Monster Mash: Broadway ticket sales bashed by Irene

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Assessing the damage: Broadway productions saw ticket revenue fall by more than 40% in the most recent week due to closures caused by Hurricane Irene. (Los Angeles Times)

Hacking as theater: The phone-hacking scandal in Britain is the basis for six new plays at a London theater. (The Guardian)

Soldiering on: Tenor Jonas Kaufmann will proceed with performances at the Metropolitan Opera after recently undergoing chest surgery. (New York Times)

Canceling: Conductor Seiji Ozawa, who has been fighting esophageal cancer, has withdrawn from upcoming performances in China. (Reuters)


Drama: The city of Redondo Beach has severed ties with the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, due to delinquency in lease payments. (Daily Breeze)

Orpheum show: Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about his latest online cultural initiative. (Los Angeles Times)

Discovered: A British couple bought what could be a Van Gogh self-portrait for $2,463. (Los Angeles Times)

Visual cues: A musician’s body language significantly influences our judgment of his or her playing, according to newly published research. (Miller-McCune)

Shutting down: The Monster Island arts center in Brooklyn, N.Y., is closing in September after seven years as a result of rising property prices in the area. (Art Newspaper)

Box-office woes: The Boston Symphony is poised to lose several hundred thousand dollars after Hurricane Irene reduced audiences. (Berkshire Eagle)

Late: A sculpture memorializing the 9/11 attacks in upstate New York won’t be ready in time for the upcoming anniversary of the tragedy. (Albany Times-Union)

Good news: The Arkansas Arts Center has raised enough money to wipe away $4 million in debt. (Arkansas Business)

All that jazz: The 1996 revival of the musical ‘Chicago’ is now the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history. (Washington Post)

Also in the L.A.Times: Jazz pianist Michael Wolff will record his first live album, influenced by a Miles Davis quintet, at Vitello’s.

-- David Ng

The jazz pianist will record his first live album, influenced by a great Davis quintet, at Vitello’s in Studio City.