The terror of Broadway
Horror writer Stephen King apparently doesn't scare easily.
His first foray into theater, a 1988 adaptation of "Carrie," lost $8 million and closed after five performances on Broadway. Now King wants to return, this time with a macabre opera featuring rapping ghosts.
A spokeswoman for King confirmed Monday that he has collaborated with pop star John Mellencamp, who has written a score for the musical.
The musical, set in a cabin in the woods, is about two brothers who hate each other and two uncles, now dead, who shared a similar mutual dislike, according to the New York Post. It could open in New York as early as next fall.
Sheryl Crow will headline a tribute concert in St. Louis in honor of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan.
Crow, who is a native of Kennett in southeast Missouri, had earlier appeared at fund-raisers for Carnahan's U.S. Senate campaign against Republican incumbent John Ashcroft.
Her father, attorney Wendell Crow, went to law school with Carnahan at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Carnahan died Oct. 16 in a plane crash that also took the lives of his son, Roger "Randy" Carnahan and chief campaign adviser Chris Sifford.
Crow plans on inviting other artists to the $25 show set for Friday evening. Proceeds will benefit the Missouri Children's Trust Fund.
Madonna gets legitimate
Madonna, 42, will wed Guy Ritchie, 32, at a Scottish Highlands castle in a December ceremony that will include the christening of their baby, Rocco, a Brit tab reports.
The Star said Sunday that a Beverly Hills jeweler has already delivered $15,000 matching diamond and platinum wedding bands, 200 guests will be flown in first class, and $180,000 will be spent on flowers.
Also, Donatella Versace will donate a $45,000 cotton and lace christening gown adorned in diamonds. The paper adds that Sting and wife, Trudie Styler, who introduced Rocco's folks, were asked to be godparents.
The 'Beat' goes on
An unpublished 1945 novella by Jack Kerouac will be available on the Internet next month, according to digital publisher LiveREADS.
"Orpheus Emerging" will not be available in traditional paper form for two years. Its suggested retail price from LiveREADS is $3.95.
"I was talking with Kerouac's estate and we agreed that a book this size would be perfect for our format," said publisher Paul Bresnick, who founded the company this spring. The novella is its first title.
Kerouac was 23 when he wrote the autobiographical story with characters clearly based on Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and others who later formed the "Beat" literary movement.
Kerouac helped define the Beat Generation in his 1957 novel "On the Road." He died in 1969 at age 47.