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    Cooking the Books: A Recipe for Murder

    If you're in the mood to grab lunch and head for a matinee, playwright-composer Jacqueline Hankins is currently serving an engaging side of cabaret theatre to go with what your stomach craves.

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    Jimmy Carter was a Democrat

    In a curious news item from Jimmy Carter's trip to Cuba, a woman, leaning out her hotel window after spotting the former president, yelled, 'We love you, Jimmy Carter!' That's the spirit of Rinne Groff's 'Jimmy Carter was a Democrat,' which moved from P.S. 122 to ...

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    Online Critics Dial Up 'King' for 10 Nominations

    "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is a royal favorite of the Online Film Critics Society, which gave the final installment of Peter Jackson's epic trilogy a leading 10 nominations for its annual awards.

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    Roadside

    The tunes are purty, the lyrics are down home, and the actors are a fine bunch. But "Roadside" at the doggone-good York Theatre Company, a new musical by those "Fantasticks" fellers, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is as flat as a flapjack.

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    NYC Auditions at a Glance

    Culled from the hundreds of casting notices listed daily on BackStage.com, below are this week's audition highlights, organized by East Coast and by the day the auditions are being held.

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    Clooney Honored at Santa Barbara Film Fest

    Three Oscar nominations last week, and now George Clooney has collected the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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    SHOWCASES

    The following acts require booking in advance by submissions or auditions.

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    Actorfest Returns on Oct. 29

    Major casting directors, agents, and managers will join union representatives and Broadway and film actors at the 14th annual Actorfest, Back Stage's trade show for performing artists. Todd Thaler, Rob Decina, Michael Tucker, Phyllis Newman, and Shuler Hensley are just a few of the industry insiders who will offer ...

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    Chicago Aims at Broadway

    Producers Stuart Oken and Michael Leavitt have formed Elephant Eye Theatrical, a company dedicated to the development of new book musicals for Broadway.