Monster Mash: National tour planned for gay-marriage play '8'
Hitting the road: The American Foundation for Equal Rights is co-sponsoring dozens of productions across the country of Dustin Lance Black's play "8,"which deals with the court battle over Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California. (Associated Press)
The Bard banned: Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is among the books barred in Tucson schools as Arizona lawmakers purge ethnic studies. (Salon)
A date with Tony: The 66th Tony Awards are set for June 10, returning for a second year to the Beacon Theatre, after many years at Radio City Music Hall. (The American Theatre Wing)
Ladies man: "The O.C." alum Adam Brody lands the lead in the film adaptation of Neil LaBute's "Some Girls." (Variety)
Wanted: audiences: A new musical based on Craigslist ads is scheduled to open at Vancouver's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. (Ad Week)
New gig: Jaap van Zweden, who is in his fourth season as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed to a new role, music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. (Dallas Morning News)
The music stops: An examination of what was behind the demise of Opera Boston. (Boston Globe)
Crumbling theater: A woman's mission is to save Brooklyn's 32-year-old Paul Robeson Theater. (New York Daily News)
Banana split: The Velvet Underground is suing the Andy Warhol Foundation for allegedly licensing the famous fruit on the rock band's 1967 album cover (Bloomberg)
Also in the L.A. Times: Margaret Gray reviews the TV-turned-stage show "MythBusters: Behind the Myths," and British comic Stephen Merchant, co-creator of "The Office" and “Extras,” returns to stand-up.
-- Jamie Wetherbe
Photo: Lawyer Ted Olson, played by Gavin Creel, questions plaintiff Kris Perry, portrayed by Celia Keenan-Bolger, in a scene from the New York performance of "8." Credit: American Foundation for Equal Rights