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“Phantom of the Opera” cast member D.C. Anderson will auction a pair of seats to the musical’s final daytime performance Aug. 29 to benefit Equity Fights AIDS. Bidding deadline is 3 p.m. Friday.

Information: (213) 462-2334.

Burt Reynolds, squeezed out as orange juice spokesman by the Florida Dept. of Citrus, will be interviewed on “Good Morning America: Evening Edition,” an ABC hour special at 10 p.m. Tuesday. (O.J. org spokesman Eric Boomhower said publicity surrounding the actor’s marital problems “are overshadowing the message we are trying to get through.”) ABC also has skedded its first “Reader’s Digest: On Television” special for the same time period Sept. 7, with Hal Linden and Robin Young as hosts.

Previous Scopus Award winner Elizabeth Taylor will be honorary chair for the Jan. 29 American Friends of Hebrew University dinner at the BevHilton, where Michael Jackson will be the 1994 recipient.

The musical group known as the World’s Most Dangerous Band during its decade-plus run on NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman” becomes Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on “The Late Show with David Letter-man.” New faces guitarist Felicia Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell join formerly Dangerous drummer Anton Fig, bass player Will Lee and guitarist Sid McGinnis. Show preems Aug. 30.

Claire Labine, co-creator of “Ryan’s Hope,” has joined ABC’s daytime series “General Hospital” as head writer. Labine was with “Ryan’s Hope” for 14 years.

Fox Broadcasting Co. will officially unveil the new Chevy Chase Theatre Tuesday. Formerly the Aquarius Theatre, the venue will house Fox’s latenight series “The Chevy Chase Show,” which premieres Sept. 7.

Public television fundraisers will gather in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 7-11 for Funding the Telecommunity. PBS is coordinating the event, expected to be attended by more than 600 fundraisers.

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