Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Are they nuts?: In these economic times, Los Angeles Opera faces a $32-million price tag for its ambitious "Ring."
-- Here's a cash source: Placido Domingo wins the first $1-million Birgit Nilsson prize for "unrivalled contributions" to opera.
-- If you've gotta go...: A helpful tip for those planning to attend L.A. Opera's intermission-less "Das Rheingold."
-- Bad news on Broadway: Despite star power of Jane Fonda, "33 Variations" has a tough time finding backing. Neil LaBute's "Reasons to Be Pretty" also not yet capitalized.
-- Good news on Broadway: Will Ferrell's "You're Welcome America" recoups investment of $2.09 million.
-- Long-expected news on Broadway: Goodman Theater's revival of "Desire Under the Elms," with Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Pablo Schreiber, will transfer to Broadway in April.
-- Huh?: Orange County Performing Arts Center plans a "completely staged developmental production" of a "Broadway-hopeful" musical. Whew -- read here to find out what that means.
-- La Vie Boheme: Corona del Mar High School drama teacher decides to fight for his canceled student production of "Rent."
-- A loss for L.A.: Architectural photographer Marvin Rand dies at 84.
-- A high note: Classical music lovers pony up $1.24 million for their beloved KUSC-FM.
-- But what about his umbrella?: New York Philharmonic's concertmaster leaves his 1727 violin in a taxi.
-- How do you look in tights?: The "Spider-Man" musical is looking to cast Green Goblin and other roles.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo (top): Los Angeles Opera's "Das Rheingold." Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times
Photo (bottom): Jane Fonda, star of "33 Variations." Credit: Associated Press