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Monster Mash: Broadway's 'Spider-Man' set to open; Billie Joe Armstrong in 'American Idiot' movie

June 14, 2011 |  7:15 am

Armstrong About time: After nearly seven months of previews, countless revisions and one high-profile dismissal, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is set to officially open Tuesday night at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York. (Playbill)

Defending Taymor: The cast and creative team of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" are rallying behind  ousted director Julie Taymor. (Associated Press)

U2's surprise: Bono and The Edge say they were wholly ill-prepared for putting Taymor's ambitious ideas onstage. (New York Times)

Punk power: Billie Joe Armstrong will play the role of St. Jimmy in the planned movie adaptation of the musical "American Idiot." (Hollywood Reporter)

Mamet speaks out: Playwright David Mamet tells the Financial Times he's crazy about Sarah Palin and that the British are inherently anti-Semitic. (Jerusalem Post)

What's star power got to do with it? Is Angela Bassett in talks to co-star with Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway production of "The Mountaintop"? (Indiewire)

Stepping down: Speight Jenkins, director of Seattle Opera since 1983, is planning to step down in September 2014. (Seattle Times)

The writing on the walls: Street artists in Kabul, Afghanistan are gaining notice. (The Guardian)

Show of support: A small group of artists held a "sing in" at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Friday in solidarity with detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Skeptical: Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra are questioning the numbers behind one of the documents the orchestra recently filed in federal bankruptcy court. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Empty-handed: Broadway's "The Scottsboro Boys" is the biggest Tony loser of all time, going 0 for 12 at Sunday's ceremony. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the 2011 Ojai Festival.

-- David Ng

Photo: Billie Joe Armstrong in an August concert at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times