GOOD MORNING: The marriage ties are increasing between Hollywood and Broadway. And, with the last three years’ Tony winners — “Hairspray,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “The Producers” — originating from film, the future looks even brighter with this group of new deals for film-to-B’way via MGM’s On Stage theater division. Darcie Denker, the division’s president, says “the reception has been overwhelming” for the following pix now licensed for B’way stage rights: “Legally Blonde,” to producer Hal Lustig, “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” to Marty Richards, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” to David Brown and Marty Bell and “Get Shorty” to Clear Channel. In addition, Denker’s prepping a photo book, “A Fine Romance” on the backstage drama from stage to screen and screen to stage. Profits from the book to the MPTF and N.Y. Actors Fund … On Jan. 9, I reported Steven Spielberg caught “Hairspray” and “La Boheme” — twice. And on May 13, I noted Steven and Kate Capshaw caught “Gypsy” twice. As reported in Daily Variety the morning after the Tonys, Steven has a B’way musical in the works from his (DreamWorks) movie, “Catch Me If You Can,” with Tony winners (for “Hairspray” score) Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Walter Parkes, who produced the “Catch Me” pic with Spielberg told me the B’way duo winged out to talk the legit idea “only five days before the Tonys. We thought the idea was great and told them to go ahead with it.” No, Steven would not direct the legiter nor would the duo produce. “We’ll watch from the sidelines,” Parkes said, “and I just can’t wait to be there opening night.” While the duo has no plans to do a B’way musical, he did allow that they are “definitely looking to do a movie musical — we just haven’t found the project. Yet.”
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ADD NEW CREDITS for Larry Gelbart and Bruce Corwin — they’ll both be conducting wedding services, respectively, for children of (the late) Jack Elliott and wife Bobbi. Gelbart says he and Corwin got their ordination confirmations — for the United Church of Life — via the Internet. Gelbart performs the service for composer Alan Elliott and Rebecca Arce on June 28. And Corwin, for Joanna Elliott and Jonathan Wechsler, Oct. 12 … Gelbart was among authors at the Peninsula Hotel where Ali Kasikci hosted the kickoff dinner (Nov. 3) for the Council of the Library Foundation for the L.A. Public Library. Gelbart noted, “When I grew up, my home was practically a literature-free zone. The only books I owned were a complete set of Marvel Comics and a Passover Haggadah — which explains why, to this day I still think Superman flew from right to left” … After 20 years of marriage, Kim and Jack Jones have entered a trial separation. He assures, “There are no other parties or extenuating circumstance and the happiness and well-being of our daughter, Nicole, 12, is our uppermost common goal.” … Halle Berry, recuped from injury to her right arm suffered on the set of “Gothika,” returns to the Montreal location, Monday … All in the family: “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” “father,” Peter Boyle, and Ray’s “wife,” Patricia Heaton ran into each other in Vancouver where both are working in features, he in “Scooby Doo 2”; she, in “The Goodbye Girl.” Boyle’s daughter Lucy, a recent Phi Beta Kappa grad from Brown, has a role in “Eulogy,” the feature starring — Ray Romano … And “Days of Our Lives'” James Reynolds at the Actors’ Gang Theater Tuesday to see son Jed, a U. of California Santa Barbara junior, in “Spontaneous Combustion” … Denzel and Pauletta Washington host the “Braintastic” fundraiser on the WB lot June 21 to benefit the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute honoring Linda Burrows. Mo’Nique femcees … Virginia Mayo makes an appearance at the L.A. County Museum’s screening of “The Princess and the Pirate” (1944), part of the “Hope Springs Eternal” program. Mayo costarred with Bob.
GIORGIO ARMANI WILL BE inducted Sept. 9 into the new Rodeo Drive Walk of Style. Wednesday night, Robert Graham’s “Torso” sculpture on Rodeo and Dayton Way was unveiled to launch the Walk. The glamour event was skedded for Oscar week but postponed in light of the Iraq war’s beginning …The Save the Children Intl. gala raised $3.5 million at Pier Sixty. Bill Haber quick-tripped afterward to L.A. Wednesday to inspect the arrival at Western Costume of the Helen Larson costume collection — 16,000 pieces! Haber owns Western. President Eddie Marks says the company now has 5 million pieces which will have a grand exhibition unveiling June 26. Martin Scorsese has already set pieces from the vintage Larson collection for his “The Aviator” … Tony Danza presents the Champion for Children Award to Elizabeth and Jim Wiatt at Saturday’s Fulfillment Fund Achievement Awards at the Kodak … Recipients of the Vision Awards 30th anni, “Hollywood Cures Blindness” gala headed by Helen Harris June 28 at the BevHIlton include: Tom Hanks, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese, Chris McGurk, Avi Arad, Burt Bacharach, Gary MeMel, David Renzer, Howard Shore, Bob Costas, Caryn Mandabach, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston,. Yours truly again hosts … Holland Taylor performs for Skid Row’s Lamp Community at the L.A. Theater Center tonight to benefit the homeless and mentally ill … Tippi Hedren joins Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg in David O’Russell’s ” I Love Huckabee’s” for Fox Searchlight.