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Monster Mash: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird rivalry to become a play; ancient statue recovered in Egypt

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Hoop dreams: A play about the rivalry between basketball players Magic Johnson and Larry Bird is being created for Broadway. (Bloomberg)

Priceless: Egyptian antiquities authorities have recovered a statue of the renegade Pharaoh Akhenaten that was stolen along with eight other items during protests. (Reuters, via Art Daily)

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Controversial: Opponents of a plan to bring The Barnes Foundation’s art collection to Philadelphia have asked the judge who approved the move to reopen the case. (Associated Press, via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Savage: Researchers from London’s Natural History Museum have discovered 15,000-year-old human bones in southern England which showed signs of cannibalism and skulls made into drinking cups. (Reuters)

Windfall: The Atlanta Opera is receiving a $9-million bequest from board member Barbara D. Stewart, who died last year. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

New role: Tony-winner John Gallagher Jr. will jump from his role in ‘American Idiot’ to a featured part in the upcoming Broadway production of the play ‘Jerusalem.’ (Broadway.com)

Also in the L.A. Times: ‘Bring It On: The Musical’ will kick off its national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in November; a review of ‘Gigi’ at Reprise Theatre Company.

-- David Ng


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