Princess Diana's Butler Plans One-Man Show
Plus: LeAnn writes kid books, Creed breaks up, and more
PLANNED: Princess Diana’s butler has announced plans for the one-man show, An Evening With Paul Burrell, to play London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane starting June 20 and New York’s Town Hall June 24-26. The former royal servant will discuss life with the princess and take audience questions. In related news, the Archbishop of Canterbury denied a report Thursday that he has given his approval for Britain’s Prince Charles to marry his lover Camilla Parker Bowles in church. The Times of London said Dr. Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world’s 70 million Anglicans, had dropped his objections to the two divorcees remarrying. But Reuters reports that a spokesman for Williams said: “There have been no developments involving the Archbishop in relation to this matter.”
DISBANDED: Creed is no more, with the band posting the following statement on its Web site: “After nearly a decade together, Creed has decided to disband. During their 8 years and 3 albums together Creed achieved countless Rock & Roll milestones and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. With their unprecedented success at radio and their captivating live shows, Creed became one of the most successful acts to rule the charts over the past ten years.” MTV News reports that the breakup is due to personal issues and a growing lack of inspiration on the parts of guitarist Mark Tremonti and singer Scott Stapp. Drummer Scott Phillips rounded out the trio. “We had gotten together two or three times and nothing happened,” Tremonti explained to MTV, adding, “We were just running in circles.”
AIMED: Martin Short, 54, is coming to Broadway in April in an as-yet untitled show featuring his various comic personas, reports The New York Times, which says the Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick star’s collaborators will be “Hairspray” songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Inspiration for the show came from Short’s annual Hollywood Christmas party, where he clowns around for such stars as Steve Martin and Tom Hanks.
PENNED: LeAnn Rimes and her husband, Dean Sheremet, recently finished their second children’s book, called Jack’s New Friend, and the country singer says she’s working on a third. Her first, Jag was published in 2003, but Rimes tells the Associated Press that singing is still her first job. Her most recent release is Twisted Angel, a mix of pop, country and blues.
RETIRED: White House executive pastry chef Roland Mesnier, 59, who was first hired by First Lady Rosyln Carter 25 years ago and has fed every First Family since, is soon departing his duties after he handles only about a dozen more dinners, reports The Washington Post. “He will be missed,” current First Lady Laura Bush tells the paper. Among Mesnier’s more famous creations: a cookie tribute to the Clintons’ cat Socks and a chocolate carriage for Queen Elizabeth.