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Friday, May 9, 2003

MOORE HOSPITALIZED: Roger Moore, the suave star of seven James Bond movies, was recovering in a New York hospital Thursday after collapsing in a Broadway performance.

Moore, 75, was diagnosed as suffering from exhaustion and dehydration after fainting at a Wednesday matinee performance of the comedy "The Play What I Wrote," said Jerry Pam, the English actor's agent in the United States.

Moore was expected to be discharged from the hospital Thursday or today, said Jackie Green, a spokeswoman for the show's press agent.

"He is absolutely fine. The doctor is pleased with his progress," she said.

Moore was playing the part of the "mystery guest star" - a rotating cameo role filled by celebrities - when he fainted toward the end of the second act, Green said.

He finished the performance after a 10-minute break, Green said. After the show, EMS personnel took Moore from the Lyceum Theatre to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, Pam said.


ROSIE THE WRITER: Rosie O'Donnell is back in the magazine business.

The comedian and former talk show host, whose Rosie magazine lasted for a year and a half, will be a regular contributor to the gay and lesbian magazine The Advocate. Her first column appears in the May 13 issue.

O'Donnell came out as a lesbian in March 2002. Her girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter, gave birth in November to a daughter, who joins O'Donnell's three adopted children.

"Today, Rosie's long and brave journey has led her not only to the cover of The Advocate - Rosie was honored with the magazine's Person of the Year Award for 2002 - but now to its chorus of voices, as a columnist," Judy Wieder, editorial director of LPI Media, publisher of The Advocate, said Thursday.

In the column, titled "The Yellow," O'Donnell describes how fame robbed her of her "yellow" - a metaphor she uses for energy and happiness.

"It started to show on my face and body. And as I became bigger and sadder - starved for yellow," she writes. "I filled my craving with food - getting madder still with my expanding girth and with my inability to make more yellow."


SOUSA MARCHES ON: John Philip Sousa's last and not-quite-finished march, written the year before his death in 1932, has been completed by the Library of Congress.

The library took the piano score from among its 300 Sousa manuscripts and assigned its completion to Stephen Bulla, arranger for the U.S. Marine Band. The reconstruction, helped by notes of Sousa himself on the orchestration and by a study of other Sousa works, was done under the supervision of Loras John Schissel, an authority on Sousa and a music specialist on the library staff.

The three-minute march was performed for the first time Tuesday night in the Great Hall of the library's century-old Jefferson Building to honor John W. Kluge, the library's biggest contributor. Kluge, 88, and John Philip Sousa IV, the composer's great grandson, attended the ceremony.

Sousa himself did scholarly work for the library, collecting American Indian and other folk tunes.

Unlabeled by Sousa himself, the orchestrated piece is now called the "Library of Congress March." He published 135 marches in his lifetime, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever."


ELTON AND THE VAMPIRE: No capes, no crosses and definitely no tap-dancing vampires.

Longtime musical collaborators Elton John and Bernie Taupin are planning to bring "The Vampire Lestat" to Broadway, and they promise a production free of gothic excess.

"It will be dark, sexy and scary, but that doesn't mean it has to be cliche," Taupin said Tuesday at a news conference to announce the show.

The project, based on the character from Anne Rice's novels, is the first production from Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and is scheduled to hit the stage in 2005. John already has two productions on Broadway, the Disney hits "Aida" and "The Lion King." This is Taupin's first effort.

The book is being written by Linda Woolverton, who wrote the stage version of "Beauty and the Beast," and it will be directed by Robert Jess Roth, who was nominated for a Tony award for his direction of that Disney production.


KEEP LAUGHING: NBC Enterprises and Comedy Central have agreed to extend their deal giving the cable network an exclusive second viewing window for "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" through the 2003-04 TV season.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with Conan, Jeff Ross and the entire team at NBC," says Kathryn Mitchell, Comedy Central's SVP of Programming. "Conan's appeal to young, upscale male viewers is a perfect fit with the Comedy Central audience."

Under the current deal, "Late Night" airs on NBC Monday through Friday at 11:35 p.m. MDT and is then rebroadcast at 7:30 the next evening on Comedy Central.

"We are excited to extend our exclusive partnership with Comedy Central on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien,' " says Frances Manfredi, SVP of Cable Sales at NBC Enterprises. "The first season of this deal has proven to be a huge success for both Comedy Central and 'Late Night,' expanding the viewer base for both parties."

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