GOOD MORNING: From a musical tribute to Linda McCartney to an opera about anti-Semitism — that’s the rainbow of projects for the Hollywood Bowl’s principal conductor, John Mauceri. First is Sunday’s preem (at the Bowl) of Paul McCartney’s “Standing Stone,” which will have his epic poem narrated for the first time — by Oscar nominee Gloria Stuart. It had only been printed in programs of previous (75-minute) performances. Mauceri told me when he first read the Celtic poem about stones (like Stonehenge), which are a permanent tribute to a hero’s love, he asked McCartney’s permission to have it read. “After Linda died, I wrote to Paul and told him we would dedicate the concert and the reading to Linda. He OK’d it.” Mauceri also said he has attempted for 15 years to conduct “The Eternal Road,” Kurt Weill’s opera written with Franz Werfel about the coming of the holocaust. It had been produced only once: at the Manhattan Opera House in 1937. It was the work that brought Weill and Werfel to the U.S. from Nazi Europe. Mauceri has now arranged for it to re-preem next June in Chemnitz, Germany, to kick off a 2000 celebration and the 100th anni of Weill’s birth. Mauceri admits, “When I had mentioned it (the opera) to various (music halls), they looked away.” He now plans to also write a book about why/how the work was constantly turned down. “I am accusing whole countries for the banning of it. After all, in Europe, the arts are run by the governments, you know. It will be an eye-popping book to show who was running the music institutions in Germany and Austria after the war. It is sinister.” He will also conduct it with the Israel Symphony and at the Brooklyn Academy next year. “And in its original German,” he adds. Meanwhile, Mauceri continues his performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, where his musicianship and magnetic personality have revived interest and attendance since his arrival. He is also music director of the Teatro Regio in Torino, Italy.
DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND STEVE TISCH are teaming to produce a feature based on the wedding of David Weilick and Elizabeth Runze. The latter won the campaign to become the bride of the U. of Minn. teacher, who held a public campaign and election to find a mate. They were married June 13 in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Hoffman and Tisch would produce, with Hoffman directing and not playing the bridegroom. They had seen David Ives’ play “All in the Timing” at the Geffen and will talk to him about writing the screenplay of the unique wedding story … Jack Lemmon, wife Felicia, daughter Denise and her husband Don Gordon returned from a safari in South Africa. They were on elephants almost every day, reports Lemmon. One day, in a Land Rover, Lemmon was photographing a lion when “I suddenly noted the hair on the lion’s neck went up — when he started to make a leap, the driver slapped the car in a quick reverse.” (Lemmon got the pix.) Asked whether this experience was hairier than working with Walter Matthau, Lemmon said, “The lions are cuter, but Matthau could also chew you up!” This is the second safari for the Lemmons; they plan a third, in gorilla country. Lemmon was wearing an eyepatch to protect from a virus, and one day they tried to put an eyepatch on his elephant for a photo op! … Julie Andrews returned to N.Y. from London, where she recorded the voice of Pollyanna the parrot for the musical legit “Dr. Dolittle.” The show stars Philip Scofield and the Jim Henson puppets, plus animatronics, with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. On hand to see the show in previews were Prince Charles, Prince Harry and six of his non-royal chums … Meanwhile, Prince Edward, here on press tour for his Ardent Prods. Ltd. PBS series, dined Monday with Gary Pudney at Morton’s, where Windsor met a member of the U.S. “royal family,” Bobby Shriver.
“LOLITA” COMES OF AGE in Hollywood with tonight’s preem promoting Showtime’s Aug. 2 bow of the film — in advance of the theatrical release by the Samuel Goldwyn Co. later this year. Director Adrian Lyne, concerning Goldwyn’s recent decision to theatrically release it, told me, “I needed some good news. I haven’t changed it at all (from the R rating). Several (studio) executives had told me how much they liked it, but people above them turned it down. I tried to do a film that reflects the (Nabokov) novel, not a remake of the Stanley Kubrick movie. Today, I don’t think Martin Scorsese could do ‘Taxi Driver’ or Louis Malle ‘Pretty Baby,” or Martha Coolidge ‘Ramblin’ Rose.’ ” ” Next for Lyne: he’s talking with Alvin Sargent on an untitled Fox film about infidelity, or another project titled “The Murder Next Door.” But Lyne admits, “It (‘Lolita’) is a tough act to follow” … Monday night, Roseanne started runs-thru at CBS for her NBC O&O’s talker, bowing Sept. 14 for King World. Hal Kanter, who has written for everyone from Berle, Hope, Benny, Gobel and 27 comedy movies, is adviser on the show. After one night’s sessions, he predicts of Roseanne, “She’s gonna be excellent!” … Milton Berle is honored by the L.A. City Council today, adding to the accolades on his 90th birthday. The date of Berle’s N.Y. tribute has now been switched to Oct. 12, for President Clinton’s availability.