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Monster Mash: Joffrey Ballet dealing with labor standoff; opera canceled over gay references

July 5, 2011 |  7:50 am


Jeopardy: Chicago's famed Joffrey Ballet has cut the beginning of its 2011-12 season as a result of unresolved negotiations with the dancers union. (Chicago Tribune)

Controversial: An opera featuring primary-school performers has been canceled after the writer refused to remove references to a gay character's sexuality. (BBC News)

Nominated: Cate Blanchett and productions of "Mary Poppins" and "Love Never Dies" are among the nominees for Australia's Helpmann Awards, the country's equivalent of the Tonys. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Temporarily grounded: Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" experienced technical difficulties with flying scenes on Thursday, forcing the show to offer refunds. (Broadway World)

Mega-production: Choreographer Matthew Bourne will cast amateurs in his "Lord of the Flies" ballet scheduled for 2013. (The Stage UK)

Religious art: The story behind the numerous outdoor depictions of the Virgin of Guadalupe across L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

Big day approaching: The Barnes art collection is in its final days at its home in suburban Philadelphia before moving to the Center City area. (Reuters)

Kindred spirits: Andrew Lloyd Webber says he once considered casting Michael Jackson as the title character in a film version of his musical "The Phantom of the Opera." (Sydney Morning Herald)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews a revival of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal," starring Kristin Scott Thomas, in London.

-- David Ng

Photo: Members of the Joffrey Ballet performing in Los Angeles in 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times