Paul Wontorek
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cho must go on
Ex-boyfriends of Margaret Cho can now breathe easier. Last week, during preview performances of her new no-holds-barred Off Broadway act, I’m the One That I Want, the 30-year-old comedian removed sensitive references to a couple of the famous men of her past. In the original script of the one-woman show, which centers on her experiences working on the failed 1994-95 ABC sitcom All-American Girl, Cho recalled that crooner Chris Isaak insensitively chided her for allowing the network to release photos that made her look fat, and that Star Trek: Voyager‘s Garrett Wang dumped her when she was hospitalized because of a crash diet. (Asked about Cho, Wang says, ”That relationship must have happened in a parallel universe, because I don’t recall it”; Isaak was on tour and unavailable for comment.) In the reworked version, neither is mentioned. Asked about the last-minute alteration, Cho says, ”I felt it wasn’t the right way to talk about them.” What remains are complimentary references to another ex, Quentin Tarantino, who angrily called Cho after seeing the Girl pilot. ”He said they took away my voice,” she remembers, ”and he was right, but at the time I didn’t understand and took it the wrong way.” Cho also recounts her battles with network execs, her post-cancellation drug and alcohol problems, and her current confusion about her own sexuality. ”I’ve slept with women,” Cho says bluntly, ”but I don’t think I’m gay or straight. I think I’m just slutty.”

Casting Fever
It launched John Travolta into superstardom, so it’s no wonder that the role of Tony Manero in Broadway’s upcoming Saturday Night Fever musical was the new season’s most sought-after part for young male singer-dancers. Among the contenders: Joey Lawrence, of Blossom fame. But after a nationwide search, 23-year-old James Carpinello, who starred in the Off Broadway critical darling Stupid Kids and was recently seen in L.A.’s The Rocky Horror Show opposite David Arquette, was chosen to fill the white suit. Filling Travolta’s shoes is another matter. Says Carpinello, who will make his Broadway debut when the musical opens Oct. 21: ”Travolta is a god.”

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