GOOD MORNING: Does anyone out there have a color copy of the 1957 CBS “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella” starring Julie Andrews? R&H, PBS and Julie have entered into a deal to air it again — and to also present it on a DVD (by Image) with additional dialog by Julie. If a color copy’s not found it will go out in black and white. Once again, we realize the value of protecting our artistic chef d’oeuvres. David Horn, who produces “Great Performances” for Thirteen/WNET PBS, will oversee this Andrews starrer as well as Julie hosting a six-part, six-hour PBS docu, “Broadway: The American Musical” dating from the turn of the century to today — even including a seg on “Wicked.” And, of course, Julie’s seg on stage. “It’s a social history as well as musical,” Horn adds … Julie has also entered into a development deal with the Sesame Workshop and PBS for a TV series based on the “Dumpy” books she and daughter Emma have written. It will be aimed at pre-schoolers. I caught up with Julie and her manager Steve Sauer at UCLA where she made two appearances at the L.A. Times’ Festival of Books. In the a.m., at Target’s stage, she did a Q&A and book signing for the young readers of the “Dumpy” series and “Mandy,” her first book. In the afternoon session, she signed her next (Harper Collins) book, “Dragon.” Despite the record-breaking heat (and crowds), Miss A. was accommodating to the blocklong lines of fans. She heads out on her speaking tour, p.a.’s for her starring roles in “Shrek 2” and “Princess Diaries 2” around the country and at Cannes. She has a special with Carol Burnett in the fall and is about to close a major motion picture production deal with Disney in which she’ll develop new material and adapt her children’s books. Not a bad workload for a 68-year-old broad.
HARVEY FIERSTEIN WINDS his two-year, Tony-winning role in “Hairspray” with Sunday’s matinee performance and says “I’m looking forward to sitting in the (Neil Simon) theater to see the show!” (Michael McKean will star next). Harvey never missed a show (769) and admits, “It was an experiment to see if I could do it.” Did he ever! He’s also been working on the DVD of “Torch Song Trilogy” from New Line Entertainment) based on his B’way version which won him Tonys for writing and starring. On the DVD, he conducts a running commentary. In the original 1982 play a very young Matthew Broderick played Fierstein’s son, “and I tucked him into bed. In the film (in 1988) I jumped into bed with him.” With time away from this play, Fierstein’s “tweaking” his script of “La Cage Aux Folles” for its revival, and also readying to write the book for a musicalized version of Paddy Chayefsky’s play, “A Catered Affair.” And to write a script for a proposed ABC pilot … And talking of revivals, Monday at Michael’s, Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization president Ted Chapin lunched with Barry and Fran Weissler talking a revival of “Pal Joey” and “South Pacific” … Marlee Matlin’s guestint on tonight’s seg of NBC’s ‘Law & Order: SVU” marks her first appearance since the arrival of her fourth child, Isabelle born Dec. 26. She and husband Kevin Grindalski agreed this will be the final addition to the family. She next produces “Sound and Fury” for Showtime — it’s the story about a family’s debate on a cochlear implant. Marlee’s also writing two sequels to her own story, “”Deaf Child Crossing,” the first out on paperback this month.
THE “WE ARE THE WORLD” events launching May 16 in the Circus Maximus continue to take up all of Quincy Jones’ days and nights. The live concert will reach hundreds of millions and a CD of the concert will include the new Quincy Jones song, “We Are The Future” by an international all-star chorus. Last week, he met with the mayor of Kigali in Rwanda, Theoneste Mutsindashyaka and L.A. Mayor Jim Hahn, two of the world’s 40 mayors who will participate. Q’s daughter Jolie and Chuck Workman completed a one-hour docu in Rwanda where a million were killed in the genocide 10 years ago. The first world children’s center has already opened in Kigali with plans for more worldwide. Q hopes the program will be aired by webs around the world including Al-Jazeera. “This will be a global outcry,” he said. Promotions on all major Web sites, including Yahoo, Amazon and eBay. I have never heard Jones more revved up for any event in his entire life. Get involved!
THE JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC Orch of California celebrates its 67th anni in a concert spectacular under the baton of Dr. Ernest Katz at the Kodak Theater May 5. It’s also his 67th year on the podium. The program this year includes the orchestral suite “Lord of the Rings/Return of the Kings.” And yours truly will m.c. the annual celebrity Battle of the Batons with special guest conductors Florence Henderson, Dick Van Patten, Bernie Kopell, Jack Carter and Bryan Cranston. Smith Barney hosts the community-benefiting evening … The Entertainment Industry Foundation raised $4.8 million for EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at the Hollywood Hits Broadway gala aboard the Queen Mary 2 in N.Y. John Lithgow hosted the all-star night … Tina Brown presents “7th Heaven” creator Brenda Hampton the Triumph for Teens award from Phoenix House on Saturday at the BevHills Hotel. Tina’s a fan of the Spelling series … Jack Jones headlines a dinner Saturday at Hickory Hill, Ethel Kennedy’s home in Virginia to raise funds for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in D.C. Performers will include Charles Grodin and Bill Dana … Craig Hafner received the Cine Golden award for Greystone TV & Films’ four-hour docu on Teddy Roosevelt. It aired on the History Channel with President Bush doing the on-camera intro and Richard Dreyfuss voicing Roosevelt.