Albert Hall, Unfilled
Just before singer Kenny Rogers took the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London Sunday night, 3,000 fans were evacuated due to a bomb threat.
No explosive was discovered, and so the concert, to have been the last engagement for the country singer during a 10-nation tour, will be rescheduled.
"I'm extremely disappointed," he said. "I don't understand who benefits from this. It's an unpolitical gathering of people who are out for a night of good fun."
Royal Albert Hall confirmed the concert was canceled because of a security alert but would not say whether anyone claimed responsibility for the threat.
The skeleton discovered in a minivan at the bottom of a 200-foot ravine in Los Angeles on Saturday may be that of Iron Butterfly bass player Philip Taylor Kramer, who has been missing since 1995.
The 1993 Ford Aerostar found by a hiker matches the description of a van believed to be driven by Kramer, last seen on Feb. 12, 1995.
The remains were being examined by coroner's investigators, authorities said. No identity has been released.
After the 42-year-old Kramer disappeared, his wife, Jennifer, said he "would never, for any reason or under any circumstances, allow himself to completely abandon the family he loves."
Iron Butterfly earned its place in rock history in 1969 with the 17-minute hit "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida."
Way back in 1939, "Gone With the Wind" producer David O. Selznick paid censors $5,000 so that Rhett Butler could tell Scarlett O'Hara that he didn't give a hoot. That same bribe in today's inflated dollars would cost about $60,000.
Sotheby's is hoping to see as many zeros on June 12, when it auctions the final shooting script from the movie. In the last scene, Scarlett (played by Vivien Leigh) asks Rhett (Clark Gable) what will become of her, to which he utters--all together now--"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." The D-word is neatly typed in.
But in case the censors balked, the script includes alternatives:
1. Rhett (very slowly): "Frankly, my dear, I just . . . don't . . . care."
2. "I wish I could care what you do or where you go" (he opens the door), "but frankly, my dear, I just don't care."
Signature Theatre's Eric Schaeffer, who is headed to Broadway this fall with the revue "Putting It Together" with Carol Burnett, is taking yet another big step. Next spring he will direct a musical version of "The Witches of Eastwick" in London. The play will be produced by Cameron Mackintosh, with book and lyrics by John Dempsey and music by Dana Rowe. They wrote the score for "The Fix," which Schaeffer directed last year at Signature. Schaeffer is determinedly low-key about the big time. "It's doing another show," he said. . . . "Phantom Menace" topped the $200 million mark in a record 13 days, earning $64.8 million over the weekend. It took "Independence Day" 30 days to reach the mark in 1996. Meanwhile, Julia Roberts had her best opening ever with the romantic comedy "Notting Hill," which took in $27.8 million.
The Reliable Source will return tomorrow.
CAPTION: Clockwise from top right: A possible lead in missing musician case; Julia Roberts, sitting pretty; and director Eric Schaeffer, London bound.
CAPTION: Kenny Rogers, knowing when to fold 'em:A bomb threat canceled his performance at London's Royal Albert Hall Sunday night.