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    Aida

    "The Mikado," presented by Lyric Opera San Diego at the Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego. Thu.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Oct. 14-30. $26-40. (619) 239-8836.

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    Cruz's New Roles Combine Beauty and Brains

    Penelope Cruz may have stayed away from Los Angeles early in her career because of the difficulty actresses can have finding roles that combine beauty and brains. Or maybe, as she puts it, it was simply because dinner arrived at the wrong time.

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    Diggs Doubles Up On 'Chicago' With B'way Role

    Taye Diggs is going back to his Broadway roots with a starring role in the Broadway production of "Chicago." The actor, who got his big break as one of the original cast members of the musical "Rent," will take over the role of Billy Flynn for a five-month run at ...

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    Central Settling

    A cast of thousands will receive a total of $1.2 million from Central Casting's payroll company, Entertainment Partners Group, if an L.A. Superior Court Judge upholds his preliminary approval of a settlement reached between Central and plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed last year by ...

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    Summer Sounds

    More From our Spotlight on Speech and Voiceovers

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    Faith Healer

    "Faith Healer," presented by the Globe Theatres at the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, Balboa Park, San Diego. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. July 14-Aug. 25. $35-45. (619) 239-2255.

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    Free For All Events

    Back Stage will be listing summer events around New York that are free and open to the public. What follows is a partial listing of events for the week of Aug. 8-14. Send a press release including a contact number and photos to: B.L. Rice, Free Events, Back Stage ...

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    Eifman's 'Pinocchio' A Fairytale for All Ages

    Give a familiar classic to Boris Eifman, artistic director of Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, and he can be depended upon to expand the plot beyond belief. He has turned Pinocchio into a spectacular ballet that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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    SPOTLIGHT ON FALL TV CASTING - Making a 'Scene'

    The candor, humor, and genuine sense of enjoyment that writer/producer Judith McCreary brings to her work are perhaps most evident as she talks about her disappointments. She chuckles through the list of ill-fated feature projects that began her career: a spec script she sold to Warner Bros. and developed ...

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    Memorial for William 'Billy' Roy

    A memorial tribute to cabaret performer-arranger-writer William "Billy" Roy will be held Mon., Sept. 13, at 2 pm at the Players' Club, near Gramercy Park. The memorial will feature performances and remembrances from Roy's professional colleagues. Roy died on Sept. 2 last year in West Palm Beach, Fla. He ...