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    REGIONAL ROUNDUP

    Atlanta's usually somnolent summer has been shattered by the onslaught of the Olympics. The city is full of people and traffic. But it isn't just about sports: Theatre, music, dance, film, and lectures are all over

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    Bit Parts : Casella Can't Stop

    You'd think that playing Timon the meerkat on Broadway in "The Lion King" eight performances a week would be enough. But Drama Desk-nominee Max Casella, who has won Theatre World and Drama League awards for the '97-'98 theatrical season, is spreading his glory. He's grabbed a role ...

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    NEA May Cop $99M

    With fiery issues of impeachment, the Kosovo war, and Chinese espionage either doused or placed on a lower burn, Congress has finally begun the budget appropriation

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR: Lea DeLaria - Move Over, Merman

    It would be enough to drive many actors from the callous depths of New York into the soothing bosom of the Hollywood Hills.

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    "Rent" Dramaturg Loses Royalties Suit

    "Rent" dramaturg Lynn Thomson's suit against the Larson estate for a share in the show's royalties met with defeat on Wed., July 23, in Manhattan Federal Court. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled that the plaintiff had failed to prove that both she and composer Jonathan Larson had intended ...

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    KIDS ON STAGE AND SCREEN: Growing Up in Show Business - Great Beginnings: Advice From the Pros on Starting Your Child in Show Biz

    Has this recently happened to you? Having taken your kids to see a show, do they now think and talk about nothing but performing? Do they mimic commercials, film, videos, and CDs? Will they grab any opportunity to perform for family, friends, neighbors, or in school and local productions? After ...

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    Finding the Right Class

    In the realm of the nuts and bolts, the majority of the teachers that Back Stage West consulted for this issue were in agreement on advice for actors in search of a

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    Launching a New 'Ship of Fools': Stanley Tucci Takes the Helm

    "Nice, Ken. Excellent, cast. Dead on," calls "Ship of Fools" actor-director-writer (and now producer), Stanley Tucci from behind a video screen. He's rehearsing a tight Steadicam shot of an ocean liner's observation deck, with cinematographer Ken Kelsch and performers Alfred Molina and Allison Janney (Broadway's "Molly Sweeney ...

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    "Astaire Bill" To Protect Deceased Celebs' Images

    A measure designed to arm heirs of deceased celebrities with tools to crack down on unauthorized uses of their famous loved ones' images cleared a major hurdle last Tuesday. The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 209 by an 11-1 vote, with three members abstaining. Nicknamed the "Astaire Bill" after ...