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Based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow

Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. RAGTIME is not only a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, but a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens ("Once On This Island," "Seussical," "Lucky Stiff"), noted playwright Terrence McNally, ("Kiss of the Spider Woman", "Master Class"), and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The Tony-winning score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. It draws upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems.



Featured are such show stopping songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Your Daddyís Son," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day," "Back To Before," and "Make Them Hear You." This thrilling musical is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike! Book by Terrence McNally; music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre at the Farnsworth Studio.


Photo Flash: Wheels of a Dream! First Look at Starry RAGTIME on Ellis Island
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Ragtime was presented in an invitation-only, one-night-only event on Ellis Island last night, narrated by two-time Tony Award winner and original Ragtime Broadway cast member Brian Stokes Mitchell. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the starry cast in action below! (more...)

Broadway's Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty to Headline Eccles Theater Grand Opening
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

The long-awaited George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City's new performing arts center, will open its doors to the public on Friday, October 21 with an array of national headliners and local talent. (more...)

John Patrick Shanley's OUTSIDE MULLINGAR to Play TheatreWorks This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 47th season with the regional premiere of a wry romantic comedy Outside Mullingar. (more...)

ABOUT CLARENCE AND ME Chronicles a Chance Encounter at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents, in association with Infinite Intel Productions, ABOUT CLARENCE AND ME A Story of Music, Love and Life Performed on a Grand Piano. (more...)

Astoria Performing Arts Center Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) presents their 16th season featuring two new works and one musical revival, which both tackle social issues including homelessness, immigration and race relations. 'We have a thrilling line up as we enter our 16th season at Astoria Performing Arts Center, and all of the work shares the resonant theme of home. (more...)

VIDEOS: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo, A Champ On Stage, In The Gym and At The Makeup Table
by Michael Dale - Aug 24, 2016

Starring on Broadway as the determined survivor Celie in the hit revival of THE COLOR PURPLE eight times a week just isn't enough of a workout for Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo. (more...)

SO LONG, SWEET SUMMER Free Concert to Close 2016 Summer Series at Red Caboose
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Join The Red Caboose Motel for their final farewell to summer with the last of the 2016 Summer Entertainment Series in The Barn! 'So Long, Sweet Summer' features four area performers and friends singing their favorite Broadway tunes, spirituals and Disney music. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Tickets to FUN HOME in Chicago Go on Sale This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman have announced that individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Sunday, August 28 for the first National Tour of Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

Josh Grisetti, Julie Halston, Jessica Hendy and More Set for BROADWAY STORIES This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents BROADWAY STORIES on April 23rd, 2016 at 11:30pm. (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for 'Thrones! The Musical Parody' at Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" sweeps through the Windy City once again this fall at Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N Lincoln Ave) with a talented ensemble of Chicago up-and-comers bringing the "Game of Thrones" send-up to life. Under the direction of Hannah Todd, the cast of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" includes Caitlyn Cerza, Nick Druzbanski, Madeline Lauzon, Beau Nolen, Victoria Olivier and Christopher Ratliff. This all-Chicago cast combines comedic talents and "knockout vocal harmonies" (Chicago Reader) to bring all six seasons of the HBO hit to the stage, recounting the journey of well-known characters such as Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, the Stark family, Daenerys Targaryen and more. Performances for the fall run of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" begin September 15; tickets ($29-$59) are on sale now and can be purchased at ApolloChicago.com or by calling the box office at 773.935.6100. The press performance takes place on September 21. Headshots and imagery can be accessed here. (more...)

Stoneham Theatre Presents Musical Farce LUCKY STIFF
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Stoneham Theatre opens its 17th Season with Lucky Stiff, a musical murder mystery farce about love, dogs, diamonds, and death. From the creators of Ragtime and Seussical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Directed by Caitlin Lowans and Choreographed by Elliot Norton and IRNE Award-winner Ilyse Robbins, Lucky Stiff hilariously tells the story of an unassuming shoe salesman who stands to inherit six million dollars from a recently deceased uncle he never met. There's only one catch: he has to bring his embalmed uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, he'll get the inheritance. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else his uncle's gun-toting ex! Performances run from September 8 - 25, 2016. Press Opening is Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3:00pm. (more...)

Nassim Soleimanpour to Skype in Live WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT Chat at Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The Drama Book Shop will welcome producers Tom Kirdahy and Devlin Elliott for a discussion about the new off-Broadway sensation White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour will Skype into the conversation. The event, which is free to the public, will take place this Wednesday, August 24th at 5:00PM.  (more...)

Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe Lead RAGTIME at Charing Cross Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Aug 22, 2016

Earl Carpenter, who starred in the West End and on Broadway as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and West End star Anita Louise Combe, Tessie Tura in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre and both Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in Chicago, are to head the cast of a major new actor-musician production of Ragtime. (more...)

Tony Award Winner LaChanze set for Trent Armand Kendall Broadway Download 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2016

Rhonda LaChanze Sapp, better known by her stage name LaChanze (Creole: the charmed one), taken from her grandmother, was born in St Augustine, Florida. Grew up in Connecticut, her parents nurtured her love for performing by enrolling her in high schools for the performing arts. After high school, LaChanze studied Drama at Morgan State University, before transferring to the University of the Arts, she studied Theatre and Dance. Her first Summer job was as a tap dancer in the ensemble of out of town tryout of 'Uptown...It's Hot!.' She made her Broadway debut in the same show in 1986. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of OCTOBER SKY's West Coast Premiere at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

The Old Globe presents 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. OCTOBER SKY will run September 10 - October 23, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 10 - September 21. Opening night is Thursday, September 22. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

TRU and The Playroom Theatre to Host September Introduction Panel
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the September panel An Introduction to TRU: Free-for-Everyone Seasonal Kick-off plus Networking Meet-and-Greet, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. (more...)

Benjamin Briones Ballet to Present THE ROUND TABLE in NJ and NYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

'The Round Table 2016', presented by Benjamin Briones Ballet, is a collection of some of the most fresh and innovative, upcoming and established choreographers and dance companies in the field. (more...)

Kate Shindle, Robert Petkoff & More Join FUN HOME on Tour! Watch Our Favorite Performances from the New Family!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported last night, the first National Tour of FUN HOME will star Robert Petkoff (Broadway's Ragtime, All The Way, Anything Goes) as Bruce, Susan Moniz (Broadway's Grease, Chicago's Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater) as Helen and Kate Shindle (Broadway's Legally Blonde, Cabaret, and Miss America 1998) as Alison. Joining them will be ABBY CORRIGAN as Medium Alison, Alessandra Baldacchino (Broadway's Fun Home) as Small Alison, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Robert Hager as Roy, LENNON NATE HAMMOND as John, PIERSON SALAVDOR as Christian, Anthony Fortino, Amanda Naughton, SOFIA TRIMARCHI and Michael Winther. At certain performances, CARLY GOLD will play the role of Small Alison. (more...)

Christiane Noll, Adam Heller, Emily Skinner and Bradley Dean to Couple Up in FOLLIES at The Rep
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

One of the most daring and innovative musicals of all time will launch The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' 50th anniversary season. Follies, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Goldman and directed by Rob Ruggiero, runs September 7 - October 2 on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Ragtime with Peter Bergin at the Music House Museum
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

The Music House Museum welcomes pianist Peter Bergin onAugust 21st at 7pm. Bergin is a pianist and vocalist whose refined singing and energetic Ragtime has entertained audiences for over 25 years. (more...)

The Gateway Announces THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Get ready to 'do the time warp again' with the cult-classic musical, The Rocky Horror Show, live and interactive at The Gateway in Bellport from August 24-September 10.  Tickets start at $59. For tickets, contact the Box Office at (631) 286-1133 or visit the website at www.TheGateway.org.  (more...)

Cast Announced Australasian Premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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Washington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced full programming details for the fifth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. For the first time, all of the program's world premiere operas will be presented during an American Opera Initiative Festival weekend, January 13-15, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. (more...)

Bryan Banville and John Massey to Star in San Diego Musical Theatre's THE PRODUCERS; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

San Diego Musical Theatre announced today the cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of The Producers. (more...)

Cast Announced for Australasian Premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

From Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling novel and Stephen Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film comes the Australasian premiere of this breathtaking Tony Award winning stage musical at Chapel off Chapel, Thursday 13 October until Sunday 6 November 2016. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/9/2016 - 8/16/2016
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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 8/9/2016 - 8/16/2016. (more...)

FUN HOME National Tour Finds Cast, Launches at Playhouse Square This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Producers Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman just announced casting for the first National Tour of FUN HOME, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will premiere in Cleveland at Playhouse Square October 2 - 22, 2016, as part of the Key Bank Broadway Series. (more...)

Breaking News: Welcome to the Family! Kate Shindle, Robert Petkoff & Susan Moniz Will Lead FUN HOME National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman just announced casting for the first National Tour of FUN HOME, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will launch in Cleveland, OH at Playhouse Square and will then travel North America playing multi-week and week-long engagements. For more information on the production, please visit FunHomeBroadway.com. (more...)

Robert Petkoff, Susan Moniz, Kate Shindle and More Join US Tour of FUN HOME
by Nora Dominick - Aug 16, 2016

The tour will premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited two-week engagement November 2 - November 13, 2016. (more...)

CPCC Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season of Plays and Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Join CPCC Theatre for another exciting season of the best in theatre at a price the entire family can afford. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

IRVING BERLIN SONGBOOK Album is Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Lost, forgotten, and  unknown Irving Berlin songs are the focus of  Chip Deffaa's new album, 'The Irving Berlin Songbook,'  being released today.   (more...)

Off-Broadway's CAGNEY Heads to the Recording Studio; Cast Album Out This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Broadway Records enters the studio today to record the original New York cast recording of Cagney, which will be released digitally and at the theatre on Friday, September 30, 2016, and in stores on October 14th. (more...)

Scott Wheeler Premieres Two Operas, Including Newest NAGA, 9/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

On the heels of releasing his latest album Portraits & Tributes, award-winning composer/conductor/teacher Scott Wheeler celebrates two new major works to be performed in fall 2016: Naga, his fourth opera, set to a libretto by Cerise Jacobs, premiering September 10-17 in Boston; and Songs To Fill The Void, a three-song cycle set to poetry by Robert Barefield, premiering October 2 in New York City at Weill Recital Hall. In addition, the New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs will present his chamber symphony City of Shadows on October 1. (more...)

Larry Daggett to Headline Fiddlehead Theatre's PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, today announce the cast and production team for the exclusive Boston premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: The Musical. (more...)

BWW Review: Carmen Cusack Shares Her Remarkable Story with Feinstein's/54 Below, Showcasing the Unmatched Versatility Which Brought Her to Broadway
by Casey Mink - Aug 12, 2016

'At last, at last, at long last.' These are the lyrics which ushered in the emotional climax of Broadway's Bright Star, the North Carolina-set musical which burned fast and, well, bright this past season on Broadway. So, too, did these lyrics close out the solo concert debut of the musical's incandescent star, Carmen Cusack, at Feinstein's/54 Below on August 9. Fittingly so. This time last year, Cusack was little known in New York, having established herself as a bona fide star in the West End, as well as regionally in touring productions of Wicked and South Pacific. Cut to the summer of 2016, though, and Cusack has made one of the most celebrated Broadway debuts in memory and was Tony-nominated in this year's Actress in a Leading Role category (the same one deemed too full for Audra McDonald). It is no wonder, then, Cusack wasted no time capitalizing on her newfound cachet, booking three concerts at Broadway's supper club, before swiftly adding a fourth due to demand. (more...)

BWW Review: Studio 18 Productions' Inaugural BONNIE & CLYDE Takes Too Long and Says Too Little
by Amelia Reynolds - Aug 11, 2016

Have you ever seen a production where you thought that the actors where too good for the show? That's how it felt watching Studio 18 Production's inaugural show 'Bonnie & Clyde' at 12th Avenue Arts. I am very impressed that this brand new company threw together such a talented cast for this musical, and at such an esteemed venue. Unfortunately, with its pandering plot line and repetitive score, this musical felt beneath the caliber of those involved. (more...)

Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Stage Tube: Q&A with Broadway's Max Clayton, Anna Eilinsfeld and Douglas Baldeo at Actor's Connection
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Max Clayton (Something Rotten, Gigi, On The Town), Anna Eilinsfeld (Kinky Boots, American Psycho, Wicked) and Douglas Baldeo (Kinky Boots and Motown Tour, Ragtime at Ellis Island) swing by the final performing arts camp for the summer to dish on backstage Broadway life. Check out the video below! (more...)

Sneak Peek: Broadway's REBECCA Scandal Featured on CNBC's AMERICAN GREED Tonight
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 11, 2016

CNBC's shocking true crime series AMERICAN GREED will examine the controversial journey of the Broadway-bound musical REBECCA. The series focuses on people who will 'do anything for money.' (more...)

David Rowen Raising Funds for Video & Charity to Promote Social Change
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Actor and musician, David Rowen, recently launched a music YouTube channel, davidrowen/creative, which will showcase arrangements and renditions of various songs from the radio, Broadway, and beyond. Amid the prevailing social discord in our country, davidrowen/creative is aiming to promote peace and unity, and stir social change by producing a music video, featuring the beloved medley, 'Joyful, Joyful,' from the Whoopi Goldberg and Lauryn Hill film, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. (more...)

VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Shows Her Gymnastic Skills On Rings
by Michael Dale - Aug 10, 2016

The Tony-winner not only excels on stage but in the gym as well. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE COLOR PURPLE's Heather Headley Joins the Sardi's Wall of Fame!
by Walter McBride - Aug 10, 2016

Just yesterday, THE COLOR PURPLE's Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley was honored by Sardi's with her very own caricature, which will join the historic collection on the restaurant's walls, honoring Broadway's finest for over 85 years. Check out photos from the special day below! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 8/10/2016 - CHILDREN OF EDEN in London and More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 10, 2016

Today's big news: CHILDREN OF EDEN returns to London tonight, and Leslie Odom Jr. performs on THE VIEW today! (more...)

SHE LOVES ME's Gavin Creel Heads to Provincetown This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Two-time Tony Award Nominee and Olivier Award winner Gavin Creel will make his anticipated Provincetown return with the acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series on August 26 & 27 at 7:00 PM featuring series host and SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky on the piano. (more...)

Starry PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Starts Tonight at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse tonight, August 10 to September 3. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mark G Meadows, Cleavant Derricks and More in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

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