THEATERMusical classic An outstanding version of the...

WEEKEND PICKS

November 02, 1991|By Winfred Walsh

THEATER

Musical classic An outstanding version of the perennial Rodgers and Hammerstein musical favorite, "South Pacific," is on stage at Toby's Dinner Theatre. Directed with flourish by Toby Orenstein, the romantic story of a French exile and an American nurse caught up in the drama of World War II features excellent performances by Braxton Peters and Natalie Wolf. Jesse Foreman is a riot as the conniving Seabee Luther Billis, and TyJuana R. Morris is a delight as the raucous Bloody Mary. Fine choreography and wonderful old songs. South Entrance Road, Columbia. Buffet at 6:15 p.m., show at 8:15. Tickets: $30/65. Call 995-1969.

TELEVISION

Gambling on nostalgia

"You gotta know when ta hold 'em, you gotta know when ta fold 'em . . ." It's a first in TV history: the fourth made-for-TV movie sequel to a song, as Kenny Rogers and Reba McEntire star in "The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw," at 9 tomorrow night on WMAR-TV (Channel 2). And how's this for nostalgia? On his journey, the Gambler is going to meet Bat Masterson (Gene Barry), the Rifleman (Chuck Connors), Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian), Cheyenne (Clint Walker) and too many other TV characters living in the attics of our shared memories to list.

The chief organist of St. Thomas' Church in Leipzig, Germany, has always occupied a special niche in the organ world. This is the church where J. S. Bach, the greatest organist and greatest writer of music for that instrument, lived and worked during the most important part of his life. Ullrich Boehme, who since 1986 has occupied the position that Bach once did, will give a free recital tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. The program will include works by Bach, Buxtehude and Mendelssohn. In the final piece on the program -- Gustav Adolf Merkel's Sonata in D Minor for Four Hands and Double Pedal -- Boehme will be joined by his wife, Martina, herself a distinguished organist.

MOVIES

Short-order love

Lou Cedrone

Garry Marshall, who directed "Pretty Woman," works his comic magic again in "Frankie & Johnny," a comedy drama in which a short-order cook falls in love with a waitress. Mr. Marshall's quick impressions of New York are special, and the performances by Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer are equally professional. Language, sex. Rating: R.

"Keeper of the Flame" was the second of nine films in which Katharine Hepburn starred with Spencer Tracy, and while it wasn't their best pairing, it is certainly worth a look. Hepburn plays the widow of a man thought to have been an American hero, and Tracy is the writer who discovers otherwise. Today the film seems rather obvious, but remember, it was done in 1942 when the country was at war. Richard Whorf and Darryl Hickman are in the cast. No rating. **

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