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HEADED TO BROADWAY? HERE’S WHAT’S HOT AND AVAILABLE

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Broadway ticket availability as of Feb. 2. Ticket supply is indicated as Difficult or Available. Credit card holders can order tickets by phone or by calling Telecharge or Ticketmaster.

When calling theaters directly, use New York area code 212. Advance inquiries should be made, as availability is subject to change.- "Beauty and the Beast," the stage version of the Walt Disney cartoon classic. Palace, 730-8200. Ticketmaster. Available.

- "Cats," musical based on T.S. Eliot's cat poems, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Winter Garden, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

- "Defending the Caveman," Rob Becker's one-man show about the relationship between men and women. Helen Hayes, 944-9450. Ticketmaster. Available.

- "Grease," Jeff Trachta of soapdom's "The Bold and the Beautiful" and Joe Piscopo star in a revival of the high school musical set in the 1950s. Eugene O'Neill, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

- "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," John Stamos stars in a revival of the 1961 Frank Loesser musical about getting ahead in corporate America. Richard Rodgers, 221-1211. Ticketmaster. Available.

- "Les Miserables," a musical retelling of the epic Victor Hugo novel. Imperial, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

- "Master Class," Zoe Caldwell is opera star Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's play. Golden, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Avaiable.

- "Miss Saigon," the big London musical hit, a modern reworking of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." Broadway, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

- "Moon Over Buffalo," Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco star in a comedy by Ken Ludwig about a husband-and-wife acting team touring the country. Martin Beck, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available. Jane Sell Trese plays Burnett's role on Tuesday evenings. Burnett leaves the show March 3.

- "Show Boat," Harold Prince directs a lavish revival of the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical classic. Gershwin, 586-6510. Ticketmaster. Available.

- "Smokey Joe's Cafe," a musical revue featuring the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the team that wrote such pop hits as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Stand By Me" and "Yakety Yak!" Virginia, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

- "Sunset Boulevard," Betty Buckley is Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of the Billy Wilder film classic. Winner of the 1995 Tony Award for best musical. Minskoff, 869-0550. Ticketmaster. Available.

- "The Father," Frank Langella stars in a revival of the Strindberg classic. Roundabout Theater Company, 869-8400. Difficult. Closes Feb. 25.

- "The Phantom of the Opera," the lavish Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and the young soprano he loves. Majestic, 239-6200, same number as Tele-charge. Available.

- "Victor/Victoria," Julie Andrews returns to Broadway in a stage version of her 1982 film about a Paris cabaret singer. Marquis, 382-0100. Ticketmaster. Available.

Telecharge's number is (212) 239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. There is a $4.75 service charge per ticket for Telecharge orders. Ticketmaster is (212) 307-4100. There is a $5 service charge per ticket for Ticketmaster orders plus a $2.50 handling fee per order. Both services will provide information on specific seat locations.

Telecharge and Ticketmaster also have toll-free numbers for use by theatergoers calling from outside New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For Telecharge call 1-800-432-7250; for Ticketmaster call 1-800-755-4000.

The League of American Theaters and Producers has a special telephone line for information on Broadway and selected off-Broadway shows and how to purchase tickets. Calls must be made on a Touch-Tone phone. The number is (212) 563-2929.

In addition, for 24-hour information on theater, dance and music performances, call the Theater Development Fund's New York City-On Stage, (212) 768-1818.