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    Paramount Theatre Rises: Venue To Return as Wrestling Arena, Restaurant

    The long-invisible Paramount Theatre, at 1501 Broadway and 43rd Street, where Frank Sinatra once had bobbysoxers swooning and Benny Goodman's big band had young adults jitterbugging in the aisles, is scheduled to reopen in November as a $25 million wrestling arena and theme

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    From One Wunderkind to Another - The Guthrie's Joe Dowling Helms McDonagh's "Cripple of Inishmaan"

    On a recent weekday afternoon the Geffen Playhouse was vibrant with that indefinable but almost palpable energy that occurs when a heralded new play is about ready to make its bow before a new audience. The man in charge, Joe Dowling, artistic director of the Guthrie Playhouse, had just returned ...

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    Full Scholarships are now available for work study people at the Creative Acting Company. Five positions starting immediately are available for the right people with a one day weekly work

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    By any number of collaborations over the years, co

    By any number of collaborations over the years, connect the names of two performers or creators who have never worked together, and receive a Back Stage West T-shirt. Weekly winners are chosen by the creativity, cleverness, and brevity of their connections.

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    Ben Chaves (prod.) is accepting submissions for Ex, a sync-sound digital film for LMU about a young man who tries to date a girl who happens to be roommates with his ex. Dir. Nick Alt. Shoot starts Mar. There is no pay.

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    Bay Area Shepard Makes Magic Peninsula PCLO Sounds Good Sacramento Fairer Sex Fares Well

    The season is well underway by now, the LORT theatres having opened in September, and an exciting season it looks to be. New musicals abound: Fanny at Chez Panisse, Frank Loesser's Hans Christian Andersen (both reviewed previously in Back Stage West), and the upcoming Mountain Days, the John Muir ...

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    AT&T Grants $500M to Stages

    Lincoln Center Theater has just earned an estimated $100,000 from AT&T for its upcoming musical production of "Marie Christine," by Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Graciela Daniele. Based on Euripides "Medea," "Marie Christine" is set in the 1890s in the French Creole world of New

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    In the Spirit of Namesake Bessie, Dance Awards Honor Artists

    For the first time in the 14-year history of the New York Dance and Performance Awards, affectionately and officially known as "The Bessies," the awards were without their namesake. Although teacher, mentor, and critic Bessie Sch...nberg died earlier this year, she was omnipresent at the Sept. 17

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    Bistro Bits: Do It Again

    1998 BISTRO-WINNER MARY CLEERE HARAN has returned to the Oak Room at The Algonquin with musical director Richard Rodney Bennett, through Oct. 10. The extraordinary show, "The Memory of All That: George Gershwin on Broadway & in Hollywood," is an official Gershwin Centennial

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    Broadway Show League

    At the end of the fifth week in Broadway Show League Softball action, two teams remain undefeated. "Ragtime" continued its streak against "Nightingales" this week, 9-4. The Shubert Organization's squad improved upon its perfect record with a win over Jujamcyn,