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Monster Mash: Guilty plea in gallery fraud case; 'Atonement' the opera; 'Glee' the musical?

March 19, 2010 |  8:58 am

Large_glee-review --Resolution: The former co-owner of a now-shuttered Manhattan gallery has pleaded guilty to stealing $120 million from investors and clients by selling art he did not own and luring victims into buying into fraudulent ownership interests. (Wall Street Journal)

--Stage-bound: British author Ian McEwan's celebrated war-and-remembrance novel, "Atonement" -- which inspired a 2007 film with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley -- will be made into an opera with music by composer Michael Berkeley and a libretto by poet Craig Raine. (BBC)

--High school musical: Music Theater International, which handles licensing for shows such as "Hairspray" and "Rent," reportedly is talking with the creators and producers of "Glee" about crafting a stage adaptation of the hit Fox series. (Variety)

--Funding cut: New York Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg is quietly ending a program that has provided nearly $200 million of his own money to the city's nonprofits, including hundreds of small arts and cultural groups. (New York Times)

--At an impasse: Attempts to renegotiate the contract for musicians in the recession-battered Detroit Symphony Orchestra have ended without a deal. (Detroit Free Press)

--Reprieve: After warning that they might need to close their show days after it opened earlier this month, the producers of "The Miracle Worker" have secured financing to allow the Broadway revival to run through mid-April -- with hopes of attracting spring vacationers. (New York Times)

--Flamboyant figure: H.M. (Harry) Koutoukas, a flamboyant pioneer of the off-off Broadway theater who once won an Obie Award for "Assaulting Established Tradition," has died at 72 in Manhattan. (Playbill)

And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Through the Night" at the Geffen Playhouse; the Laguna Playhouse is giving up its production facility to save money.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: The cast of "Glee." Credit: Fox