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Bit Parts : "Follies" Off, Or Is It?

Well, it's definite. The production of "Follies" which was such a big hit at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse will NOT be coming into New York. Accounts in the Daily News, Playbill On-Line, and In Theater's website attribute this cancellation of the transfer to Bobby Goldman, the wife of the show's book author James Goldman.

According to a source close to the show, Mrs. Goldman, who reportedly makes the financial decisions in the family, was holding out for another New York production of "Follies." Rumors are flying that the Roundabout Theatre Company is interested in mounting its own version.

This would make sense if Roundabout's super-hot revival of "Cabaret" moved from its current home, the Kit Kat Klub to the former Studio 54. The company has a three-year lease on the Kit Kat so they would need a long-running show to fill the space. Sam Mendes, co-director of "Cabaret," would be a strong candidate to stage such a production. Just as it has been transformed into a 1930 Berlin nightclub, the Kit Kat Klub can easily be converted to convey the setting of "Follies"--a dilapidated theatre about to be demolished. However, Erin Dunn, spokesperson for the Roundabout, states that "Cabaret" is not moving.

On The Town On Broadway

The "will-they-or-won't-they" saga is finally settled: "On The Town" is scheduled to begin its Broadway run on Oct. 20 at the Gershwin Theatre, according to The New York Post. Lea De Laria will reportedly play the role of "Hildy."

Richards To Drama Panel

Lloyd Richards has joined the drama faculty panel of Talent Unlimited High School on East 68th St. that will select next year's first recipient of the Brendan Gill Playwrighting Scholarship. For 30 years the artistic director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, Richards is also professor emeritus of the Yale School of Drama and a director of the American Theatre Wing, which is sponsoring the Gill scholarship.


Extended "Brain"-power

Lincoln Center Theatre has extended the run of William Finn's autobiographical drama/musical "A New Brain," starring Malcolm Gets. The show opened on June 18 and will run until Oct. 11 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. The musical marks the reunion of Finn and James Lapine, who collaborated on the "Falsettos" series.

Brown Breaks Through to the Other Side

Tina Brown, who has just stepped down as top editor at The New Yorker, will soon be on the other end of the story as she moves to a circle she once covered in her magazines.

Her new job with Miramax will find her forming a media venture that includes a monthly magazine designed to create material for Miramax films and television shows.

People on the Move

Linda Eder will sing her last song as Lucy in the Broadway "Jekyll and Hyde" on Sunday, Aug. 30. Luba Mason, most recently seen in Paul Simon's "The Capeman" will replace her starting Sept. 1

John Spencer is replacing Ali Poyrazoglu in "Pera Palas" at Second Stage Behind the scenes, Patricia Cruz has just been appointed the Executive Director for Aaron Davis Hall, Harlem's principal center for the performing arts. Cruz will oversee the programs and administration of the three-theatre performing arts complex and gallery space. She is currently the President of the Board of the New York Foundation for the Arts and has worked for 24 years in arts management.

His Way

The New York Post is reporting that a star-studded tribute to Frank Sinatra will take place in September, allowing Tony Bennett, Alan King, and other friends to participate. Also on tap is a proposed National Music Museum and Center, designed to fulfill Sinatra's wish to pass on his musical knowledge to future generations. The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Federal City Council in Washington, D.C. signed an agreement to spend one year looking into the feasibility of the concept, which would incorporate his daughter Nancy's wish to preserve and exhibit her father's artifacts.

--Stephanie Lash, David Sheward

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