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Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 10/7; THE PRODUCERS at Paper Mill, GHOSTS in Seattle and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 7, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in New Jersey, Tallahassee, Seattle and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE PRODUCERS at Paper Mill, AS YOU LIKE IT in Tallahassee, and GHOSTS in Seattle, just to name a few. (more...)

The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst Present PELLEAS AND MELISANDE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst announce further details of their new production of Debussy's Pelléas and Mélisande.  The impressionistic French opera, with its luminous and hypnotic score, is being presented at Severance Hall this coming spring, with performances May 2, 4, and 6, 2017.  The creative team for this brand-new, made-for-Cleveland production is being led by Director Yuval Sharon working with Set Designer Mimi Lien, Lighting and Projection Designer Jason Thompson, Choreographer Danielle Agami, and Costume Designer Ann Closs-Farley. (more...)

BWW Review: Eric Coble's Mesmerizing MARGIN OF ERROR Exposes Political Machinations
by Roy Berko - Oct 3, 2016

The Cleveland area has been and is ripe with playwrights. Mike Geither, David Hansen, Margaret Lynch, Jonathan Wilhelm, Michael Oatman, Eric Schmiedl and Faye Sholiton are only a few of the present-day writers. Historically, Langston Hughes, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were proud area playwrights. Probably no local scribe has been more prolific than Eric Coble. (more...)

BWW Review: DRY LAND at Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company
by Alexander Garza - Oct 25, 2016

This play is dark, sweet, and shocking. It is graphic and may be offensive to some people. But if you enjoy theatre that pushes boundaries and not easily offended by sensitive topics, then you will enjoy this story. (more...)

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces Cast & Creative Team for WARRIOR CLASS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has announced the cast & creative team for its upcoming productionof WARRIOR CLASS by Kenneth Lin (writer, House of Cards), directed by Dawn M. Simmons. Performances are October 21 - November 13, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Ibsen's GHOSTS at ArtsWest: A Haunting Triumph
by Amelia Reynolds - Oct 2, 2016

Henrik Ibsen's lesser-known drama 'Ghosts' should be just as prolific as 'A Doll's House.' This 19th-century societal criticism is one to check off your classical theater bucket list, and Richard Eyre's masterful adaptation at ArtsWest is impressively close to the original. On top of casting two theatrical powerhouses--Suzanna Bouchard and Noah Racey--ArtsWest's current production is one that would make Ibsen himself stand and applaud. (more...)

BWW Review: RENT's 20th Anniversary Tour Thrills TPAC Audience on Opening Night in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 19, 2016

It's hard to believe that Jonathan Larson's epic rock musical masterpiece, Rent, debuted on Broadway, making headlines around the world, winning the Pulitzer Prize and bringing a whole new generation of audiences to the theater 20 years ago. Larson who died just prior to the show's 1996 off-Broadway opening didn't live to see the acclaim with which his musical - based upon Puccini's La Boheme - was greeted, but if we believe in such things, we may rest assured that since his untimely demise he has watched over Rent's evolution, which includes the 20th Anniversary production now touring the country in an astounding revival which reaffirms its place among the very best of American musical theater. (more...)

BWW Review: TexARTS Examines the Meaning of A FEW GOOD MEN in Lakeway, TX
by Amy Bradley - Oct 14, 2016

Currently playing in Lakeway, Texas, Aaron Sorkin's original work A FEW GOOD MEN has been brought to life, as part of at TexARTS Academy's Professional Series. The average person recognizes this title based on its Oscar acclaim as a Best Picture nominee, and infamous line referencing ones inability to handle the truth. But in fact, A FEW GOOD MEN has a more subtle beginning based on a conversation Sorkin had with his sister regarding her time in Cuba, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Premiering in 1989, and then adapted for screen a few years later, this play highlights an unlikely scenario between young men defending their honor and country while taking a hazing ritual too far. This courtroom drama introduces the audience to the military mindset, through chants and marches, and the responsibility involved with following orders without question. While investigating what seems like a 'cut and dry' case, a high level conspiracy is uncovered with regards to two young marines being charged with murder. As the story unravels, the audience can piece together the timeline and key facts the lawyers are desperately searching for within the case. TexARTs presents this play with high brow sophistication, without alienating members who have not served in the military but might have caught an episode of Law & Order. (more...)

Peterborough Players Announce 28th Annual Gala and Auction
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Everybody has a part to play. And the Peterborough Players will give the community a chance to step into the spotlight and make a difference at their 28th Annual Auction & Gala to be held on Saturday, October 29 starting at 6:00 PM. A major event in the Players year, the auction is not only a vital fundraiser for the professional theatre company nestled just outside of downtown Peterborough, it also serves as an opportunity to gather together and share stories with ardent supporters of the theatre on Hadley Road. "Ticket sales cover less than 50% of the cost of running the Players," says Managing Director Keith Stevens. "The auction gives us a chance to raise funds to support our mission, balance the budget, and to get together and celebrate our recently completed summer season. Without the auction, we would not be able to do what we do. We are truly indebted to all those that give so generously to our theatre." (more...)

BWW Review: THE FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER – and There is Sweet Love and Comic Domesticity on the Menu
by David Fick - Oct 10, 2016

Richard Kaplan's debut as a produced playwright with THE FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER offers an evening of solid entertainment. For its pivotal love scene alone, it is worth going to see what is being cooked up for the Finkelsteins' visit. (more...)

Diego & Drew Say I Do CD Release 'Party In My Pants'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Silver Palm Award-Winning producers Matt May and Jenn Sierra-Grobbelaar ecstatically announce the release of "Party In My Pants," from their critically-acclaimed musical comedy Diego & Drew Say I Do. (more...)

BWW Review: A Perfectly English Evening with Rollins' UPTON ABBEY
by Libby Champion - Nov 19, 2016

The rigidness of the acclaimed PBS show Upton Abbey and the unpredictability and overall silliness of improv theater. These things could never work together... or could they? While these two genres of theater couldn't be more different, they come together to form both a hilarious and heartfelt night of theater. (more...)

The Theatre Centre Closes Capital Campaign and Announces New Name for Mainspace Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

The Theatre Centre announced today a number of major gifts to its $6.2 million capital campaign, including a $500,000 gift that will see its mainspace theatre named after Artistic Director and visionary Franco Boni. (more...)

BWW Review: EQUUS at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - Nov 11, 2016

STELLAR CAST DELVES IN DRAMA OF EQUUS Near perfection. That is what Irish Classical Theatre has achieved in their exciting new production of Peter Shaffer's EQUUS. Shaffer's poignant and often unsettling drama about a troubled teenager who commits an unspeakable act against horses can be difficult to process and to watch. The story relates how the teen is committed to a mental hospital in order to ascertain what demons lie in his psyche. The psychiatrist Martin Dysart is given the near impossible job of treating him. Director David Oliver has assembled such a fine cast that inarguably I would not consider changing it in any way. (more...)

BWW Recap: Cheap Tricks and Twists on AMERICAN HORROR STORY
by Jessica Naftaly - Nov 10, 2016

The penultimate episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE just aired and while it was a thrilling gore fest, the introduction of new characters solely as extra lenses to tell the story only to have them killed off within the very same episode was the perfect example of the cheapening overall effect of where this story was always fated to end up.  (more...)

BWW Review: Next Stage's EURYDICE Shows Sarah Ruhl in her Early Glory
by Andrew White - Nov 1, 2016

Playwright Sarah Ruhl, confronted with her beloved father's death, must have wrestled hard with how to honor his passing, without losing herself in the process.  Her play, Eurydice-in Jay D. Brock's production at Next Stop Theatre-is in some ways a witty take on the old Orpheus myth, but the wit is clearly in service of something more personal and contemporary. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Corey Mach
by Elliot Lanes - Mar 7, 2017

Today's subject Corey Mach is currently living his theatre life as part of a play that deals with a true “legend” of pop music. I'm referring to that off-pitch sensation Mrs. Miller. Corey Mach portrays her accompanist Simon Bock in Mrs.Miller Does her Thing, which is now playing at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia through March 26th. (more...)

BWW Review: BUS STOP at Jewel Box Theatre is a Trip Worth Taking
by Robert Barossi - Mar 6, 2017

Let's face it, long bus rides can be an at-times uncomfortable and awkward journey. The seats are not always conducive to comfort and if there are lots of people, it's going to get cramped. But, as the saying goes, it's not about the journey, it's about the destination, and while the ride might be bumpy, getting to our destination is often rewarding and exciting. William Inge's Bus Stop, now playing at Jewel Box Theatre, is a bit like a long bus journey. The ride might have its ups and downs, but it's the destination, the pay-off, that makes it a journey well worth taking. (more...)

'Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends' On Display at National Portrait Gallery
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends is the first ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of the great British painter Howard Hodgkin, who died earlier this month at the age of 84. The exhibition shows the breadth and nature of Hodgkin's long-standing engagement with portraiture, an important aspect of his work that has been largely overlooked because his work appears abstract. With over 50 works from collections around the world and dating from 1949 to the present, the exhibition traces the development of Hodgkin's portraits, exploring his important contribution to our understanding of what constitutes a portrait and examining key themes within the artist's work: colour, memory, emotion and imagination. (more...)

BWW Review: Forum Theatre celebrates #NASTYWOMENREP
by Keith Tittermary - Mar 21, 2017

“Men are like weapons. Women are like wounds.” That is a poignant line and an apt summation of the first part of Forum Theatre's #NastyWomen ethos. The first piece in this horrifying, yet deeply moving, work is Monica Byrne's What Every Girl Should Know, which takes place in 1914 and follows four teen girls in a New York reformatory. (more...)

Review Roundup: LoftOpera Production of Rossini's OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

LoftOpera opened Rossini's OTHELLO on March 16 in Brooklyn. (more...)

Lakewood Playhouse Announces It's Line Up for Season 79!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to announce its 79th Season of Shows! It's a season filled with Laughter, Mystery, Literature, and Stories That Touch the Heart. This year includes Five Premiers that have never been seen at the Lakewood Playhouse!   (more...)

BWW Review: Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT: THE SUN ALSO RISES an Exuberant Celebration of Hemingway's Classic
by Andrew White - Mar 2, 2017

Elevator Repair Service, a New York company with a decided literary turn, has brought its lengthy but satisfying staging of Hemingway's first novel, 'The Sun Also Rises,' to Shakespeare Theatre Company's Landsburgh stage for a healthy Washington run. For Hemingway fans, this is reason enough to make a pilgrimage downtown; for theatre enthusiasts, even those who wouldn't normally touch Hemingway with a 10-foot-pole, the sheer exuberance and creativity of the ensemble should be a huge draw. (more...)

BWW Review: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Asks the Musical Question, 'SHALL WE DANCE?'
by Gary Laird - Mar 16, 2017

The latest iteration of the production on tour is crafted with care and performed with verve. It's an 'old-fashioned' Broadway staple, and it never wears out its welcome. It unabashedly tugs at the heartstrings, tickles the funny bone and jerks the tears, just as it did when it opened 66 years ago this month. Few musicals achieve this kind of longevity, and more than a few of those are from the pens of Rodgers and Hammerstein. (more...)

BWW Review: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Mar 16, 2017

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas is one of my all-time favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast. It's also an original, immersive fantasy! (more...)

BWW Feature: TO THE NINES at Sylvia Beard Theater
by Justin Cole Adams - Jan 7, 2017

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BWW Album Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Remy Holzer - Jan 5, 2017

Skeptics of musical theater like to ask, 'But how do they know the song?' when characters join in during a musical number. One of the virtues of HAIRSPRAY is that the audience itself actually does this: the songs are so catchy that we start singing along. This is appropriate, given the show's message of inclusivity and empowerment of the ordinary. Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics) are responsible for the irresistible score of this show, set in Baltimore in the 1960s, that follows plucky, overweight teenager Tracy Turnblad's quest to integrate the 'Corny Collins Show,' an AMERICAN BANDSTAND-style teen dance party that she adores. Along the way, she falls in love with one of its stars, locks horns with another, makes new friends who are black and have a different perspective and a different way of dancing, and finds a place for herself on the show and in life. And her mother Edna and best friend Penny also benefit from Tracy's widening world. (more...)

KODO Returns to U.S. in 22-City Tour, 1/26-3/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Kodo — the  world's most celebrated masters of Japanese percussion, who played a singular role in popularizing modern taiko drumming — will present their program DADAN in North America for the first time, visiting 22 U.S. cities between January and March 2017.  Forging new directions for the traditional Japanese drum, Kodo will bring a display of their raw athleticism and rhythmic mastery back to the U.S. with this cutting-edge and ever-evolving production featuring the men of Kodo in a bold portrayal of the essence of drumming through this vibrant living art form.  2017 tour highlights include stops at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Chicago's Symphony Center the Smith Center in Las Vegas and BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York City.  Complete schedule below. (more...)

BWW Interview: Lucas Gomez of BLACKLISTERS at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Jan 30, 2017

When I wrote Blacklisters, I was focusing on fascism and totalitarianism through the perspective of the individual in relation to absurdism. It's strange now considering the relevance a lot people who've been involved with the script have given it. On one hand it bugs me that the current events are being very tightly tied to the story when it was not my intention, but I can't deny that interest in it has picked up as a result. As I see it, what I wrote in this show was designed to be slightly unreal and terrifying but not beholden to a specific time period. I also can't deny that inspiration comes from weird places and like most people I was obsessively watching last years politics unfold, largely in horror, so it probably affected me. (more...)

KODO Kicks-Off United States Tour Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Kodo - the world's most celebrated masters of Japanese percussion, who played a singular role in popularizing modern taiko drumming - presents their newest program DADAN in North America for the first time, visiting 22 U.S. cities between January 26 and March 25, 2017.  Forging new directions for the traditional Japanese drum, Kodo will bring a display of their raw athleticism and rhythmic mastery back to the U.S. with this cutting-edge and ever-evolving production featuring the men of Kodo in a bold portrayal of the essence of drumming through this vibrant living art form.  2017 tour highlights include stops at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Chicago's Symphony Center the Smith Center in Las Vegas and BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York City.  Complete schedule below. (more...)

The Acting Co's X/JULIUS CAESAR Rep Headed to Spencer Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

UMKC Theatre and The Acting Company is pleased to present a new artistic and educational collaboration as part of its 2016-17 season and 44th national tour featuring two new gripping dramas in repertory -- the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. (more...)

BWW Review: Las Mujeres Verdaderas Tienen Curvas (REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES) from Teatro Tercera Llamada
by Keith Waits - Jan 18, 2017

Las Mujeres Verdaderas Tienen Curvas (Real Women Have Curves) (more...)

KODO: DADAN 2017 to Bring Modern Taiko Drumming to Aronoff Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

The Cincinnati Arts Association will present Kodo - the world's foremost professional taiko company which has singularly played the most important role in popularizing modern taiko drumming. The acclaimed company, direct from Japan, will present its newest program, DADAN, in North America for the first time. The much-anticipated tour will play the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ROYALE at City Theatre Showcases the Power of Sports and Theatre in 75 Brilliant Minutes
by Mike Mekus - Feb 9, 2017

THE ROYALE at City Theatre follows the story of Heavyweight Champion boxer Jay Johnson as he deals with racial inequity and impacting African-American culture with his success. (more...)

HOLLYWOOD GIRL: THE PEG ENTWISTLE STORY Wins Best Dramatic Short Film At The Hollywood Reel Independant Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Inspired by true events, 'Hollywood Girl: The Peg Entwistle Story, is based the on tragic ending of film actress & Broadway muse, Peg Entwistle. Peg is most remembered as the starlet who leapt off the *Hollywood(land)* sign in the midst of the great depression and on the verge of her own career breakthrough in 1932. (more...)

BWW Review: TREVOR Monkeys Around at Catastrophic Theatre
by Brett Cullum - Feb 28, 2017

TREVOR is what the Catastrophic Theatre does best - funny and provocative work that has much to say about the human condition. It's fascinating it takes a celebrity-obsessed chimpanzee to deliver the most human and touching of performances thanks to the combination of Kyle Sturdivant's acting prowess and a whipsmart script from Nick Jones. (more...)

BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, National Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Feb 23, 2017

Suffused with grief and unrequited love, Twelfth Night is often played as an anti-comedy - more melancholy than mirthful. Not so in Simon Godwin's brash, gender-bending, utterly joyful rendering, which takes loss as a cue to embrace life. (more...)

BWW Review: DISGRACED at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre - An Exhilarating Human Experience
by Sofia Carianna, Student Critic - Feb 17, 2017

A magnificent rendering of the times we live in, from the eyes of the people we elect to ignore. (more...)

BWW Review: STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE!, Wembley Arena
by Vikki Broad - Feb 11, 2017

The Strictly Tour has now been an annual fixture in fans' calendars for ten years. Each time the casual enthusiast mentally prepares themselves for a some full on fluff and scripted joviality but on this opening night at Wembley, this relentlessly joyful show was full of heart which is exactly what the world needs right now. (more...)

The Return of FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANTIGONE at Belmont University
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 10, 2017

In Ara Vito's Southern Gothic-inspired treatment of Sophocles' Antigone, the bond between two sisters is challenged by the tragedies of national and familial conflict. Against the backdrop of a decaying home in middle-of-nowhere country, the air is imbued with history and spirits walk the earth. Tragedy is yesterday and tomorrow and now - uncovered by love, betrayal, death, and hope. Summer Shack directs. (more...)

Shadowbox Live Continues Holiday Celebrations and Live Entertainment with HOLIDAY HOOPLA, THE HOLIDAY LUNCHBOX, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2016

The Climax of the holiday season is right around the corner but the celebrations will continue at Shadowbox Live right up to the end of the year! (more...)

BWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS at Santa Paula Theater Center
by Cary Ginell - Dec 13, 2016

???????Calendar Girls, a 2009 play based on a hit 2003 film, is Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi's true-to-life comedy about six middle-aged women from a village in Yorkshire, England who raise money by posing nude for a calendar, in the process becoming a worldwide sensation. The women's goal was to honor one of their members' husbands, who had died from leukemia, by raising money to purchase a settee to be dedicated to his memory. The 2003 motion picture starred Helen Mirren and became a major success, grossing nearly $100 million and garnering Golden Globe nominations for Mirren and co-star Julie Walters. The play is being presented at the Santa Paula Theater Center through December 18. (more...)

BWW Review: Stunning THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Apr 3, 2017

Magicians have always found a home on stage, whether it was during vaudeville's heyday or on Broadway, and THE ILLUSIONISTS is proof that this association is still going strong (of course, the art of magic goes back many centuries, long before either existed). I have to confess that I've never actually seen any magician perform live. Most of my experience has been limited to watching various acts perform on television over the years. But, when you watch them on TV the more skeptical viewer is always aware that even though a particular stunt may seem phenomenal, there's that sense that maybe this was edited or achieved through camera trickery. That's not necessarily a fair assumption, but it's one I think a lot of people share. After having witnessed THE ILLUSIONISTS in person I find myself at a loss to explain how most of their illusions were created. And that's what makes this show so amazing. Their recent performance at the Fox Theatre was a truly wondrous and amusing experience that had me pondering over and over afterwards: "Just how did they do that?" (more...)

BWW Interview: Simon Russell Beale Talks Classical Music and THE SOLDIER'S TALE
by Marianka Swain - Apr 3, 2017

Alongside a lauded acting career - he will reprise his Prospero when the RSC's The Tempest comes to the Barbican this summer - Simon Russell Beale has retained his passion for classical music, through projects like BBC series Sacred Music. This Wednesday, he performs as the narrator for City of London Sinfonia's Closer: The Soldier's Tale - an intimate version of Stravinsky's parable, directed by Dame Janet Suzman at Shoreditch's Village Underground. (more...)

DJ W!LD Releases 'Techno City' Album on 'W' Label
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Bastion of the Parisian underground scene and Circoloco resident at DC10, Dijon-born DJ W!LD is a longstanding figure who has remained true to his roots since the outset. (more...)

Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces New Season Of MetLife Performances
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

The Met announces the new season of MetLiveArts, the Museum's performance series that, over the past five seasons, has emerged as a vital part of the contemporary live-arts scene in New York City and a leader in genre-defying performance work. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WINSLOW BOY at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Apr 24, 2017

A family's desire for wealth is at odds with it's desire for honor in Terence Rattigan's intriguing THE WINSLOW BOY now on stage at the Irish Classical Theatre. (more...)

Leomark Studios New Horror Draws on Community
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2017

Leomark Studios is taking a “web page” out of bigger producers' books with its IndieGoGo campaign for CALCULATING EUPHORIA, which is live until May 14. (more...)

Sharon Isbin To Perform Corigliano Concerto With American Composers Orchestra, 5/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2017

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin will perform John Corigliano's Troubadours: Variations for Guitar & Orchestra, written for Isbin,  with the American Composers Orchestra on May 23at Symphony Space at 8 pm.  (more...)

Cleveland Orchestra Announces Details of Dubussy's PELLEAS AND MELISANDE, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst announce further details of their new production of Debussy's Pelléas and Mélisande, including the complete three-part series of behind-the-scenes production videos.  The impressionistic French opera, with its luminous and hypnotic score, is being presented at Severance Hall May 2, 4, and 6, 2017.  The creative team for this brand-new, made-for-Cleveland production is being led by Director Yuval Sharon working with Set Designer Mimi Lien, Lighting and Projection Designer Jason Thompson, Choreographer Danielle Agami, and Costume Designer Ann Closs-Farley. (more...)

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