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MORNING REPORT

April 26, 1996|SHAUNA SNOW

STAGE

'Sisterella' Suit: "Sisterella" writer-director Larry Hart and Michael Jackson's MJJ Music, which financed the development of the hit show (now at the Pasadena Playhouse) and the cast album, are being sued by Vaughn Kincey, who contends it was his idea to adapt the Cinderella story to an African American milieu and that he helped Hart develop it--but received no money, credit or information on the project's progress. Described in the L.A. Superior Court lawsuit as "an African American motion picture and video producer," Kincey seeks at least $1 million. Hart acknowledged Thursday that Kincey was one of three individuals who suggested doing a black Cinderella show to Hart, all on the same day in 1993, and that at one point Hart offered Kincey 3% of his script fee--an offer that Kincey's lawsuit says he rejected because he wanted a 50% interest in the show. However, Hart declared that if Kincey is the co-author of "Sisterella," "then I'm Elvis and 'Billie Jean' Jackson is Michael's wife."

MOVIES

Big-Screen, Small-Screen Stories: O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden's best-selling book, "In Contempt," will be made into a feature film at Paramount Pictures, a studio spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. The film will be produced by Darden and Steve Tisch ("Forrest Gump"), who had optioned Darden's story before the book was published. Although no timetable or casting is set for the movie, Tisch previously has mentioned actors Denzel Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson and Andre Braugher (NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street") as possibilities. In addition, Darden is getting ready to leap into the television arena with a show that is described by his agent, William Morris Chairman Norman Brokaw, as "a dramatic anthology show based on reality and centering on the law."

POP/ROCK

Bobby Brown Arrest: Singer Bobby Brown is back in trouble with the law after allegedly failing two sobriety tests and being charged with drunken driving in Atlanta. Police said that Brown, who was pulled over in his red Mercedes for speeding and swerving on Monday, smelled of alcohol and refused to take a blood-alcohol test after admitting to having "a few drinks" at a nightclub. Brown, 27, was charged last June with aggravated battery and disorderly conduct in connection with a violent incident at a Florida nightclub; in December, he was sentenced to two years' probation after pleading no contest to kicking a hotel security guard in West Hollywood. A spokeswoman for Brown's record label, MCA Records, did not return calls seeking comment on his arrest.

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'Quadrophenia' in the Park: The Who's Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle will be joined by fellow rockers Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Alanis Morissette in London June 29 for the first-ever live performance of the Who's entire rock opera, "Quadrophenia," recorded in 1973. Drummer Zak Starkey, the son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, will step in that night for the Who's Keith Moon, who died in 1978. The show, billed as the biggest rock concert in London's Hyde Park in 20 years (150,000 are expected), will benefit Prince Charles' Prince's Trust charity.

TELEVISION

New ABC Kids' Schedule: ABC will revise its Saturday morning children's lineup this weekend, moving the hourlong "The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show," up an hour to 9 a.m., and including two weekly broadcasts of the live-action series "Fudge," at 8 and 10 a.m. Also, "Bump in the Night" will move to 8:30 a.m., while "ReBoot" switches to 10:30 a.m. The live-action sci-fi series "Hypernauts" will leave the schedule.

QUICK TAKES

Mariss Jansons, the 53-year-old Latvian conductor who is to take over as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra next year, was in satisfactory condition Thursday after suffering a heart attack while conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra the previous night. No further information was available on the condition of Jansons, who was conducting Puccini's "La Boheme when he collapsed during the fourth act. . . . Rocker Tom Petty will receive the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA tonight during the campus' outdoor Spring Sing event. Previous recipients include Angela Lansbury, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. . . . "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" star Jane Seymour, USA Network head Kay Koplovitz and Erica Farber, CEO of Radio and Records magazine, will be honored in Beverly Hills tonight at the American Women in Radio and Television's 41st annual Genii Awards. . . . Today is the entry deadline for consideration for the 48th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast Sept. 8 on ABC.

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