Category: Monster Mash

Monster Mash: Dudamel to Carnegie Hall; Charlie Chaplin musical

January 27, 2012 |  7:45 am


New York, New York: Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simon Bolivar Symphony at Carnegie Hall next season. (New York Times)

Summer tradition: The Public Theater in New York said its two Central Park productions this year will be Shakespeare's "As You Like It," starring Lily Rabe, and a revival of the musical "Into the Woods." (Playbill)

Movie legend: The new musical "Becoming Chaplin" is expected to open on Broadway during the 2012-2013 season. (Theatermania)

Accused: A New York art dealer has been charged in a $4-million fraud for selling works by Picasso, Matisse and others without informing the owner or giving him the proceeds. (Associated Press)

Departure: The executive director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation will step down in 2013. (Wall Street Journal)

Taking action: The music director of the China Philharmonic recently fought back against a mugger while in New York. (New York Times)

Eastern flavor: The Houston Grand Opera has announced the lineup for its 2012-13 season. (Houston Chronicle)

Par avion: Camille Pissarro's painting "Le Marché aux Poissons" is finally heading home more than 30 years after it was stolen from a French museum. (CNN)

In no hurry: The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, has reported the theft of a painting by British artist Richard Parkes Bonington, 12 years after it went missing. (Telegraph)

Hanging in there: Museums in Chicago saw a slight increase in visitors in 2011, despite the sluggish economy. (Chicago Tribune)

Resignation: The chief executive of the Sydney Opera House is stepping down. (Australian)

Taste of evil: An upcoming exhibition at the New York Historical Society, featuring four centuries of sterling silver, will include two pieces of flatware that belonged to Adolf Hitler. (Associated Press)

Are you ready for some opera?: The Dallas Opera's production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" will be simulcast on giant screens at Cowboys Stadium this spring. (Houston Chronicle)

Libelous?: The owner of a Chicago violin shop is suing an online critic who is calling him a "rip-off artist." (Associated Press)

Passing: Eiko Ishioka, the celebrated Japanese graphic artist and designer for stage and film, has died at 73. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews the Broadway-bound "Clybourne Park" at the Mark Taper Forum.

-- David Ng

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel conducting the L.A. Philharmonic this month at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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

Monster Mash: Annie Leibovitz's new show; 'Superstar' kerfuffle

January 25, 2012 |  7:38 am

Annie Leibovitz's new show of landscapes and objects at the Smithsonian is a departure from her popular celebrity portraits.

'Christ' clash: Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber are publicly at odds over a new production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," which Webber plans to cast via a television contest. (Telegraph)

Interview: Annie Leibovitz's new show of landscapes and objects at the Smithsonian is a departure from her popular celebrity portraits. (Associated Press/Washington Post)

Sale of the ancients: Desperate for funds, Greece's Culture and Tourism Ministry announced new lower rates for permits to film at the Acropolis and other historical sites. (Bloomberg News)

For the record: The Atlantic Theater Co. is mounting the play "CQ/CX," which deals with former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, who was fired for filing false stories. (Playbill)

Tense talks: Union art handlers and the Whitney Museum are in protracted negotiations over a contract that expires Jan. 31 -- just before preparation for March’s Whitney Biennial kicks into high gear. (Art Info)

Silent ball: In celebration of the documentary "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," the performance artist hosted a Silence Is Golden fete at Sundance. (New York Magazine)

Noisy fest: London's Southbank Centre will host a yearlong music festival in 2013, inspired by critic Alex Ross' study of 20th century classical music, "The Rest is Noise." (Guardian)

Stage presence: Actor Helen Hunt and director David Cromer talk about their production of "Our Town," playing at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. (KCRW's Soundcloud)

Dominant company: Led by best director Mike Leigh ("Grief") and best actor Benedict Cumberbatch ("Frankenstein"), London's National Theatre won more than half of the 2011 Critics Circle Stage Awards. (Stage)

Lipstick on a corpse? New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to demolish the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, but architect Bruce S. Fowle is continuing with a $390-million renovation started six years ago. (New York Times)

Passing: Experimental filmmaker Robert Nelson dies at 81. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Charles McNulty reviews "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

-- Margaret Wappler

Photo: Photographer Annie Leibovitz leads a media tour of her exhibit, "Pilgrimage," at the Smithsonian. Credit: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press


Monster Mash: Ai Weiwei film opens; Julia Roberts in 'Normal Heart'

January 23, 2012 |  7:45 am


Eagerly awaited: The new documentary on artist Ai Weiwei premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. (Los Angeles Times)

Star power: Julia Roberts has signed on to appear in the movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart." Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo have also joined the cast. (Hollywood Reporter)

Stepping down: Cate Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, will conclude their run as the artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company at the end of the 2013 season. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Back home 1: New Zealand received 20 ancestral heads of Maori ethnic people once held in several French museums as a cultural curiosity. (Associated Press)

Back home 2: Italy has returned the head of a 2,000-year-old statue that was smuggled out of Libya in the 1960s. (Associated Press)

Coming soon: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, still reeling from last season's strike, has announced its 2012-13 season. (Detroit Free Press)

Artistic couple: Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds are expected to star in the movie "Big Eyes," a biopic of painters Margaret and Walter Keane. (Variety)

New leader: The Japanese American National Museum has appointed G.W. "Greg" Kimura as its new chief executive officer. (Los Angeles Times)

Expensive: A Stradivari cello has sold for more than $6 million. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the performance art programs of Pacific Standard Time; a review of Cirque du Soleil's "Ovo" at the Santa Monica Pier.

-- David Ng

Photo: Alison Klayman, center, director of the documentary "Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry,"  with the film's editor Jen Fineran, left, and composer Ilan Isakov at the premiere of the film at the Sundance Film Festival. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Monster Mash: Larry Gagosian sued; violinist on Costa Concordia

January 20, 2012 |  7:30 am


A Hungarian violinist who helped children into their life jackets aboard the Costa Concordia is the first identified victim of the cruise ship disaster


Lawsuit: Larry Gagosian is being sued for more than $14 million for allegedly selling two works of art that some claim he had no right to sell. (New York Post)

Tragedy: A Hungarian violinist who helped children into their life jackets aboard the Costa Concordia is the first identified victim of the cruise ship disaster. (Toronto Star)

Back to work: New York City Opera's orchestra union has ratified a new contract  that eliminates five months' guaranteed pay and cuts minimum annual earnings. (Wall Street Journal)

Like underwater basket-weaving: Theater is one of the most useless college majors, according to a new ranking. (Yahoo!)

Going abroad: Keenan Kampa, a member of the Boston Ballet, is joining the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia. (New York Times)

Losing its appeal?: Theater audiences in Britain have slumped by 9% in the last two years. (Telegraph)

Longer weeks: The Prado Museum in Madrid hopes its new schedule of opening seven days a week will bring in extra cash and help it survive a reduction in government funding. (Associated Press)

Family-friendly: "Peter and the Starcatcher," a prequel to "Peter Pan," will start performances on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March. (Playbill)

For real?: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to acquire O.J. Simpson's former home in Florida to turn into a "Meat is Murder" museum. (CNN)

Busted: Child pornography has been discovered in the home of an architecture professor who teaches at the Pratt Institute. (New York Post)

Appointment: The Minnesota Opera has named Michael Christie as its new music director. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Our Town," starring Helen Hunt, at the Broad Stage.

-- David Ng

Photo: The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies stricken off the shore of the Italian island of Giglio. Credit: Tullio M. Puglia / Getty Images

Monster Mash: Eli Broad museum opening delayed in Michigan

January 19, 2012 |  7:55 am


Setback: The opening of Eli Broad's new contemporary art museum at Michigan State University has been delayed. (Chicago Tribune)

Monumental gift: A billionaire is donating a $7.5-million matching gift needed to start repairing cracks near the top of the Washington Monument from last year's East Coast earthquake. (Associated Press)

Scot-free: The trial of American antiquities dealer Robert Hecht has ended in Rome with judges ruling that the statute of limitations on his alleged crimes had expired. (New York Times)

Controversial: The Natural History Museum in London is being accused of helping to break international law by leading a research project involving an Israeli cosmetics company based in the occupied West Bank. (Independent)

They dreamed a dream: Cast members from the 1985 London production of "Les Misérables" will continue to receive royalties from their original cast recording of the musical. (Stage)

Garage sale: Saab, the bankrupt Swedish carmaker, is selling off the contents of its museum in Trollhättan. (Fox News)

Courting the youth demographic: The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced details of its first major exhibit devoted to video games. (Associated Press)

Outspoken: David Hockney is criticizing the artistic establishment for ignoring figurative art. (BBC News)

Over the hump: The Broadway production of "The Mountaintop," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, has recouped its investment. (Broadway World)

Starting over: The planned museum dedicated to the history of slavery is taking steps to reorganize and begin fundraising again. A judge has granted it 30 days to come up with a plan. (Washington Post)

High concept: Artist Francesco Vezzoli is planning a 24-hour pop-up museum in Paris. (Art Info)

Greasy: A 1,000-pound butter sculpture will be used to power a farm for three days. (National Geographic)

Called off: Employees at La Comédie-Française in Paris have voted to return to work after threatening to  strike over a pay dispute. (Stage)

Also in the L.A. Times: L.A. Opera will adopt a dynamic ticket-pricing policy starting in the 2012-13 season.

-- David Ng

Photo: Eli Broad, standing with David Smith's "Cubi XXVIII". Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Monster Mash: Brian Stokes Mitchell on 'Glee'; a new Liz auction

January 18, 2012 |  8:36 am

Glee family
That explains it:
Tony award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell and film and television's Jeff Goldblum will appear on "Glee" as Rachel's gay dads. (Broadwayworld. com)

Sign of hope: The New York City Opera and its orchestra union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract, a step toward a new season. (New York Times)

Saved: The American Folk Art Museum is declared "reasonably secure," with more than $3.5 million in contributions and pledges since it sold its main building to the Museum of Modern Art last year. (Bloomberg News)

For sale: Elizabeth Taylor's collection of paintings and drawings by British modernist Augustus John will be sold at a Christie's auction in February. (The Telegraph)

Encyclopedia black: Wikipedia and other popular websites will black out their services Wednesday to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. (Los Angeles Times)

Circling for a space: Big-name architects are taking on the most basic of urban structures: parking garages. (Wall Street Journal)

Asian power: Chinese artist Zhang Daqian surpasses former champion Picasso as top auction earner, with $506.7 million from auctions in 2011 alone. (Huffington Post)

Early music boon: The Juilliard School announces a $20-million gift to endow its graduate-level program in historical performance. (New York Times)

Spy zone: The heart of the former East German police state -- the office of Stasi chief Erich Mielke -- has been restored as a museum, "Haus 1," open now in Berlin. (BBC News)

Generous: "Phantom of the Opera" will celebrate its 10,000th performance on Broadway with a benefit for the Actors Fund on Feb. 11. (Theater Mania)

Tribute: Writer Jake Gorst reflects on contributions from his grandfather, architect Andrew Geller, to mid-century design. (The Architect's Newspaper)

Passing: Gustav Leonhardt, master harpsichordist, dies at 83. (New York Times)

Also in the LA Times: Jori Finkel previews the PST Performance Art Festival; David Ng follows the 'Spider-Man' vs. Julie Taymor scuffle; more casting news for the L.A. staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play, "8."

-- Margaret Wappler

Photos, from left: Jeff Goldblum (Credit: AFP/Getty Images); Lea Michele (Adam Rose / Fox); Brian Stokes Mitchell (handout).

Monster Mash: Changes to Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

January 16, 2012 |  7:46 am

A controversial quote inscribed in the granite of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall is to be corrected

Changing: A controversial quote inscribed in the granite of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall is to be corrected. (CNN)

Honored: The Gehry residence in Santa Monica has won an award from the American Institute for Architects. (Art Info)

For the family: Julie Andrews will direct "The Great American Mousical," a new musical based on a children's book she penned. (New York Times)

Legal mess: A part-time art dealer who unwittingly bought fake Damien Hirst prints has gotten into trouble for doctoring appraisals as he resold them. (Associated Press)

Struggling: A $10-million dance/dinner theater that opened last year in Anaheim is facing financial difficulties. (Orange County Register)

Money trouble: The planned museum dedicated to the history of slavery is disputing a claim by the city of Fredericksburg, Va., that the museum failed to account for $1.6 million in funds. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Shuttered: The film stills archive of the Museum of Modern Art in New York remains closed. (Time)

Multiple charges: Ronald Coles, formerly one of Australia's leading art dealers, faces up to 10 years in jail after being charged with 87 offenses. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Topdog/Underdog" at South Coast Repertory, and music critic Mark Swed reviews the first concert of the L.A. Philharmonic's Mahler Project.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Credit: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Monster Mash: Alan Rickman's Broadway play moving to West End?

January 13, 2012 |  8:19 am


Alan Rickman is said to be in talks to bring Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar" to London's West End

Alan Rickman is said to be in talks to bring Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar" to London's West End. The play is currently running on Broadway. (Daily Mail)

Abrupt departure: The New England Conservatory said the director and conductor of its Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is leaving effective immediately. The abrupt departure comes after the discovery that a sex offender was hired as a videographer to record student performances during the last 10 years. (Associated Press)

Historic site: Officials in Belgium are attempting to save and restore a house where Vincent Van Gogh once resided. (The Art Newspaper)

Scandalous: Eric Nederlander, a member of the famous Broadway family, was arrested Thursday and accused of letting himself into his girlfriend's apartment, pulling her hair and berating her. (New York Daily News)

Moneybags: Steve Cohen, the billionaire financier and art collector, is joining the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art. (Los Angeles Times)

It's official: The Broadway production of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," starring Harry Connick Jr., has posted a closing date of Jan. 29. (Playbill)

Masterpiece: A work by Gerhard Richter, once believed to belong to collector Bernard Arnault, is being donated to the Israel Museum by its true owner, Lily Safra. (New York Times)

Public art: Keith Haring's last surviving large-scale mural in Australia is the subject of a proposed conservation project. (The Art Newspaper)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Red Hot Patriot," starring Kathleen Turner, at the Geffen Playhouse, and film critic Kenneth Turan reviews the 3-D movie "Pina."

-- David Ng

Photo: Alan Rickman. Credit: Jennifer Altman / For The Times

Monster Mash: Eisenhower family wants overhaul of Gehry memorial

January 12, 2012 |  7:52 am

he family of Dwight D. Eisenhower wants to overhaul the layout of the former president's planned memorial, which was designed by Frank Gehry

Drama continues: The family of Dwight D. Eisenhower wants to overhaul the layout of the former president's planned memorial, which was designed by Frank Gehry. (Associated Press)

Expanding: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is planning a new museum in Helsinki, Finland. (Agence France-Presse)

Genius: A letter written by Ludwig van Beethoven has surfaced in Germany. (BBC News)

Disruptive: A ringing cellphone halted a recent performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony by the New York Philharmonic. (Baltimore Sun)

Rumor has it: Broadway's "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," which received scathing reviews, could close on Feb. 19. (New York Post)

Apply within: Carnegie Hall is launching a new national youth orchestra. (Wall Street Journal)

Coming soon?: Broadway producers of the musical "Leap of Faith" are eyeing a possible spring opening. (New York Times)

Keeping count: Attendance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York dropped 11% last season, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art saw an increase in visitors. (Bloomberg)

Holy look-see: The Vatican Museums saw more than 5 million visitors in 2011. (Catholic News Agency)

Donation: Philanthropist Dame Jillian Sackler is giving $5 million to the Smithsonian's Asian art museum, which bears her late husband's name. The gallery will host Ai Weiwei's "Fragments," a large-scale sculptural work. (Associated Press and Washington Post)

Strange timing: The Charles Dickens Museum in London is defending its decision to close for a revamp during the 200th anniversary year of the author's birth. (BBC News)

Passing: Photographer Jan Groover, who specialized in still lifes, has died at 68. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A Times: The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood could be losing its most famous tenant -- the annual Academy Awards ceremony.

-- David Ng

Photo: Frank Gehry at a 2011 discussion for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Credit: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press


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