GOOD MORNING: Carol Burnett proves her first love is the theater. She’ll head to London to star in “Putting It Together,” the Stephen Sondheim revue in which Julie Andrews made a triumphant return to the New York (the Off B’way City Center) last April. Burnett said she’ll take another turn at a series next year via CBS, with whom she has a pact. She’s a perfectionist and didn’t dig her latest pilot outing … Keith Carradine called to say he had to pull out of his (last) stand in “The Will Rogers Follies” at the Pantages. No doctor seems to be able to deal with the virus that has affected his back. “No one seems to know what it is,” he said sadly. “I’ve seen orthopedists, internists, chiropractors, etc., and I’ve spent a lot of money — but to no avail. So I called the producers and said, ‘You have to replace me.’ ” They’re trying to bring back Mac Davis — or Larry Gatlin when the latter winds his N.Y. run in the show …”Will Rogers Follies” director-choreographer Tommy Tune was here Thursday to get his star on the Walk of Fame — and said his ankle’s recuped. He bows here in “Tommy Tune Tonight” Sept. 7 at the Wilshire. He proved his prowess by high-kicking about his brand-new star on Vine Street to the applause of fans and friends on hand, including Joel Grey, Jerry Herman and Jasmine Guy (who’ll be in Tune’s 25 th anni of “Grease.”). Also at the ceremonies, writer A.J. Carothers and wife Carol — A.J. and Tommy are readying the “Busker Alley” musical for B’way … Hollywood’s Mayor Johnny Grant moves into KTLA offices Monday to prep the Nov. 28 Hollywood holiday parade … Over in the Silverlake district Wednesday, in broad daylight, Macdonald Carey’s car was hit by another vehicle and when Mac stepped out to exchange pertinent accident info, the hittee grabbed Carey’s wallet and zoomed off. Be warned of this mugging modus operandi.
MORE EFFERVESCENT THAN EVER was Joan Collins Thursday after she won her settlement from the Globe over their publication of pix taken of her “from 3/4 of a mile away of me in my bedroom. I believe in the freedom of the press — but darling, it can’t be in my bedroom!” She says the amount of her win cannot be divulged. But it seemed to please her enormously. She returns to England for a TV comedy, “Next,” and her movie “Decadence” is being readied for release. And her literary career continues with “My Secret.” It’s not autobiographical. Well, not entirely … Putting the squeeze on: Burt Reynolds will not be extolling Florida orange juice in the future. Peter Graves is the juice’s new voice starting next week … Attention Hollywood agents: Jack Carter plays “Superman’s” agent Murray Brown of the Galactic Theatrical Agency in Lorimar’s new “Lois & Clark” series … Dean Cain, who plays Clark Kent/Superman in the series, will also script “Love Kills” for Hollywood Pictures in a deal set by agent David McIlvain of Major Clients Agency. Cain’s a Princeton grad … On hand for the preem of Universal’s “Heart and Souls” at the Acad and getting congrats were co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and wife Deborah Falconer, who are expecting their first child on the pic’s opening day — today. Also co-star Kyra Sedgwick and husband Kevin Bacon in from the set of U’s “The River Wild” in Montana. And Tom Sizemore, who wrapped Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” with Downey, was there with Vanessa Lasky. And Elisabeth Shue, who was joined by her brother Andrew Shue and Courtney Thorne-Smith, his “‘Melrose Place” co-star. And Ron Underwood and wife Sandy with daughters Larissa, Lana and Lauren, plus producers Nancy Roberts, Sean Daniel and exec producer Cari-Esta Albert. The SRO crowd feasted on SanFran fare provided creatively by Along Came Mary.
WHEN FRANK MANCUSO GETS HIS HOUSE (staff) in order, one of the first projects he’ll attack is Ed Pressman’s “Captain Blood”… Jimmy Stewart is the Thalians’ “Mr. Wonderful” and will be feted Oct. 2 at the Century Plaza gala show headlined by Melissa Manchester. Debbie Reynolds talked Stewart into finally accepting their award … In 1988, Richard Christian Matheson made his Bantam deal for “Created By” about a TV show that contains so much violence, nudity, etc. that it gets an 80 share! Early shades of “NYPD Blue”? The book’s out Oct. 15 and Bantam’s now paid Matheson $ 250,000 for his second novel, “Leading Man.” The studio buzz is on for both Matheson projects … And major distribs are talking to “Threesome” producers Brad Jenkel, Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler of Motion Picture Corp. of America for their pic, which stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Steven Baldwin and Josh Charles. Andrew Fleming directed the pic, a commentary of sorts on Generation X … Bo Svenson relocated to British Columbia at the invitation of the Canadian government and was given landed immigrant status — as an asset to their film industry. He just guestarred on the Toronto location of “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” as a world champion martial artist … Ernie Borgnine, back from a month’s tour in the Northwest aboard his 40-foot bus, had to fly out to Vancouver to guestar in “The Commish.” At 76, Borgnine says he feels “terrific.”