Late ‘Sunset’: Preview performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” at Century City’s Shubert Theatre have been postponed until Nov. 23 from Nov. 18, with opening night pushed back one week to Dec. 9. A spokesman said delays were due to problems completing casting of two of the principal roles--Joe Gillis and Max von Mayerling. Lloyd Webber is due back in Los Angeles next week to “review choices for final casting” of those roles, he said. Ticket holders can receive “priority exchanges” or refunds at the Shubert box office or by calling Tele-Charge customer service at (800) 543-4835.
More Delays: “Perestroika,” the second part of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” has postponed its Broadway previews, for a second time, to Oct. 16, although opening night of Nov. 18 has not changed. To accommodate needed rehearsal time, producers have also canceled several performances of “Millennium Approaches,” the play’s first part. Evening performances have been added for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, but canceled are evening performances Oct 7, 8, 14, and 15, as well as a matinee Oct. 16. Ticket holders can exchange tickets at New York’s Walter Kerr Theatre box office.
Final Curtain: The Berlin city parliament voted to close the historic Schiller Theatre, touching off a protest by enraged actors and stage workers who said Friday there was now little hope of keeping the theater open. The vote was 134-53 late Thursday to close the 1,000-seat theater, Germany’s largest playhouse, which the city government said in June it wanted to close to save money.
‘Coach’ Koshalek: Museum of Contemporary Art director Richard Koshalek expects to alternate running the downtown museum and studying football strategy for one of California’s NFL teams. Koshalek, 51, who has been MOCA director since 1982, confirmed he will be taking his first sabbatical starting at year-end thanks to a grant from an unnamed Los Angeles foundation. The arts administrator, who played football in high school in Wisconsin, will study such things as recruitment, player-coach relationships and offense/defense strategy. He declined to name the team he is talking with, but said his three-month leave would be spread over two years and he would not be away from MOCA for more than three weeks at a time.
More MOCAMOCA hasn’t given up hope of restoring the vandalized Roy Lichtenstein painting it borrowed from the St. Louis Art Museum for its exhibition, “Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955-1962.” The 1962 painting, “Curtains,” was vandalized last month while on loan to New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, and MOCA director of administration Kathleen Bartels said a second team of independent fine-art conservators and insurance adjusters is on its way to St. Louis to examine the artwork.
New News: Faithful followers of Celia Brady’s “The Industry” column in Spy magazine will notice in next month’s issue that real-live-person John Connolly has replaced the pseudonymous Brady--if only temporarily. Denouncing rumors of Brady’s demise, Spy editor-in-chief Tony Hendra said that Connolly will write “The Industry” column in October and then in November and that both Brady (who is said to be any number of Hollywood reporter types) and Connolly will return, each with his or her own column. Hendra said Connolly’s focus will be more “single issue"--along the lines of his August profile on Steven Seagal, “Man of Dishonor"--while Brady continues her dishy, insider-toned acerbic style.
Marriage Updates: Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis and director Renny Harlin are expected to marry this weekend at the ruins of an old winery in California’s wine country. Construction crews are reportedly building a facade of an Old West town and have covered the area with a tent to keep helicopters from filming the wedding, whose price tag has been set at $700,000 . . . Meanwhile, Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant have separated after nearly seven years of marriage in what Martin’s spokesman called “an amicable separation.” They starred together in the 1991 comedy “L.A. Story.”
Dr. Crane’s Bow: “Frasier,” NBC’s new spin-off from hit “Cheers,” reported national A.C. Neilsen ratings of 19.3 with a 30 share, making the Thursday evening comedy NBC’s best-rated fall season premiere since 1989.
Advertising spots for Tuesday’s premiere of the new “NYPD Blue” cop series are sold out, despite controversy over the show’s adult content and an attempted boycott by the American Family Assn., ABC says . . . Kathie Lee Gifford returns from maternity leave to “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” on Monday, where she will talk about new baby Cassidy . . . Dean Martin, 76, is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for what was described as a minor recurring kidney problem.