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Deaf West's 'Spring Awakening' struggling at Broadway box office

The new Broadway revival of "Spring Awakening" from Los Angeles' Deaf West Theatre has received nearly unanimous praise from critics, but the raves have so far failed to ignite ticket sales at the box office.

"Spring Awakening," which is performed in Deaf West's signature style of spoken and signed dialogue, began previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York on Sept.

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma sells his own painting for $5.4 million

Internet billionaire Jack Ma usually makes headlines for his business deals as the founder of Alibaba, China's largest Web portal. On Sunday, the man who has been called the richest man in China was in the news for a nonbusiness matter: An environmentally themed painting that he co-created sold at auction for $5.4 million, far exceeding estimates.

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James Conlon to debut at Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills

James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, will make his conducting debut at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills this month as part of a music series in collaboration with the Colburn School.

The concert is scheduled for Oct.

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Walt Disney Family Museum to hold first gala, honoring Richard Sherman

The glitzy gala is a familiar fundraising tool among prominent museums across the country. Starting next month, the Walt Disney Family Museum will get into the tradition with a bash that will honor songwriter Richard Sherman.

The Disney Family Museum said its first gala fundraiser will be held Nov. 3 to raise money for its arts education programs.

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L.A. theater openings, Oct. 4-11: 'The Addams Family' and more

This week: They're creepy and they're kooky in "The Addams Family" musical, coming to Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium courtesy of 3-D Theatricals. Also, some true-life tales of coming out, and a renowned mezzo-soprano salutes a musical-theater legend.

Appropriate West Coast premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Arkansas-set drama about estranged siblings reunited by the passing of the family's patriarch.

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Why a playwright is urging L.A. theatergoers to boycott his latest

In a move that goes against the well established laws of theatrical publicity, a playwright has urged audiences and the media to boycott his new play being produced by a small theater company in Atwater Village.

Tommy Smith is asking the public to stay away from the Echo Theatre Company's production of his short play "Ghost Light," a half-hour series of monologues delivered by an actress.

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