Sisters Luft, Minnelli reunite for concert
NEW YORK — Judy Garland’s talented daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli will perform together for the first time in 20 years during two concerts next month to raise money to fight breast cancer.
The concerts will be held Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 at the jazz club Birdland on West 44th Street. Most tickets start at $250 and include drinks and dinner.
The last time the sister performed together was during a memorable duet at the 1993 Tony Awards. Other guest performers will be Nick Adams, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jim Caruso, Kelly King, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phyllis Newman and Marcia Strassman.
The concerts will benefit the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation
Hannah to pen new ‘Agatha Christie’ novel
LONDON — Here’s one mystery solved: Sophie Hannah is the crime writer given the formidable and most likely lucrative task of reviving Agatha Christie’s famed detective, Hercule Poirot, in a new novel announced last week.
The joint venture involving Hannah, HarperCollins publishers and the late Christie’s descendants means that Hannah will write the first family-authorized sequel to the works that made Christie the bestselling novelist in history, with more than 2 billion copies sold.
When it comes out next year, the still untitled volume, set in the late 1920s, will be the first new Poirot story to appear since “Curtain” was published 39 years ago.
Hannah has eight popular psychological thrillers to her name.
Michelle Williams to star in new ‘Cabaret’
NEW YORK — Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next year in a role best known by Liza Minnelli — fishnet-and-bowler hat wearing chanteuse Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.”
The Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed last week that the former “Dawson’s Creek” and “Brokeback Mountain” star will join Alan Cumming in the revival. Williams takes over after Emma Stone withdrew due to scheduling conflicts.
Previews will begin March 21 with an opening set for April 24 at the Roundabout`s Studio 54 theater on Broadway, the last home of the show, which ran for more than 2,000 performances from 1998 to 2004. It won the Tony Award in 1998 for best musical revival.
Cumming will be reprising his 1998 turn as Master of Ceremonies. Also reprising their parts from the 1998 production: Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, who will direct. Marshall will also choreograph this time as well.
Dr. Seuss books coming in e-editions
NEW YORK — Make that the e-Cat in the Hat.
Dozens of Dr. Seuss classics, including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” will be available this fall for the first time as e-books. Random House Children’s Books announced Wednesday that the first 15 will come out Sept. 24, followed by additional publications in October and November.
Other Seuss picture books coming out electronically include “Fox in Socks,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
Jolie, Martin, Lansbury to get honorary Oscars
LOS ANGELES — And the honorary Academy Awards go to ... Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.
The film academy announced last week that Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Martin, Lansbury and Tosi will get Oscars recognizing their career achievements.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted on the recipients last week.
The awards will be presented at an untelevised ceremony Nov. 16 at Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.