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Monster Mash: AEG sued by street artists; 'Leap of Faith' news

November 16, 2011 |  7:50 am


Vanished: A group of street artists is suing AEG in a dispute over lost artwork in a penthouse in downtown L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

Broadway bound? The musical "Leap of Faith" appears headed to Broadway in the fall of 2012, with a substantially revised score and book. (New York Times)

Fighting mood: Artist Ai Weiwei has handed over a $1.3-million bond to the Chinese government in order to begin an appeal against a multimillion-dollar tax bill imposed by officials. (BBC News)

Canceled: The Arena Stage in Washington has pulled the plug on a world-premiere staging of the musical "Like Water for Chocolate," based on the popular movie, as well as a spring production of the play "Mary T. and Lizzy K." (Washington Post)

Moving forward: Members of Congress have introduced legislation to authorize a designated location for the Smithsonian American Latino Museum. (Fox News)

Paper boys: "Newsies," the new stage musical based on the 1992 movie, will officially open on Broadway March 29. (Entertainment Weekly)

Controversial: San Francisco may terminate $1.4 million in art contracts with Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness, who once killed a dog as part of a project. (San Francisco Examiner)

Banner year: Boston Lyric Opera said it has raised a record $5 million in one year. (Boston Business Journal)

Supporting role: Actor James Barbour has been cast in the upcoming Broadway production of "Rebecca." (Theatermania)

In the buff: An art space in New York is featuring live people playing strip poker as a work of performance art. (Village Voice)

Money problems: The Opera Lyra company in Ottawa has canceled the remainder of its season due to financial difficulties. (CBC)

Also in the L.A. Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on the latest design for the planned downtown L.A. football stadium; Charles McNulty reviews "A Comedy of Errors" at the Broad Stage.

-- David Ng

Photo: Raul Esparza in the L.A. production of "Leap of Faith" in 2010. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times