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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

March 9, 2009 |  8:22 am

Black_watch--And the winner is: "Black Watch," "God of Carnage," "Jersey Boys" and "La Cage Aux Folles" are among the shows honored with 2009 Olivier Awards.

--Hitting a low note: Opera companies are especially hard hit during the economic recession.

--Cue 'Unchained Melody': The musical version of the 1990 film "Ghost," with music and lyrics by former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart, is planned for London in 2010.

--Better late than never: Dutch police recover paintings by Pissaro and Renoir 22 years after they were stolen.

--Case closed: No retrial is planned for the artist whose inflatable artwork killed two people and injured 27.

--Case not yet closed: The German government will appeal a ruling on the return of posters seized by the Nazis.

--Whoops: The stunt bidder who won disputed Chinese bronzes at auction thwarted another who had planned to return the items to China.

--Secrets of the Bard: A newly discovered portrait of Shakespeare? And ... the remains of what may have been the playwright's "lost" theater are uncovered.

--Drama over comedy: A writer has claimed that Alan Ackybourn stole his play.

--Love for Leonardo: Museums nationwide get in Da Vinci mode.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: A scene from the touring production of the National Theatre of Scotland's "Black Watch."  Credit: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles TImes