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Monster Mash: 'Spider-Man' creative team talks damage control; lost Da Vinci painting identified

June 29, 2011 |  7:50 am

Spiderman Rescue mission: Members of the new creative team behind "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" talk about how they salvaged the troubled Broadway musical. (Playbill)

Found: A lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in a private American collection and will be unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Gallery in London later this year. (ARTnews)

Coming soon: Roman Polanski's film adaptation of the play "God of Carnage" is set to open in the U.S. on Nov. 18. (Indiewire)

Broadway bound: Recent plays by David Henry Hwang, David Ives and Theresa Rebeck are headed to Broadway in the fall. (Chicago Tribune, Theatermania and New York Times)

Getting closer: The Barnes Foundation said it had surpassed the $200-million fundraising target for construction of its new facility in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

He dreamed a dream: Hugh Jackman confirms that he'll appear in the upcoming movie version of "Les Miserables." (Broadway World)

Big crowds: The British Museum is the most popular cultural attraction in the U.K. for the fourth year running. (The Guardian)

Commemoration: Stage director Rupert Goold is planning a new production that will explore the legacy of 9/11 on its 10th anniversary. (London Evening Standard)

Austerity: Canada's finance minister has warned arts and cultural groups not to rely on regular government funding. (CBC)

Imperiled? An anti-nuclear war sculpture in Santa Monica could be in danger of falling apart. (Los Angeles Times)

High culture: An anthropologist wants to know if William Shakespeare wrote under the influence of marijuana. (Live Science)

Passing: Robert Miller, an art dealer who was closely associated with Robert Mapplethorpe, has died at 72. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: A Catholic group is protesting a new production of "Jerry Springer: The Opera" in Orange County.

-- David Ng

Photo: The marquee for the Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn: Off the Dark" is seen outside the Foxwoods Theatre in New York. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press