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    Student Oscar Nominees Have Reel Values

    Thirty students have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 26th Annual Student Academy Awards national

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    Quick-Choice Artist

    Warming up to cold readings means looking at them as little

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    Bit Parts - Amas' "Babies"

    A winner of the 1997 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre comes this month to Amas Musical Theatre. "Barrio Babies" is a musical comedy chronicling adventures of Latino actors and writers trying to break the Hollywood mold of stereotyping ethnic artists. With music by Fernando Rivas and book and lyrics ...

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    LAUGHING MATTERS: Fabulous Females

    I definitely hit the group show jackpot in April, catching some of the funny female shows that are out there. The first show I ever reviewed in this column, that used funny females as its theme, was produced by Sunda Croonquist, who has featured many comics. I'm glad to ...

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    DANCE DIARY - Glorious Dance in NYCB's "Coppelia"

    Balanchine always claimed that New York City Ballet's Coppƒlia, which he and Alexandra Danilova staged in 1974, was based on memories of the Marius Petipa production of their youth. He also claimed that "authenticity" was never in the exact sequence of steps but rather in the spirit and style ...

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    L.A. AFTRA Boss Ousted by Board

    Susan Boyd, president of the Los Angeles AFTRA local, has been ousted from her post by the local's board of

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    By any number of collaborations over the years, co

    By any number of collaborations over the years, connect the names of two performers or creators who have never worked together, and receive a Back Stage West T-shirt. Weekly winners are chosen by the creativity, cleverness, and brevity of their connections.

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    "Cats' Stamp Unveiled

    An unexpected-and yes, theatre-icon of the 1980s was honored on Wed., Jan 12, when the United States Postal Service unveiled a new commemorative postage stamp featuring the Broadway musical "Cats." The ceremony was held at the Winter Garden Theatre, where the smash musical is still playing. It's part of ...

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    ACTORS' TAXES: Same Time, This Year - Since the Y2K bug failed to wipe out the IRS computer system, it's once again time for taxes.

    Wow, we made it! And, of course, as predicted, the Earth opened up, continents were swamped with giant tidal waves, Jupiter collided with Mars, Los Angeles slid into the Pacific Ocean, and the Dow-Jones plummeted to pre-1900 numbers. Unfortunately-and the saddest news of all is-the Internal Revenue Service withstood all ...