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Monster Mash: 'Billy Elliot' closing; Museum of Tolerance setback

October 4, 2011 |  7:34 am


Wrapping up: The Tony-winning Broadway production of "Billy Elliot" will close in January after a three-year run. (Bloomberg)

Setback: The planned Museum of Tolerance project in Jerusalem is facing new challenges amid a report that it has lost its architect and construction manager. (Los Angeles Times)

Vulnerable: L.A. murals are under siege by vandals and the law isn't providing much help. (The Art Newspaper)

First of its kind: Parents and children react to an autism-friendly performance of "The Lion King" on Broadway. (New York Times)

Demagogue: The Museum of Tolerance in L.A. is putting on display an early typed letter by Adolf Hitler revealing his disdain for the Jewish people and his plans to ostracize them from society. (Los Angeles Times)

Putting it together: Stephen Sondheim helped devise a fund-raising treasure hunt at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (Associated Press)

Windfall: Philadelphia's Franklin Institute said it has received a gift of $10 million. (6ABC Action News)

Appointments: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has named three new trustees to its board, including Mark Attanasio and Bryan Lourd. (Los Angeles Times)

Music of the night: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford attended the 25th anniversary performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" in London. (Telegraph)

Still at odds: The Louisville Orchestra's management has rejected a contract proposal from its musicians. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Stepping down: Robert Heuer, who has served as the head of the Florida Grand Opera for more than 30 years, has announced his retirement. (Miami Herald)

Freebie: Organist Cameron Carpenter played a free concert at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. (Classical Life)

Populist: President Obama's choice of spotlighting homespun artist Norman Rockwell is a long way from the modern and contemporary art that the Obamas chose to hang in the White House in 2009. (Culture Monster)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Ghetto Klown," starring John Leguizamo, at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. 

-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from the Broadway production of "Billy Elliot" at the Imperial Theatre. Credit: David Scheinmann / Associated Press