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Monster Mash: 'Rent'-heads rejoice; music man Anthony Hopkins; Michael Maltzan's big moment

February 25, 2011 |  8:19 am

Forget the Great White Way
: Producers of “Rent” are taking their off-Broadway-to-Broadway musical  back off-Broadway for a revival. Follow that? (Playbill)

Hannibal Lecter would approve: Anthony Hopkins is a musician? Who knew? (Wales News)

In the spotlight: Michael Maltzan may finally have his breakthrough moment with the San Francisco State arts center. (Los Angeles Times)

Critics, take note: Why posts like this and this are important for audiences and for those who review shows. (Washington Post)

Such a deal: L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority buys Union Station in downtown Los Angeles for $75 million. (Los Angeles Times)

Do it for Don Draper: The L.A. Conservancy is urging people to have a drink at La Basque Villa in Vernon -- where “Mad Men” was shot -- then tell its owners to stop gutting the place. (Curbed LA)

May the force be with him: James Earl Jones goes from driving Miss Daisy to playing a former president for his next Broadway role in Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man.” (Playbill)

Told you art school would pay off: A retired animation artist sketches a con-artist couple who  confronted him in his home. (Los Angeles Times)

Check-up time:  A Riverside County Superior Court judge orders a medical evaluation of blues singer Etta James. (Los Angeles Times)

The price of waiting: The Santiago Calatrava-designed transit hub at the World Trade Center site now is expected to cost $3.44 billion. (New York Times)

“Cage” fright? Has Jeffrey Tambor lost his confidence on the Broadway stage? (New York Post)

Stamp(s) of approval: England honors British musicals on postage stamps. (BBC)

Friday fun: So you think you know art? Try this. (Sporcle)

And in the Los Angeles Times: Art critic Christopher Knight on the Smithsonian’s empty promise of a public forum to discuss art censorship issues and theater critic Charles McNulty reviews “In Mother Words” at the Geffen Playhouse.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: The Broadway cast of "Rent" in 1996. Credit: Joan Marcus