GOOD MORNING: Barbra Streisand will do a second show at the MGM Grand, Jan. 1. As if you didn’t know it, her New Year’s Eve show is a sellout. Tix for the second show will remain the same, $500-$2,500 and will go on sale Nov. 14. As for the New Year’s Eve show, it starts at 9 p.m. (PST) with two acts (plus an intermission). Barbra will be on stage at midnight. (Despite rumors, John Travolta will not be in the show.) Marvin Hamlisch conducts a symphony-size orchestra as he had for Barbra’s New Year’s Eve MGM concert in 1993. The show will be taped by producer Don Mischer, to memorialize it — as was Streisand’s previous Grand stand, which has not (yet) been released … .From the sublime to — “Strictly Barbra,” starring Steven Brinberg, fresh from London’s Jermyn St. theater, bows at N.Y.’s 165-seat Dominion Theater, Nov. 8, tix $22.50, “one drink minimum, AMEX and cash only.”
SOME MOVIE SCENES are unforgettable, and many of those in which Gregory Peck appeared fit that category. Hours after Peck had seen “Children of the Night” at the Academy for the Jewish Film Festival, Peck could not erase from his mind the scenes of some of the 1.1 million Jewish children murdered in the holocaust. Film of the pathetic, lonely, lost, bewildered, begging, starving, hungry, and dying children shown in Arthur Cohn’s 18-minute docu can never be erased from my mind either. Peck said the film “brings out our anger, sadness, outrage, frustration — but most of all our resolve never to forget!” Peck told me his determination to see that this film will receive global attention, and hopefully Academy consideration in the future. With an audience that included 300 holocaust survivors, Peck received a prolonged — and I mean prolonged — ovation when he was given awards Wednesday night for his daring to star in “Gentleman’s Agreement.” He in turn, gave credit to 20th’s Daryl F. Zanuck, who was “gung-ho” to make the film even though others, like (MGM’s) Louis B. Mayer, tried to discourage him … Peck next heads to Paris for the Nov. 14 “Music for Peace for UNESCO” concert by Zubin Mehta and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with international concert stars. Peck will be joined as masters of ceremonies by Marisa Berensen, Sidney Poitier and Peter Ustinov. Speakers will include Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres and attendees will include Jacques Chirac and other international presidents … Arthur Hiller, chairman of the Jewish Film Festival, rushed from the Acad to Cedars-Sinai where daughter Erica and husband Kevin Carpenter welcomed their first child, Kellen Marie C., at 4:30 ayem Thursday.
SALMA HAYEK SPENDS THANKSGIVING in Kosovo, Macedonia and Bosnia, headlining the USO’s “Operation Starlift” hosted by Hollywood’s Ceremonial Mayor Johnny Grant (making his 52nd USO trip!) Others making the tour include Garrett Morris and Danica McKellar. Grant returns in time to ride in the Hollywood Christmas Parade Nov. 28 … Gary Owens returned to work after an absence of five months, recuping from quadruple bypass surgery. His first gig: to pre-record the Hollywood Christmas Parade for KCOP and syndication. (He was nominated for an Emmy last year for his narration) … Edie and Lew Wasserman hosted their annual dinner for residents at the Motion Picture Country House & Hospital on Thursday. The Chasen’s-menu’d dinner was catered by the eatery’s alumnus, Arli. Edie was also serenaded by the Kirk Douglases and Bob Wagners on her 84th birthday … Publicist Arthur Wilder launches his book “Honestly!” confessions of a Hollywood press agent, Saturday at Carroll’s in BevHills where he pledges half the profits in perpetuity to the Motion Picture Country House & Hospital … Wolfgang Puck bid $7,500 to win the prize white truffle at a charity auction in Alba, Italy.
A ONE-DAY BOXOFFICE RECORD was broken by “Bash, latter day plays,” bowing Nov. 27 at the Canon, BevHills for a four-week limited run … In celebration of theater in L.A., the cast of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” performs at the Ovation Awards Monday … Gail Katz, receiving the Woman of Distinction Award from the national Hadassah at the BevWilshire, Sunday, is now producing WB’s “The Perfect Storm” and prepping Col’s “Endurance” and “Travel Agent” and 20th’s “Labor of Love.” Other Hadassah honorees include Dr. Francine Kaufman, Camryn Manheim and Carmen Warshaw … Susan Lucci and daughter Liza Huber reunion today at the Russian Tea Room for Soap Opera Weekly’s 10th anni night of a hundred soap stars … Sweet charity “An Evening of the Stars” to benefit pancreatic cancer research will be held Sunday at the BevHilton. E.J. Peaker’s written a song for the cause … Gilda’s Club (in memory of Gilda Radner) holds its fifth comedy gala Monday at N.Y.’s Plaza with Denise Rich and Kevin Sharp awardees for their work in helping to fight cancer … Dana Carvey headlines Cedars-Sinai’s “Moroccan Nights” gala at the Biltmore in L.A. Saturday … And the “Express Yourself” street fair will be held Sunday in Venice to raise funds for P.S. Arts which gives youngsters classes in art, drama, music and dance every day … Also Saturday, the annual Diabetes Benefit Foundation Family Fun Festival will be held at the Brunswick Valley Bowl in Simi Valley with 16 stars participating.