Swisher, Garcia to wed
New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher will marry actress Joanna Garcia on Saturday at the Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The bride-to-be, who stars in the ABC sitcom "Better With You," will wear a gown by famed designer Monique Lhuillier, UsMagazine.com reports. Members of the bridal party include Jamie Lynn Sigler, Lance Bass and Reba McEntire (Garcia played her daughter on the WB sitcom "Reba"). Also on the guest list, according to published reports, is Cameron Diaz. But it was not clear whether Swisher's teammate Alex Rodriguez, who has been romantically linked with Diaz, would attend. The couple have been engaged since May. "This relationship's been the easiest thing I've ever done," Garcia told Us in July.
Piano Man finds new love
The Piano Man has a new accompanist: A year after separating from his third wife, food critic and chef Katie Lee, Long Island legend Billy Joel is dating Alexis Roderick, 29, a senior risk officer in the Garden City office of the financial institution Morgan Stanley, Newsday contributor Frank Lovece reports. Roderick, of Centerport, met Joel, 61, at a restaurant in Huntington, according to news reports. The couple have been seen together since September, and were photographed earlier this month at Joel's recently opened 20th Century Cycles motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay. Roderick acknowledged the relationship Tuesday, following reports she had been helping nurse Joel back to health after his bilateral hip-replacement surgery in November. Roderick graduated from Stony Brook University, where she focused on political science, economics and Latin American studies. She has been with Morgan Stanley since April 2005.
Injured Spidey actor still out
Natalie Mendoza, the actress who suffered a concussion offstage at "Spider-Man," did not return to the injury-plagued show last night as anticipated, Newsday's Linda Winer reports. Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the $65-million musical, said yesterday that Mendoza, who stars as the villainous spider Arachne, is expected to return "very soon." Mendoza was hit by an equipment rope during the show's first preview Nov. 28 and has been out since Thursday. At the time, it was believed she would be back this week. Shea Martin, Mendoza's spokesman, did not respond to questions about her condition. The show, directed by Julie Taymor with music by U2's Bono and The Edge, is in previews until the Jan. 11 opening.