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Monster Mash: Broad downtown museum plan gets mixed reviews; 'Chicago' film funding fight

April 30, 2010 |  7:53 am

Chicago --Split opinions: Some see a plan to build billionaire Eli Broad's art museum downtown -- with a $1-a-year lease -- as a great deal while others see it as a giveaway. (Los Angeles Times)

--Follow the money: The creators of the 1975 Broadway musical "Chicago" -- John Kander and the heirs of Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse -- are suing Miramax Film Corp. and Walt Disney Pictures in a fight over proceeds from the 2002 hit film version of the show.  (Los Angeles Times)

--Chicago bound: Michael Darling, a Seattle Art Museum curator and a former curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has been named chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. At MOCA, Darling coordinated the "Superflat" show in collaboration with artist Takashi Murakami that attracted nearly 100,000 visitors. (Wall Street Journal)

[Update: An earlier version of this item incorrectly said the show included a shop that sold Louis Vuitton purses with the artist's designs. This was a different MOCA Murakami show.]

--Georgia on his mind: Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who recently won acclaim in off-Broadway's "The Scottsboro Boys," will star in "Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Musical," which will open on Broadway in November. Dixon played Charles when an earlier version of the show debuted at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2007. (Playbill)

--Troubled times: Alan Fletcher, the beleaguered head of the Aspen Music Festival, has received a nonbinding no-confidence vote from a group of board members, artists and faculty members at the summer classical-music series and school. (Denver Post)

--New voyage: Thomas Keneally, the Australian author of the book that became the movie "Schindler's List," has created a musical with rocker-writer Larry Kirwan about four Irishwomen sentenced for petty crimes who are sent away to Australia. (Wall Street Journal)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews the Oakland Museum of California; J. Paul Getty Trust president James Woods makes a case for preserving the Getty's management structure;  Cal Arts uses star power to help raise the profile of its 20-year-old Community Arts Partnership program.

--Karen Wada

Photo: Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in the 2002 film version of "Chicago." Credit: David James, via AFP