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    Tomlin Awarded Mark Twain Comedy Prize

    Lily Tomlin said her lifetime achievement award makes her self-conscious.

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    Obituaries

    Art Carney, 85, Great Comic Actor; Stephen Bates, 50, Broadway Conductor; William Swetland, 90, Long Wharf Actor; John Gleason, 62, Lighting Designer; Wes McAfee, 55, Musical Arranger

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    NBC Gives Full Season to 'Whoopi,' 'Happy Family'

    NBC gave the seal of approval on Wednesday to two new comedies with well-known stars, ordering a full season of both "Whoopi" and "Happy Family."

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    Noted Actors Support Bard For NEA

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is going to school on the nation's entertainment unions, forming a "Players' Guild"—including a group of Tony-winning actors—to support its new Shakespeare in American Communities initiative.

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    Oscar Video Ban Has Indie Filmmakers Up in Arms

    Independent filmmakers were up in arms on Thursday over a ban by major movie studios to end the practice of sending videos and DVDs to Academy Award voters.

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    Conversations With Peter Brook,

    Conversations With Peter Brook, 1970-2000

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    Free Screening of the Station Agent

    Attention SAG Members and BackStage.com Readers

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    Equity Announces Richard Seff Award

    Enough with the complaints that actors and actresses of a certain age have trouble getting recognition for their hard work.

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    <strong>Musical Theatre </strong>

    The following teachers and schools offer training and coaching primarily for musical theatre. Other organizations and individuals throughout this issue also offer training that applies to musical theatre; check other categories for details.Click Here

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    Bards of the 'Burbs

    Composer Jimmy Roberts finds the suggestion that his musical, "The Thing About Men," is ultimately a celebration of bourgeois yuppie lives, unfair. "Those terms are derogatory." Nonetheless, he and book writer-lyricist Joe DiPietro acknowledge that their subject—in its newest incarnation, along with their earlier long-running revue, "I Love You ...