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Monster Mash: Getty Trust chooses James Cuno as president; 'Book of Mormon' collects critics awards; Oprah to Broadway?

May 10, 2011 |  7:51 am


New leader: James Cuno, director of the Art Institute of Chicago since 2004, has been named the new president and chief executive of the Getty Trust. (Los Angeles Times)

Honored: The New York Drama Critics Circle has bestowed its top awards to the plays "Good People" and "Jerusalem" as well as the musical "The Book of Mormon." (Playbill)

Gearing up: "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is getting ready to resume preview performances on Thursday. (New York Times)

Oprah on Broadway? The talk show host is moving quickly to turn her dream of appearing on Broadway into reality. (Chicago Tribune)

Expect the unexpected: Filmmaker Terry Gilliam has unveiled his new production of the opera "The Damnation of Faust" at the English National Opera. (The Independent)

About face: City University of New York has reversed its decision to withdraw an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner based on his comments about Israel. (New York Times)

Looking ahead: The Philadelphia Orchestra is keeping money from ticket sales for next season's concerts in escrow in case the bankrupt symphony must cancel performances. (Bloomberg)

Acquisition: The Swiss company that runs Art Basel is taking a 60% stake in the company that controls the Hong Kong International Art Fair. (Bloomberg)

Disappointing: Sotheby's reports that first-quarter profits rose 17%, falling short of analysts' expectations. (Reuters)

Major gift: Lockheed Martin plans to donate $10 million over the next 10 years for a planned new building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Dayton Daily News)

Uncertain future: The Sacramento Opera has three days to raise the money needed to proceed with the forthcoming season. (Sacramento Press)

Remembrance: A tribute to the late playwright Lanford Wilson will take place May 16 in New York with William Hurt, Jeff Daniels, Judith Ivey, Swoosie Kurtz and more. (Theatermania)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" at Second Stage Theatre in New York.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Getty Center. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times