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Monster Mash: More changes for Broadway's 'Spider-Man'; Tom Hooper circling big-screen 'Les Miz'

March 25, 2011 |  7:50 am


Out with the old: Producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have hired choreographer Chase Brock to replace the original choreographer, Daniel Ezralow. (

In with the new: The cast members of Broadway's "Spider-Man" will have their first reading of the new script on Friday afternoon. The script is expected to do away with the "Geek Chorus" narrators created by Julie Taymor. (Broadway World and the New York Times)

Do you hear the people sing?: Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of "The King's Speech," is in talks to helm the first big-screen adaptation of the musical "Les Miserables." (Variety)

Verdict: The L.A. graffiti artist known as Smear has been sentenced to 13 days in jail and 45 days of graffiti removal for violating his probation in a vandalism case. (Los Angeles Times)

Paying respect: Broadway theaters will dim their lights Friday in remembrance of Elizabeth Taylor. (Reuters)

Ensemble comedy: An early look at Roman Polanski's film version of the play "God of Carnage," by Yasmina Reza. (Indiewire)

Genius: Six letters written by Frederic Chopin, which were thought to have been lost since World War II, have been revealed by the Polish museum dedicated to the composer. (Agence France-Presse)

Passing: Lanford Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, has died at age 73. (Los Angeles Times)

Major gifts: Philanthropist Vivien Duffield has donated $13.3 million to 11 cultural organizations across Britain for children's education. (Reuters)

For sale: An Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor could fetch $30 million at auction. (Los Angeles Times)

Eagerly anticipated: New York's Playwrights Horizons has announced its lineup for the 2011-12 season. (Playbill)

Funny: An ice sculptor has created a "sad Julie Taymor" work of art. (Culture Vulture at New York magazine)

Also in the L.A. Times: Times theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway; a review of Nederlands Dans Theater at the Music Center.

-- David Ng

Photo: Outside New York's Foxwoods Theatre, home of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Credit: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press