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IT'S BEEN ages, it seems, since we went on about Madonna. But how long could that last? La Ciccone is on a quiet roll, working on songs for the sound track for her coming film, "The Next Best Thing." At the same time she is recording a follow-up album to her Grammy- winning smash, "Ray of Light." But the big news is another movie. Next year Madonna will film "Quadrille," a drama based on the late Noel Coward's play of the same name.
Caresse Norman, M's glamorous and super-smart manager, tells me that Madonna will head a cast of American and British actors, under the direction of Gavin Millar (he did "Complicity" and "Dreamchild"). "Quadrille" concerns itself with the adventures of a philandering English aristocrat who runs off to the south of France with the wife of an American industrialist. The aristo's outraged wife (Madonna) and the industrialist follow their spouses but discover a passion for each other along the way. It's all so terribly Noel Coward. (Noel's 100th birthday is upcoming and his works are in revival and re- evaluation as we speak.) "Quadrille," adapted by Wesley Moore, was first done in New York and starred those elegant marrieds, The Lunts.