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Monster Mash: Megan Mullally exits early; seeking answers for arts centers; good news for Polaroid buffs

March 25, 2010 |  8:54 am


--Packing up: "Will & Grace" star Megan Mullally has withdrawn from the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" at the Roundabout Theater Company, a development McNally calls "devastating." (Playbill)

--Searching for answers: The Los Angeles City Council is scrambling to find funding for the city's financially beleaguered network of neighborhood arts centers. (Los Angeles Times)

--Sharing the wealth: The Public Theater and Roundabout Theater Company in New York are changing their policies on subsidiary rights to give writers a larger portion of income from future productions. (New York Times)

--Instant gratification: Polaroid fans can breathe easier, thanks to the creation of PX 100 film, which can be used in old pop-up cameras and other models left stranded when production of Polaroid film ceased in 2008. (Wall Street Journal)  

--In safe hands: A painting by Swiss artist Paul Klee that was stolen from a New York gallery in 1989 was recovered after a suspicious Montreal gallery owner turned it over to authorities. (Associated Press)

--New job? Lorin Maazel, until last year principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic, may be heading to Germany to take over the Munich Philharmonic. (Suddeutsche Zeitung via BBC Music Magazine)

--Papal painting: German artist Michael Triegel, who has been commissioned to create the official portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, plans to reveal his early sketches in April and deliver the finished piece in September. (The Art Newspaper)

--Music man: Photographer Jim Marshall, who chronicled the history of rock -- from the Beatles to Ben Harper -- and captured such iconic moments as Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival, has died at 74 in New York. (Rolling Stone)

Also in the L.A. Times: The Museum of Contemporary Art adds four board members; the location of Eli Broad's proposed art museum apparently remains undecided; South African artist Robin Rhode creates works that are part street action, part theater, part visual event.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Megan Mullally has left the cast of "Lips Together, Teeth Apart." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press