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Monster Mash: 'King Kong' sets world premiere; 'Peter Pan' prequel

October 20, 2011 |  7:50 am



Creature feature: A musical stage production of "King Kong" will have its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. (Hollywood Reporter)

For the family: "Peter and the Starcatcher," a stage prequel to the "Peter Pan" story, will transfer to Broadway in 2012. (Playbill)

Conflict of interest? National Public Radio is looking into the role that the host of its series "World of Opera" may have played in the Occupy D.C. movement. (Baltimore Sun)

In the red: The Chicago Symphony has posted its first deficit in five years. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Sold: A sculpture of 100 fish by Damien Hirst brought $2.8 million at a recent sale. (Bloomberg)

Tidy sum: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York said it has raised more than $700 million so far. (Associated Press)

Real Warhols: The Andy Warhol Foundation decides to close the group's board that authenticates the artist's work. (Wall Street Journal)

"Due to illness ... ": Tenor Gary Lehman has withdrawn from the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Siegfried," by Richard Wagner. (New York Times)

Same-sex romance: A Connecticut high school musical production caused some walkouts after two male cast members kissed during the performance. (CBS Connecticut)

Stage legend: Zoe Caldwell will star in David Adjmi's "Elective Affinities," a site-specific production to be presented by New York's Soho Rep. (Theatermania)

Popular: The online portal AskMen has ranked artist Ai Weiwei among its 49 most influential men of the year. (AskMen)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in Costa Mesa and Northridge; a review of New York City Ballet Moves in Santa Barbara.

— David Ng

Photo: A publicity still from the 1933 movie "King Kong." Credit: Warner Bros.