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    THE CAST

    Scenic Designers: Marjorie Bradley Kellogg has designed two dozen Broadway shows. Heidi Ettinger, who has won Tony Awards for "The Secret Garden" and "Big River," this season did "The Triumph of Love" and "The Sound of Music." Adrianne Lobel, who began her career in the late 1970s, has designed "Passion ...

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    B'way Alliance "Moribund': Reduced-Cost Straight-Play Contract May Have Whimpered Out

    The Broadway Alliance may have quietly expired, Actors' Equity executive director Alan Eisenberg told Back Stage. "It is moribund, that's for sure," he said. "And it may have gasped its last

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    TEMPORARY SOLUTIONS: Why Performers Are Tempted by Temping

    Have you ever said you were a performer, only to hear the response "Oh, really...what restaurant do you work for?"

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    LONDON CALLING - Edinburgh's Fringe Has Grown

    The media has been saturated with coverage of the 51st Edinburgh Festival, which wound up on Aug. 31. Americans at the main Festival included the Twyla Tharp Company, the San Francisco Ballet, and Mark Morris, whose production of Rameau's comic opera Platƒe was highly acclaimed. As always the British ...

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    Vandenbroucke, Northlight Theatre A.D., to Step Down

    Effective next June, Russell Vandenbroucke will step down as artistic director of Northlight Theatre after 11 years. He will complete the current season by directing Sophocles' "The Wound and the Bow," in a new adaptation by Amlin

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    Broadway's Hour-Long Commercial

    The League of American Theatres and Producers has filmed a one-hour news retrospective that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 1997-98 season on Broadway. It will air nationally in syndication from May 20 through June 7,

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    N.Y. NOTES : OUT OF TOWN - Boom and the Bard - Shorter shows, soaring Shakespeare, and collapsing scaffolds create lots of sound and fury, signifying new trends on the Main Stem.

    The biggest story of the month here in New York is the recent scaffolding collapse which cut off Times Square from traffic and closed several shows. All of the shuttered attractions are up and running again with the exception of Cabaret. The Kit Kat Klub which houses the smash revival ...

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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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    Update Your Shakespeare: Theatres Mount Timely Twists on Timeless Tales

    Are theatres afraid audiences will be bored by bare Bard? Or do they think the most commercially minded playwright of the Elizabethan era would rejoice to see revisions of his revels? Shakespeare's themes are universal and-as contemporary directors feel-timeless. But do his texts hold up when his plays are

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    DANCE DIARY

    The full-length ballets seem to be enjoying a renaissance at American Ballet Theatre this season. Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, which had its world premiere by National Ballet of Washington in 1970, entered the ABT repertoire on May 17, and turned out to be, in show-biz lingo, "a real