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Monster Mash: Hugh Jackman, 'Les Miz'; George Washington painting

December 28, 2011 |  7:39 am


Mega-musical: Hugh Jackman said filming of the movie "Les Miserables" is set to begin in March, with rehearsals at the end of January. (Broadway World)

Historically accurate?: A new painting depicting George Washington's crossing of the Delaware has been unveiled at the New York Historical Society. (NY1)

Larger than life: Dolly Parton wants to bring her life story to the stage in a new Broadway musical. (WENN)

Fat lady sang: Opera Boston, the city's second-largest opera company, is shutting down because of a $500,000 budget deficit. (Boston Globe)

Pieces of history: Museums and other institutions are collecting material from the Occupy Wall Street movement. (Associated Press)

Colosseum report: Yes, it's old. Yes, it could use some work. But no, Italian archaeological specialists say, it is not collapsing. (New York Times)

Tourist attraction: The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas has seen more than 61,000 visitors in its opening six weeks, and many of those patrons have come from out of state. (40 29 News)

Labor dispute: Egypt's Ministry of Culture is looking into demands of the Alexandria Opera employees, who have ended their 36-day strike. (Daily News Egypt)

Missing: A quilt made by an African American textile artist has been stolen from the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Maryland. (Baltimore Sun)

It's all Greek: The first U.S. museum devoted to Greek culture opens in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Satirical: A Korean artist has depicted the late dictator Kim Jong Il as Marilyn Monroe. (International Business Times)

Show of support: Citizens in San Diego have pitched in to help save the job of the city's civic organist. (New York Times)

Passings: Artist Helen Frankenthaler, who specialized in abstract painting, has died at 83; Andrew Geller, an architect associated with modernist prefab housing, has died at 87; Harry Kullijian, an arts advocate and husband of Carol Channing, has died at 91. (Los Angeles Times and New York Times and Playbill)

Also in the L.A. Times: Sam Rivers, a saxophonist and composer who helped define the avant-garde jazz scene in the '60s and '70s, died Monday at age 88.

— David Ng

Photo: A painting provided by artist Mort Kuntsler, shows "Washington's Crossing: McKonkey's Ferry, Dec. 26, 1776." Credit: Mort Kuntsler / Associated Press