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June 17, 1990

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Madonna, who canceled the first of three engagements here because of a sore throat, performed the second show for 14,000 stomping, screaming fans.

Deafening cheers greeted the singer Saturday as she emerged from a cloud of smoke on the elaborate set of her ″Blond Ambition″ tour.

As late as early Saturday afternoon, local promoters were still awaiting word from the singer’s doctor on whether the pop star would make the Saturday and Sunday night concerts.

The phone at Electric Factory Concerts rang off the hook Saturday morning, spokeswoman Julie Vitello said.

″It’s been murder,″ she said. ″Everyone’s so excited about her appearance and people are just frantic. They want to see her.″

The Friday night concert was the third canceled in the last three weeks by the singer, who started the tour six weeks ago. The throat problem was blamed on a viral infection.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Richard Dysart, who plays a senior partner on NBC’s ″L.A. Law″ television series, encouraged real-life Kentucky lawyers to do more volunteer legal work.

Dysart, who plays Leland McKenzie on the series, was the keynote speaker Friday at a banquet for the Kentucky Bar Association.

Dysart also played McKenzie in a 30-second public service announcement taped Friday for the KBA. Dysart did the tape free in hopes lawyers will follow suit and perform more volunteer legal work.

″I say if it gets one Kentucky lawyer to go out to a senior citizens center and show someone how to fill out a government medical form, it’s worth the effort,″ Dysart said.

Earlier in the week, American Bar Association President L. Stanley Chauvin told members at the conference that ″L.A. Law″ presented a distorted view of how the U.S. legal system actually works.

Dysart agreed Friday night.

″We are an unusual law firm with an unusual specialty,″ he said. ″We specialize in everything. And for a firm with seven partners and three associates, we really do get around.″


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Bill Cosby, television’s well-known dad, may be a ghost soon, but he was quite visible to tens of thousands of visitors at the Riverbend Festival on Father’s Day weekend.

Cosby, wearing a Dad T-shirt saying ″Ghost Dad″ to promote an upcoming film by that name, kept many of the 100,000 estimated partygoers spellbound during a 75-minute monologue Friday night, festival organizers said.

Part of his routine included asking the audience to ponder the philosophical question of why humans continue to care for their young when animals get rid of them after six months.

The star of ″The Cosby Show″ asked for only one prop - a chair with no arms to be placed center stage, said Riverbend chief Bruce Storey.

The festival runs through June 24.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The Kid is 11 years old, 4 1/2 feet tall and weighs 57 pounds. But Charlie Korsmo came close to stealing the show from his elders in the new ″Dick Tracy″ movie.

″Wasn’t he great 3/8″ exclaimed the Kid’s co-star and director, Warren Beatty, last week after the film had its premiere here.

Charlie’s first movie role was as Jessica Lange’s son in ″Men Don’t Leave.″ Initially, he wasn’t interested in the role offered by Beatty in the film based on the square-jawed comic strip character.

But Beatty insisted, and the sixth-grader from Minneapolis finally agreed, partly because ″I hate to go to school.″

Now, Charlie considers himself ″one lucky kid.″

″Everybody says the movie will be a hit, so it will probably help my career,″ says the slightly built youngster who professes more interest in becoming a philosopher than a full-time actor when he grows up.

″I would sit around and think a lot - like inventions and theories and stuff like that″- and then give advice to others, he says of his real goal in life. School, he says, is ″boring, takes a lot of time.″


SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) - A slice of the West will become the South - at least for a time - for an upcoming Vanessa Redgrave movie.

The little town northwest of Austin is being transformed in a small Southern town in the 1930s for filming of the movie ″Ballad of Sad Cafe.″ Much of the town is owned by singer Willie Nelson.

Shooting is set to begin June 25 on the film, starring Redgrave and directed by Simon Callow, an actor who played Salieri in the London stage version of ″Amadeus.″

The film company has put out a call trying to locate a full suite of Victorian furniture to lend authenticity to the film, according to Texas Film Commission officials.