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Monster Mash: 'Red,' 'Memphis' win Tonys; Getty CEO James Wood mourned; new orchestra leader in Philly

June 14, 2010 |  8:27 am

Memphis

Tony winners: "Red," a drama about Mark Rothko; "Memphis," a musical inspired by an episode from the birth of rock 'n' roll; and "Fences," the August Wilson revival with Denzel Washington are big Tony winners as Hollywood stars prosper. (Los Angeles Times).

Museum leader mourned: James Wood, chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, is found dead at his home from natural causes. (Los Angeles Times)

Youth served: The Philadelphia Orchestra continues classical music's youth movement, picking 35-year-old Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its new music director, to succeed Charles Dutoit in 2012. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Another art-world death: German artist Sigmar Polke, who along with Gerhard Richter launched the Capitalist Realism painting movement in 1963 as a response to Pop Art, dies at 69. (Telegraph) (Los Angeles Times)

Pull the plug? Columnist Terry Teachout wonders whether the Pasadena Symphony and other embattled regional orchestras have outlived their purpose. (Wall Street Journal)

Banksy strikes again: The mysterious British graffiti artist has left a mural of a caged canary in a former Packard plant (Detroit Free Press)

Video-art invitational: The Guggenheim Foundation plans October video-art exhibitions at its museums, and YouTube is helping all comers to grab curators' attention. (New York Times).

Shakespeare re-imagined: Summer productions across the country try to put a twist on the Bard, including new music by L.A. rockers/Broadway composers Stew and Heidi Rodewald for an "Othello" in Greenwich, Conn. (Wall Street Journal).

And in the Los Angeles Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty gives the Tonys a big thumbs down, saying the results pay homage to commercialism and celebrity more than artistry; TV critic Robert Lloyd finds the Tonys broadcast "the most rewarding of the big awards shows"; the best and worst of the Tony Awards -- in photos. 

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: The cast of "Memphis" performs at the Tony Awards. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press


 
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