Streisand is too busy to sing at Israel’s party
BARBRA STREISAND HAS pulled out of one of the main events marking Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations, citing personal reasons. She was due to perform a rendition of the Hebrew prayer Avinu Malkeinu ( Our Father Our King) at a festive convention in Jerusalem, hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, on May 13. The legendary singer’s publicist, Dick Guttman, explains: “Ms Streisand, a devoted supporter of Israel since her earliest youth, very regrettably was compelled to advise President Peres’s office two weeks ago that personal obligations would prevent her participation in Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration. She celebrates as always the nation’s courage and purpose and flourishing democracy and is saddened that she cannot be there to do so in person.” Maybe President Bush, who is expected to attend, can fill in for her.
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Mel Brooks has already achieved phenomenal success with the stage version of his 1968 movie of The Producers. Now, it’s rumoured he is trying to work the same trick again by turning his 1974 comedy Western, Blazing Saddles, into a musical. The New York Post reports that the 81-yearold believes the movie is a perfect choice to be transformed into an allsinging, all-dancing extravaganza.
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Veteran stage and TV star Warren Mitchell reveals in The Times his great career regret. “My grandmother arrived here in 1910 from Russia and opened a fish and chip shop… She said to me: ‘Warren, you know, when business is good, people eat fish and chips. When business is bad, people eat fish and chips. Start a fish and chip shop, you will never go hungry.’ Unfortunately, I didn’t start a fish and
chip shop.” Lara Lewington is Five News showbusiness and weather presenter
Barbra Streisand won’t be performing in Jerusalem