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April 14, 1999|SHAUNA SNOW

STAGE

Broadway Fare: Broadway/LA at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre and the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Broadway series have announced several upcoming shows: "Footloose" (OCPAC, Aug. 17-22; Pantages, Aug. 24-Sept. 5); "Fame" (Pantages, Nov. 23-Dec. 5; OCPAC, Dec. 21-26) and "Sunset Boulevard" with Petula Clark (previously announced for July 20-25 as part of OCPAC's 1998-99 season, and at the Pantages Oct. 5-10). The Pantages also will present "Jekyll & Hyde" (Sept. 7-19) and Rob Becker's "Defending the Caveman" (Oct. 12-24), while OCPAC will showcase Richard Chamberlain in "The Sound of Music" (March 21-April 2, 2000), Frank Wildhorn's "The Civil War" (June 6-11, 2000), "Beauty and the Beast" (July 11-23, 2000), "Cabaret" (Aug. 8-13, 2000, minus the club seating that's part of the current Wilshire Theatre staging), and "Titanic" (Aug. 22-27, 2000).

POP/ROCK

Making Up for Lost Time: A bumper crop of 186 musical recordings--including Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" and Joni Mitchell's "Blue" album--were inducted Monday into the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame. The mix of singles and albums--representing the most honorees ever in a single year--were added to the 263 titles previously inducted since the hall was established in 1973. Trustees of the academy, which sponsors the Grammys, decided two years ago to accelerate Hall of Fame inductions because of "huge, gaping holes" that remained in its pantheon of landmark recordings, academy President Michael Greene said during the Los Angeles induction ceremonies, adding: "For the first time, I feel like the Grammy Hall of Fame actually makes some sense in chronicling the great seminal recordings. . . . Now we're at a point where it's a great representation of great American music." Including this year's additions, the Beatles, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra are the most honored artists in the hall, with six entries each. Van Morrison and John Lennon each had three works inducted this year.

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Girl Power: With sales for "Come On Over" surpassing 10 million, country crossover singer Shania Twain has become the first female artist to top that sales mark with back-to-back albums (her previous album, "The Woman in Me," sold about 11 million copies). Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey both had two albums pass the 10 million mark, but those releases weren't consecutive.

MOVIES

He's Back: Arnold Schwarzenegger led a shoot-'em-up press conference at Universal Studios Hollywood on Tuesday to launch the theme park's newest attraction, "Terminator 2:3D." Stunt actors dodged fire balls, jumped from helicopters and gunned each other down in front of 300 journalists who gathered to preview the 3-D movie attraction. Others in attendance included actor Edward Furlong and singer George Thorogood, who performed his signature song, "Bad to the Bone." The $65-million attraction, which blends live action with a 3-D movie directed by James Cameron, officially opens to the public on May 6.

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Foreign Honors: Oscar-winner "Shakespeare in Love" was named best film at the annual British Academy Film Awards over the weekend, along with three other awards, including supporting acting honors for Judi Dench and Geoffrey Rush. But it was "Elizabeth" that won the night's most prizes--five--including a best actress win for Cate Blanchett, who lost out on the Oscar to "Shakespeare's" Gwyneth Paltrow. Meanwhile, "The Truman Show" won three honors, including best director for Peter Weir. And while "Life Is Beautiful's" Roberto Benigni repeated his Oscar win by taking the British best actor prize, Brazil's "Cental Station" was named best foreign film. . . . Meanwhile, "Central Station's" Oscar-nominated star, Fernanda Montenegro, was awarded Brazil's top civilian distinction, the National Order of Merit, by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on Monday. "All of Brazil felt prouder, raised its self-esteem by seeing you," Cardoso said.

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For Invitees Only: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has won its lawsuit against a New York-based ticket agency for allegedly selling nontransferable Oscar ducats. Academy lawyers said the agency, World Sports Group, was permanently barred from selling any future tickets, and must pay $32,000 in damages. A Los Angeles judge had already ruled in the academy's favor regarding ticket sales by three other defendants.

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