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    Commitment Issues

    It's risky to burn bridges, even when you know it's necessary. But I knew I had to follow my instincts. It was never that school I had chosen to commit to—it was acting.

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    Recording Show Tunes With Broadway Royalty

    In his new book, “Album Produced By…More of My Rollercoaster Life,” Bruce Kimmel shares stories about working with Elaine Stritch, Dorothy Loudon, and more.

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    Learning the Ropes of Broadway With ‘Memphis’

    Actor J. Bernard Calloway, who plays Delray Farrell in "Memphis," shares his journey with the show.

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    War Stories

    "I have to warn you, it's not just modeling," she said. Wow, I thought, stretching all five-foot-two of me. I look like a prospective model? Now this is new. "He wants you to sell things out of a cigar tray."

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    Church of Muslin and Greasepaint

    Theater did not play an enormous role in my life until high school. Prior to that, searching for self-definition like any adolescent, I first sought clarity in religion.

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    One Dream, or the Other

    My sister Kiki is two and a half years younger than I am. Despite the difference, it always felt as though we were the same age because we were inseparable.

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    Green in WeHo

    My cell phone rang. Well... it could be important, I thought.  As unknown numbers usually do, the caller lived up to the unexpected. It was a manager asking to meet me.