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Monster Mash: Obie winners announced; Tonys to honor NYPD; Jessica Biel heading to Broadway?

May 18, 2010 |  8:00 am

Biel -- Off-Broadway prizes: Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation" and "The Aliens" have earned honors for best new American play and direction (Sam Gold) and "Circle Mirror" for ensemble performance at this year's Obie Awards. (TheaterMania)

-- Top cops: The two New York Police Department precincts that cover the Manhattan theater district will receive special Tony honors at the 2010 awards ceremony in June. (Broadway World)

-- Broadway debut? Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar has told the New York Daily News that actress Jessica Biel may star in the musical version of his 1988 movie "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Lincoln Center, which is staging the show, says it can't confirm casting. Biel played Sarah Brown in last summer's "Guys and Dolls" at the Hollywood Bowl. (Playbill)

 -- Emerging market: Besides buying art, investors can now buy a derivative of an artist's future. A conceptual artist in London is offering options on the works he will produce in the next decade. (Times of London)

-- Chambers music: Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and tenor Lawrence Brownlee entertained the opera-loving members of the U.S. Supreme Court during the justices' annual spring musicale. (Washington Post)

-- Guitar hero: An exhibition exploring the London life and music of Jimi Hendrix will open this summer -- 40 years after the rocker's death -- in the Mayfair townhouse where composer George Frideric Handel once lived and the nearby flat where Hendrix stayed with his girlfriend in the '60s. (Artdaily)

-- Safekeeping: Singapore has unveiled a maximum-security vault system for artworks, gold and other valuables that will enable the city-state to rival Hong Kong and Beijing as an Asian center for art. (Bloomberg)

-- And in the Los Angeles Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at UCLA's Royce Hall; Laura Bleiberg reviews Los Angeles Ballet's "New Wave LA"; David C. Nichols reviews "Crimes of the Heart" at South Coast Repertory; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition "Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Culture" has received top honors from the Assn. of Art Museum Curators.

--Karen Wada

Photo: Jessica Biel. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times