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    Singing Their Hearts Out

    "The challenge in doing a Stephen Sondheim show is that the bar is raised so high," says Aaron Lazar, who plays the buffoonish Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music."

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    Back Stage Goes to High School

    Most of the readers of Back Stage are adults, but here in Highlands Ranch, Colo., a group of high school students is also discovering the wealth of weekly information found in Back Stage.

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    Bridgette Bassa… Got the Part

    When Missouri transplant Bridgette Bassa spied the casting notice for "Indestructible," one thing stood out to her: It was for writer-director Daniel Myrick of "The Blair Witch Project."

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    Ask and You May Receive

    With so many elements of our lives in other people's hands-agents, casting directors, producers, directors-it's easy to feel as if we have little control over our careers. But there is one place we have much more control than we imagine: the audition room.

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    Read the Entire Script Before the Audition

    When auditioning, a really common mistake is to not read the entire script. Oftentimes actors will just look at the lines for their own character. When you arrive at an audition, the first thing you should do is read the full script.

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    Replete With Misinformation

    I write in response to Back Stage's April 1 opinion piece by Sam Mraovich entitled "Forget the Unions, Make a Film."

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    Pet Peeves Actors Have About Their Agents and Managers

    Noncommunication heads the list-from agents refusing to answer questions directly, if at all, to completely ignoring phone calls or emails or messages left on their Facebook page.

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    A Bit of English in Times Square

    "Be careful what you wish for. It might come true!" my dad once said to six-year-old me when I mentioned my ambition to move to New York City and become an actress.

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    Julia Murney on Audra McDonald in 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess'

    Julia Murney of "The Wild Party" and "Wicked" celebrates Audra McDonald's work in the Gershwin revival.

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    Thoughts from Acting School Alums and Working Actors

    "Starting your own company and producing your own plays in a major market is a viable alternative to sitting in a theater lobby all day, waiting for someone to give you a shot."