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Monster Mash: Kim Cattrall taking 'Private Lives' to Toronto, then Broadway; 'Spider-Man' in jeopardy?

February 9, 2011 |  7:45 am

Cattrall Leading lady: Kim Cattrall will reprise her London role of Amanda in Noel Coward's "Private Lives" in Toronto in a September-October engagement that is being billed as "prior to Broadway." (Playbill)

Back to the stage: Robert Sean Leonard will star alongside the previously announced Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda in Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," opening April 24 on Broadway. (TheaterMania)

Rumor mill: The financial future of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" doesn't look good following a string of negative reviews. (New York Post)

Accusations: Sotheby’s has been implicated in a cover-up surrounding a damaged Robert Cecil painting. (The Telegraph)

No, thank you: The mayor of Detroit has nixed a proposal for a public statue of the movie character RoboCop. (Detroit News)

Audience favorite: Sanjaya Malakar is the latest "American Idol" alumnus in search of a New York theater career. He will join the off-Broadway family musical "Freckleface Strawberry," beginning Feb. 23. (

New face: The National Symphony Orchesta announced the appointment of Steven Reineke as new principal pops conductor. (Washington Post)

Passings: Maria Altmann, who fought to recover Gustav Klimt's gold portrait of her aunt, has died at age 94 in L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight on why the partnership between the Getty Museum and the L.A. County Museum of Art on the Robert Mapplethorpe project makes sense; a review of the  Mark Dresser Trio at REDCAT.

-- David Ng

Photo: Kim Cattrall. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press