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Monster Mash: Ovation Award winners announced; Sarah Palin ‘battle hymn’ becomes an online hit

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Honored: The winners of the Ovation Awards for the 2009-10 season were announced Monday, with the Geffen Playhouse and Fountain Theatre bringing home the most trophies. (Los Angeles Times)

Catchy: A new song called the ‘Sarah Palin Battle Hymn’ -- set to the music of the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ -- has become an online hit. (Alaska Dispatch)

Authoritative: CNN’s Anderson Cooper will lend his voice as the narrator for the upcoming Broadway revival of ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,’ starring Daniel Radcliffe. (Playbill)

In the works: The city of Helsinki, Finland, has enlisted the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to produce a concept and development study for a potential new Guggenheim Museum in Finland. (World Architecture News)

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Guest star: Anne Hathaway says she will perform music from the musical ‘Rent’ on an upcoming appearance on Fox’s ‘Glee.’ (Playbill)

Resolved: New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs said it was satisfied with updated advertising for ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ that more clearly indicates its preview period. (New York Times)

Online initiative: The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has unveiled a digital archive providing access to materials related to the 35th president’s time in office. (Washington Post)

Long road home: A Renaissance-era painting that was looted by Nazis in Holland and that eventually landed at Rutgers University is being returned to a Los Angeles-based descendant of its original owner. (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Poor taste: A painting depicting soccer star David Beckham being crucified has spurred a police investigation in England. (Daily Mail)

For the kids: Dolly Parton is working on a new stage musical for children. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Endurance test: A violinist in India has attempted to set a record by holding a 50-hour recital. (Oneindia)

And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ at South Coast Repertory; rare Ansel Adams photographs are on display in Palos Verdes.

-- David Ng


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