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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

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    Some Allege SAG "Cronyism"

    The filling of a Screen Actors Guild board vacancy created by the death of Steve Allen has elicited allegations of "cronyism" from disgruntled board members. The board seat to which Allen was elected shortly before his death Oct. 30 was filled on Nov. 13 by Chuck Sloan.

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    NEA: Floor Victory or Presidential Veto?

    Bolting moderate Republicans and a threatened Presidential veto have turned up the heat in the fight to save federal arts funding. And a House Democrat and moderate Republican--both from New York--appear ready to battle on the floor of Congress next week for the National Endowment for the Arts

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    Alliance Will Dissect Actors-AMPTP Pact

    Key Activist, a SAG Board Member, Unhappy with Early NumbersBy Roger

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    SAG Preps for Commercials Pact

    The Screen Actors Guild saw controversy in the ranks three years ago before members overwhelmingly approved a new commercials contract. That pact-which includes rates increases in several areas-ends next March; and the guild is preparing for next year's negotiations with producers by holding member workshops on the current