John Mayer's thoughts of Broadway have chorus of women panicked

Posted: August 07, 2014

IF THE MUSIC of Billy Joel, ABBA, Green Day, the Four Seasons and Carole King could headline a Broadway show, why not John Mayer?

For one thing, they had hits.

But that's not stopping music's raspy-voiced Romeo from trying to write a show. The National Enquirer reports that Mayer is thinking theater, and his possibly autobiographical play has former Mayer flames Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Renee Zellweger, Minka Kelly and Rhona Mitra (what the heck attracted all these women to that guy?) fearing that their love lives will be played out onstage.

Your body is not only a wonderland, it's the first-act closer.

A new 'Wrinkle'

As a child, Tattle loved the book A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle.

The 1962 time-travel novel for kids, tweens and teens has been beloved for generations, and it's finally getting the movie treatment.

Variety reports that Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed "Frozen" with Chris Buck, will adapt the book, one of her own favorites growing up, for Disney.

When your "Frozen" movie grosses $1.3 billion, Disney will let you adapt the phone book.

While Lee writes the "Wrinkle" script, she will stay active in Disney's animation division.

From stepmom to mom

Sherri Shepherd had a busy day yesterday.

The outgoing "View" co-host said on the morning gabfest yesterday that she, too, will make her Broadway debut in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," opposite Keke Palmer, starting Sept. 9.

She will play the wicked stepmother.

On Monday it was announced that Palmer would make her theatrical debut as Broadway's first African-American Cinderella.

* TMZ.com reported that Sherri is also a new mom. Her surrogate gave birth yesterday in Pennsylvania.

Sherri was not present at the delivery but her estranged husband, Lamar Sally, was.

Sherri, who's claiming that Sally defrauded her when she signed the surrogate documents, has disavowed maternity of the baby. She believes his plan all along was to divorce her and then live the highlife off her child support.

Talk about a Lifetime movie: "The Slimeball, the Surrogate and the Wicked Stepmother."

TATTBITS

* The Hollywood Reporter says that CBS wants to keep the "Late Late Show" with a British flavor.

The network is reportedly targeting English performer James Corden to replace Craig Ferguson in the 12:35 a.m. time slot.

CBS declined to comment.

Corden co-created the Britcom "Gavin and Stacey," won a Tony for the comedy "One Man, Two Guvnors" and even played tenor Paul Potts in "One Chance."

One of the things working in his favor is social media. The Hollywood Reporter says he has 4.35 million Twitter followers.

Woo-hoo!

How many Twitter followers did Johnny Carson have?

Mark Spiridakos, accused of throwing furniture on the set of a Woody Allen movie shooting in Providence, R.I., has been arrested and charged with assault.

Providence police say that Spiridakos tossed a chair and assaulted security guards yesterday on the set, near Brown University.

Guards told WPRI-TV that he went to the set and began asking "weird questions" about the movie's stars, Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey.

Police say he then ran from the set and was tackled and taken to a hospital with a head injury, although one could argue that his head was injured before he was tackled.

* Seattle artist Juli Adams, who designed a line of plush toys for pets called

"Angry Birds," is quite angry herself.

She's suing the company that sold them, saying it cheated her of millions of dollars when it reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular "Angry Birds" video game.

Adams designed her pet toy line for the Hartz Mountain Corp. of New Jersey in 2006.

The "Angry Birds" video game launched in 2009. Adams' suit says that game-maker Rovio Entertainment wanted to market pet toys based on the game, but it couldn't because Adams already had the U.S. trademark for "Angry Birds" pet toys.

She says that Hartz apparently leveraged her trademark to persuade Rovio to grant it exclusive rights to sell pet toys based on the video game characters.

* According to the Los Angeles Times, Marc Restucci and Amy Campbell recently became the first "Star Trek" fans ever to marry at the show's annual convention at the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

He wore a formfitting tunic. She stood on a life-size mock-up of the Enterprise bridge.

Amazingly, Restucci had been married before.

"When it comes to Star Trek, I'm a detail guy," he said. "I can tell a phaser one from a phaser two. In real life, I can't recall who was on the news last night."

May they live long and prosper.

But not multiply.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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