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Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937, this coming of age comedy focuses, thru the eyes of its narrator, 15-year old Eugene Morris Jerome, writer-to-be and alternately perplexed and perceptive observer and guide, on life with the Jerome family. Eugene is a Polish Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his Depression-era family. Eugene, his parents, Kate and Jack, and his brother Stanley have shared their home for the last three years with Kate's sister Blanche and her two daughters Nora and Laurie since the death of their father. This extended family is troubled by illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments and foreboding signs of World War II, but as portrayed by Neil Simon, their lives are neither miserable or pitiful. The family meets their challenges with innocence, dignity, warmth, vigor and spirit, showing that life, at once humorous and poignant, is something to celebrate by all. "Simultaneously poignant and funny. An outstanding show!" - Variety. "A hilarious comedy... A delightful and enriching experience." -CBS-TV


BWW Feature: Casting Announced for I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Our Productions Theatre Co.
by Kyle Christopher West - May 6, 2016

Our Productions Theatre Co. continues it's 2016 Season - A Season with HeART, with a regional premier of the award winning musical, I Love You Because this summer for an extended five week run in both Lewisville and Addison. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Memorable Tony Award Acceptance Speeches from Dorothy Loudon, Lily Tomlin and Natalia Makarova
by Michael Dale - May 6, 2016

Just about every Tony Award telecast contains an acceptance speech that gets a little nutty. (more...)

Matthew Broderick, Shirley MacLaine to Co-Star in Dramedy TV Series BETTYVILLE
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2016

Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will headline a new dramedy TV series for Paramount Television titled BETTYVILLE. (more...)

Barn Stage Company Announces Cast of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, the 2016 Summer Series opens in July with the Tony Award-winning play, Peter And The Starcatcher! The show runs Thursday-Sunday for three weekends at The Truax Building in Old Town Temecula. This production comes to Temecula for the first time! An Inland Empire Premiere! Peter And The Starcatcher will be directed by J. Scott Lapp, with Movement by Chelsea Nicole and Musical Direction by Leigh Sutherlin. (more...)

Cape Playhouse to Open 90th Anniversary Season with LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The historic Cape Playhouse's 90th season kicks off with one of Neil Simon's most irresistible comedies, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, starring Jennifer Cody and Daniel Pearce. Directed by Tim Threlfall, this classic comedy plays June 7 through 18.  (more...)

Theatr Clwyd Sets 40th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

In Theatr Clwyd's 40th anniversary year, Artistic Director Tamara Harvey, today announces full casting for her Theatr Clwyd directorial debut production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Harvey directs Lisa Palfrey in the role of Beatrice and John Ramm as Benedict. They are joined by David Bark-Jones, Jonathan Harden, Sian Howard, Nakay Kpaka, Steven Meo, Catherin Morris, Lowri Palfrey, Kerry Peers, and Sion Pritchard. (more...)

SHINING CITY, Starring Matthew Broderick, Starts Tonight at Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

A friendly reminder! Previews begin tonight for Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's acclaimed play SHINING CITY, starring two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick. Directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, SHINING CITY also features Billy Carter (The Weir, Port Authority), Lisa Dwan (the acclaimed Beckett Trilogy), and James Russell (Port Authority, Juno and the Paycock). (more...)

Warehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Warehouse Theatre is pleased to announce the next production in its 2016 Season, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner and directed by Kristofer Green. (more...)

Dean Donofrio's CRANKY COCKY WORRIED NERVOUS Plays Studio C Artists
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Studio C Artists announces the four-week run of a collection of Writer/Director Dean Donofrio's plays, CRANKY COCKY WORRIED NERVOUS, written by Dean Donofrio, directed by Dean Donofrio and John Coppola, and produced by Michael Sonntag. (more...)

Sundance Institute Announces Projects for Theatre Lab in MENA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced the eight new projects selected for its pilot Theatre Lab in the MENA region, held in Morocco, May 2016. The Lab is part of the Institute's international cultural exchange programs for independent artists, which include a new, multi-year commitment to support artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), broadening the work of its East African Theatre Exchange over the past 15 years. For the Lab, the Institute will provide promising, fresh voices from the U.S. and MENA region with a rigorous artistic retreat and new opportunities for cross-cultural discovery, artistic reflection and creative experimentation. (more...)

North Coast Repertory Theatre to Present WAY DOWNRIVER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

A flood of Biblical proportions on the mighty Mississippi provides the dramatic backdrop to this gripping, edge-of-your-seat adventure. Adapted by Edward Morgan from the William Faulkner short story, 'Old Man,' WAY DOWNRIVER reveals an unlikely pair of souls who are bound together by the forces of nature. With honesty and humor, they struggle to overcome their fears and prejudice in order to survive their harrowing experience. You won't want to miss this exciting West Coast premiere. (more...)

Nathaniel Hackmann, James Leo Ryan & Kathryn Porterfield to Star in TUTS' OLIVER!; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has introduced the cast of Oliver! This classic comes to life on the stage from April 5 - 17, 2016 in Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - March 27, 2016
by - Mar 27, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on March 27 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 3/21/2016 - BROADWAY BACKWARDS, World Puppetry Day and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 21, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: BC/EFA hosts BROADWAY BACKWARDS, and puppets celebrate across the globe! (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Extends THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Through March 26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that its critically acclaimed American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton, adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, will extend through Saturday, March 26 at the Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. (more...)

Christian Coulson and Victoria Frings to Lead CONSTELLATIONS at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

The Old Globe just announced the complete cast and creative team of its production of Nick Payne's Broadway hit play CONSTELLATIONS, arriving April 9, directed by the Globe's own Richard Seer. BroadwayWorld is excited to report that Christian Coulson and Victoria Frings will star in the two-person play. (more...)

FISHERS OF MEN to Return to the Hudson Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Faith and art intersect in Rick Segall's profoundly moving one-man show illuminating the final moments of Apostle Simon Peter's life, and how those moments changed the life of one man forever. FISHERS OF MEN opens March 4 in a limited three-week engagement at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. (more...)

New Works by Tracy Letts, Bruce Norris & Anna Deavere Smith Included in Second Stage Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced three New York Premiere productions for its upcoming 38th season. The season will kick off in October 2016 with the New York Premiere ofNOTES FROM THE FIELD: DOING TIME IN EDUCATION, the latest work created, written and performed by groundbreaking theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Leonard Foglia. This marks Ms. Smith and Mr. Foglia's return to Second Stage Theatre, where their previous collaboration, Let Me Down Easy, had its New York Premiere in 2008. (more...)

Kentwood Players Announces 2016 Marcom Masque Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Kentwood Players, the community theater group based at the Westchester Playhouse, was founded in December 1949 by Jan and Arky Marcom, for whom the group's annual Marcom Masque Awards are named. The first Marcom Masque Awards were presented for the 1957-1958 season with 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' winning the award for Best Play. (more...)

Stage Door Theatre to Present Neil Simon's BROADWAY BOUND, 7/8-14
by Carol Kassie - Jun 23, 2016

Stage Door Theatre's production of Neil Simon's Broadway Bound will open on July 8th and run through August 14th. (more...)

Entertainment Firm RWS & Associates to Acquire Binder Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Emmy Award-winning NYC based entertainment firm RWS & Associates (Ryan Stana, CEO and Bruston Manuel, COO) has announced the acquisition of Binder Casting, the 12-time Artios Award winning Broadway casting office led by industry veteran Jay Binder, along with his associates Mark Brandon and Jack Bowdan. (more...)

Broadway Vets to Lead THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

Bay Street Theater has announced the full cast and creative team for THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, the Tony Award-winning play by Alfred Uhry, directed by Will Pomerantz. The production will run June 28 - July 24. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE SEAGULL at The Artistic Home
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

In The Artistic Home's production of Anton Chekhov's classic comedy of unrequited love and unrealized dreams, The Seagull, Company Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra (a Jeff Award nominee for The Artistic Home's Sweet Bird of Youth) plays the role of Madame Arkadina, the fading actress in love with a younger man, Trigorin. Scot West, previously seen at The Artistic Home in Watch on the Rhine, Interrogation and Miracle on 34th Street and in Griffin's Men Should Weep is the writer Trigorin. Brookelyn Hebert, of AH's Macbeth and Cut to the Chase, plays the young actress Nina, who is a rival to Arkadina for Trigorin's affections. In the role of Arkadina's son Konstantin, who competes with Trigorin for Nina's love, is AH ensemble member Julian Hester, a Jeff nominee for The Late Henry Moss. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barbara Tarbuck's STOPPING BY at the Edgemar Center for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Barbara Tarbuck's funny, touching 'Stopping By' will be presented at the Edgemar Center for the Arts this June. Actress Barbara Tarbuck's loving, touching and often hilarious solo show about a 74-year-old woman who sets out to take her husband's ashes to Burning Man, where she encounters the vast open space, violent dust storms, glowing night skies and uninhibited joy of thousands. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2016 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 10, 2016

The 70th Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 12th at 8/9c hosted by James Corden. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize. (more...)

Virginia Rep's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS to Open Next Week at Hanover Tavern
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Brighton Beach Memoirs on Friday, July 15 at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. (more...)

UK Premiere of ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL Set for Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

The UK premiere of the hit Off Broadway musical Adding Machine: A Musical, composed by Joshua Schmidt, with libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt, and based on the classic play by Elmer Rice, opens at the Finborough Theatre on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 (Press Nights: Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2016 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, Opening Tonight at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre celebrates the opening of Brighton Beach Memoirs tonight, July 15, at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. The show runs through Sunday, August 28. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at The Barn Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, the 2016 Summer Series opened in July with the Tony Award-winning play, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. The show runs Thursday-Sunday for three weekends at The Truax Building in Old Town Temecula. This production comes to Temecula for the first time. An Inland Empire Premiere! PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is directed by J. Scott Lapp, with Movement by Chelsea Nicole and Musical Direction by Leigh Sutherlin. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

A Video Refresher of the GREASE: LIVE Cast's Theatrical Roots
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 31, 2016

Like all theatre fans, we here at BroadwayWorld are excited to the max for Fox's broadcast of GREASE: LIVE tonight. Following in the footsteps of NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, PETER PAN LIVE!, and THE WIZ LIVE!, Marc Platt and Thomas Kail have filled their cast with stars of both stage and screen. While not every T-Bird, Pink Lady, and denizen of Rydell High has Broadway credits on their resume, nearly all of them have some sort of theatrical related experience under their belts. (more...)

David Cromer Replaces Hal Prince as Director of Atlantic Theater Company's THE BAND'S VISIT; World Premiere Pushed to Fall 2016
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 29, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company announced today that director David Cromer will now helm the world premiere musical THE BAND'S VISIT, replacing Harold Prince, who is now unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. (more...)

George Takei, Danielle Brooks, Jessica Hecht & More Set for Theatre Forward's Annual Broadway Roundtable
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Theatre Forward and UBS will host the 13th Annual Broadway Roundtable on Friday, January 29th at UBS (1285 Avenue of the Americas) from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. (more...)

Theatr Clwyd Announces Full Cast of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

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Real-Life Fiances Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario to Lead THE LAST MATCH at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report the complete cast and creative team for The Old Globe's world premiere of Anna Ziegler's THE LAST MATCH, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (who directed Bethany at the Globe in 2014). (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering David Margulies
by Walter McBride - Jan 13, 2016

As BroadwayWord reported yesterday, stage and screen actor David Margulies passed away on Monday, January 11. He was 78 years old. (more...)

Broadway's CINDERELLA Stars to Reunite for Bucks County Playhouse's Oscar Hammerstein Festival 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

A benefit concert featuring the original Tony-nominated stars of the recent Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA -- Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and Victoria Clark -- and an evening of new work focusing on the award-winning, rising musical theatre writer Adam Gwon are among the highlights of Bucks County Playhouse's Oscar Hammerstein Festival, April 29 - May 1. (more...)

Nikki Renee Daniels, Andre De Shields, John Larroquette & More Will Lead Starry Cast of Encores! 1776
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced casting for the Encores! production of 1776, the classic Tony Award-winning musical about how the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to a new nation. 1776 will star Terence Archie, John Behlmann, Larry Bull, Nikki Renee Daniels, Andre De Shields, Macintyre Dixon, Santino Fontana, Alexander Gemignani, John Hickok, John Hillner, John Larroquette, Kevin Ligon, John-Michael Lyles, Laird Mackintosh, Michael McCormick, Michael Medeiros, Christiane Noll, Bryce Pinkham, Wayne Pretlow, Tom Alan Robbins, Robert Sella, Ric Stoneback, Jubilant Sykes, Vishal Vaidya, Nicholas Ward, and Jacob Keith Watson.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane Reunite on Jimmy Kimmel Tonight to Mock Donald Trump
by Stage Tube - Feb 28, 2016

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Broadway favorites Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane will reunite on Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscars special tonight, performing a big musical number mocking GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. A sneak peek of the song was recently released. Be sure to check it out here, and don't forget to watch the performance in its entirety tonight on ABC after the Oscars! (more...)

Rubicon Theatre to Stage U.S. Debut of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2015-2016 season continues with the American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. (more...)

WaterTower Theatre to Host 2nd Annual Women in Theatre Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced details for the second annual WOMEN IN THEATRE series. The event is presented under the auspices of Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!) and it is co-chaired by Karol Omlor and Andrea Redmon. This is the second lecture in the series (the first was held last year and featured female directors), and it will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (with a post-lecture reception in the lobby with the artists). The event will be held in the Main Space at WaterTower Theatre. The lecture will be moderated by the Dallas Observer's Arts and Culture Editor Lauren Smart, and features Pam Dougherty, Jenny Ledel, Denise Lee, Sarah Elizabeth Smith and Wendy Welch. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for UK Regional Premiere of April De Angelis' JUMPY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

Theatr Clwyd Artistic Director Tamara Harvey today announces full casting for the regional premiere of the hit Royal Court and West End comedy Jumpy by April De Angelis. Sara Stewart leads the company in the role of Hilary and is joined by Ciara Baxendale (Lyndsey), Charlotte Beaumont (Tilly), Steven Elliot (Roland), Laurie Kynaston (Josh), Charlotte Moore (Bea), Kerry Peers (Frances), Laurence Ubong Williams (Cam) and Philip Wright (Mark). (more...)

Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below in SIN TWISTERS, TOO!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller's new show, set for Feinstein's/54 Below for two performances, February 24th and March 2nd (both at 7 p.m.), is a sequel to their critically acclaimed SIN TWISTERS! (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with SILENCE! THE MUSICAL's Ryan London Levin
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Feb 12, 2016

Minneapolis Musical Theatre and its co-founder Steven Meerdink & Bitter Boy Productions united to bring the Twin Cities area premiere of NYC Fringe hit SILENCE! The Musical to Minneapolis' Lab Theater. Ryan London Levin (Buffalo Bill) took time from his on-stage murderous spree to answer 6 Questions & a Plug. (more...)

Austin Pendleton to Direct LUNA GALE at Cleveland Play House
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Cleveland Play House's (CPH) monumental 100th Season continues with the regional premiere of LUNA GALE. CPH welcomes back film and stage legend Austin Pendleton to direct this contemporary drama that begs the question 'To whom do you belong?' Written by Rebecca Gilman, recipient of the 2015 Roe Green Award, LUNA GALE runs February 27 - March 20 in the intimate Allen Theatre. (more...)

Santa Clara University's Department of Theatre and Dance's THE GOOD DOCTOR to Open 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Cameron Wells as the Writer leads an ensemble of Theatre Arts students including: Nick Medal, Kaitlin Zablotsky, Michael Standifer, Taneisha Figueroa, Darrell Hubbard, Claire Parchem, Drew Descourouez, Courtney Land, Elahdio Aliaga, Kalina Venugopal in this lovely tribute to Chekhov from Neil Simon. (more...)

Works by Miller, Simon & More Set for Theater J's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Theater J, the nation's largest and most prominent Jewish theater, announces its 2016-2017 season, the first season chosen by new Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr. This lineup of seven diverse plays features Tony Award-winning plays and playwrights, Washington area premieres, and a stellar lineup of directors and artists. The season's plays promise delight, joy, and a thoughtful examination and exploration of pressing ideas about morality, ethics, the role of faith in this country, and the changing face of Jewish identity in this country. Theater J's new season features the work of Deborah Zoe Laufer, Lucas Hnath, Michael Frayn, Sarah Treem, Neil Simon, and Arthur Miller. (more...)

Artistic Home's Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra to Lead THE SEAGULL; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The Artistic Home has announced its cast for their production of Anton Chekhov's classic comedy of unrequited love and unrealized dreams, The Seagull. (more...)

Arnie Burton, Emily Robinson, Jon Tenney and Jennifer Westfeldt to Lead BIG SKY World Premiere at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Great news tonight! Geffen Playhouse has just announced a starry cast for its world premiere production of BIG SKY, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros. (more...)

Sandra Oh, Hoon Lee & More Set for Sundance Institute's New MENA Play Development
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced the acting company, dramaturgs and creative advisors participating in its pilot Theatre Lab in the MENA region, including Sandra Oh, Hoon Lee, Deanna Dunagan, Hala Omran and Raeda Taha. The Lab, held in Morocco next month, is part of the Institute's international cultural exchange programs for independent artists and will kick off a new, multi-year commitment to support artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). For the Lab, the Institute will provide promising, fresh voices from the U.S. and MENA region with a rigorous artistic retreat and new opportunities for cross-cultural discovery, artistic reflection and creative experimentation. (more...)

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