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Monster Mash: 'Spider-Man' set to reopen tonight on Broadway; Will Ferrell gets humor award; NBC adds Broadway series

May 12, 2011 |  7:50 am

The adventures continue: "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" (with new commercial) is set to reopen for previews Thursday evening at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York, following an extensive overhaul. (WNYC)

Funny and Win: The Kennedy Center will present the 14th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Will Ferrell on Oct. 23. (Kennedy Center)

Expanding: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is taking over the Madison Avenue home of the Whitney Museum of American Art. (Bloomberg)

Broadway on TV: NBC will air the Steven Spielberg musical comedy  series "Smash" about the cast of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. (Los Angeles Times)

On the rocks: The future of the Philly Pops looks uncertain in light of the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Busted: Police have arrested a man they said broke into Beijing's famed Forbidden City and stole several art pieces. (Associated Press, via Fox News)

New leader: Heather Hitchens will be the new executive director of the American Theatre Wing, one of the organizers of the Tony Awards. (New York Times)

Original score: Duncan Sheik is writing the music for "The Tenant," a new site-specific performance piece in New York that will open later this year. (Theatermania)

Starchitect: Rem Koolhaas delivered the opening lecture of a new event called the Festival of Ideas for the New City, in New York. (New Yorker)

Sleeper hit: The Tony-nominated play "Mother... with the Hat," by Stephen Adly Guirgis, has extended its Broadway run through July. (Playbill)

Working girl: "Architect Barbie" -- the latest incarnation of the timeless children's doll -- is scheduled to hit shelves in August. (Today, via MSNBC)

Also in the L.A. Times:  An interview with James Cuno, the newly named president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and The Geffen Playhouse has announced its lineup for the 2011-12 season.

-- David Ng