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    SAG Member Income Rises In '99 to $1.66B

    Members of the Screen Actors Guild saw their overall income rise to a record $1.66 billion in 1999, a $22 million, or 1.3%, increase over 1998.

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    Here's a Switch: A Bar Looking for a Playwright

    The American Bar Association wants to honor dramatists whose work has helped foster the public's understanding of the law and the legal system. The national organization for attorneys has announced guidelines for its annual Silver Gavel Awards, recognizing plays, television programs, and film and video works produced in 2000.

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    PULL-QUOTES

    PULL-QUOTES

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    Dolginoff's 'Body' of Work Heading to Broadway

    A forthcoming musical about Jesse "The Body" Ventura has a very important moral to impart: Success often hinges entirely on a person's stubborn refusal to be intimidated by long odds. Not only is that message apparent in the central story of Ventura, the iconoclastic wrestler-turned-Minnesota-governor, but it is just ...

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    The Story's the Thing, Book Musicals Are Back

    Storylines are back! Last season's big Broadway hits were pretty thin in that department. The hottest offering was Contact, a "dance-play" with a slight plot, nary an original song, and not even an orchestra. The rest of the schedule was studded with all-dance shows like Swing and Riverdance, revivals ...

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    "Grease," euro tour

    11/17 at 10AM, 12noon, and 2PM at Stepping Out, 1780 Broadway, 4th fl., NYC.

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    "Ragtime," nat'l tour

    3/5, 3/6, 3/8, & 3/9 at 10AM at Chelsea Studios, 151 W. 26 St., 6th fl., NYC.

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    Broadway Melody of 2000

    It's like a scene out of a Busby Berkeley movie musical: a cast too massive to fit on any Broadway stage takes to the very streets of Times Square. There, with towering buildings forming a glittering backdrop, they perform song after song as thousands cheer.

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    new school short film

    Casting for New School short narrative digital video and 16mm film final project. Seeking actresses and actors, mid-20s to mid-30s, open to collaboration and experimentation. No pay, but meals, transportation, and videocopy provided. Send pix & resumes to James Graf, 175 McGuiness Blvd., 2nd fl., Brooklyn, NY 11222. NON-SAG PERFORMERS.

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    Unions Address Diversity, DisabilitiesRing Lardner Jr., 85, Screenwriter Ruth Mitchell, 81, Producer Stephanie Lawrence, 50, Actress

    Tony Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, starring in "Kiss Me, Kate" on Broadway until January, will deliver the keynote address at a two-hour Actors' Equity-sponsored forum on Diversity in Casting Tues., Nov. 14, beginning at 5 pm.