Monday, September 30, 2002
New York ï¿½ Henry Goodman, the British actor fired in April as Nathan Lane's replacement in "The Producers," is coming back to Broadway.
Goodman will star as the title character in "Tartuffe," Moliere's classic comedy about a charming hypocrite who insinuates himself into the good graces of a prominent family.
The Roundabout Theatre Company production opens Jan. 9. Previews begin Dec. 6. Also starring in the revival are Brian Bedford and J. Smith-Cameron.
Goodman played the rapscallion Max Bialystock in "The Producers" for only four weeks last season before being dismissed. He was replaced by Lane's understudy, Brad Oscar.
Clooney gone, not forgotten
Maysville, Ky. ï¿½ She may be gone, but Rosemary Clooney hasn't been forgotten by her hometown, which celebrated the fourth annual music festival named in her honor.
The singer and actress died June 29 at age 74 from lung cancer complications in Beverly Hills.
The festival ended Saturday night on a bittersweet note. Clooney had been scheduled to perform in what would have been her first appearance since being treated for cancer.
Her brother Nick Clooney, who took the stage to introduce a film tribute, said there was never any question of canceling the festival.
Other family members who attended included actor George Clooney, her nephew; actor Miguel Ferrer, her son; and Dante DiPaolo, her husband.
Rocker on the rebound
Houston ï¿½ ZZ Top finishes what it starts.
The "little ol' band from Texas" had to drop the European leg of its world tour in 2000 when bassist Dusty Hill fell ill with Hepatitis C.
Now that Hill is better, he and his two band mates are ready to rock the continent throughout October.
"I'm living proof that Hepatitis C can be contained and that ZZ Top cannot," said the 53-year-old Hill, who sports the band's trademark long beard along with guitarist Billy F. Gibbons.
Hill, Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard boarded a Lufthansa jet Saturday. The Houston trio begins its European tour Tuesday in Helsinki, Finland.
The 22-stop tour wraps up Nov. 1 in London.
Is nothing sacred?
Honolulu ï¿½ Makers of a movie starring "The Rock," wrestling star Dwayne Johnson, want the state's permission to film a stunt at the site of a once-sacred bathing area.
Producers of the Columbia Pictures film plan to send a jeep over the 30-foot waterfall at Kapena Falls into the pool below, which ancient Hawaiian royalty used for bathing.
Johnson announced in June that he would play the Hawaiian warrior King Kamehameha the Great in the movie, which has yet to be renamed after its original title ï¿½ "Helldorado" ï¿½ was scrapped.
Kamehameha ruled from 1795 until his death in 1819.
Johnson's movie credits include "The Scorpion King" and "The Mummy Returns."