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August 18, 1993|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Last Call for 'Phantom' Tix: There are still a couple of ways to get tickets to the final performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" on Aug. 29. Cast member D.C. Anderson is offering two sets of house seats at the final performance to the highest bidder to help produce an album that will benefit Equity Fights AIDS; bids must be received at Actors Equity in Hollywood by 3 p.m. Friday. And next Tuesday, "Phantom" stars Davis Gaines and Dale Kristien will auction off three pairs of tickets to the final performance during a 10 a.m. broadcast of *

"Live on L.A." on KCAL-TV; those proceeds will benefit Center Theatre Group.

Choreographic Switch: "Damn Yankees" has a new choreographer, Rob Marshall, who staged dances for two current Broadway hits, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "She Loves Me." He replaces Michael Smuin. "Scheduling conflicts" is the stated reason for the switch. The show's pre-Broadway engagement at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre begins Oct. 1.

What a 'Guy': David Garrison of "Married . . . With Children" fame will play Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" when the touring revival plays the Pantages Theatre Nov. 10-Dec. 12. Garrison, who was nominated for a 1991 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for "You Never Know" at the Pasadena Playhouse, is replacing Lewis J. Stadlen in the tour. Lorna Luft, Richard Muenz and Patricia Ben Peterson will remain in the other main roles.


Burt Talks: Burt Reynolds moves from the tabloids to television's prime time when he speak out about his divorce from Loni Anderson on ABC's "Good Morning America: Evening Edition" on Tuesday. Reynolds is said to "offer his side of the couple's acrimonious split-up in a frank conversation." Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Citrus has pulled Reynolds' national TV ads for orange juice, saying the divorce controversy is at odds with the image of orange juice as a healthy, happy, family product. The state agency dropped one of four Reynolds ads after he filed for divorce in June because it mentioned Anderson.


Fergie Talks: The Aug. 26 edition of "First Person With Maria Shriver" will include an exclusive interview with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Fergie is said to reveal her feelings about her husband, Prince Andrew; her life as a duchess, and her life out of the palace but "still in the fishbowl."


Slick Operators: Celebrities including Scott Bakula, Christian Slater, Jason Priestley, Keanu Reeves, Chad Lowe, Richard Dean Anderson and Red Hot Chili Pepper singer Anthony Kiedis will don skates at the Forum tonight and take to the ice with hockey pros including Marty McSorley and Steve Duchesne. The "Upper Deck-Luc Robitaille-KLOS Rock 'n the Puck Celebrity Hockey Game" benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation/Neil Bogart Memorial Fund for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.


Scratching for Alternatives: Filmforum is organizing an eight-week festival of screenings and workshops of alternative media for early next year. Called "Scratching the Belly of the Beast: Cutting-Edge Media in Los Angeles, 1934-94," the festival will feature special tributes to prominent artists and organizations, as well as guest-curated programs covering the spectrum of Southern California's independent media. Says Filmforum president Eric Saks: "Although all the world recognizes Los Angeles as the center for commercial film production, an equally rich tradition of alternative media has flourished within the shadow of the Hollywood studios. . . . 'Scratching the Belly of the Beast' reclaims this much-neglected tradition by celebrating its past, assessing its current moment, and bringing together participants to cultivate its future."


C-SPAN will air parts of the Aug. 2 TV Violence Conference through Friday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. today. . . . "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas," the upcoming film by the director of "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands," will have its premiere Oct. 9 at the prestigious New York Film Festival, four days before it opens in Los Angeles and New York. . . . "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean, are the parents of a baby girl born Monday in Los Angeles. She has not yet been named. The couple have a 2-year-old son, Matthew. . . .Guitarist Carlos Santana will play an Oct. 22 benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden to support a movement urging recognition of American Indians by the United Nations. . . .Popular "As the World Turns" star Scott Bryce, who was with the show from 1982-87 and again from 1988-89, is returning to the daytime soap, resurrecting his former role of Craig Montgomery.

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