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Monster Mash: Green Day's surprise ending; new song by Stephen Sondheim; Chris Noth to Broadway

April 23, 2010 |  8:18 am

Noth-1 --Bonus tracks: After "American Idiot's" last curtain call Thursday, the punk band Green Day -- whose 2004 album inspired the new Broadway show -- took the stage and treated the audience to a few songs. (New York)

--Special delivery: Broadway's first new Stephen Sondheim song in nearly six years -- a self-deprecating tune called "God" -- shows up in "Sondheim on Sondheim," the Roundabout Theatre Company's new musical at Studio 54. (Playbill)

--Broadway bound: Actor Chris Noth of "The Good Wife" and "Sex and the City" says he's heading to Broadway in a revival of "Born Yesterday" with British actress Hayley Atwell. (Showbiz 411)

--Free to go: In a Scottish court, five men have been cleared of charges they tried to extort $6.5 million for the return of a stolen painting by Leonardo da Vinci. (Times of London)

---Grand reopening: The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has completed a three-year expansion that includes a light and airy 127,000-square-foot showcase for its new Rodin sculptures, its first Picasso painting and dozens of other recent additions to its permanent collection. (News & Observer)

--Blacklist claim: In a suit filed against a New York art dealer, a Miami collector claims he's been placed on artist Marlene Dumas' blacklist, preventing him from buying further works. (Los Angeles Times)

--On the mend: Conductor James Levine, whose health problems have caused him to miss engagements with his Boston Symphony and Metropolitan Opera orchestras, has returned home after successful back surgery, his second operation in six months. (Boston Globe)

--Double the fun: The BBC will conclude its annual summer concerts in London with not one but two "Last Nights of the Proms," a re-creation of the Last Night of 1910 on Sept. 5 and the traditional closer on Sept. 11. (Daily Telegraph).

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Sondheim on Sondheim" at Studio 54; Charlotte Stoudt reviews "Nightmare Alley" at the Geffen Playhouse; the Ahmanson Theatre announces a 2010-11 season that includes two Tony winners and a world premiere.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Chris Noth, center, with Chris Pine and Mia Barron in "Farragut North" at the Geffen Playhouse in 2009. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times