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    CastingOuch!

    As a service to protect our readers, this column is dedicated to exposing scams and other questionable incidents that occur at auditions and elsewhere. If you have experienced any suspicious occurrences during the auditioning process, please call the Back Stage West casting line at (323)

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    Equity, AFTRA, Others React to Minority Concerns

    The NAACP's and Latino community's vocal concerns about minority performers' plight in film and TV has spread to reactions from sources as diverse as the nation's performers' unions and U.S. minority business

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    Musicians, Toe Dance in Tune: Local 802 Members, NYC Ballet Agree on Three-Year Pact

    Musicians and management for the New York City Ballet greeted their third week of a standoff with a finalized 3-year contract agreement on Tuesday. The orchestra returned to play for "The Nutcracker"-which had been forced to use recorded music-on Tuesday

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    Bistro Bits : Pushing the Envelope

    CLASSIFYING NATALIE GAMSU AS A "VOCALIST" doesn't begin to tell the story. Yes, she's a splendid singer, with a majestic voice that bespeaks wisdom and passion. But, what an actress--no, what an artist! Her show last year, "Karizmatik," incorporated theatrical elements; her new show at Eighty Eight's ...

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    OPEN MIKES AND SHOWCASES

    A survey of clubs, theatres, and other venues that are "open" to unsolicited comedy acts in varying degrees. Most allow performers to sign up on the night of performance; some require submissions and/or auditions, often well in advance of performance.

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    OREGON THEATER 2001 SEASONS

    Jim Giancarlo (prod.) will hold auditions for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Guys on Ice, runs Mar. 14-June 11; Eat-TV, runs May 23-Sept. 3; Gunmetal Blues, runs Aug. 15-Nov. 5; 'Tis the Season, runs Oct. 17-Dec. 31) and Rogue Music Theatre (Kiss Me Kate, runs May 29-July 29; Godspell in Concert ...

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    Music in the Niteries

    AT RAINBOW & STARS UNTIL AUG. 9, DAVIS Gaines' cabaret concert is a mixed bag of songs gorgeously sung by one of today's finest voices on or Off-Broadway and all points in between. He has played the title role in Broadway's "Phantom" more than any other performer: 1,937

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    Livent Fielding Bids and Reorganizing

    Livent, the beleaguered Canadian theatrical company, continues to reorganize while it reviews confidential bids. As many as 10 companies may be interested in acquiring some of its assets, if not the entire

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    DANCE DIARY - Nijinsky: The Faun Revived

    Death of a Faun, with actor-dancer Nicholas Johnson as the legendary dancer, recently played Off-Off-Broadway, at St. Clements Theatre. Formerly a dancer with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet, Mr. Johnson is a now an actor in London's West End, and on