Doing it his way – Sinatra returns to the glittering West End once again

Doing it his way – Sinatra returns  to the glittering West End once again

The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas returns to the Theatre Royal (where it had its first West End run in 2003) for a limited run and features the best Sinatra in the world, after the real thing.

The one and only Mr Stephen Triffitt said: “I was asked back and figured why not? It’s kind of where it all started for me, and the response has been amazing. The love for the legend of Sinatra never wanes, you know.” 

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Anton Du Beke tells me the BBC should erect a statue of Sir Bruce Forsyth at their HQ to celebrate his career. He adds: “I think it would be a great attraction, and more importantly he is so associated with the BBC. After all he had some of his greatest successes there with Generation Game and others.” Anton, who was favourite to replace Len Goodman when he quit Strictly Come Dancing, also tells me: “I won’t ever leave the show, they will have to ban me as I truly love it so much, and what better show to be associated with?”

One-hit wonder Peter Andre earned £30,000 for a 45-minute Slimming World show, and weighed in with a string of demands to keep him and his crew happy. However, someone at the group show was not very happy and decided to release some of his demands, but the reality TV star claims that his fee is “in line with what other stars charge”.

Film siren Rita Hayworth’s life is all set to become a Hollywood movie, with many actresses keen to land the part. Rita who famously married Orson Welles and became a real-life Hollywood princess when she married Prince Aly Khan. The big-budget film is expected to start shooting next year.

Shane Ritchie, Jason Manford and Nick Knowles all signed big-money deals for albums with major labels who believed that they would have us all buying music at this time of year. Now all three face the axe from their deals after suffering major sales losses. A friend at a label tells me: “It appears the lure of turning faded TV stars into pop stars is over. It was a nice idea that did not work.”

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Just over 18 months after Carla Connor flounced out of Weatherfield following her disastrous marriage to Nick Tilsley, the raven-haired businesswoman is set to return to her old stomping ground. Alison King, who plays her, told me she was delighted with the move. “I was not for going back this quickly, but then the new producer came on board and I was persuaded and here I am. I can’t wait to see what happens to her now though,” she laughed.

Performer and radio presenter Michael Ball tells me that people still ask him about his short stint in Coronation Street back in the 80s. “I was thrilled when I got the part as the show is so big, but I had no idea how much even today it would play in my life,” he said. “I played a boyfriend of Sally, who was rather posh, but as we all know in the end she chose Kevin...”

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