- The Washington Times - Monday, May 10, 2004

Brady on Broadway

Associated Press

TV talk-show host Wayne Brady is joining the cast of the long-running Broadway musical revival “Chicago” as the opportunistic Billy Flynn.

The performer, star of “The Wayne Brady Show,” joins “Chicago” Sept. 7 at the Ambassador Theatre and will continue in the musical through Nov. 11.

Mr. Brady, 31, will end production of his television show after this season, its second on the air. The Florida native has won Emmy Awards for his talk show and for his work on the ABC comedy series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

On the mend

Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride was hospitalized Thursday and underwent emergency surgery for subdural hematoma on Saturday.

After spending the night in the intensive care unit, normal procedure for this type of surgery, Mr. Pride is in a private room and doing very well, a spokesman for the entertainer said.

The recovery time is estimated at four to six weeks.

Kiss and tell

New York Post

Scarlett Johansson has come clean about her encounter with Oscar-winnerBenicio Del Toro.

The 19-year-old actress admits that, as rumored, she and Mr. Del Toro — who at 37 is old enough to be her dad — did get hot and heavy in the elevator of the Chateau Marmont hotel after this year’s Oscars ceremony.

“We were making out or having sex or something, which I think is very unsanitary,” she tells Elle magazine. “He’s a fabulous guy.”

50 clobbers clubbers

MTV.com

A surprise 50 Cent performance at a Springfield, Mass., nightclub reportedly was cut short Friday when the rapper leapt into the crowd after a fan threw water at him.

According to Associated Press, about 10 minutes after 50 Cent began his performance at the Hippodrome, a man in the crowd of nearly 1,400 tossed water at the rapper, who then handed his gold chain to a member of his entourage before jumping into the crowd.

Michael J. Barasso, the Hippodrome’s co-owner, told AP that 50 Cent’s entourage and bodyguards followed him into the audience. A fight is said to have ensued that ended with the early Saturday morning arrest of two men for disturbing the peace.

Uninhabitable home

Reuters News Agency

Bianca Jagger, former wife of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, yesterday said she is “homeless” as she battles a landlord over mold she says has infested her Park Avenue apartment.

Miss Jagger, 59, who appeared at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, said she has been living out of suitcases at friends’ homes for almost three years because her four-room, $4,600-a-month apartment is uninhabitable. She is suing her landlord and contractors who worked on the apartment for $20 million because of water leaks and problems with mold she claims was toxic.

A June 7 hearing date has been set.

Day in court

Associated Press

Country singer Glen Campbell yesterday pleaded guilty to extreme drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Under the plea agreement in Maricopa County Superior Court, Mr. Campbell was sentenced to 10 days in jail. He will be eligible for work furlough after 48 hours and will serve 75 hours of community service.

An aggravated assault charge was dropped.

Mr. Campbell was arrested in November near his Phoenix home after leaving the scene of a minor traffic accident. He was accused of kneeing a police officer after being taken into custody. The officer wasn’t hurt.

Mr. Campbell has blamed his arrest on the accidental mixing of alcohol and a prescription anti-anxiety drug.

The 68-year-old singer has lived in Arizona for more than two decades.

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

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