GOOD MORNING: From CBS in TV City, to WB in Burbank, to Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine, to Paramount on Marathon Street, to — Mousie, Ky. That’s where Bob Daly is today. He’s in Appalachia as chairman of the board of Save the Children with CAA alum Bill Haber, who has made the org his No.1 preoccupation. Haber told me he and Daly next head to tsunami-ravaged Banda Aceh in Indonesia. I caught up with Haber in N.Y. at the Shubert Theater, where “Spamalot,” up for 14 Tonys, is sending audiences into the aisles rolling with laughter. Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan were seated in front of us and later backstaged to congrat the cast including her ex, Tony nominee Hank Azaria. He’ll leave the show the day after the Tonys to rejoin his Showtime series, “Huff,” but then will return to “Spamalot.” We also visited backstage with David Hyde Pierce, who brings down the house with “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway (Unless You Have a Jew).” Haber, who has been shepherding “Spamalot” for three years, next plans to bring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Women in White” to B’way as well as Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys” … We also caught 11-Tony-nominated “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which won the Drama League Award as best musical. It is terrif and not to be missed. Tony nominees John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz hysterically react more with the audience in each laugh-loaded show. One performance, when Butz neglected to put on his protective padding, Lithgow had to interrupt beating him to tell the audience what was really happening! … Later at Elaine’s, we caught up with the one-and-only Bobby Zarem and “Fur” producer Bonnie Timmermann, in from the film set at Steiner Studios, where Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. are starring. Timmermann next produces “Bug” with Billy Friedkin, who also directs, with Michael Shannon and Ashley Judd co-starring … We also supped at Joe Allen’s with Roger Bart, now co-starring in “The Producers” at the St. James, having wound his original supporting role (Carmen Ghia) in the film version two weeks ago. He’ll have to commute to L.A. for his co-starring role in “Desperate Housewives” … Lunching at Michael’s were Barbara Walters and Louise Grunwald and nearby Peter Brown. They were all headed to Oprah Winfrey’s weekend Legends Ball at Bacara … Brown told me Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of “The Phantom of the Opera” coming to Las Vegas will be timed down to an hour and 30 minutes — y’know the casinos are awaiting.

OUR THANKS TO the Ladies of SHARE for their Legacy Award given me at the Palladium Saturday night. Gary Smith produced the 42nd-anni show for the terrif group, which raised $1 million to add to the $40 million already donated to organizations helping the developmentally disabled and abused. (Joni Berry picked up the entire tab for the 630 who attended Boomtown, the Western-themed bash.) I was present at the very first SHARE event — at Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip — and reported on it in my column May 24, 1954, and for most Boomtowns since. Every top star in the biz has performed on SHARE shows, but it is always the SHARE ladies’ Rockette-like perf that steals the show–and wins standing ovations … Mother Dolores, who was Hollywood actress and Elvis Presley co-star Dolores Hart, dons makeup for the first time in years today as she appears before cameras as national spokesperson for the Neuropathy Assn. Disease affects 15 million-20 million a year. She admits, “I was in a wheelchair five years ago,” but now is able to walk thanks to research on the disease. She will tape PSAs and do 17 closed-circuit interviews before returning to the abbey in Bethlehem, Pa.

GLENN SCHAEFFER, who last year sold his Mandalay Bay properties in Las Vegas to MGM for $7.9 billion, is coming back into the Las Vegas hotel-casino scene. He has bought the landmark Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and will build another Fontainebleau hotel and casino on 25 acres he still owns in Las Vegas. He’s now partnered with Turnberry Associates. Schaeffer told me the Las Vegas property will be a 4,000-room resort — including showroom — to open in 2008. He plans to spend $350 million to renovate the Miami hotel and “bring it back to its original luxurious luster.” The Nevada resort will have the same look, architecturally, as the Miami property.

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