Baldwin shines in ‘Streetcar’

GOOD MORNING: Alec Baldwin, Tony-nominated for his performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” modestly tells us, “I fooled some of the critics.” Not! He got raves. Baldwin admits Tennessee Williams is his “favorite” and hopes, “when I get older”–to play “Night of the Iguana.” But he would like to do a comedy as his next legit outing with Zeljko Ivanek (Tony-nominated for “Two Shakespearean Actors”), Nathan Lane (another Tony nominee for “Guys and Dolls”) and Joe Maher. As for trying to follow the accoladed original “Streetcar” cast, Baldwin notes, “Some people would want you to do an impersonation, and some would salute you if you didn’t. You’re damned if you do and if you don’t. You have to do something different–but you don’t alter the play. You can’t pay attention to critics–but,” he laughs, “the audiences have been very responsive.” Baldwin has two movies in the can, “Prelude to a Kiss,” with Meg Ryan for 20th, and “Glengarry Glen Ross,” with Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino for New Line, thus says he’d do another play “in a minute–but not a musical; I can’t sing a note.” Yes, he and Kim Basinger would like to reteam–“if we could find something.” And he and his brothers (William, Stephen and Daniel) have been offered pix together (like “The Sullivan Brothers”)–“but we wouldn’t like to do that.” … The ranks of late night talkshow hosts is increased as Johnny Carson slowly segues away. The newest addition to host ranks is Garry Shandling. But he plays the host in “The Larry Sanders Show.” Shandling’s set for a 13 -week commitment with HBO. Any similarity to anyone you know in the Brillstein-Grey show is left to your own imagination. Rip Torn plays Shandling’s producer-foil, Jeff Tambor is his sidekick and Meghan Gallagher plays Shandling’s wife.

THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST sexual harassment case will be aired as “Women of Fairfield” for ABC by producers Peter Duchow and Richard Colla. But Duchow says he’ll “humanize” the story, as he will with “Obsession,” also filming for ABC (in San Diego)–with Shannen Doherty (of “Beverly Hills, 90210”) as the object of obsession by the older William Devane. On the lighter side, Duchow says he’s readying “Maid in Heaven”–which he describes as “‘Driving Miss Daisy’–without the car.” Duchow, who left the agency bizness 10 years ago to enter TV production (then with Jim Garner), says, “It’s not easy, but you can still make quality television pictures–if you spend a year with no pay” preparing them. … And Lee Rich has found a way to make a quality telepic that was too expensive for U.S. production– he, WB and RAI have teamed on “Killer Rules,” a Mafia-themed pic to star Jamie Sheridan and Sela Ward, with Robert Ellis Miller directing in Rome. “It’s come to the point where you can’t do it here anymore,” said Rich, who filmed “Innocent Blood” in Pittsburgh Wolfgang Puck has written investors to tell them his Eureka eatery is temporarily closed. Ironically, it does even bigger business than the always-SRO Spago–but Eureka is structured with its brewery. So Wolfgang’s trying to separate the two and shuttered while he works it out with the bank. Meanwhile, he’s opening “Wolfgang Puck Pizza Parlors”–the first one in L.A. is near USC. Barbara Lazaroff (Mrs. Wolfgang Puck, y’know) has been elected to the board of directors of Hollywood Entertainment Museum. … Cesar Romero receives the Will Rogers Memorial Award from the BevHills Chamber of Commerce at the BevWilshire tomorrow … Bob Stack receives the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Distinguished Citizen Award tonight at the Century Towers.

MICKEY ROONEY is planning to accept the long-standing offers for him to tour the U.S. in one-niter chats–a la Cary Grant. “I want to talk to the people about waking up to the growth of hatred,” says Rooney. “For one thing, I see signs that anti-Semitism is resurging, and that’s one fire we can’t allow to get away from us.” Rooney, who wound the new season’s “Black Stallion,” is off to Portugal for the bigscreen “Milky Life” and to receive Portugal’s highest arts honor at the Portugal Film Fest June 1. … Stage 3 of CBS/MTM studios is converted tomorrow night for the “Showstoppers,” 39th annual Boomtown SHARE show. The ladies will be gowned by Bob Mackie in the “Luck Be a Lady” number. Scott Salmon , who choreo’d the RCMH Easter show, dittos for SHARE and produces with exec producer Gary Smith. It’s Oscar-“People’s Choice” scripter Buz Kohan’s 23rd SHARE show. Brooke Shields’ date tomorrow is Ray Liotta. … Paula Poundstone headlines tomorrow’s White House Correspondents’ feed in D.C. She follows–the president Producer Victor Drai winds “Weekend at Bernie’s II” on N.Y. subway and Times Square locations this week after a happy outing in St. Thomas. The locals down there who were embittered by the earlier visit of the Salkinds’ “Columbus” troupe fully cooperated with Drai, who told us they wound on sked and budget. Drai owns this negative and won’t show it to exhibs until he’s ready. “I’m gambling,” he admits. … The KCET-produced Shari Lewis spots stressing the added need for parents to talk to their kids, as an aftermath of the riots, etc., start airing nationally tomorrow on PBS stations.

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