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Monster Mash: Broadway's 'Sister Act' gets a script doctor; Sotheby's reports strong earnings, HuffPo strike

March 1, 2011 |  7:37 am

Sister-act-musical Script doctor: Producers of the Broadway-bound "Sister Act" have hired playwright Douglas Carter Beane ("Xanadu") to rework the book for the musical. (Broadway World)

Profits: Sotheby's auction house reported fourth-quarter earnings that rose 31%, beating analysts' estimates. (The Wall Street Journal)

Overseas: The Broadway musical "Fela!" that tells the life story of late Nigerian afrobeat musician Fela Kuti will be staged in his home country in April. (Agence France-Presse)

Court order: A Montana truck driver who destroyed a lithograph that supposedly depicted Jesus Christ in a sex act must pay about $3,000 in restitution. (Denver Post)

Speaking out: Arts writers have declared a "strike" against the Huffington Post, demanding to be paid for the work they contribute to the site. (Los Angeles Times)

Back in the playhouse: "The Pee-wee Herman Show" on Broadway, which was taped live at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre New York in January, will air March 19 on HBO. (Playbill)

Wealthy: Billionaire Carlos Slim provided a sneak peek of his new Soumaya Museum in Mexico City. (Bloomberg)

Explicit: A painting of a large penis on a bridge in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has been dropped from the shortlist for an art prize. (Reuters)

Major gift: The Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Texas has announced a $10-million challange grant from an anonymous donor. (Dallas Art News)

Honored: The nominations have been unveiled for the Helen Hayes Awards, the annual honors for Washington-area theater. (Washington Post)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: the 2011-12 season at the Pantages Theatre will include "Billy Elliot," "Memphis," "La Cage aux Folles"; music critic Mark Swed reviews the Vienna Philharmonic in Berkeley.

-- David Ng

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