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Pay-per-view to offer Broadway theater

Broadway theater is coming to America's living rooms, thanks to Broadway Television Network, which plans to offer at least a dozen live telecasts via pay-per-view during the next five years.

The new venture will launch with a presentation of Smokey Joe's Cafe, a long-running musical revue featuring the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Airdate is expected in the spring or summer, with a fee of $35.

Subsequent Broadway dramas and musicals will be presented live. All will be carried in widescreen, digital high-definition on a "one-night-only" basis.

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Forrest Gump's Mykelti Williamson has been cast as Lt. Phil Gerard in the new television rendition of The Fugitive. In the pilot, Williamson will chase Tim Daly , who has been cast as Dr. Richard Kimble. The project is executive produced by Arnold and Anne Kopelson, who successfully took Kimble's story to the big screen in 1993, with the movie starring Harrison Ford. The original Fugitive TV series ran on ABC from 1963-67. Williamson, most recently seen in the critically acclaimed movie Three Kings, is best known for his role as Bubba, Tom Hanks' good-hearted, shrimp-dreaming pal in the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump.

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The president of the United States will exercise a practiced thumb when Clinton guests on the syndicated show Roger Ebert & the Movies the weekend of Feb. 5-6. The film-loving chief executive will talk with Ebert about his favorite pictures, which range from Casablanca to such current Oscar-contenders as Three Kings and Hurricane.

_ Times wires

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