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CBS chairman Laurence Tisch and his wife Billie will be honored by the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Monday at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Vice President Al Gore will be the keynote speaker.

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La Jolla Playhouse artistic director Des McAnuff will direct a new production of Frank Loesser and Abe Burrow’s Tony-winning tuner “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” for the next season at La Jolla. The new production, opening Oct. 30, will star Matthew Broderick.

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Avery Brooks will return to the Westwood Playhouse Feb. 4-27 to star in Phillip Hayes Dean’s one-man show “Paul Robeson,” which ran here more than a year ago to critical acclaim. He was to have opened a week earlier, but the date was postponed due to the Northridge earthquake.

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“Double Dare” host Marc Summers, Tony Danza and producer Scott Sternberg are developing a new Nickelodeon gameshow for kids, “Just Like Me,” in which kids guess what they have in common with celebrities.

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There will be two benefit performances of Terrence McNally’s romantic comedy “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune” on Feb. 12-13 at the Odyssey Theatre to benefit P.A.W.S./L.A. (Pets are Wonderful Support — Los Angeles). Tickets are $ 25 ($ 5 discount for advance purchase). The non-profit organization helps people who are HIV-positive or who have AIDS to keep and feed their pets and provide homes when the need arises.

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