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STING JUGGLES DISNEY CHORES WITH ALBUM, ACTING GIGS.

Byline: Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith

Rock superstar Sting is juggling his time between recording an album and composing songs for Disney's ``Kingdom of the Sun'' - a ``Prince and the Pauper''-style tale set in Latin America that will feature the voices of David Spade and Eartha Kitt.

Sting lets us know his ``Kingdom'' chores are a challenge. ``I write the music, and then they're supposed to animate it, but there are constantly changes being made. It's constantly in turnaround.'' It's enough to make a person crazy, Sting admits, but he says that's OK, because ``I'm crazy anyway. I'm enjoying it.''

His main focus now is the album he's recording in Italy, which should be out next year. Meanwhile, he's well-represented by his ``Freak the Mighty'' video - in which he and his onetime Police bandmate Andy Summers, plus Sharon Stone and others, romp through the merry old English countryside making like King Arthur's court. He says making the video was ``hilarious - riding around on horses, dressing up, generally messing around, not too much responsibility.''

The Police were among the rockers that ``started the whole video thing,'' Sting notes, ``and I'm sorry now. Now, we have to do videos. They're compulsory. You can't just write songs and record them, you have to be movie stars, or pretend to be, anyway.''

We don't think the part-time actor is all that serious with his complaint. In fact, he has a role in a feature that just opened in England and is expected to be released here next year. Produced by his wife, Trudie Styler, it's called ``Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.'' Sting describes it as ``an English gangster comedy with subtitles.''

Y2K ducats

Millennium Eve tickets for ``Fosse: A Celebration in Song and Dance'' will go on sale next month - the minute the marvelous musical moves from L.A. to Manhattan, where it starts Broadway previews Dec. 26. Says the incomparable ``All That Jazz'' star Ann Reinking, who co-conceived, co-directed and co-choreographed the show that re-creates the dance of the late and legendary Bob Fosse, ``We started offering `Chicago' tickets for New Year's Eve '99 last year and sold out quickly. I'm sure the same thing will happen with `Fosse.' '' ``Fosse'' fans might try their luck in London, Vienna, Melbourne - or in any of many states in the United States where ``Fosse'' could be in full operation long before the new millennium arrives. According to Reinking, ``We're getting offers from everywhere. They'd like us to start a touring company of the U.S. right off the bat, but we think we'll hold off until May or June.'' Wherever you have a chance to see it, be sure to do so. It's the sort of gem that doesn't come along often in any millennium.

Resting his bippy

Dick Martin just wrapped work on the Thanksgiving-week installment of ``Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place'' - playing the grandfather of Berg (Ryan Reynolds). He says he had a ball but is not in the market for a regular sitcom gig. ``I like doing these parts once in a while. ... I get the scripts Jerry Stiller rejects now,'' Dick says, laughing. The onetime dumber half of Rowan & Martin, who started a successful TV directing career after ``Laugh-In's'' demise in the '70s, also says he's cut back on his behind-the-camera assignments. ``I spent a lot of years working to death. Now, I have a beautiful beach house out in Malibu, and my wife, Dolly, and I enjoy just hanging out there.''

With reports by Stephanie DuBois.

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