- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 14, 2004

Broadway bound

Associated Press

From “Six Feet Under” to “After the Fall.”

Peter Krause, who plays Nate Fisher on the quirky HBO hit set in a Southern California funeral parlor, will make his Broadway debut this summer in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall,” it was announced Thursday.

Mr. Krause will play Quentin, a man searching for self-knowledge and looking back on his life, particularly his relationship with Maggie, a sexy, self-destructive entertainer not unlike Marilyn Monroe, who was Mr. Miller’s second wife. The role of Maggie has not yet been cast.

Preview performances begin June 25 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre. The production, directed by Michael Mayer, opens July 29.

The original New York production of “After the Fall,” directed by Elia Kazan, opened in 1964 and starred Jason Robards as Quentin and Barbara Loden as Maggie.

Trump in da house

New York Post

Coming soon to a nightclub near you: Donald Trump.

The geniuses at NBC took some of Mr. Trump’s best sound bites from “The Apprentice” — “Stay focused, be paranoid and don’t blow it. … It’s not personal; it’s just business … You’re fired.” — and had DJ Reach from Carson Daly’s show turn them into a dance track titled “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.”

Big Apple revelers are currently on the listen for it at several New York hot spots, including Lot 61, Nocturne, Marquis, Boulevard and the Coral Room.

Smell of success

Dow Jones/AP

Pop princess Britney Spears has signed a deal with Elizabeth Arden Inc. to develop and market her own line of perfumes and cosmetics, the company said Friday.

Miss Spears’ first product will be a fragrance, which will be introduced this fall at department stores, the New York-based company said, adding that the superstar is “personally involved” with all aspects of developing the product.

On Thursday, Elizabeth Arden posted a loss of $11.1 million for the fourth quarter due to restructuring and debt-reduction costs. But sales for the quarter surged 26 percent, helped by new products and the weak dollar.

Luciano’s swan song

Reuters News Agency

He may not have lived up to his reputation as “King of The High C’s” on Saturday night, but fans at Luciano Pavarotti ‘s final opera performance at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera didn’t seem to mind.

For 10 minutes after the curtain fell on Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” the faithful thundered their approval of the world’s most popular tenor with repeated applause and unequivocal adoration.

“We love you Luciano,” declared a 50-foot banner spotlighted and stretched across an upper-tier railing.

The adulation was not so much for the evening’s performance as it was recognition of the 68-year-old Italian’s extraordinary career, during which he was widely credited with bringing opera to the masses through popular recordings and stadium extravaganzas.

In recent years, his full opera appearances became increasingly rare as his mobility was impaired by his large frame and hip and knee replacements.

Clearly moved by the outpouring from fans, Mr. Pavarotti made numerous curtain calls, alone and with members of the cast, stretching out his arms and blowing kisses to the audience.

A household name for most of his career, Mr. Pavarotti was born in Modena, Italy, and made his operatic debut in 1961 in Italy’s Reggio Emilia as Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Boheme,” a role he repeated for his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1968.

He will now begin a farewell tour around the world and plans to retire at the end of 2005.

“I will know when my voice is ready to retire and will not go on beyond that time,” Mr. Pavarotti told Reuters in London two years ago.

He said at the time that he planned to build an opera complex in his hometown of Modena when he retires.

In December, Mr. Pavarotti married his longtime personal assistant, Nicoletta Mantovani, who gave birth to their daughter a little more than a year ago.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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