeles Opera music director James Conlon.

-- Karen Wada

Top photo: Sean Hayes. Credit: Richard Drew / AP

Bottom photo: Artist Yinka Shonibare created this giant ship-in-a-bottle replica of Lord Nelson's HMS Victory in London's Trafalgar Square. Credit: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images