* Famous Fathers, Aspiring Daughters Note: Their fathers were able to electrify audiences, galvanize them to action, and now Yolanda King and Attalah Shabazz are attempting to follow in their large footsteps. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., and Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, have been close friends for the last three years. They have written a show called "Stepping Into Tomorrow," which is an upbeat musical aimed at black youth. The premiere will be Jan. 20 at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Philadelphia. Negotiations are under way, according to their manager, to bring the show to Washington in late February
* Keep a Sharp Lookout Note: Variety is touting a new film by Bruce Beresford, the Australian who directed "Breaker Morant." The movie is titled "Tender Mercies" from a script by Horton Foote, and stars Robert Duvall. The last project Duvall and Foote worked on together was "To Kill a Mockingbird," in which Duvall played Boo Radley. "Tender Mercies" is set in Texas and Variety is concerned the film may not find its audience because "there's no sex, no violence."
* Un Honneur Note: The Grand Prix des Arts et Lettres, given by the French Ministry of Arts and Culture, will go this year to directors Jacques Demy and Jean-Luc Godard. The prize carries a $5,000 honorarium
*Post-feminism or Betty Friedan Honorary Note: For years actresses have decried the dearth of roles, good or bad, available to them on Broadway. But something has definitely changed; as of last week the number of women with leading roles had reached an astonishing level and at least eight plays were exclusively or close to exclusively about women: "Agnes of God," "Alice in Wonderland," "Crimes of The Heart," "Dreamgirls," "Evita," "Plenty," "Steaming" and "Woman of The Year." Throw into that count "Nine," which is basically about the women in the life of an Italian film director, and three off-Broadway offerings: "Extremities," "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" and "Top Girls." That adds up to about 40 well-paid, highly visible jobs. Among those who are the most visible in this extraordinary time of bounty are: Eva La Gallienne and Kate Burton in "Alice"; Elizabeth Ashley, Geraldine Page and Carrie Fisher in "Agnes"; Judith Ivey in "Steaming"; Debbie Reynolds soon to be in "Woman"; Nancy Marchand in "Sister Mary"; and Susan Sarandon in "Extremities" . . .