Unlike The Student Prince he's playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse these days, hunky 6-foot-3 Brandon Jovanovich will bend the Sigmund Romberg edict a bit and wed the girl of his choice, Cara Lynn Welch, in Flagstaff, AZ, come August. She, too, is a classically trained singer. They met nine years ago, making beautiful music together at Black Bart's Steakhouse....Christiane Noll, who has to give up Prince Brandon in the show because she's a commoner (in fact, a tavern wench), will console herself with lots of symphony concerts--Minneapolis, Woodstock, Cape Cod--but the operetta revival has been such a pleasant experience for her that she's pining for a Paper Mill replay with Jovanovich. "I hope we become the next, you know, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy," she says....Eddie Bracken, swiping scenes right and left as a wine steward in the beer garden of The Student Prince, told the crew he just marked his 82nd (!) anniversary in show biz. At age four, in 1918, he debuted at the Lyceum Theatre in Astoria, L.I., duetting with "some girl by the name of Ethel Zimmerman." She dropped the "Zim" and zoomed to stardom. Even then, sez Eddie, she sang out. "Oh, loud. Loud."
ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ONE:
The last Hero on Broadway (in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Jim Stanek, will hang up his sword after he finishes his D'Artagnan duties in the San Jose edition of The Three Musketeers and wed Beth Miller on July 15 in Pittsburgh. This new edition of Dumas' swashbuckling classic has music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, authors of the Olivier Award-winning Honk! The Ugly Duckling...."Qu'est-que c'est, Honk?" deadpans Richard Frankel, who's taken over as producer of another musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fable "The Ugly Duckling." This one is titled Everything's Ducky, and it comes from the Side Show team of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell. Last winter, the show won West Coast raves. Plans are to recast it and send it out on the road again; it will play Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Anaheim in the fall, then will head for San Francisco's Theatre in the Square the day after Thanksgiving. According to Frankel's timetable, Everything's Ducky should be hitting Broadway in the 2001-2002 season.
MARRY ME ON A MONDAY:
The Waverly Gallery author Kenneth Lonergan and Fuddy Meers actress J. Smith-Cameron plan to marry this summer--"probably in June," says she, and probably on a Monday (so their actor friends can attend)....If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You, the love story of Renée Taylor and Joe Bologna (written and performed by them), just opened at Toronto's Winter Garden and will reach New York by spring (after stops in Atlantic City, Phoenix, Florida, et al). "It's the story of how we met, how we fell in love, and what we were writing at different points of our life," explains Renée. "We act out all the comedy scenes. We were writing it as we were living it. It's sort of a celebration of love and comedy and marriage--35 years, it'll be."