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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

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-- Los Angeles artists, museum executives and civic leaders hail the Museum of Contemporary Art’s agreement with Eli Broad — cautiously.

-- ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Kodak Theatre fails to cheer some theatergoers.

-- Broadway mogul Gerald Schoenfeld, who died in November at 84, left behind a 200-page memoir that settles scores with -- among others -- Frank Langella, Patrick Stewart, Trevor Nunn and Jerome Robbins.

-- Producer Emaneul Azenberg says Chicago-based David Cromer, praised for last season’s ‘Adding Machine’ off-Broadway -- and not Daniel Sullivan -- will direct next fall’s Broadway revivals of Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ and ‘Broadway Bound.’

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-- Paris’ mayor vows to block the renovation of a 17th century mansion by the emir of Qatar.

-- Salzburg Festival head Jurgen Flimm is appointed to the top job at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

-- The concert business reportedly grossed just under $4 billion worldwide in 2008, the most ever.

-- Craig Hitchcock is named vice president and executive director of the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.

-- Craig Fisher


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