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Monster Mash: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird rivalry to become a play; ancient statue recovered in Egypt

February 18, 2011 |  8:20 am

Johnson Hoop dreams: A play about the rivalry between basketball players Magic Johnson and Larry Bird is being created for Broadway. (Bloomberg)

Priceless: Egyptian antiquities authorities have recovered a statue of the renegade Pharaoh Akhenaten that was stolen along with eight other items during protests. (Reuters, via Art Daily)

Controversial: Opponents of a plan to bring The Barnes Foundation's  art collection to Philadelphia have asked the judge who approved the move to reopen the case. (Associated Press, via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Savage: Researchers from London's Natural History Museum have discovered 15,000-year-old human bones in southern England which showed signs of cannibalism and skulls made into drinking cups. (Reuters)

Windfall: The Atlanta Opera is receiving a $9-million bequest from board member Barbara D. Stewart, who died last year. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

New role: Tony-winner John Gallagher Jr. will jump from his role in "American Idiot" to a featured part in the upcoming Broadway production of the play "Jerusalem." (

Also in the L.A. Times: "Bring It On: The Musical" will kick off its national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in November; a review of "Gigi" at Reprise Theatre Company.

-- David Ng

Photo: Larry Bird, left, and Magic Johnson in 1984. Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE/Getty Images