Morrow: David Keith signed for 'Pirates'

David Keith has been signed to star in the Knoxville Opera's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance," to be staged March 12-14 at the Tennessee Theatre. Keith will play the pirate king.

Auditions for the supporting cast will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Opera Building, 612 E. Depot Ave. Actors/singers should prepare a vocal selection in English of their choosing and be able to handle simple choreography.

An accompanist will be provided for the auditions. To schedule an audition time, contact Don Townsend at dtownsend@knoxvilleopera.com.

For further information or to reserve tickets to opera performances, contact Knoxville Opera, 524-0795 or www.knoxvilleopera.com.

IN BUSINESS. Dolly Parton is busting out, in a business sense. The East Tennessee superstar's newest enterprise is Dolly Parton's Trinkets & Treasures on Second Avenue in Nashville near the Wildhorse Saloon. The 1,000-square-foot space opened the door a week ago.

The store will be packed with all things Dolly and will feature a lot of pink, yellow, red, blue, green and purple on the inside and outside.

The grand opening is set for next year.

RETURN. "American Idol" is back for its 2010 edition with a two-night premiere, Jan. 12-13. Anybody know if any East Tennessee talent tried out this time around? If so, shoot me an e-mail at morrowt@knoxville.com. Holla!

In the past two seasons, East Tennessee has been represented by talent from Morristown and Alcoa. As a result, Josiah Leming, a contestant from 2008, garnered a major record deal. Let's hope East Tennessee has some talent on this edition. Otherwise, this might be a very long season.

After all, this will be the first season without Paula Abdul.

GONE. Fox is also pulling "Glee" from its midseason schedule. The series will air its fall finale on Dec. 9. After that, it won't be back until April 13. The show will return on a new night - Tuesdays.

BENCHED. Just a few months into its run, "The Jay Leno Show" is getting a temporary boot off the air. Because of President Barack Obama's address Tuesday and the second-to-the-last episode of "The Biggest Loser" coming on the same night, "Jay Leno" will skip airing.

Instead, "Loser" will run 9-11 p.m. Is this a sign that NBC is saying this show isn't working? WBIR, Channel 10, must be jumping for joy.

Terry Morrow may be reached at morrowt@knoxville.com or 865-342-6445. His blog can be found at http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/telebuddy/. He contributes to "Live At Five At Four" on WBIR, Channel 10, and "The Marc & Kim & Frank Show" on WWST-FM, 102.1.

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