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Monster Mash: Breaking arts news and headlines

October 22, 2008 |  9:28 am

Gettybronze • The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired two bronze casts for an undisclosed sum after the British Cultural Ministry's effort to keep the artworks in England failed to raise the officially recommended price of about $10 million.

• Tony-winner Richard Greenberg will premiere his latest play, "Our Mother's Brief Affair," at South Coast Repertory.  The SCR-commissioned drama will debut at the Pacific Playwrights Festival, scheduled to begin in April 2009.

• USC's Thornton School of Music will allow students to major in pop music, breaking a long-standing tradition requiring students to dedicate themselves either to classical music or jazz.

• The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery in London are looking to raise about $165 million to buy two works by Titian before their owner puts them up for sale.

• A judge has ruled that the Kansas City Symphony cannot sue the state of Missouri to demand funding. The orchestra's lawsuit claimed that lawmakers have shortchanged the Missouri Arts Council Trust Fund.

• The cast album of "13, A New Musical" will reach stores Nov. 25. The musical opened on Broadway Oct. 5 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. "13" had its world premiere at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum in 2007.

• Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher ("South Pacific") has been named resident director of the Lincoln Center Theater. Sher will keep his position as the artistic director of the Intiman Theater in Seattle while directing one production per year at Lincoln Center.

— David Ng

Photo: Detail of "Venus de' Medici" made in 1724 by Florentine sculptor Pietro Cipriani.

Photo credit: J. Paul Getty Museum