Monday, January 19, 2004 at midnight (Broadway Time)

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[ NYT ] A Sky-Box Approach to the Arts by GLENN RIFKIN
Performing arts organizations have generally adhered to a genteel style of marketing: tasteful rather than "tastes great." But in the face of declining funds, some are starting to look elsewhere for marketing magic, adopting models once thought to be better suited to the Mets than the Met.
Bravo to progressive producing. Without changing the rules and thinking outside the box, the best of musicals will be unproducible. (It may not be an actual word, but we all know what it means.)

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The following death notice appeared in Sunday's New York Times (but not in its online edition):

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DRYDEN -- Robert, 86, whose acting career spanned over four decades and scores of radio, television, theater, and film appearances, died on December 16, 2003, after a long battle with Parkin…

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New Producers Have Fat Wallets and Big Dreams by EVELYN NUSSENBAUM

Outsiders trying to break into the movies are typically seen as a comic sideshow to the real business. Producers talk about "landing fish in the boat" when they find rich sources of financing. And they sneer that "We're not making widgets here" - their way of saying that newly arrived rubes cannot possibly decode the mysterious workings of the business.
Film, not Broadway, but the same truths are evident -- and eventual to Broadway.

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Dracula Expected at New Off-B'way Venue in Fall

Frank Wildhorn's Dracula, The Musical may finally be heading to Gotham--but not at the large Broadway venue once expected to house it. has learned that the show, which was noted…

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Reviewed By: Adam Klasfeld

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The Making of a Musical by Ken Mandelbaum

With the revival of Fiddler on the Roof set to begin performances at the Minskoff on Friday, now is a good time to take down from the shelf The Making of a Musical: "Fiddler on the Roof" (Cr…

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Tunes, Tomes, & Videos

A captivating new CD features composer-lyricist John Bucchino playing classic melodies by Richard Rodgers' on that legend's own piano.

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Beauty of the Father

Florida Review by Kevin Johnson

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Old Globe Adds New Musical Lucky Duck and Play Jenny Chow to Summer Lineup

The Old Globe has announced the final two shows for its 2004 summer season, the new musical Lucky Duck to be directed by Urinetown's John Rando  and Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow.

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In the Star's Own Words, Please, and Don't Camp It Up by ERIK PIEPENBURG

At "Cause Celeb!," where actors recite embarrassing or salacious passages excerpted from celebrity autobiographies, no one is safe from the A-list down.

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The Kvetcher in the Wry by: Leslie (Hoban) Blake; photos by Michael Portantiere

Jackie Hoffman returns to Joe's Pub, and The Kvetching Continues.

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Peter Filichia's Diary

Charles Nelson Reilly shares his favorite memories of the late, great Uta Hagen.

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Uta Hagen (fifth item).

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Starring...East Side by ROBERT DOMINGUEZ

The story of the lower East Side just couldn't be contained in one evening, so The Metropolitan Playhouse has divided "East Side Story" into two pieces.

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Mel Brooks Lends Voice to PBS Kids Show by DOUGLAS J. ROWE, AP Entertainment Writer

No one could ever accuse Mel Brooks of being sheepish. So it makes perfect sense that he's now playing the least sheepish sheep you'll ever meet.

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SHE swears like a sailor, vamps like hooker and sings like a diva. Bette Midler has become the perfect New York City saloon singer, and she proved it at a pair of Madison Square Garden shows…

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A 'Henry V' That Would Amaze the Groundlings at the Globe by JENNIFER DUNNING

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Is Dixie Carter replacing Delta Burke in "Millie"?

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IT'S no "Vagina Monologues," but the chick-centric play "The Bathroom Tapes" drew plenty of lovely lasses to its L.A. premiere the other night.

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Laurents retunes 'Hallelujah, Baby'

Tony-winning musical goes into workshop
"Hallelujah, Baby" is the latest Broadway musical to go the revision route. In an unusual switch, the show's original book writer is doing the honors.

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