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Monster Mash: It might be Shakespeare; Oz's next Dorothy; campaigning for Carol Channing

March 16, 2010 |  8:53 am

Andrew --Vote of confidence: Dismissed or disregarded for nearly three centuries, "Double Falsehood; or, the Distrest Lovers" is being published in the Arden Shakespeare series of scholarly editions, lending support to claims it is a lost original work by William Shakespeare. (Times of London)

--Over the rainbow: English musical-maker Andrew Lloyd Webber and Irish comedian Graham Norton will return to the BBC for another TV talent search, this time in pursuit of a young actress and dog to play Dorothy and Toto in a West End production of "The Wizard of Oz." (Daily Telegraph)

--Drumming up support: Lily Tomlin, Lucie Arnaz, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune are among the stars trying to persuade the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to include wide-eyed, raspy-voiced actress Carol Channing in its list of recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. (Playbill)

--Blood money: Just in time for the Ides of March, a rare gold coin that celebrates the assassination of Julius Caesar will go on display at the British Museum. (Guardian)

--Digital dilemma: To the chagrin of librarians and archivists, authors' computer manuscripts and other electronically-created materials are proving unexpectedly tricky to preserve. (New York Times)

--Chronicling history: Photographer Charles Moore, whose searing coverage of the civil rights movement for Life magazine helped change public opinion, has died at 79 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Washington Post)

And in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Millard Sheets: The Early Years 1926-1944" at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; NEA chairman Rocco Landesman visits skid row; artist Ai Weiwei makes a rare U.S. appearance to talk about digital activism in China.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Andrew Lloyd Webber will help lead a TV talent hunt looking for an actress to play Dorothy in a West End "Wizard of Oz." Credit: Sang Tan / Associated Press