`Evening With' series to draw Tommy Tune into conversation

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May 31, 2007|By Liz Smith | Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services

ON JUNE 3, the Transport Group's fourth annual "Evening With" series -- at New York's Soho Playhouse -- features a conversation with Broadway's tallest drink of water -- dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, director, producer -- Tommy Tune.

The nine-time Tony winner will talk about the career that began in Wichita Falls, Texas, and marched onto The Great White Way with Nine, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, A Day In Hollywood/A Night In the Ukraine and My One and Only.

And I wonder when MGM is going to get on the ball and put Ken Russell's 1971 movie The Boy Friend on DVD? The 1954 Broadway version with Julie Andrews was all sugar. Onscreen, with Twiggy, Tommy and Glenda Jackson, director Russell turned Sandy Wilson's airy musical into something wickedly twisted. Underappreciated in its day, The Boy Friend deserves another look.

On Miss Lohan

Those who don't derive chortling derisive pleasure from the misfortunes of celebrities have understood that Lindsay Lohan is a special case; because she is truly talented, her out-of-control behavior is all the more shocking, wasteful and disturbing. (River Phoenix, who died from his careless behavior, and Robert Downey Jr., who had to fall even lower than Lindsay, are the names that leap immediately to mind as Lindsay spirals downward.)

It's reported that the 20-year-old actress has checked herself again into rehab. Some are asking if the relaxed, spalike facilities some celebs favor are the best way to treat this kind of self-destructiveness. Perhaps a more rugged cure could steer her to a better state of mind and body. The truth is, if you're not ready to give yourself over to rehabilitation, it doesn't matter where you go.

Strong words

At least if Hillary [Rodham Clinton] wins in 2008, we'll be able to move to France," writes the National Review with its tongue firmly in its cheek.

This conservative Republican journal can critique its own, however. It adds further: "All of the GOP candidates are anti-abortion save Rudolph Giuliani, who does not seem yet to have hit on the precise position he will pretend to believe."

And about George Tenet's self-serving memoir, At the Center of the Storm, these publishing heirs to the mantle of the mighty William Buckley Jr. write: "The Director of Central Intelligence should have been asked to resign on the afternoon of 9/11, pour encourager les autres -- not kept in place, and not given a Medal of Freedom. President Bush's unwillingness to punish failures such as Tenet has been a great failing."


I missed the celebration philanthropist Herb Siegel tossed for Joe Califano's book, High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to do About It. I urge you not to miss this work from the former U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare under Jimmy Carter.

He writes: "If Moses were an American at the dawn of the 21st century, the tablets he'd bring down from the mountain would be Vicodin and Valium, not a set of commandments."

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