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Based on the book The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam

InDepth InterView UpDate: Ben Vereen On STEPPIN' OUT At 54 Below, Broadway Return & New Films, Plus A Look Back At Classic Musical RolesInDepth InterView UpDate: Ben Vereen On STEPPIN' OUT At 54 Below, Broadway Return & New Films, Plus A Look Back At Classic Musical Roles
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 9, 2015

Today we are once again speaking with a world renowned living legend all about his phenomenal career on Broadway and in Hollywood in honor of his new 54 Below engagement later this month, titled STEPPIN OUT', the one and only Ben Vereen. Besides sharing what lucky attendees can expect from his 54 Below shows, Vereen also shares preliminary plans to bring a new biomusical to Broadway some season soon as well as the forthcoming release of a star-studded documentary all about his iconic show business legacy planned to be released later this year. Additionally, Vereen reflects on a number of recent milestones and looks back at some of his most memorable movie musical work in honor of the 45th anniversary of the release of SWEET CHARITY last month, plus the brand new Blu-ray editions of FUNNY LADY and ALL THAT JAZZ now available. Plus, Vereen shines a light on his ongoing patronship of the arts and spotlights the importance of arts education in schools via the nationwide high school competition series leading up to the yearly Ben Vereen Awards while also clueing us in on some of his upcoming theatre projects, including directing a regional production of HAIR and more. As if all of that were not enough, Vereen also comments on some recent small screen and big screen appearances including his turn on the final season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER opposite Neil Patrick Harris and sharing the screen with Betty White on HOT IN CLEVELAND, not to mention the smash hit success of the ensemble Chris Rock comedy TOP FIVE. All of that, first news on his upcoming feature film TIME OUT OF MIND and much, much more with one of Broadway's best triple-threats. (more...)

Curious Theatre Company to Present THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYSCurious Theatre Company to Present THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

Curious Theatre Company presents Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays, a trilogy set deep in the Louisiana Bayou that follows one close-knit community across generations as they come of age through trials of heartache, love and kinship. The groundbreaking saga commences with T h e Red and Brown Water March 7 - April 18, 2015 at 1080 Acoma Street, Denver. The opening night is March 7, 2015, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Charlie Brooks to Lead BEAUTIFUL THING, Coming to Marlowe Theatre This MonthCharlie Brooks to Lead BEAUTIFUL THING, Coming to Marlowe Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Charlie Brooks, best known as Janine Butcher from EastEnders, stars in Beautiful Thing, at The Marlowe Theatre, later this month (March). (more...)

BWW Reviews: MCT's THE TRAIN DRIVER Presents Fugard's Masterful Prayer for HumanityBWW Reviews: MCT's THE TRAIN DRIVER Presents Fugard's Masterful Prayer for Humanity
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Mar 3, 2015

A master playwright, Athol Fugard, presents one of his mastepieces at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Midwest Premiere of The Train Driver. When the 2010 play opened this weekend in the city's Studio Theatre, the intimate stage created an intense conversation between the audience and two astounding actors, American Players Theatre's David Daniel and Chicago's accomplished Michael Torrey. These veteran professional masters bring Fugard's darkest revelations buried in his script to the surface of the human conscience. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Charlie Brooks In BEAUTIFUL THING!Photo Coverage: Charlie Brooks In BEAUTIFUL THING!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Check out these new pics of Charlie Brooks and Gerard McCarthy in the UK tour of Beautiful Thing - returning to the West End later this year! (more...)

Young Audiences of Houston Will Honor The Boeing Company, Dr. William Cohn in MayYoung Audiences of Houston Will Honor The Boeing Company, Dr. William Cohn in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Young Audiences of Houston will honor the innovative spirit of The Boeing Company and Dr. William Cohn its gala, Disco Galaxy Soiree, on May 7th, 2015. (more...)

Roberta Flack to Play Van Wezel, 4/22Roberta Flack to Play Van Wezel, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, Grammy Award winning Roberta Flack comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8pm. Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Some of her greatest hits include, 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,' 'Where Is the Love, Killing Me Softly With His Song,' 'Feel Like Makin' Love,' 'The Closer I Get to You' and 'Tonight I Celebrate My Love' just to name a few. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop and soul, to folk and jazz. (more...)

Germany Nominates Hamburg for the 2024 Olympic GamesGermany Nominates Hamburg for the 2024 Olympic Games
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

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BWW Reviews: Hattiloo's KING HEDLEY II Gets the Royal TreatmentBWW Reviews: Hattiloo's KING HEDLEY II Gets the Royal Treatment
by Joseph Baker - Mar 20, 2015

KING HEDLEY II Provides Powerful Theatre at Hattiloo (more...)

Venus Evans Shares CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDST OF PAINVenus Evans Shares CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDST OF PAIN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

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New York Law Firm Phillips Nizer Adds Commercial Litigator Mark M. Elliott To Its Litigation DepartmentNew York Law Firm Phillips Nizer Adds Commercial Litigator Mark M. Elliott To Its Litigation Department
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

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Jabreel Morgan Releases New Poetry BookJabreel Morgan Releases New Poetry Book
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

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Cardno Organizes Pioneering Arizona Healthfields InitiativeCardno Organizes Pioneering Arizona Healthfields Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

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LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

On March 16, 2015, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County theater in the year 2014. Announcements were made at a ceremony held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, hosted by Dixie Longate (Dixie's Tupperware Party) with musical direction by Corey B. Hirsch (LADCC award winner for A Man of No Importance in 2014). (more...)

Birmingham Opera Company to Hold BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show, 4/9Birmingham Opera Company to Hold BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

To accompany Birmingham Opera Company's new production of Michael Tippett's opera The Ice Break(from 3 April), the company is also organizing 'BREAKING THE ICE', a series of events designed to encourage discussion around the relationship of art to society. What responsibility does the artist have to society and vice versa? (more...)

Cal State L.A. & Deaf West Theatre to Present AMERICAN BUFFALO, 2/14-3/8Cal State L.A. & Deaf West Theatre to Present AMERICAN BUFFALO, 2/14-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Offering a fresh look at the groundbreaking play that established David Mamet as a seismic force in theater, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles joins forces with multiple award-winning Deaf West Theatre to present American Buffalo. Professor of Theater and longtime Deaf West collaborator Stephen Rothman directs Deaf West regulars Troy Kotsur (Spring Awakening, Cyrano) and Paul Raci (Cyrano, What Are You...Deaf?) along with Cal State L.A. MFA candidate Matthew Ryan Pest for a Feb. 14 opening at the 250-seat State Playhouse on the university campus (just east of downtown). (more...)

Trustus Theatre to Stage IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, 1/23-2/7Trustus Theatre to Stage IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, 1/23-2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Trustus Theatre is bringing a fresh voice in American playwriting to Columbia as they open Tarell Alvin McCraney's In the Red and Brown Water, part one of a trilogy called The Brother/Sister Plays. This play is likened to a choreopoem where poetry, prose, music, and movement come together to tell a story. This unique script and ambitious production will open on the Thigpen Main Stage on Friday, January 23rd at 8:00pm. The show will run through Saturday, February 7th, 2015. (more...)

African American Arts Alliance to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Black Ensemble TheaterAfrican American Arts Alliance to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Black Ensemble Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

The African American Arts Alliance announces "Justice Is Ours," the 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr, Day Celebration (A Dedication of Dance, Song, Poetry and Music), on January 19, 2015. The performance begins at 7:00pm with a pre-show reception at 6:00pm at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at www.aaaachicago.org or at the door on the evening of the event. (more...)

503Fusions to Bring ONE CITY to Theatre503, 15-17 January503Fusions to Bring ONE CITY to Theatre503, 15-17 January
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Set on the mean streets of 'One City', 503Fusions takes you from dusk to dawn and back again with four distinct mini plays, combined to form one unique theatrical journey. (more...)

WHEN BLACK BOYS DIE to Play TNC, 3/5-22WHEN BLACK BOYS DIE to Play TNC, 3/5-22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

'When Black Boys Die,' written and directed by William Electric Black, is a new drama about a teenage girl's journey as she tries to understand the madness of gun violence that has killed her brother and consumed her mother (and so many other mothers who have also lost their sons to Inner City violence). It is the second in a series of five plays by William Electric Black, to be collectively called 'GUNPLAYS,' that address Inner City violence and guns. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (East Village), will present the work March 5 to 22, directed by the author. (more...)

D1 Sports Training Announces NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony as Newest PartnerD1 Sports Training Announces NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony as Newest Partner
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Nashville, TN. (January, 2015) – D1 Sports is excited to announce NBA All-Star, Carmelo Anthony as a new partner and co-owner in the newest D1 facility, D1 Baltimore. D1 Baltimore will provide the city with an elite place to train for athletes' ages 7-22, as well as collegiate & professional athletes. D1 Sports also offers everyday classes for adults of any fitness level. The facility will open in 2016. D1, The Home of Athletic-Based Training, specializes in making athletes faster, stronger, more agile, and explosive, while also building character. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next MonthLa Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to bring back its acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, a two-week run of workshops and readings of new works, taking place February 16 - March 1, 2015. (more...)

Charlie Hofheimer, Robin Gammell & Dion Mucciacito to Star in HERO Theatre's WAITING FOR LEFTYCharlie Hofheimer, Robin Gammell & Dion Mucciacito to Star in HERO Theatre's WAITING FOR LEFTY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

HERO Theatre announced today the full cast of its upcoming production of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty'. Charlie Hofheimer ("Mad Men"), Robin Gammell ("How to Get Away with Murder") and Dion Mucciacito (Lincoln Center's "Golden Boy") are part of a cast that includes Elisa Bocanegra (Roundabout's "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore"), Alan Blumenfeld ("The Interview"), Nick Caballero, Johnny Ray Gill (Sundance Channel's "Rectify"), Ephraim Lopez, Shannon Lucio ("True Blood"), Jonathan Medina and Jerry Nessis. Performances begin January 23rd, 2015 and will be held at the Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, CA. (more...)

A Noise Within Presents Spring 2015 GalaA Noise Within Presents Spring 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

A Noise Within, L.A.'s critically acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, is announcing news including a Spring 2015 Gala on Wednesday, March 11; this event will take place on the stunning set of The Threepenny Opera, the first of three spring offerings. (more...)

'THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN' to Play FRIGID New York, 2/18-3/8'THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN' to Play FRIGID New York, 2/18-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

FRIGID New York presents A Noisy Tenants production 'Thoughts of a COLORED MAN on a day when the sun set too early', written and directed by Keenan M. Scott II and running February 18th - March 8th, 2015. (more...)

This Week at Bookworks Features Laura Sanchez, Linda Tigges and MoreThis Week at Bookworks Features Laura Sanchez, Linda Tigges and More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Friday, January 16 7pm • W.C. Bauers • Unbreakable The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration--until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war. (more...)

WGAW to Honor Harold Ramis with 2015 Screen Laurel AwardWGAW to Honor Harold Ramis with 2015 Screen Laurel Award
by Movies News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

The Writers Guild of America, West will honor late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis with its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on his behalf. (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez to Lead 1/26 Reading of SING ME HOME in L.A.Mandy Gonzalez to Lead 1/26 Reading of SING ME HOME in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Members of the Los Angeles theater community are invited to a staged reading of Sing Me Home on January 26 at 8 pm (cocktails at 7 pm). This brand new, contemporary musical, with book by Amber Romina Cassell and music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Kristy Hanson features fourteen original songs in the pop-rock genre, with influences ranging from rhythm and blues to country. (more...)

New Sci Fi Book, CIRCLES IN CIRCLES is ReleasedNew Sci Fi Book, CIRCLES IN CIRCLES is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

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Jonathan Harvey's BEAUTIFUL THING to Return to West End, JuneJonathan Harvey's BEAUTIFUL THING to Return to West End, June
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Nikolai Foster's celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing will return to the West End in 2015, playing a limited season at the Arts Theatre where it originally enjoyed sell-out success, from 3 June - 11 July. This London season will be part of an 18 week UK tour, opening in Canterbury in March, then visiting Birmingham, Manchester, Guildford, Nottingham, Northampton, Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton. (more...)

F.F. Fiore Celebrates Black History Month With MURRANF.F. Fiore Celebrates Black History Month With MURRAN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

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BWW Previews: Fusion Network II Brings Variety to the Evergreen TheatreBWW Previews: Fusion Network II Brings Variety to the Evergreen Theatre
by Caroline Sposto - Feb 3, 2015

As educators, entertainers, writers and activists, Tim and Dee Dotson are known for having their fingers on the have their fingers on the pulse of the Memphis' urban scene. (more...)

VUID, Inc. Announces New Partnership with Coded by KidsVUID, Inc. Announces New Partnership with Coded by Kids
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

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Idina Menzel Invites FROZEN Fans to Take 'Snowman Challenge' to Support A BroaderWay FoundationIdina Menzel Invites FROZEN Fans to Take 'Snowman Challenge' to Support A BroaderWay Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Not only does Idina Menzel have a powerhouse voice, but also a powerhouse heart! Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs started A BroaderWay Foundation dedicated to empowering Inner City girls through arts-based activities and education. For many - when they think of snowmen - they think of Idina. For that reason, Idina invites everyone to build a snowman to enable a dream! (more...)

Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rosen announced today the casting for HAIR: Retrospection, under his direction. (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse to Present BUZZER, 3/21-4/19Cincinnati Playhouse to Present BUZZER, 3/21-4/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Tracey Scott Wilson's provocative new play BUZZER, set in a gentrifying neighborhood, takes up residence in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre March 21 through April 19. By turns darkly funny and heartbreaking, BUZZER pushes many timely hot buttons of race, class, sex and real estate. (more...)

Children's Fine Arts Series Launches International Puppet FestivalChildren's Fine Arts Series Launches International Puppet Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

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Theatrical Outfit Sets 2015-16 Season: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MEMPHIS & MoreTheatrical Outfit Sets 2015-16 Season: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MEMPHIS & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Theatrical Outfit continues its vision of creating compassion - one story at a time - by starting the conversations that matter. (more...)

THE NEW BLACK FEST Comes to The Lark Next MonthTHE NEW BLACK FEST Comes to The Lark Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

The New Black Fest, a theater organization celebrating provocative storytelling, music and discussion from the African Diaspora, is proud to announce The New Black Fest at The Lark. (more...)

Award-Winning 60 MINUTES Journalist Bob Simon Dies In Car Accident in NYCAward-Winning 60 MINUTES Journalist Bob Simon Dies In Car Accident in NYC
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Bob Simon, the longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly Wednesday night in a car accident in New York City. (more...)

Arena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & MoreArena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Artistic Director Molly Smith has announced the 2015/16 season lineup for the 66th season at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

This January at Bookworks Includes a News Year's Day Sale, Adam James Jones, Zach Kluckman and MoreThis January at Bookworks Includes a News Year's Day Sale, Adam James Jones, Zach Kluckman and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2014

This January at Bookworks includes a News Year's Day Sale, Adam James Jones, Zach Kluckman and more. For more information, please visit bkwrks.com/event (more...)

Yoga Ugo Launches Social Funding Campaign to Benefit NYC ChildrenYoga Ugo Launches Social Funding Campaign to Benefit NYC Children
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

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Ascend Performance Materials Becomes Title Sponsor of Houston's 12K of Christmas Run TodayAscend Performance Materials Becomes Title Sponsor of Houston's 12K of Christmas Run Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2014

RA Sports Management is proud to announce Ascend Performance Materials will be the title sponsor of Houston's 12K of Christmas benefitting Yellowstone Academy. The 7.45-mile road race scheduled for today, December 20, 2014 will start and finish at Fish Plaza at 500 Texas Ave., located in front of the Wortham Theater in downtown Houston. (more...)

Photo Flash: Brenda Braxton, Chester Gregory, Gabriela Garcia and Lee Summers Attend 2014 Holiday Jazz & Toy DrivePhoto Flash: Brenda Braxton, Chester Gregory, Gabriela Garcia and Lee Summers Attend 2014 Holiday Jazz & Toy Drive
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

On Monday, Dec 15th 2014 over a 100 artists, musicians, educators, and entrepreneurs gathered in Harlem for Shaun Derik's annual Holiday Jazz and Toy Drive (Shaun Derik's GOOD Night). Shaun Derik is a nationally acclaimed youth empowerment speaker. His clients include the Ohio and Mississippi Departments of Education, National Police Activities League, Pride, FBLA and Big Brothers Big Sister of New York. Shaun Derik's GOOD parties feature live jazz musicians, Broadway performers, an in-house chef as guests come together to benefit a specific cause. This year's cause: Toys for Inner City Children. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

The Idea Fund Announces 2015 GranteesThe Idea Fund Announces 2015 Grantees
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announces the Round 7 2015 grantees. (more...)

Fifty Miami Children Receive Refurbished Laptops Donated by UnitedHealthcareFifty Miami Children Receive Refurbished Laptops Donated by UnitedHealthcare
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Miami children in grades 3 to 6 were encouraged to share ideas on how to live a healthy lifestyle through the “Get Healthy Now Kids” essay contest for their chance to receive a donated laptop from UnitedHealthcare's Community Computers program. Fifty children were selected as first place winners of the essay contest and received a laptop donated by UnitedHealthcare. (more...)

Mariah Carey Celebrates 20th Anniversary of 'Merry Christmas' LP with Fan Singing CompetitionMariah Carey Celebrates 20th Anniversary of 'Merry Christmas' LP with Fan Singing Competition
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

It's been 20 years, but Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, still only wants one thing for Christmas! And this time, when she sings “you” she really means it. Carey has teamed up with the Fusic platform once again to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her iconic, worldwide bestselling album “Merry Christmas “ (more...)

THE PLACE WE BUILT Begins Tonight at Marilyn Monroe TheatreTHE PLACE WE BUILT Begins Tonight at Marilyn Monroe Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

THE PLACE WE BUILT - a new play by Sarah Gancher that marks the 2nd annual production from the Clifford Odets Play Commission - will receive its debut tonight, December 11-14 at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre (115 E. 15 St. Lee Strasberg Way) in Manhattan. (more...)

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