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Unique team working on "Phantom' sequel

Spy novelist Frederick Forsyth is teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber to write a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

Forsyth will work on a story for the musical, the composer's spokesman, Kevin Wallace, said Friday in London. A novella is expected to be published before the show's opening late next year.

The collaboration marks a rare instance of an espionage writer entering the world of the musical theater. Forsyth's novels include The Odessa File and The Day of the Jackal. Lloyd Webber's works include Cats and Sunset Boulevard.

Cubs announcer, 82,

ready to kick up heels

Jack Brickhouse, the broadcast voice of the Chicago Cubs for nearly four decades, said he's eager to go dancing with his wife again after getting a clean bill of health following surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor.

The 82-year-old sportscaster was discharged Friday from a Chicago rehabilitation hospital. He had surgery March 3.