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Monster Mash: Philadelphia Orchestra filing for bankruptcy; Seattle's Intiman Theatre cancels season

April 18, 2011 |  7:50 am


Financial mess: The Philadelphia Orchestra has decided to file for Chapter 11 reorganization. It is believed to be the first major U.S. orchestra to seek bankruptcy protection. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Desperate measures: Seattle's Intiman Theatre has canceled the remainder of its season and is laying off its employees as a result of ongoing money problems. (Seattle Times)

Feeling the pain: A national survey shows that museums across the country are reporting significant financial stress for the second year in a row. (Associated Press)

Getting busy: The London Philharmonic Orchestra is to record the national anthems of all 205 countries participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics. (BBC News)

Not backing down: The ballet dancer who served as Natalie Portman's double in "Black Swan" said the filmmakers are lying about how much dancing the actress did in the movie. (E! Online)

Temporary shutdown: Broadway's "Spider-Man" has started its planned four-week hiatus in order to implement changes to the critically panned production. (New York Daily News)

Making a statement: An artist has created a mocking portrait of ultra-conservative religious leader Fred W. Phelps Sr. near the pastor's Westboro Baptist Church complex. (The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Guilty: A court in Egypt has sentenced Zahi Hawass, the minister for antiquities, to jail in a case involving a land dispute. (Agence France-Presse)

Red-carpet affair: The annual Opera News Awards took place Sunday in New York. (Broadway World)

Honored: The nominees have been announced for the newly created off-Broadway Alliance Awards. (Playbill)

And in the L.A. Times: A review of the China Philharmonic at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

-- David Ng

Photo: Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Credit: Jessica Griffin / The Philadelphia Orchestra Assn.