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August 24, 1993|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press


* 'Tommy' Tour: Pete Townshend's stage adaptation of "Tommy," born in La Jolla and now on Broadway, will return to the Southland next spring. The tentative schedule calls for a week at Palm Desert's McCallum Theatre, probably in late April, followed by a May run at Orange County Performing Arts Center. The show isn't expected to hit Los Angeles until next summer, said a spokeswoman for the tour. The L.A. theater has yet to be decided.

* OCPAC Broadway Season: Besides "Tommy," the Orange County Performing Arts Center has slated three other touring shows and a 60th-anniversary tribute to Radio City Music Hall for its 1993-94 Broadway Series. The subscription series begins in December with "Guys and Dolls," which will move over from its November run at the Pantages in Hollywood. Other scheduled revivals are "Annie Get Your Gun," starring Cathy Rigby, in February (it will also play the McCallum in Palm Desert), and "The Phantom of the Opera" in July. "Phantom," projected for a six-week run--the Center's longest ever--will not be the same long-running production that closes Sunday at the Ahmanson, but a road version that opened in Seattle last December. "The Great Radio City Spectacular," starring the Rockettes and featuring Susan Anton, opens in June.


* A Fast Switch: Only one week out of the gate, CBS is switching the time period for its new comedies "The Building" and "The Boys," which premiered Friday. In preliminary ratings from the top 25 markets, 7.5 million homes watched "The Building," which will now be seen at 9 p.m., more than the 6.6 million homes that tuned in to "The Boys," which will now be seen at 9:30 p.m. A CBS spokeswoman said Monday the time switch is simply a case of the network "experimenting with the time slot to see how they do."

* Perot Hosts: Ross Perot, a frequent talk-show guest, will turn host for CNBC's "Talk Live" Sept. 25. The once and possibly future presidential candidate will be joined by guests, who have not been selected yet. A network spokeswoman said Perot's appearance is just a one-shot deal, but could evolve into a regular gig.


* U.S. Backing Michael: The United States is urging South Korea to reconsider its refusal to allow pop star Michael Jackson to perform in Seoul, a U.S. embassy spokesman said Monday, adding that "the embassy believes there is no reason to keep an international star like Michael Jackson out of South Korea and we have been making this point to the South Korean authorities." Earlier this month, the country's Ministry of Culture forbid Jackson's performance, reportedly out of fear the show would exert a negative influence on South Korean society. . . . Meanwhile, Jackson appears to have returned to his tight-lipped, pre-Oprah-interview persona. The singer, who accepted an $80,000 corporate donation to his "Heal the World" charity, spoke only eight words during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, saying: "I love you. Thank you very, very much," and lip-syncing the words to his "Heal the World" song. He kicks off his "Dangerous" world tour in Bangkok tonight.

* Madonna's Birthday Bash: Police were called twice to quiet things at what apparently was a noisy late birthday party for Madonna at the singer's Hollywood Hills home Saturday night. But by 12:20 a.m. Sunday, the party was already breaking up on its own, police said. Neighbors reported they were kept awake by a live band blasting rap and funk music. Madonna turned 34 Aug. 16.


* Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn will be Chevy Chase's first guest when "The Chevy Chase Show" premieres Sept. 7 on Fox. Hawn starred opposite Chase in the feature films "Foul Play" and "Seems Like Old Times" . . . Actress Teri Garr has been added to the cast of CBS' "Good Advice," the Shelley Long series having its season premiere Oct. 22. Garr plays Paige Turner, the impulsive, ambitious, self-involved sister of Long's character, marriage counselor Susan DeRuzza.

* Quotable: "If somebody is going to change everything you said around, you're better off that they do it next to a story about a Martian marrying a turtle."--Burt Reynolds, on tonight's "Good Morning America: Evening Edition," about why he took his story about his split with Loni Anderson to the National Enquirer.

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