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Monster Mash: Musicians, artists protest Arizona law; Nick Jonas in 'Les Miz' tribute; funds for Sydney Opera House?

June 2, 2010 |  8:18 am

Nickjonas -- Backlash: Musicians and visual artists are producing works protesting the controversial Arizona statute that requires law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country illegally. (Los Angeles Times)

 -- Vive 'Les Miz': Nick Jonas, Lea Salonga and other pop and theater stars will perform in an Oct. 3 concert in London celebrating the 25th anniversary of "Les Miserables." Jonas, who appeared in the musical on Broadway, is set to make his West End debut in the show this month. (Playbill)

-- Money coming? A $130-million package reportedly will be offered to the Sydney Opera House as part of New South Wales' new state budget after concerns were raised about aging stage machinery and other problems at the arts complex. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Funny men: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will direct former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Colin Quinn in his one-man show, "Long Story Short," which opens this month at off-Broadway's Bleecker Street Theatre. (Playbill)

-- Art film: Martin Scorsese is a producer and the narrator of "Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies," a documentary directed by Arne Glimcher that looks at the intersection of the worlds of cinema and art in the early 20th Century. (Art Daily)

-- Dark comedy: Zach Braff and Sutton Foster are among the stars in the world premiere of Paul Weitz’s "Trust," which will open at off-Broadway's Second Stage in August. (

-- Budget victim: Artistic director Graham Lustig has been let go by the American Repertory Ballet as part of a restructuring of the financially troubled New Jersey company. (Star-Ledger)

-- Center of attention: With the World Cup set to begin this month, South Africa's new Green Point stadium -- known as the "Diva of Cape Town" -- is seen as an architectural wonder, a political lightning rod and an emotional touchstone. (Guardian)

-- Grand master: Kazuo Ohno, a founder of Butoh -- the influential Japanese dance-theater form -- has died at 103 in Yokohama. (New York Times)

-- 'Ring' lover: Dr. Sherwin Sloan, a co-founder of the Wagner Society of Southern California and a "Ring" aficionado who had seen Wagner's four-opera cycle at least 90 times, has died at 72. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: A lawyer for Shepard Fairey says the legal battle between the Los Angeles street artist and the Associated Press is far from over; the winner of an "American Idol"-style shopping mall talent hunt will get to star in "Cinderella, a Modern Musical Extravaganza" at the El Portal Theatre.
-- Karen Wada

Photo: Nick Jonas will appear in "Les Miserables's" 25th anniversary concert in London. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press