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    Fundraiser for New Perspectives

    The New Perspectives Theatre Company presents its second annual Summer Harvest festival starting Thursday, Aug. 25. The weekend kicks off with a benefit party to raise money for The Playground, formerly the New Play Development Program.

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    ABC Family Paying up for 'Breadwinners'

    ABC Family has greenlighted a half-hour comedy pilot tentatively titled "Breadwinners" from Gale Anne Hurd and Steve Tao.

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    Little Murders

    "Little Murders," presented by Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., (Also Sat. 2 p.m., Aug. 13, 20, 27, & Sep. 3. Sun. 2 p.m. Jul. 31 & Aug. 7.) Jul. 30-Sep. 3. $18-20. (310) 364-0535.

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    Educating Rita

    "Educating Rita," presented by and at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. (Aug. 7 & 14 only.) Jul. 30-Sep. 3. $10-20. (562) 494-1014.

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    Bolshoi Ballet's 'The Pharoah's Daughter'

    Many might question why Marius Petipa's "The Pharaoh's Daughter," which was first seen in 1862 in Russia, rates a revival. Well, the Bolshoi Ballet presented a new production with choreography, sets, and costumes by Pierre Lacotte, and Lacotte came through nobly in that tremendous undertaking. His succinct choreography ...

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    Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daisies

    A feather-light import from the West Coast, "Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daisies" is a relationship comedy in which no one has a good relationship. But they do have sex -- or at least talk about it an awful lot.

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    New Scholarship, Career Talk for Dancers

    Career Transition for Dancers (CTFD) has announced that an endowment gift of $250,000 will fund the Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies, furthering the organization's mission to provide career counseling and support to professional dancers when age or injury has brought their performing careers to an end.

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    Jukebox and Popcorn Musicals Fuel the Season

    It's summertime and the livin' ain't easy. Unless you've got a summer-stock job in a cool mountain resort area, you're probably sweating in the city. Now's the time to start planning for the fall and looking ahead to the 2005-06 Broadway season. We're giving ...

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    Bill Would Undo Media Mergers

    A New York congressman has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to drastically overhaul media consolidation, a major concern of the entertainment industry unions.

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    Charting Their Course

    In December, Back Stage West put out a call to actors who were about to tackle their first pilot seasons, asking those interested to apply to participate in a six-month interview process—one interview per month—tracking their experiences. We received hundreds of responses to this request, and four actors ...