Jewish entertainment news
Last updated: 2003-08-15
It looks as though Mel Brooks award-winning stage show of The Producers is about to welcome back its two original stars. Nathan Lane, who played theatrical agent Max Bialystock, and Matthew Broderick, who co-starred as nervy accountant Leo Bloom, are apparently in negotiations to rejoin the production for three months from January 2004, possibly ahead of starring in the London production that is due on stage next year. A film version of the musical is also said to be in the works.
Israeli TV viewers are now able to tune in to the worlds first ever Hasidic soap opera. The Tel Aviv-set show The Rebbes Court focuses on the son-in-law of a Rabbi who is expelled from his ultra-orthodox community after being falsely accused of gambling, and attempts to make a new life for himself in the secular world. "It shows that Hasidic Jews are real people and that we all have something to learn from the other," said cast member Oded Menaster. The show is currently being screened on the Israeli cable channel Azure, which is devoted to Jewish issues.
Look out for new singles from former All-Saint Melanie Blatt and ex S-clubber Rachel Stevens in the next month. Blatts single, Do Me Wrong, is her first since the band split up in 2000, while Stevens is promising a new raunchier image to go with her as-yet-untitled debut Actress Roseanne Barr is to undergo hysterectomy surgery in the next few weeks. A spokeswoman for the former sitcom star said she expected her to make a full recovery
Happy birthday this week to...:
Will And Grace star Debra Messing (35 on August 15), Hollywood screenwriter and author William Goldman (72 on August 12), singer Vanessa Carlton (23 on August 16).