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Suddenly successful

Making a Difference, a single from the new musical Suddenly Single by Brisbane's Peter Pinne and Paul Dellit, is for sale at Middle 8 Music. It features vocals by tenor Greg Moore. Surely a premiere production of the show itself can't be far away? Of course, if Brisbane had more than the one suitable venue (which is now closed for renovations), such a thing might be possible in the work's home state...

Farewell, Eartha Kitt

Orson Welles called her "the most exciting woman in the world" - and, when I saw her perform at the old Gold Coast Jazz Festival in the early 1990s, I agreed. Now Eartha Kitt is dead at 81. More here.

Is Michael Jackson dying?

Michael Jackson has "potential fatal health issues" according to this Fox News report. Author Ian Halperin - who, it must be noted, has a Jackson biography ready to hit the shops - says Jackson suffers from the genetic disease alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and as a consequence is going blind and is in urgent need of a lung transplant. So much is written about Jackson that it's hard to know what to believe, so I'll take this with a grain of salt for now.

Hi-5: There goes Sun

Sun Park has become the third Hi-5er to leave the children's group following the departures of orignal members Nathan Foley and Kellie Crawford. Now, I suppose, parents of hardcore fans will have to go out and buy an entirely new range of merchandise. Maybe that was the idea all along ... More here.

Sweet as Honey

According to The Village Voice, The Honey Brothers, featuring Adrian Greiner, reference "the country-tinged sensitivity of the Silver Jews, the summery harmonies of the Beach Boys and the zany weirdness of Ween". If that means something to you, you'll probably be excited to know that they are touring Australia for the first time soon, including gigs at Odyseey 09 on the Gold Coast and the Zuri Lounge in Brisbane. More here.

Official: World gone mad

Thirteen-year-old Faryl Smith has signed a deal with Universal Music worth nearly $6 million.

Star Wars, the musical

How rich does George Lucas want to be? Very very rich apparently, because he's now putting Star Wars on the stage. The Star Wars "musical", featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will tell the story of all six films in just two hours, with narrators linking the iconic (and "painstakingly rewritten") music of John Williams. More here. It's opening in London, a European tour will follow, and I'm sure it will be in a galaxy not so far, far away sometime soon. It'll make a fortune. If I was running an Australian orchestra, I'd be chasing the rights right now.

Hi, and goodbye

He stopped for petrol on the north coast and a guy at the petrol station says to him 'Hey, my brother got your job yesterday'.

That, according to a "source" was how Nathan Foley heard about being axed from kids' group Hi-5. For his part, Foley just says: "Look, I don't really want to talk about it. I've got a contract until Christmas and I intend to honour it." The story goes that the last of the original band members was forced out to complete the transition to younger and cheaper performers. Gosh, he's only 29. Some of the Wiggles are old enough to be his dad, and nobody says they are too old to do what they do. But, of course, they run their own show, and are not just employees like the Hi-5ers. Time for a fan revolt, I say ...

Not the news

Paris Hilton can't get a record deal, according to this report. Well, of course she can't, because she can't sing. For the same reason, I can't get a record deal either - but you don't hear me bitching about it.

Watch out - Cliff!

Cliff Richard, 68, and The Shadows will reunite for the first time in 20 years for a UK tour. It will begin in London in September next year. It's very brave of them to be planning that far ahead ...

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