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Monster Mash: Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch set for 'Night Music'; Broad closer to picking his architect?

June 8, 2010 |  8:00 am

Peters Double play: Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch will succeed Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury in the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music," which was set to close June 20 but now will resume performances in July. (Playbill)

Search narrows: Billionaire Eli Broad reportedly is leaning toward the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the art museum he hopes to build on Bunker Hill. (Los Angeles Times)

Financial aid: The New South Wales state government says it will spend $125 million on building improvements for the Sydney Opera House, including creation of an access tunnel to help reduce the high number of traffic accidents that occur outside the arts complex. (Agence France-Presse)

Heavy lifting: The Metropolitan Opera has installed steel girders under its stage to support the 45-ton set required by director Robert Lepage's version of Wagner's "Ring," which will unfold over the next two seasons. (New York Times)

Back on Broadway: Little Orphan Annie is planning to return to Broadway in 2012 in a revival of the Tony-winning 1977 musical "Annie" that will feature a revised book and dialogue. (Los Angeles Times)

Stritch-2 Protective measures: The International Council of Museums on Tuesday is announcing a "Red List" of cultural objects in Central America and Mexico that may have been exported illegally or are susceptible to illicit trafficking in an attempt to fight looting and smuggling and the destruction of archaeological sites. (Art Daily)

On the big screen: A live broadcast of the Tony-nominated musical "Fela!" -- filmed at London's National Theatre -- will be coming to movie theaters around the world in January, ahead of planned national and international tours later in 2011. (Los Angeles Times)

Perfect timing: "Thurgood," the one-man play in which Laurence Fishburne portrays the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, is a hit in Washington, just as Marshall's onetime clerk, Elena Kagan, is seeking a seat on the high court. The show will move to the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood later this month. (Associated Press)

Postponed: The $660-million reconstruction of Berlin's royal palace -- an edifice razed by the East German government in 1950 -- has been delayed for three years by budget concerns. (Bloomberg)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Music critic Mark Swed says the Los Angeles Opera has accomplished what it set out to accomplish -- mounting a notable "Ring" cycle; theater critic Charles McNulty finds the "Ring"'s finale, "Götterdämmerung," bold, energizing and exhausting; art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective" at the Museum of Contemporary Art; television critic Mary McNamara says Fox's "Glee" is a musical comedy hit that sings to a forgotten generation.

-- Karen Wada

Top photo: Bernadette Peters. Credit: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press. Bottom photo: Elaine Stritch. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images