COMINGS AND GOINGS: Sam Harris Departs The Life Oct. 19

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After a six month run in The Life, Tony-nominated actor Sam Harris will give his last performance as Jojo Oct. 19. Harris will move on to support his singing career, which includes a number of upcoming concert dates. Brian Lane Green will follow the Over-the-Rainbow-crooner into the Coleman/Gasman/Newman musical.

After a six month run in The Life, Tony-nominated actor Sam Harris will give his last performance as Jojo Oct. 19. Harris will move on to support his singing career, which includes a number of upcoming concert dates. Brian Lane Green will follow the Over-the-Rainbow-crooner into the Coleman/Gasman/Newman musical.

The cast of the upcoming Paul Simon musical The Capeman includes such notables as Cass Morgan (forced out of 1776 rehearsals by a broken ankle), Sophia Salguero (Ivy in On the Town in Central Park), Luba Mason (Hedy La Rue in How to Succeed), and Philip Hernandez (Jean Valjean in Les Miserables).

Betty Buckley's standby Michele Pawk has subbed for the Cats/Sunset diva several times during the first two weeks of Triumph of Love previews. For the record, Buckley's scheduled absences are Oct. 10, 11 (2 and 8PM), 25 (2 and 8PM), 28, Nov. 7, 15 (2 and 8PM) and 18.

In a related note, Nancy Opel's replacement of Elayne Boosler in the Magruder/Stock/Birkenhead musical left a vacuum in Mere Mortals, continuing Off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre. After several weeks with an understudy, the sextet of David Ives one-acts has welcomed Cynthia Darlow as Opel's permanent successor.

Today's Scarlet Pimpernel trivium: Marine Jahan, noteworthy for her role as Jennifer Beal's body double in the dance sequences of that 80's cinematic masterpiece Flashdance, makes her Broadway debut in the chorus of the Wildhorn/Knighton musical. Adam Grupper, most recently seen as the lead in York Theatre's surprise hit musical, No Way to Treat a Lady, has replaced Danny Burstein in the Westside Theatre's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The long-running revue will celebrate its 500th performance Oct. 12.

After a summer hiatus, die-hard Bombalurina Marlene Danielle has rejoined the cast of the ultimate long-running Broadway show, Cats.

Bebe Neuwirth will be on vacation from Chicago Jan. 5-18.

Brian MacDevitt is currently Broadway's hardest-working designer: his lighting for Side Show, Proposals, and The Diary of Frank - opening Oct., Nov., and Dec., respectively - will be ubiquitous this autumn season.

Some sidenotes about Side Show: cabaret star Phillip Officer can currently be seen in the chorus of Krieger/Russell's musical about Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton. Besides sharing the same Depression-era, vaudeville milieu of previous Richard Rodgers Theatre-tenant Steel Pier, Side Show also features chorus member Timothy Warmen, seen as Olympic star Johnny Adel in the short-lived Kander and Ebb show.

As widely reported and advertised, Molly Ringwald has replaced Jayne Atkinson as the lead of Paula Vogel's hit drama, How I Learned to Drive. Atkinson is currently in rehearsals for the eagerly-awaited Lincoln Center Theater revival of Ivanov starring Kevin Kline.

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