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PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

November 05, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Jane Fonda to return to Broadway next year

Jane Fonda, activist, author and exercise guru, will be back on Broadway next year after an absence of more than four decades.

The Academy Award-winning actress will star in 33 Variations, a play by Moises Kaufman about a present-day musicologist (played by Fonda) and her study of Beethoven's fascination with a particular piece of music. Kaufman will also direct.

The production will open this winter at a theater and date to be determined, producer David Binder announced.

"I am very excited about being in Moises' new play," Fonda said in a statement. "I can't wait to get back on stage with him in this role that I understand so well. It's been 40-some years."

Fonda, 70, made her Broadway debut in 1960 in a short-lived play titled There Was a Little Girl. Later that year, she appeared in Arthur Laurents' comedy Invitation to a March, which had incidental music by Stephen Sondheim. Fonda also starred in The Fun Couple (1962), which closed after three performances, and a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude in 1963.

Kaput

Callie and Erica's burgeoning romance on Grey's Anatomy is coming to an abrupt end, and so is Brooke Smith's role as Dr. Erica Hahn.

Smith's final appearance as Dr. Callie Torres' flame comes in tomorrow's episode of ABC's medical drama, the network said Monday.

The move was a creative decision and unrelated to the sexual orientation of Smith's character, said series creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes.

The breakup's effect on Callie (Sara Ramirez) will be reflected in upcoming episodes, Rhimes said.

Brothers at sea

Russell Brand is said to be in talks to play the brother of Johnny Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow in the next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean according to the Telegraph in England.

Brand, 32, made his U.S. film debut in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Next up: Disney's Bedtime Stories , due for release at Christmas.

Tops on TV

The Simpsons' Halloween special, the annual "Treehouse of Horror," didn't make it into Nielsen Media Research's top 10 for the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2, but it did produce 12.5 million viewers - its largest audience since February 2004.

The conclusion to Game 5 of the World Series on Fox was the most-watched prime time show. The rest are (in millions): CSI, CBS, 19.1; Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 18.9; Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 17.4; NCIS, CBS, 17.3; Sunday Night Football, NBC, 16.7; The Mentalist, CBS, 16.1; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 15.9; Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 15.3; 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.3.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Actress Elke Sommer, 68.

Singer Art Garfunkel, 67.

Playwright Sam Shepard, 65.

Actress Tilda Swinton, 48.

Actress Tatum O'Neal, 45.

Actor Sam Rockwell, 40.

Rock musician Kevin Jonas, 21.

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