Wednesday, May 28, 2003

The show goes on

Bologna, Italy -- Liza Minnelli's broken right kneecap won't be a show-stopper.

The 58-year-old performer, who injured herself Sunday tripping over a step at a hotel in Bologna, sang from her hospital room via satellite for Tuesday's benefit concert with tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

She performed an a cappella version of "Liza With a Z" for the hospital patients, which was being broadcast live to the Pavarotti charity show on Italian television.

The Italian tenor's annual "Pavarotti and Friends" benefit took place in his hometown of Modena.

Minnelli is scheduled to undergo surgery today in Italy for an equatorial fracture of the right patella.

On the royal 'A list'

London -- Queen Elizabeth II has invited Camilla Parker Bowles, the longtime companion of her son Prince Charles, to the major royal event of the year, Buckingham Palace said.

Parker Bowles has received a personal invitation to the Westminster Abbey service on June 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the queen's coronation, according to the announcement Monday.

Parker Bowles has been increasingly seen at Charles' side at royal gatherings. The couple's relationship has brought criticism since Parker Bowles divorced her husband and Charles, the heir to the throne, split with Princess Diana before her death in 1997.

Charles and Parker Bowles now often appear in public together, leading many people to assume they will eventually marry.

'Saks, Lies and Videotape'

San Diego -- In the latest example of art imitating life, a group of high school students has created a musical based on Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial.

Point Loma High School's "Sticky Fingers: A Tale of Saks, Lies and Videotape" satirizes the trial last fall in which the Oscar-nominated actress was convicted of taking about $6,000 worth of items from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.

The production is the culmination of a year's worth of work by several dozen students and is directed by teacher Larry Zeiger, who plays piano for the show and stars as CNN interviewer Larry King.

The musical follows a missile-factory employee and tango dancer who travels to Rodeo Drive, where she has a fateful meeting with her idol, Ryder, at Saks. The department store donated shopping bags for the set.

Ivy League honor

Providence, R.I. -- Oscar-nominated actress Laura Linney received an honorary degree from her alma mater, Brown University, during its commencement ceremony.

Linney graduated in 1986 from the Ivy league university with a degree in theater arts.

The 39-year-old was nominated as best actress for her role in the 2000 film "You Can Count on Me." More recently, she appeared in "The Life of David Gale" with Kevin Spacey.