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Last Updated: Friday, 5 March, 2004, 17:23 GMT
'Purple' show tipped for Broadway
A musical version of The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, is to open in the US later in 2004.

The show will have its world premiere in Atlanta, Georgia, in September and is expected to transfer to Broadway shortly after.

The Color Purple tells the story of a woman from America's Deep South who suffers years of abuse from relatives.

A film version, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, was made in 1985.


Huge audience sees Diana special

Nearly 17m US viewers have tuned in to a TV special in which taped recordings of Diana, Princess of Wales, were aired

The show, screened by the NBC network, featured Diana talking about Prince Charles's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, and her battle with bulimia.

She also revealed on the recordings how her life had been filled with heartbreak and unhappiness.

The tapes were previously used by Andrew Morton for his book Diana: Her True Story.


No marriage plans for Elton John

Singer Elton John has denied reports that he intends to marry his longtime partner David Furnish.

"David and I are in favour of gay marriage but have no plans to get married," the British singer said in a statement on Wednesday.

The news comes less than a week after Rosie O'Donnell wed her girlfriend Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco.

Last month President Bush proposed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex weddings in the US.


Holden returns to stage play after illness

Actress Amanda Holden will return to her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie in two weeks' time following her treatment in hospital for a kidney infection.

The actress will rejoin the cast at London's Shaftesbury Theatre on 17 March.

She left hospital a week ago and has been recovering at home.

She will also be filming scenes from the new series of BBC drama Cutting It next week.


Beyonce band chase mugger suspect

Singer Beyonce Knowles' band came to the aid of a 91-year-old man after he was attacked by a would-be mugger.

US police said great grandfather Reynold Caleen tried to fight off a man with a knife who grabbed his wallet before trying to drive off in his car.

The suspect was chased by Beyonce's guitarist Shaun Carrington, bass player Kern Brantley and drummer Nisan Stewart in Palm Beach, Florida.

Mr Caleen's wife, Faye, admitted the couple had not heard of Beyonce


Kidney transplant for Neil Simon

Playwright Neil Simon, whose Broadway hits include The Goodbye Girl and The Odd Couple, underwent a kidney donation operation in New York on Tuesday.

The kidney was donated by longtime friend and publicist Bill Evans. Simon, 76, has been undergoing kidney dialysis treatment for the past 18 months.

"Both of them are... doing great in the 24 hours since surgery," said Mr Evans' spokesman Jim Randolph.

Simon has written over 30 plays, many of which have been adapted for cinema.

In June Oldman will be seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.



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