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    REPLACEMENTS, "THE LION KING"

    Binder Casting will hold a non-required open chorus call for future replacements for the L.A. company of The Lion King. Dir. Julie Taymor, mus. Dir. Colin Welford, choreo. Garth Fagan, cstg. Dir. Mark Brandon.

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    Some Happy New Yorkers at Sundance

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    NYSCA Awards Theatres $370,000 in Grants

    The New York State Council on the Arts has awarded 25 theatres a total of $372,206 for fiscal 1997. The council's fall meeting was its second round of grant approvals. It provided $1.53 million to theatres in

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    Blackburn Prize Steered to Carr

    Irish playwright Marina Carr has won first prize in the 19th annual Susan Smith Blackburn Awards for her play "Portia Coughlin." The prize, presented by Dame Diana Rigg at a London ceremony on Sun., Feb. 2, carries a purse of

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    SEASONAL GENERALS

    The Geffen and Pasadena playhouses will hold Equity principal seasonal general and yearly local auditions for their upcoming seasons. Pasadena season to include: Side Man (dir. Andy Robinson, runs May 4-June 17), Do I Hear a Waltz, a musical revival (dir. David Lee, runs July 6-Aug. 19), and Now You ...

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    DANCE DIARY : Ananishvili's Giselle: Auspicious Debut

    Although Nina Ananiashvili has appeared in Giselle throughout Europe, May 23 marked her debut in the role for American Ballet Theatre in New York. From the response she received throughout the performance and the thunderous ovation which greeted her at the conclusion, you may be certain that we will be ...

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    Smalley Exits DCA, Wohl New Deputy

    Patricia T. Smalley, deputy commissioner of New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), has left the agency to move to London. Government veteran Dorrit Wohl has replaced Smalley as deputy to the agency chairman, Schuyler G.