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    Dancers Who Fly

    Back Stage spoke recently with "Spider-Man" choreographer Daniel Ezralow to ascertain what the movement-heavy musical requires of its dancers and what criteria are used to cast them.

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    Opinions Destroy Actors

    Everyone has got a f--king opinion. And I'm not talking about sexual orientation preference, fav fetish, or predilection of position. But everyone does have a position. On something.

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    Gig List, Direct Marketing

    Could you give me examples of jobs for actors and singers in the theater business but not as a performer—a reader, teaching, voiceovers, extras, etc.—and the best ways of finding these jobs.

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    The Right Moves

    Some say we are what we eat. If you're a movement instructor, you'd say we are how we sit, stand, move. And while we may often associate movement techniques with training for dancers, these instructors list a surprising number of reasons why the actors who study with them ...

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    How Failure Worked for Me

    For years I had a deeply personal secret. Only family and acquaintances I knew from the era of bell-bottom pants and Ford Pintos were aware of my shame: I failed seventh grade.

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    Julia Murney on Audra McDonald in 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess'

    Julia Murney of "The Wild Party" and "Wicked" celebrates Audra McDonald's work in the Gershwin revival.

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    Pet Peeves Actors Have About Their Agents and Managers

    Noncommunication heads the list-from agents refusing to answer questions directly, if at all, to completely ignoring phone calls or emails or messages left on their Facebook page.

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    Richard Maltby Jr. on Zoe Caldwell in 'The Way of the World'

    Zoe Caldwell, I never met you, but you changed my life. And isn't that what theater is all about, changing the lives of people you'll never meet?

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    A Bit of English in Times Square

    "Be careful what you wish for. It might come true!" my dad once said to six-year-old me when I mentioned my ambition to move to New York City and become an actress.

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    Body Language

    Diet. Rest. Massage. Martial arts. Acupuncture. Dance classes. Yoga. Pilates. Stretches. Cycling. These are among the various ways that actors stay fit for physically demanding roles.