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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

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    RAGTIME

    In Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway, the 1997 musical Ragtime is raked over the coals in an uproarious parody called "Gagtime," playing off the complaints that the show's contingent of detractors heaped upon it. But lest the naysayers rejoice, the self-dubbed "meany" Alessandrini admitted to us in a recent ...

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    A Room of His Own: Black Actor Settles with Broker over Bias

    Christopher Walker happens to be an African-American. He also happens to be an actor. He felt those two qualities led a New York City real estate broker in 1997 to discriminate against him. So he sued. The company settled, and Walker last month received the last of four checks totaling

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    Helen Hayes Displays "Passion" For Signature

    There was a great deal of "Passion" on display at the 1997 Helen Hayes Awards, which honor theatre in the Washington, D.C. area. The Signature Theatre production of the Stephen Sondheim musical walked away with five trophies, including wins for best direction of a musical (Eric D. Schaeffer), best ...