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News on U2, Charlatans, Albert Hague

U2Irish rock act U2 will be among the guests on a special Thanksgiving Day episode of NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." The show will be broadcast for U.S. servicemen and women stationed in 175 countries and aboard 150 Navy ships via Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Military personnel will also make up the studio audience for the show.

The nightly one-hour variety show, which is usually filmed in the late afternoon and aired on tape, will be broadcast live Thursday (Nov. 22) at 11:35 p.m. ET. Also appearing on the show will be actress Pamela Anderson.

Upcoming musical guests scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show" include Maxwell tonight, Jennifer Lopez and Green Day on Monday, Marc Anthony on Tuesday, Smash Mouth (Nov. 23), Jill Scott (Nov. 26), Ryan Adams (Nov. 27), Incubus (Nov. 29), and Destiny's Child (Nov. 30).

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

CharlatansU.K. modern rock veterans the Charlatans will return to North America beginning with a Jan. 11 show in Hollywood, Calif. The 13-date tour encompasses a handful of shows originally postponed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The group is out in support of its latest MCA set, "Wonderland," which debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. album chart in September.

Here are the Charlatans' tour dates:

Jan. 11: Hollywood, Calif. (Palace)
Jan. 15: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Jan. 17: Seattle (Showbox)
Jan. 18: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Jan. 21: Minneapolis (Fine Line Music Caf?)
Jan. 22: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
Jan. 23: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
Jan. 25: Toronto (Kool Haus)
Jan. 26: Montreal (Cafe Campus)
Jan. 28: Boston (Paradise)
Jan. 29: New York (Irving Plaza)
Jan. 30: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Jan. 31: Philadelphia (TLA)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Albert HagueBroadway composer Albert Hague, who won a Tony for his work on "Redhead" and who played the part of cranky music teacher Benjamin Shorofsky in the "Fame" movie and television series, died Monday of cancer. He was 81. Hague, who died at an Inglewood, Calif., hospital, composed the music for many Broadway shows, including "The Fig Leaves Are Falling," "Plain and Fancy," Cafe Crown," and "Miss Moffat," which starred Bette Davis. He won his Tony in 1959.

He also wrote the music for the animated TV classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and appeared in a number of movies, including the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny comedy "Space Jam," in which he played a psychiatrist.

It was his long-running role as white-bearded, German-accented teacher Shorofsky that brought him to Los Angeles. He played the part for five years on TV. Other TV acting credits included guest appearances on such shows as "Hotel," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Tales From the Dark Side."

Born Albert Marcuse in Berlin, Hague fled his native Germany for Rome with his mother in 1937 after the Nazis came to power. He eventually settled in the United States, where he studied music at the University of Cincinnati and was adopted by Dr. Elliott B. Hague, an eye surgeon. In recent years, he and his late wife, actress Renee Orin Hague, had a successful cabaret act, appearing at Carnegie Hall two years ago.

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