Monster Mash: New ‘Phantom of the Opera’ tour for 2012; Nixon Library revisits Watergate in new exhibit

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Still going: A new international touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ directed by Laurence Connor, is expected to debut in 2012. (Variety)

Fresh perspective: A Watergate exhibit has been unveiled at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. (Los Angeles Times)

Saved?: Seattle’s Intiman Theatre has nearly met its urgent Thursday fundraising goal of $500,000 to keep the organization afloat. (Seattle Times)

New hire: L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has created the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer and hired David M. Galligan to fill it. (Los Angeles Times)


Prestige project The fashion conglomerate LVMH is proceeding with its new museum designed by Frank Gehry after the French Senate allowed construction to continue after a temporary halt. (Forbes)

Your tax dollars at work: Employees at a Defense Department facility in Virginia could be greeted in the near future by a gurgling toad sculpture that costs $600,000. (U.S. News and World Report)

In the beginning...: A new high-tech museum is being planned that will use science to tell the history of the Bible. (USA Today)

Politics as usual: Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor who has been embroiled in race controversies, said that he will seek funding from the state Legislature for a civil rights museum. (CNN)

Honored: The nominations for the Lucille Lortel Awards -- honoring off-Broadway productions -- have been announced. (Playbill)

Return on investment: A Roy Lichtenstein work that was won for $10 in 1965 could fetch $1 million at auction. (Associated Press via Wall Street Journal)

Shuttered: The Festival of Orchestras in Florida has ceased operations after 27 years due to the recession and venue-scheduling difficulties. (Orlando Sentinel)

Ghoulish: Brooke Shields will take over from Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia in the Broadway musical ‘The Addams Family.’ (New York Daily News)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews the Broadway production of ‘Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'; LACMA is looking to buy Christian Marclay’s video art hit ‘The Clock.’

-- David Ng