In the original 1988 New York production, the role was played by Madonna - so acting is not really a requirement.
Bruno out at the Fanatic
Even though she's on a short, well-deserved vacation, 24/7 Molly Eichel reports that Tony Bruno has resigned from 97.5 the Fanatic, according to a statement from the station. In the statement, the Fanatic thanked Bruno and wished him well.
Crossing Broad tweeted earlier this week that Bruno was off the air due to contract negotiations.
Bruno, a Philly native and Temple grad, is a mainstay of sports radio, working at WIP and Fox Sports Radio, among other ventures, before joining the Fanatic.
British rocker Phil Collins was in San Antonio yesterday, announcing the donation of his vast collection of artifacts related to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said that the 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer is looking for a home for his collection. It mostly has been kept in Collins' home in Switzerland.
Patterson says that some artifacts could go on display at the Alamo within a year.
Collins first became an Alamo aficionado watching a 1950s Disney miniseries on Davy Crockett as a lad in England.
Patterson says Collins has the world's largest private collection of Texas Revolution artifacts.
His most prized item is a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barret Travis.
* Sophia Loren has a deal with Atria Books for the memoir Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life as a Fairy Tale. The publisher announced yesterday that the book release is scheduled for Dec. 2. Sophia, 79, is expected to write about her rise from poverty during World War II to international stardom, sharing her thoughts on Cary Grant, Richard Burton and her husband, Carlo Ponti, among others.
Expected to write? If the book's coming out in December it better be written.
* The state of Michigan has approved $13.5 million in incentives for the fourth installment of Eddie Murphy's "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise, which will be filmed in and around Detroit, officials announced yesterday.
Murphy will return as Axel Foley, Brett Ratner will direct and Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the film for Paramount Pictures, according to the Michigan Film Office. The office said it estimates that filmmakers will spend $56.6 million in the state and employ about 352 Michigan workers. It's set for a March 2016 release.
Film office director Margaret O'Riley said in a statement. "This project will highlight locations throughout metro Detroit . . ."
As soon as the state rebuilds metro Detroit.
* The British monarchy released its accounts yesterday, which showed that the royals cost British taxpayers $60.8 million last year.
That's a 7.2 percent hike over the previous year and the increase is mainly due to repair bills - and Prince Harry's bar tab.
Buckingham Palace, just one of many royal properties, has 240 bedrooms and 78 bathrooms. That's a lot of clogged toilets.
On the other hand, even with such lavish spending on maintaining an antiquated, but quaint, tradition, the big bill amounts to less than $1 per year for every British citizen.
Heck, Americans would probably kick in a buck a year for the queen.
* LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" fundraising effort is getting a boost from a generous pal, Seth MacFarlane.
MacFarlane has promised to match up to $1 million in pledges made on the Kickstarter website, Burton said in a statement yesterday. MacFarlane's offer is in effect through 3 p.m. Wednesday, when the online fundraiser is to conclude.
See, MacFarlane does feel bad about "A Million Ways to Die in the West."
Burton said that he was left nearly speechless by the "extraordinary generosity" of his friend, the TV and movie writer-producer-actor whose credits include "Ted" and "Family Guy." MacFarlane's spokeswoman confirmed the offer.
MacFarlane jumped in after hearing that "Reading Rainbow" needed to raise at least $5 million, Burton said. The Kickstarter campaign's initial goal was $1 million.
More than $4 million had been pledged by 83,000-plus contributors as of yesterday afternoon.
* Several members of California's congressional delegation are pushing to name a new post office after Marilyn Monroe.
We sure hope they realize that if that happens she's not going to sleep with them.
Democratic Rep. Tony Cardenas says he introduced legislation that would name a post office in Van Nuys after Marilyn, who attended Van Nuys High School in the 1940s and once referred to her time living there as the happiest in her life.
Cardenas, who we guess sees Marilyn as a role model, said the facility's name would be a constant reminder for nearby high school students what heights they can reach if they work hard.
Sure, because high school students spend a lot of time at the post office.
- Daily News wire services
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