CHITA RIVERA IS TAKING 'CHICAGO' TO LAS VEGAS
Chita Rivera is taking "Chicago" -- and all that jazz -- to Las Vegas.The sleek Rivera will star as Roxie Hart when "Chicago" gets its premiere March 3 as the headline attraction at the new $950 million Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
Rivera's character plays a nightclub dancer who kills her lover and then hires Chicago's shrewdest lawyer, who turns her crime into celebrity headlines and gets his client acquitted.
The Broadway revival of "Chicago" is in its third sell-out year. The production has two North American touring companies as well as shows in Austria and Australia.
Rivera, who originated the role of Velma Kelly in 1975's "Chicago," said Tuesday she expected the Broadway hit to play well in Las Vegas -- and she's thrilled to be a part of it.
"If you believe in God, he'll take you a lot of places," she said.
MCDERMOTT SAYS ANGER HELPED HIM BE AMBITIOUS
Dylan McDermott offers this advice on anger: Let it inspire you.
That's the way it happened for McDermott, star of ABC's legal drama "The Practice." He says losing his mother when he was 5 left him angry but ultimately shaped his own life.
"When you lose a parent young, it hardens you to life. Then you make a decision. Either you give in to it or you get back at it," McDermott told USA Weekend magazine. "Anger drove me to be ambitious. Anger -- really constructive anger -- is great."
McDermott, 36, said his mother's death "made me feel invisible. Acting made me visible."
FORMER PITTSBURGH MAYOR PITCHING BAGELS AND MILK
Pittsburgh's favorite Jewish grandmother has found a new career: pitchwoman for bagels and milk.
Former Mayor Sophie Masloff is on television and billboards hawking Bruegger's Bagels and Schneider's Dairy's 64-ounce Mighty Mouth milk carton with the screw-off top.
"I'm no movie star. I'm a long way from being, how should I say, beautiful or photogenic," the 80-year-old Masloff said Monday. "And then my voice is squeaky and recognizable, but certainly not desirable."
Masloff served as mayor from 1988 to 1994, referring to herself as Pittsburgh's favorite Jewish grandmother. She was famous for such malapropisms as referring to Bruce Springsteen as Bruce "Bedspring."