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    Toronto Festivals Top Ticket Tallies

    Ticket sales for the 1996 Shaw Festival in Toronto reached $9.2 million, the highest level in the fest's 35-year

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    SUMMER EVENTS

    Throughout the summer, Back Stage will be listing events around New York that are free and open to the public. What follows is a partial listing of events in the five boroughs for the week of July 31-Aug 6. Although we're pressed for space at times and can't ...

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    British Equity Dispute Could Halt TV Commercials

    British Equity has instructed its members not to accept work on television ads after Sept. 26. The union is also fighting with theatrical management about actors' fees in commercial regional theatres.

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    "American Beauty' Blooms With Eight Oscar Noms

    "American Beauty," a cynical take on a dysfunctional suburban family from a first-time director, dominated the nominations for the 72nd annual Academy Awards. The film garnered a total of eight nods including Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress for its leads Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening, and Best Director for ...

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    Unions Hit Victory From New Direction

    The theatrical union coalition which has been picketing the New Victory Theatre for the past six months has worked out what its organizers term an "unusual union recognition agreement" with Theatre for a New Audience, which handed the nearly one-year-old 42nd Street theatre its first clear success as producer of ...

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    "Lion" Second King Of New Amsterdam

    Disney Theatrical Productions has announced a stage musical version of the animated film "The Lion King" as the first full production to be mounted at the New Amsterdam Theater. Set to open in the fall of 1997, the show will succeed another royal tuner, a concert presentation of the new ...

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    Spanish Directors Program Now at Repertorio Espanol

    Repertorio Espa"ol is kicking off its new program for young directors with a presentation of six plays directed by New York City residents under age