Stars come out for Clinton fete

GOOD MORNING: Mr. President-elect Clinton, here’s the sensaysh lineup for your Presidential Gala to be telecast Jan. 19, 9-11 p.m. via CBS (delayed from a “live” start at 7 p.m. EST): it stars an extended concert by Barbra Streisand, who preems her version of “God Bless America.” Judy Collins sings her version of “Amazing Grace” with the Little Rock choir from Philander Smith College, and Aretha Franklin performs her version of “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin”… Other performers include: Elton John, Jack Lemmon, James Earl Jones, Chevy Chase and Fleetwood Mac. Plus Bill Cosby, who intros an all-star band that includes Thelonius Monk Jr., Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Al Grey, Ron Carter, Grover Washington, Illinois Jacquet and Wayne Shorter. Also Armed Forces Bands and the Naval Acad’s Glee Club and Reggie Jackson, the 12-year-old who sang “America The Beautiful” at the Demo Convention. Randy Goodman, a childhood friend of Bill Clinton’s whose “Circle of Friends” was also first played at the convention, has written the inaugural song, “Reunion,” which preems that night … Also Chuck Berry, the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe and opera singer and Little Rock native Barbara Hendricks. Gary Smith will produce the TV gala with Smith/Hemion Prods., and Dwight Hemion will direct at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Md. The overall theme of the TV show is to cover all kinds of entertainment … Coincidentally, Monday night at Spago, we found this exuberant group: Carol Channing, Rita Moreno and their respective husbands–the ladies will be part of the Broadway Musicals salute to America on the 17th from the National Mall next to the Smithsonian. Channing sings “A Little Girl From Little Rock”–from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Hillary Clinton had asked Carol to sing it when they met in Ark. last month. And Moreno sings “America” from “West Side Story.” Also at their table, Moreno’s daughter Fernanda, who toured with her mom in “Gypsy.”

A RETURNEE YESTERDAY FROM Clinton Country, Little Rock, Ark., after the Monday premiere of the Disney Channel’s “The Ernest Green Story,” is the movie’s star, Morris Chestnut. The President-elect complimented Chestnut on his portrayal of Green, a member of the 1957 “Arkansas Nine” black students who attempted to enroll in the segregated Central High School. Clinton (who loves to see movies) also praised Chestnut for his performance in “Boyz N the Hood.” Green was on hand and also cheered … TriStar’s “Sleepless in Seattle” was sneaked last night in Pasadena. It’s Nora Ephron’s second directorial outing and she, along with the Mike Medavoys, Rob Reiners and Howard Stringer, was also at Spago Monday. Reiner has a role as Tom Hanks’ pal in “Seattle.””I accepted the role without even reading the script. And I’m not on the cutting room floor,” Reiner roared. Medavoy’s talking more pix with Ephron. And Reiner’s readying his “North” for a May start at Castle Rock for Columbia–while still talking “Ocean of Storms” with Warren Beatty as the ex-astronaut despite Beatty’s upcoming “Love Affair” costarrer with Annette Bening at WB. I asked Medavoy what his involvement would be in the Clinton era. “Whatever advice I’m asked for. But I’m going to continue at TriStar”… Also at Spago, Dyan Cannon and daughter Jennifer (Grant) looking more like sisters. Also Gwen Davis, in town researching her next book–about intrigue in the publishing biz. She completed “Lorelei,” a tale about Neo-Nazism in a small German town.

“DOUBLE” TROUBLE FOR “Triple Indemnity”–director Carl Reiner tells me they can’t use the “Triple” title for their MGM comedy starring Armand Assante, Kate Nelligan and Sean Young … Young George Burns (he’ll be 97 Jan. 20) makes a rare cameo appearance–on “Golden Palace” taping Jan.22 … Congrats to CAA’s Ron Meyer and Kelly Chapman, who were married Dec. 31 in her family’s hometown, Colorado Springs … Continue the toasts to: Fran Curtis, exec VP of Rogers & Cowan, and Brian Dubin, Wm. Morris VP, who were wed New Year’s Eve at “21”… And at Christmas, Fox senior VP Brad Turrell popped the question to Rogers & Cowan staffer Laurel Sparks at her folks’ Texas home. Sparks is also the tall, beautiful blonde featured on the Jane Fonda Workout tapes … Tony Curtis introduced attorney Lisa Deutsch to us as his fiancee … Arnold Rifkin appointed Morgan Mason as head of William Morris’ special feature projects packaging division … Wm. Morris. set Bruce McNall’s book at Warner Books … Howzat, guvnor? Andy Fenady called his son Duke F. in London where he’s working on post-produciton of TNT’s “Sea Wolf” starring Charles Bronson and Christopher Reeve. Fenady, pere, asked the London hotel operator to connect him with “Duke Fenady.””I’m sorry,” the English operator replied, “We don’t have any Royals staying with us at the present”… Thieves broke into Rick Pallack’s store to do a little post-holiday “shopping.” They concentrated their choices on Pallack’s private-label tuxedoes and silk pajamas. … The Hollywood Press Club voted lifetime membership to George Sidney and on Jan.19, the Club toasts Milton Berle on his 80th year in showbiz with a feast at the Friars.

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