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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
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Broadway producer Abrahams dead at 88

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- Broadway producer Doris Cole Abrahams, known for her work on "Equus" and "Travesties," has died in New York at the age of 88, her daughter Carole says.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007.
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Casting director Michael Shurtleff dies

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Michael Shurtleff, a leading casting director for Broadway and Hollywood, died in his Los Angeles home after a series of health issues at 86. Shurtleff was one of the most powerful people in the business aspects of Broadway during in the 1960s and 1970s,

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UPI almanac for Monday, Nov. 27, 2006.
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Today is Sunday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2005 with 34 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 27, the 332nd day of 2004 with 34 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2003 with 34 to follow.
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Al Pacino's new CIA thriller, "The Recruit," has commandeered the No. 1 spot at the box office from last weekend's top film, "Darkness Falls."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Exploring Dickens' theatrical legacy

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Charles Dickens wasn't just a novelist, but was also a man of the theater. That side of his creative personality is currently being explored and documented in an exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2002 with 34 to follow.
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

"Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is confirming rumors he spent time in rehab to battle drug and alcohol abuse. The New York Daily News says the tough-guy actor admits as true the allegations his wife has leveled against him during their bitter divorce.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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David Merrick
NYP2000042619 - 26 APRIL 2000 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Legendary Broadway producer David Merrick, shown in this November 1998 file photo, died April 25 at the age of 88. Merrick produced such Broadway shows as Fanny and Hello Dolly. jr/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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David Merrick (November 27, 1911 – April 25, 2000) was a prolific Tony Award-winning American theatrical producer.

Born David Lee Margulois to Jewish parents in St. Louis, Missouri, Merrick graduated from Washington University, then studied law at the Jesuit-run Saint Louis University School of Law. In 1940 he left his legal career to become a successful theatrical producer. He often was his own competition for the Tony Award, and he frequently won multiple nominations and/or wins in the same season.

Merrick was known for his love of publicity stunts. One of his most famous promoted the poorly-reviewed 1961 musical Subways Are For Sleeping. Merrick found seven New Yorkers who had the same names as the city's seven leading theater critics: Howard Taubman, Walter Kerr, John Chapman, John McClain, Richard Watts, Jr., Norman Nadel, and Robert Coleman. Merrick invited the seven namesakes to the musical and secured their permission to use their names and pictures in an advertisement alongside quotes such as "One of the few great musical comedies of the last thirty years" and "A fabulous musical. I love it." Merrick then prepared a newspaper ad featuring the namesakes' rave reviews under the heading 7 Out of 7 Are Ecstatically Unanimous About Subways Are For Sleeping. Only one newspaper, the New York Herald Tribune, published the ad, and only in one edition; however, the publicity that the ad garnered helped the musical remain open for 205 performances (almost six months). Merrick later revealed that he had conceived the ad several years previously, but had not been able to execute it until Brooks Atkinson retired as the New York Times theater critic in 1960 since he could not find anyone with the same name .

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