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More Showbiz for the Prez

The East Room of the White House was center stage for showbiz again on Monday as Roald Dahl’s “Willie Wonka ” was performed with a mini-cast for children of servicemen in Iraq.. Leslie Bricusse, who had written six songs with Tony Newley for the original show, which bowed two years ago at the Kennedy Center, has added nine more tunes with Tim McDonald.  Bricusee lingered after the Kennedy Center Honors to attend the production with wife Evie. He told me  the show  will head out on tour to colleges next year when  he’ll spend a lot of time in London   reworking “Dr. Dolittle” for the West End, as well as “Dr. Jekyl And Mr. Hyde.”

At the Kennedy Center Honors Gala Supper Dance, we sat at a table with Debbie Allen, who had starred for honoree Steven Spielberg in “Amstad.” She will team with Bricusse  and Quincy Jones in their stage production of “Sammy” (as in Davis, Jr.) But first Allen bows  “Bayou Legend” Dec. 14 – 21 at Kaufman Hall in UCLA . It’s based on “Peer Gynt.”