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Monster Mash: NEA's Rocco Landesman discusses plans; 'Louis & Keely' aiming for Broadway; Gagosian sues over damaged art

August 26, 2009 |  8:38 am

Getprev-9  -- Looking ahead: Rocco Landesman, the new head of the NEA, talks about his plans for the coming years.

-- Thinking big: "Louis & Keely," currently at the Geffen Playouse, is planning a national tour with an eye toward Broadway in 2010.

-- Still a work in progress: The team behind the bilingual revival of "West Side Story" on Broadway has revised some of the songs from Spanish back to English.

-- Napalm not included: The Bayreuth Festival will release DVDs of its Wagnerian productions in partnership with London's Royal Opera House.

-- Creative lawsuit: The Gagosian Gallery is suing Lufthansa over a damaged painting by artist Brice Marden.

-- Out of the limelight: Actress Parker Posey has withdrawn from an off-Broadway play, citing a case of Lyme disease.

-- Renovations: Lincoln Center's famous fountain is getting a makeover, with choreographed waterworks.

-- Oldie but goodie: More details emerge about Pete Townshend's new musical "Floss."

-- Sour notes: In an effort to save money, the Minnesota orchestra is cutting back on guest-artist performances, including scheduled appearances by L.A. Opera music director James Conlon.

-- Travel plans: New York's American Ballet Theatre is heading to Beijing this fall for a series of performances.

-- Keeping busy: Here's what Jeff Daniels is doing during his summer break from Broadway's "God of Carnage."

-- Found: Iraqi authorities have recovered a painting by Picasso that was stolen from the Kuwaiti National Museum in 1990.

-- From Russia with love: A Moscow art dealer is suing a New York gallery over $3 million worth of paintings.

-- David Ng

Photo: Rocco Landesman. Credit: Michael Eastman