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GETTING BROADWAY TICKETS CAN BE DELICATE BALANCE

Broadway ticket availability as of May 3. Ticket supply is indicated as Difficult or Available.

"A Delicate Balance," a revival of the Edward Albee play, starring Rosemary Harris, Elaine Stritch and George Grizzard. Plymouth, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Limited engagement through July 21. Available."A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Nathan Lane stars in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy set in ancient Rome. St. James, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream," a production from Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company. Lunt-Fontanne, 575-9200. Ticket-master. Limited engagement through May 26. Available.

"An Ideal Husband," a revival of the Oscar Wilde comedy directed by Peter Hall. Ethel Barrymore, 239-620, same number as Tele-charge. Available.

"Beauty and the Beast," the stage version of the Walt Disney cartoon classic. Palace, 730-8200. Ticketmaster. Available.

"Big," a 12-year-old boy wishes to become big - and gets his wish. A musical version of the 1989 movie with Daniel Jenkins playing the Tom Hanks role. Shubert, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

"Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," Savion Glover stars in a new dance musical conceived and directed by George C. Wolfe. Ambassador, 239-6200, same number as Tele-charge. Available.

"Buried Child," Gary Sinise directs a revival of the Sam Shepard play. Brooks Atkinson, 719-4099. Ticketmaster. Available.

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

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

"Grease," a revival of the rock 'n' roll musical set in a high school in the 1950s. Eugene O'Neill, 239-6200, same number as Tele-charge. Available.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," a revival of the 1961 Frank Loesser musical about getting ahead in corporate America. Starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. Richard Rodgers, 221-1211. Ticketmaster. Available.

"Inherit the Wind," George C. Scott and Charles Durning star in a National Actors Theater revival of the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee about the Scopes monkey trial. Royale, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Limited engagement through June 2. Available.

"Jack," Nicol Williamson portrays John Barrymore in a one-man show. Belasco, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

"Jackie Mason: Love Thy Neighbor," the comedian is back for a fourth visit to Broadway in an all-new show. Booth, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. 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 Tele-charge. Available.

"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.

"Rent," a musical celebration of artists and outcasts in New York's East Village, written by Jonathan Larson. Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Nederlander, 921-8000. Ticket-master. Difficult.

"Seven Guitars," August Wilson's tale of a blues guitarist in Pittsburgh in 1948. Keith David stars. Walter Kerr, 239-6200, same number as Telecharge. Available.

"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.

"State Fair," a stage version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein screen musical. Music Box, 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 King and I," the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic, now starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Neil Simon, 757-8646. Ticketmaster. Available.

"The Night of the Iguana," a revival of the 1961 Tennessee Williams play starring Cherry Jones, William Petersen and Marsha Mason. Roundabout Theater Company, 869-8400. Limited engagement through May 19. Available.

"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 Telecharge. Available.

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

- HOW TO GET TICKETS: 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 Con-necticut. For Telecharge call 800-432-7250; for Ticketmaster call 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 tick-ets. Calls must be made on a Touch-Tone phone. The number is 212-563-BWAY (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.

When calling theaters directly, use New York area code 212. Advance inquiries should be made, as ticket availability is subject to change.