People: Apr. 6, 1981

"I'm afraid of heights," complains Actor Stacy Keach, 39. "I don't have any trouble on planes, but I can't go near edges." No wonder Reach's preparations for the title role in the national touring company production of Barnum put him on edge. Not only would he have to sing onstage for the first time, he had to master the art of tightrope walking. "It took six weeks and a lot of intimidation," he admits. "I finally made it after a friend kept calling me chicken and walking away in disgust." Reach's schedule for the rest of this year is a balancing...

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