While Paul Anka is starring at Bally's in Las Vegas -- he started warbling last night and won't quit until Feb. 2 -- he and his wife Anne are checking out the area for a new house. The one they used to own is now the site of the huge driveway leading to the new MGM hotel. Kirk Kerkorian bought the house from the Ankas, otherwise the front and the rear of the place would have been a parking lot. What a prince that Kirk is!
He wasn't the only one who wanted the key location. The Ankas were offered a lot of dinero from the people at Taco Bell, who were keen to sell their enchiladas and burritos right next to a busy hotel. And then there was Burger King, which was palpitating to buy the house, set up shop and build a gigantic billboard to attract the throngs. Anka did it "his way" -- after all, he wrote the song -- and besides, Kirk was the highest bidder.
Loyal supporters of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering are in for a special treat on March 9 when the first preview of Disney's Broadway musical "Beauty and the Beast" opens at the Palace Theatre. Six new songs have been added to the original 1992 movie, the tremendous hit that spawned the idea of a Broadway musical. Jean Remmel Little is the honorary chairman of the evening, and the co-chairs are Norma Dana, Jane Gammill and Kari McDowell. The Society's president, Allison Howard Blumenfeld, and its vice presidents -- Adair Beutel, Susan Burke and Nancy Conroy -- are working hard to make the sumptuous pre-performance buffet at the Hotel Macklowe and the performance itself a huge success. So far, they're not doing too shabbily. Among the notables who've said they wouldn't dream of missing the big show are Mary and Laurance Rockefeller, Betty and Virgil Sherrill, Catie and Donald Marron, Pat and Bill Buckley, Lisa and John Schiff, Tom Guinzburg, Noreen and Johnny Drexel, Blaine and Robert Trump, Anne and Deane Johnson, Carroll Petrie, Nan and Tommy Kempner, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Toni and Chuck Peebler, Hethea and Richard Nye, Nicole and Derek Limbocher, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Karen and Richard LeFrak and maybe hundreds of others just like them.