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Monster Mash: 'Fela!,' 'La Cage' top Tony nominees; remembering Redgrave; Turner Prize finalists named

May 4, 2010 |  7:52 am

Hodge-lacage -- Tony nods: The musicals "Fela!" and "La Cage aux Folles" have each received 11 nominations to lead the field for the 2010 Tony Awards. (Los Angeles Times)

-- On the edge: A painter who specializes in scenes of tragedies, an artist who sings over supermarket loudspeakers, a painter-sculptor known for mangling her canvases and a filmmaking duo are the finalists for Britain's 2010 Turner Prize for contemporary art. (Associated Press)

-- Paying tribute: The lights on Broadway will be dimmed Tuesday night in memory of Lynn Redgrave, a member of a British theater dynasty who followed her own course as both actor and writer. (Playbill, Los Angeles Times)

-- Big boon:  Michigan philanthropists Dick and Betsy DeVos have given the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington $22.5 million to endow its management training program for arts leaders. Buoyed by the gift, Michael M. Kaiser has agreed to extend his tenure as the center's president. (Washington Post)

-- Drama Desk picks: The Broadway revival of "Ragtime" and off-Broadway's "The Scottsboro Boys" received nine nods apiece as the nominations for the 55th annual Drama Desk Awards were announced in New York. (Playbill)

-- No show: A strike by the opera house's unions has forced Milan's La Scala to cancel Tuesday's performance of Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra," the opera in which tenor Placido Domingo is making his return to the stage two months after undergoing surgery for colon cancer. (Telegraph)

-- In limbo: New York City's Department of Buildings has issued a stop-work order that could lead to the demise of a street mural that artist Shepard Fairey painted to promote his exhibition at the gallery owned by Jeffrey Deitch, the incoming director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. (Wall Street Journal)

-- Center stage: "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks will make her Broadway debut this summer in the Tony-winning musical "In the Heights." (Los Angeles Times)

-- Ghoulish gift: A collection of Edward Gorey's masterfully macabre drawings, etchings and posters -- including nearly every edition of every work he published -- has been donated to Columbia University Libraries. (New York Times)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Filmmaker Jonathan Demme is directing his first play, Beth Henley's "Family Week"; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will begin an "interactive residency" at UCLA Live; theater critic Charles McNulty offers an appreciation of Lynn Redgrave.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Douglas Hodge in "La Cage aux Folles." Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press