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    Alley Eliminates $2.5M Debt Early

    In 1995, the Alley Theatre faced a debt of $2.5 million that had been accumulating for a decade. The Houston theatre has come out of the 1996-97 season, which marks its 50th anniversary, in the black because of a performance schedule and marketing plan that grossed over $2

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    Brit Backlash at Tonys - Shuttered "Parade" Leads the Pack

    A pack of British dramas were left out in the cold as the nominees for the 53rd Annual Antoinette Perry (Tony) Awards were announced this

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    Improv Retreat Dedicated to Del Close

    A weeklong, intensive improvisational retreat will be held July 18-25, at the Sunny Oaks Hotel, in the Catskills Mountains. The retreat will dedicate its work to Del Close, the recently deceased improv master. Three of Close's long-time associates-Gary Austin, Michael J. Gellman, and Jeffrey Sweet-will join acting coach Carol ...

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    Empire State Grants Combine Arts, Ed.

    Twenty-three arts organizations have received the first $226,000 in Empire State Partnership (ESP) grants designed to promote arts education throughout New York State. Several of the grants include plans for integrating theatre and other performing arts into the

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    Sardi's Rolls Back Prices for 75th Anniversary

    In commemoration of its 75th anniversary in business, the renowned theatrical eatery Sardi's rolled back prices to 1921

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    "Funk," "Chicago" Tap Into Inaugural

    The casts of the Broadway hit musicals "Chicago" and "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" will join a host of other performing artists who will bring in 'Da Pres at the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala, Sun., Jan. 19, at the USAir Arena, in Landover,

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    Berman May be Ally on Copyright

    (BPI) WASHINGTON‹Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., an entertainment industry ally, is likely to fill the Democratic leadership post on the House of Representatives' intellectual property panel in the 106th Congress that convened

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    Concert Musicals Hit L.A. Via Reprise!

    New York still has some things L.A. doesn't have; but an all-star series of Broadway musicals in concert is no longer one of

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    NYSCA's Clarke Leaves NASAA With Long View

    The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) held its annual conference in Memphis Nov. 21-24. And Nicolette Clarke, executive director of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), returned from Tennessee more intent in her long-range goals of utilizing technology, partnerships, and involving the public in the

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    WGA East May Decide Pact Fate

    Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) members, who are sending in ballots in heavier numbers than past votes, could determine the fate of a new film-TV contract with studios and