GOOD MORNING: There’s no censorship from the Veterans’ Administration on the upcoming nudity in “Hair” bowing at the V.A.-owned Wadsworth Theater on its grounds in West L.A. Arthur Allan Seidelman, who directs, said “We had to get the V.A’s. permission but they granted it” — to producer Marcia Seligman. Seidelman says of the tried-and-true show’s nudity, “I think it’s very important for the show. It’s about honesty, there’s no guile, or camouflage.” This edition of “Hair” is not one of the previous covered editions. “This is fully staged and the advance for the 10 performances (bowing June 16) is hefty,” Seidelman says. The company rehearses from 8 ayem until 4 p.m. when he heads over to the Geffen Playhouse, also in Westwood, where he started previews Tuesday night for the world premiere of Richard Alfieri’s play, “Six Dances in Six Weeks” starring Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce opening June 7. Hagen and Pierce have been taking dance lessons for months in preparation for this show about an older woman and her dance instructor, a former chorus boy … They’ll dance to everything from “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” to “Blue Tango,” songs sung by Tony Bennett, Eydie Gorme, the Beach Boys and “The Best Is Yet to Come” — which is certainly expected from Hagen and Pierce! Peter Matz musicks the show and Travis Payne choreographs … It is indeed a banner week as Seidelman also learned this week that his two CBS MOWs “The Runaway” and “Like Mother, Like Son” (starring Mary Tyler Moore) were the net’s highest rated pix of the year … Seidelman heads to B’way with “Mack and Mabel” in mid-November with Jon Wilner producing the show in a Nederlander house yet to be determined.AND TALKING ABOUT NUDITY: On the Tonys, “The Full Monty” men will appear nude on the stage for the Radio City Music Hall — and on the air. How can you do it, I dutifully asked producer Gary Smithy. “Very carefully,” he explained — with lighting, etc. Ladies, meanwhile, will be the sole and single presenters to the award winners. There’ll be none of the usual chitchat between male and female presenters. The ladies include: Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sigourney Weaver, Edie Falco, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Reba McEntire, Gina Gershon, Glenn Close. And Sotheby’s is offering the ladies a chance to wear jewels from their June 13 auction of top name designer jewelry. And oh yes, there’ll be men on the show — like the authors of the nominated plays, August Wilson, Charles Busch, Tom Stoppard, David Auburn. And performances by some of the male nominees … Surprise! A sequel to “Shrek” is in the works, producer John H. Williams tells me. And I couldn’t be happier — after seeing it over the Memorial Day weekend at the AMC Century City with our 5-year-old grandson Ryan Rosenblum. Although I must admit it’s quite an experience to sit in a theater showing a movie for young people. How young? One couple brought their 3-weeks-old (!) baby, along with their 5 year old. There were occasional bursts of crying from other parts of the house, one toddler’s enthusiasm was translated into rhythmic pounding on the back of my seat. I patiently and knowingly endured it — his mother was busy talking on her cell phone. It didn’t bother me, either — she was calling home and the conversation was interesting … Williams, who produced the DreamWorks delight with Aron Warner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, revealed to me it was his sons, then 5 and 6 years old, who got him hooked on “Shrek” — when it was cartoonist William Steig’s delightful 28-page fractured fairy tale. That was seven years ago. When Williams showed it to Laurie McDonald and Katzenberg at DreamWorks the book came to life “and Jeffrey delivered every one of the stars he said would be perfect for the parts,” said Williams, who showed the movie in a Boston theater to 93 years young Steig with his children and grandchildren. He approved, telling Williams: “You’ve kept it very faithful to the book.” THOSE NEWLYWED KIDS were positively giddy with excitement at their black tie wedding reception Saturday at the Coconut Club of the Beverly Hilton where Suzanne Pleshette and Tom Poston celebrated with a party for 250 close friends at dinner; 150 more were invited for the cake-cutting finale of the evening. (Star magazine picked up a part of the tab in exchange for exclusivity). The “kids,” Suzanne and Tom, greeted everyone at the door, danced the first dance, cut the traditional (four-tiered) wedding cake and liberally spiced their emotional speeches with the humor for which both are noted. F’rinstance, the sign on the men’s room door noted Cary Grant and Randolph Scott; the ladies room, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, And protruding from underneath one tablecloth at the entrance, the name “Paulette Goddard.” Jack Sheldon’s Big Band played for dancers and singers who included Merv Griffin, Connie Stevens, Peter Marshall, Gary LeMel, plus words of warmth(?) and wisdom(?) from Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Red Buttons, Shelley Berman. The guests included Mayor Richard Riordan and wife Nancy, Edie and Lew Wasserman, Billy Crystals, Aaron Spellings, Marvin Davises, Sidney Poitiers, Dick Van Dykes, Bob Stacks, Mike Connors, Larry Gelbarts, Pierre Cossettes, Gil Cates, Steve Tisches, Peter Falks, Chuck Fries, Bob Loggias, Dick Martins, Jayne Allen, George Schlatters, interior designers Stephen Tomar and Stuart Lampert who are combining the newlyweds’ condo. And waitresses from Nate ‘n Al’s.
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