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    GIVE THEM A REASON TO HEAR YOU: CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIAL

    Countless thousands of songs have been written. You're going to do a cabaret show and you've got to pick a dozen of them. How do you choose? A song may be quite wonderful, but is it right for you? Or for your

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    DANCE DIARY - Glorious Dance in NYCB's "Coppelia"

    Balanchine always claimed that New York City Ballet's Coppƒlia, which he and Alexandra Danilova staged in 1974, was based on memories of the Marius Petipa production of their youth. He also claimed that "authenticity" was never in the exact sequence of steps but rather in the spirit and style ...

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    L.A. AFTRA Boss Ousted by Board

    Susan Boyd, president of the Los Angeles AFTRA local, has been ousted from her post by the local's board of

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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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    "Cats' Stamp Unveiled

    An unexpected-and yes, theatre-icon of the 1980s was honored on Wed., Jan 12, when the United States Postal Service unveiled a new commemorative postage stamp featuring the Broadway musical "Cats." The ceremony was held at the Winter Garden Theatre, where the smash musical is still playing. It's part of ...

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    ACTORS' TAXES: Same Time, This Year - Since the Y2K bug failed to wipe out the IRS computer system, it's once again time for taxes.

    Wow, we made it! And, of course, as predicted, the Earth opened up, continents were swamped with giant tidal waves, Jupiter collided with Mars, Los Angeles slid into the Pacific Ocean, and the Dow-Jones plummeted to pre-1900 numbers. Unfortunately-and the saddest news of all is-the Internal Revenue Service withstood all ...

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    Livent, Ontario Postpone Canada "Rent" Court Date

    Canadian production company Livent, Inc. and the Ontario Heritage Foundation, which for the past few weeks have battled over the Toronto premiere of "Rent," postponed their July 8 court date in favor of hammering out their differences

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    BTI Awards

    Rosemary Harris will host the annual presentation of The Broadway Theater Institute's Awards for Excellence in Theater on Mon., May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Club New York, 252 West 43rd St.,

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    Name That Musical Director: Everything is Rosie since John McDaniel became a household word.

    Musical directors and conductors are the unsung heroes of musical theatre. Diehard Broadway buffs can easily rattle off the names of stars and songwriters-and sometimes even directors-but few have the names of musical directors on the tip of their tongues.