- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Broadway says hello, Dolly

A musical based on the film “Nine to Five” will open on Broadway in 2009 with music and lyrics by country star Dolly Parton, Reuters news agency reports.

Miss Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin starred in the 1980 film about three colleagues who plot to turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying boss. Miss Parton was nominated for a songwriting Oscar for the title song, “9 to 5.”

“9 to 5: The Musical” includes Miss Parton’s original score as well as 20 new songs. It stars Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Marc Kudisch. The musical is scheduled to open on Broadway April 23 after a six-week engagement in Los Angeles this fall.

Dancing Dane in Hall of Fame

Peter Martins, ballet master in chief of the New York City Ballet, is the newest member of the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame, Associated Press reports.

The 51-year-old Denmark native was inducted Monday night at the museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where the ballet company stages its annual summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Mr. Martins, a former principal dancer with the company, joins nearly 40 other members of the Dance Hall of Fame, including his mentor, George Balanchine, founder of the ballet company.

Other members include Fred Astaire, Martha Graham and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Bobbitt to box in A.C.

Just when you thought you had heard the last of John Wayne Bobbitt comes word that the spotlight-seeking D-lister will put on the gloves for a boxing match in Atlantic City, the Philadelphia Daily News says.

Back in 1993, Mr. Bobbitt and his wife, Lorena, were living in the Manassas area when she took a kitchen knife and cut off two-thirds of his penis. It was reattached by a surgeon. The Bobbitts divorced. Mr. Bobbitt later appeared in adult films.

He doesn’t have a boxing opponent yet but says he’s ready to take on any challenger weighing less than 225 pounds. Damon Feldman’s Celebrity Boxing Promotions has promised to pay the challenger $1,000 for the Aug. 14 bout, in which the fighters will box for three one-minute rounds with large gloves and headgear. Interested challengers may apply by e-mail, the Daily News said.

Nic, Keith nix bucks for pics

While photos of Brangelina’s newborn twins, Knox and Vivienne, reportedly are garnering upward of $15 million from eager gossip magazines, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have opted not to sell photos of their newborn baby girl, Sunday Rose.

Instead, they plan to give them away … for free, the New York Daily News reports.

“They don’t think it’s appropriate to make deals,” a source close to the couple told Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. “They are still deciding how they feel about [it].” Miss Kidman, 41, gave birth on July 7. Sunday Rose is her first child with Mr. Urban.

If Miss Kidman and Mr. Urban dole out the pics for free, they’ll be breaking with a time-honored celebrity tradition. Star parents from Christina Aguilera to Jennifer Lopez reportedly accepted millions of dollars for their babies’ photos.

Welcome to the Hotel Vidal

Gore Vidal, 82 and confined to a wheelchair, sold his house in Ravello, Italy, five years ago when his longtime companion, Howard Austen, died. Now, La Rondinaia (Swallow’s Nest), a seven-bedroom mansion on the Amalfi Coast, is being turned into a luxury hotel, the New York Post reports. Mr. Vidal’s studio — with his desk, books and artifacts — remains untouched, and the new owners intend to keep it that way.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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