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June 20, 1989|ALEENE MacMINN | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Fitness guru Richard Simmons is branching out from the exercise video and talk show scene these days and making a bid for Broadway. His newest project is a musical (co-written by Bruce Vallanch and with music by Artie Butler and Earl Brown) about an eccentric woman and her son (to be played by Simmons) who run a fat farm in Palm Springs. Simmons said the "funny and sad" play follows the lives of 12 overweight characters who visit the farm, and added, "Everyone's not a perfect Size 5, and this will give those who aren't a chance to show off their real talents." Simmons hopes to open the show in the fall of 1990.

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