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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

February 20, 2009 |  9:18 am


-- 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."

Jane_fonda-- 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.

-- Maybe it's the subject matter: Malta won't see a production of Anthony Neilson's disturbing play "Stitching," but Los Angeles will.

-- 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