Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork defaced

LONDON - A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.

"Spy Booth" shows three agents in trench coats and trilby hats eavesdropping on a phone booth. It appeared in April on a wall in Cheltenham, western England, home of spy agency GCHQ.

A local group was formed to save the work after the building's owner attempted to have it removed and sold.

Local businessman Hekmat Kaveh had agreed to buy and preserve the mural, but on Friday it was covered in scrawled graffiti letters. Kaveh said he hoped the work, which was treated with anti-graffiti paint, can be restored.

Banksy works have fetched as much as $1.8 million at auction, and several of his outdoor pieces have recently been stripped from walls and sold.

'The King and I' slated for Broadway in March

NEW YORK - Broadway is about to get another king: A revival of the musical "The King and I" starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe will join "The Lion King" and "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical."

Lincoln Center Theater said that the classic romance by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, with songs like "Getting To Know You" and "Shall We Dance," will begin performances March 12 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

O'Hara, a five time Tony-nominated soprano whose show "The Bridges of Madison County" closed in May, will play the starchy English schoolmistress sent to Siam to educate the children of the king. Watanabe, whose films include "Inception" and "Letters from Iwo Jima," will make his U.S. stage debut as the king.

Bartlett Sher will direct. The show will feature the musical's original Jerome Robbins choreography, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan and costumes by Catherine Zuber.

This will be the fourth revival of the 1951 musical. The last time was in 1996 starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Yul Brynner had previously played the king three times - 1951, 1977 and 1985.

Dennehy, Farrow to star on Broadway

NEW YORK - A.R. Gurney's romantic play "Love Letters" is about to hit Broadway again with some big movie stars.

The two-person work, composed of letters exchanged over a lifetime between friends who grew up together, will star Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow from Sept. 13 to Oct. 10.

Then Carol Burnett and Dennehy will star from Oct. 11 to Nov. 7, then Alan Alda and Candice Bergen from Nov. 8 to Dec. 5, then Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg from Dec. 6 to Jan. 9 and finally Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1.

The show will run at the Nederlander Theatre under Gregory Mosher's direction.

The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and debuted on Broadway starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards in 1989.

Associated Press