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Monster Mash: Blair Underwood finds Broadway berth

January 26, 2012 |  7:45 am

The new Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Blair Underwood, will open this season

Sooner rather than later: The new Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Blair Underwood, will open this season, filling the slot left by the musical "Rebecca," which has been postponed. (Chicago Tribune)

Dropoff: The Smithsonian reports that the number of visitors to its museums declined by 2% last year. (Washington Post)

Resignation: Principal dancer Sergei Polunin has abruptly quit his position at the Royal Ballet. (BBC News)

Resuscitated: Andrew Lloyd Webber is actively looking to bring "Love Never Dies" to Broadway. (Los Angeles Times)

Coveted: A painting by Frans Hals that was owned by Elizabeth Taylor has sold for $2.1 million. (Los Angeles Times)

Better late ... Abu Dhabi says that its satellite Louvre art gallery will open in 2015 and a Guggenheim museum in 2017, about three years later than expected. (Agence France-Presse)

Ominous note: The general manager of La Scala in Milan, Italy, said that a balanced budget will be difficult for 2012. (Associated Press)

Back in business: New York's South Street Seaport Museum will reopen Thursday after it closed due to financial hardship nearly a year ago. (WNYC)

Moving forward: The Philadelphia Orchestra, still in bankruptcy, has announced its 2012-13 season. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Severe: Proposed legislation in Virginia would deny active symphony orchestra performers unemployment benefits between orchestra seasons. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Apply within: The Art Institute of Chicago is looking to bring more docents on board. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Passing: Nicol Williamson, the British actor considered by many to be one of the foremost interpreters of "Hamlet," has died at 75. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: The Huntington has acquired a collection of telegrams from Abraham Lincoln and Union generals, plus code books.

-- David Ng

Photo: Blair Underwood. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times