Sunday, January 25, 2004
'Sex' talk turns serious
New York -- "Sex and the City" fans often approach Kim Cattrall during shooting on the streets of New York to chat about her character's highly active sex life.
Now that Samantha has been diagnosed with breast cancer during the show's final episodes, they have much more serious topics on their minds.
"People always used to come up to me and they say, 'Oh, my God, that thing that happened with that guy' ... and now they're coming up and saying, 'Just tell me you're gonna be OK. I don't want anything to happen to you,'" Cattrall says during an interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airing Monday. "So it's a different kind of feeling on the streets."
But even she doesn't know what happens to Samantha -- or Carrie, Miranda or Charlotte -- when the HBO series ends next month.
"We've shot four different endings. Nobody knows. None of the actors, the crew, the extras," Cattrall says.
Luke Duke gets big-city gig
New York -- From good ol' boy to slick Chicago lawyer.
Tom Wopat, the star of television's "The Dukes of Hazzard," is joining the national tour of "Chicago," the Kander and Ebb musical now in its eighth year on Broadway. Wopat takes over the role of shady mouthpiece Billy Flynn from Patrick Swayze. He starts Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. The tour then continues to Salt Lake City, Dallas, Phoenix and Miami, with other cities to follow.
Wopat, who starred as Luke Duke on "Hazzard" from 1979 to 1985, appeared as Frank Butler in the Bernadette Peters revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" and later joined the cast of the current Broadway revival of "42nd Street."
'Vagina' a no-go at Loyola
New Orleans -- Loyola University has blocked a campus production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," apparently after the Jesuit school's president voiced concerns about the play's language.
Erica Ciccarone, an English major who had planned to stage the play as a fund-raiser for women's groups, said the school president, the Rev. William Byron, made it clear in a meeting last week that the production was off.
"The Vagina Monologues," written by Ensler, was an off-Broadway hit in New York after opening in October 1999. The play explores issues and perceptions related to women's sexual anatomy.
Combs gets Broadway co-stars
New York -- The upcoming Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" starring hip-hop impresario Sean Combs has found his two co-stars: Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad.
McDonald, a three-time Tony Award winner, will portray Ruth Younger, the wife of Combs' character, Walter Younger. Rashad will play the matriarch in this family drama about the hopes and dreams of a black family on Chicago's South Side. It will be Combs' theatrical debut.