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August 29, 1986

Undated (AP) _ MILAN, Italy (AP) - Frank Sinatra will give a concert in Milan on Sept. 27, his first performance in Italy in 23 years, his Italian manager announced Friday.

The American singer will travel to this northern Italian city after a two- day performance in the Bernabeu soccer stadium of Madrid, Spain, manager Pierquinto Cariaggi said.

Sinatra will be accompanied by a 40-member orchestra, he said.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Pop star Whitney Houston didn’t get to play before the New York State Fair’s biggest grandstand crowd ever when rain made the stage too dangerous and the concert was canceled.

The 16,000 concert-goers who were turned away Thursday would have been the biggest crowd ever to attend a concert at the fair’s grandstand, said spokesman Joseph LaGuardia.

Ms. Houston’s tour manager, Tony Bulluck, said the singer was disappointed.

″She feels very badly about having to cancel and move out of here,″ he said.

Fair Director Joseph O’Hara said rain left a large puddle on the stage, a dangerous situation with thousands of watts of power surging through the sound and light systems. He said the fair is trying to arrange a new concert date, possibly sometime next week.

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VERONA, Italy (AP) - Prince Charles headed back to England on Friday after a three-day visit to Italy, but said he might return for a Sept. 3 opera performance to benefit Cameroon after the Lake Nios disaster.

The program is to be dedicated to opera singer Maria Callas and sponsored by the Red Cross and the Red Crescent societies with profits to go to the Cameroon survivors.

A cloud of gas released from beneath a lake in the western African nation suffocated 1,500 people.

While in Verona, Charles attended performances of two Verdi operas, ″Un ballo in Maschera″ and ″Aida,″ at the city’s ancient Roman arena, originally built around 100 A.D. He also visited the tomb said to be that of the tragic heroine of William Shakespeare’s ″Romeo and Juliet.″

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A stellar cast of favorites from the 1950s and 1960s, including Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, has agreed to a ″Spring Break Reunion″ here, says a producer of the planned television special.

About a dozen acts will perform on four theme weekends next June for the two-hour show, which would air late the following fall, said Grant Gravitt, president of Tel-Air Interests, a Miami-based producton company.

Gravitt said the broadcast is to include the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

He said the idea is to persuade people who took spring break years ago to return to their old haunts.

The Broward Tourist Development Council voted Thursday to contribute up to $500,000 toward the costs of producing the broadcast.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Film director Ken Russell has gone to court seeking more than $1 million from New World Productions, which he contends failed to pay him for directing the 1984 film ″Crimes of Passion.″

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday, Russell had an agreement with the Los Angeles company to direct the film, starring Kathleen Turner, for $578,514 and 20 percent of the profits.

The suit said the agreement called for Russell to be paid $68,514 during the production and for the company to retain $500,000 as Russell’s investment in the picture.

The suit, filed by attorney Richard A. Rosen, seeks unspecified compensation and $1 million in punitive damages.

Calls to New World after business hours Thursday went unanswered.

The British director’s other films include ″Women in Love,″ ″The Music Lovers″ and ″Tommy.″

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