WOOED: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, the original stars of Mel Brooks‘s Broadway musical “The Producers,” are likely to return to the New York production this New Year’s Eve and stay with the hit for three months, one of the show’s producers, Rocco Landesman, tells Wednesday’s New York Times. Since they left the show last year, their various replacements have received mixed reviews, and ticket sales haven’t been as strong.
EXPANDED: Spurred on by the popularity of its recent home decorating issue, “O, The Oprah Magazine” will publish a 48-page home-design supplement, say published reports. “O at Home” will be packaged with the October Oprah issue and mailed to the magazine’s 1.6 million subscribers. The magazine plans to do two such supplements next year.
QUOTED: “This is such a major honor. For the arts, it is truly the highest honor we have in this country. I’m humbled and very excited.” — Carol Burnett, 70, to The New York Times, one being named a Kennedy Center Honors recipient for 2003
SPLIT: Actress Raquel Welch, 62, and her fourth husband, restaurateur Richard Palmer, have agreed to separate, a spokeswoman tells Reuters. “Neither has any further comment at this time except to say that there is no third party involved and the separation is amicable,” the rep went on to say. The couple married in 1999. His eateries include Mulberry Street in Beverly Hills.
SUFFERED: Gary Rossington, 51, the leader and guitarist of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has suffered a mild seizure several months after undergoing open heart surgery, forcing the group to cancel a tour, a spokesmen said. The band will return to the road on Aug. 23 when it begins its “Vicious Cycle” tour in Omaha, Neb., reports Reuters.