The Wizard of Oz on Tour


All-New Episodes of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN Starring Josh Gates Premiere This Summer on Discovery Channel
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018

Get ready for exhilarating expeditions to uncharted territories and to uncover the truth behind ancient legends with top-rated series EXPEDITION UNKNOWN. From a long-lost city hidden in the vast jungles of Guatemala to the hunt for a stolen pair of the iconic (and priceless) ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, avid explorer Josh Gates sets out across the globe to investigate the greatest mysteries of all time. EXPEDITION UNKNOWN premieres on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 PM ET/PT with part one of a two-part epic adventure, followed by 'After the Hunt', which takes viewers deeper into the investigation and reveals new secrets. (more...)

Syracuse University Drama Announces 2018/2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018

The Syracuse University Department of Drama announced the six plays and musicals that will make up the 2018/2019 season. With an emphasis on contemporary work, the season addresses a variety of current issues and concerns as experienced from intimately personal points of view. The season celebrates stories of consequence, while at the same time investigating and challenging the process, implications and impact of storytelling itself. (more...)

The Purple Rose Theatre Presents WILLOW RUN
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018

???????The Purple Rose Theatre Company will conclude its stellar 2017-2018 season with Willow Run, an original play featuring the women behind local World War II efforts who became known as Rosie the Riveters. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

The New York Pops Featured In The Who's TOMMY At Forest Hills Stadium, 6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke return for their fourth season at Forest Hills Stadium-the historic sporting and entertainment venue located in the Queens, New York neighborhood of Forest Hills-for a one night only performance of The Who's 'TOMMY' on Sunday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) Presented by Q104.3 and Madison House Presents, the concert features Roger Daltrey, joined by a band of seasoned Who players, including guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Scott Devours. (more...)

AstonRep Presents THE LARAMIE PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its 2017-18 season with THE LARAMIE PROJECT, a community's deeply-moving response to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, written by Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Associate Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen. THE LARAMIE PROJECT will play June 7 - July 8, 2018 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. (more...)

Redhouse Arts Center closes its 2017-18 Season with LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

Redhouse will close its 2017-18 season with the ever-popular musical La Cage aux Folles, book by Harvey Feirstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. Performances will take place at Redhouse Arts Center, from May 31 - June 10, 2018. In addition, Redhouse will celebrate its Grand Opening of its new home at 400 S. Salina Street with a special event and ribbon cutting taking place June 1st prior to the opening night show. La Cage aux Folles, based on the same 1973 play which was also the inspiration for the movie "The Birdcage" starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams, will close the 2017/18 season. This comedic and heartfelt show features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, composer of Broadway hits Hello, Dolly! and Mame. (more...)

The Media Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

With Disney's 'Newsies' still entertaining audiences through June 10, The Media Theatre, an award-winning professional music theatre located at 104 East State Street in Media, Pa., is already preparing for its upcoming 2018-19 Broadway Series season. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Starring Deaf Actor Joshua Castille
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

The full cast for The 5th Avenue Theatre's spectacular new production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which stars Deaf actorJoshua Castille as Quasimodo, has been announced. Castille will use American Sign Language (ASL) throughout his performance, bringing new life and perspective to Quasimodo, who is deaf in the novel by Victor Hugo. (more...)

Broadway's Paulo Szot and West End's Kurt Kansley Join Tina Arena in EVITA
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, Australian theatre producer John Frost and leading UK theatre producer David Ian today announced the full cast for their upcoming production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA. One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, the original West End and Broadway production of EVITA, directed by Hal Prince, will return to Australia from 13 September this year, playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 6, 2018
by - May 6, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 6 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Creative Cauldron Presents Musical Adaptation of E.B. White Classic CHARLOTTE'S WEB
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2018

Creative Cauldron presents a beguiling new version of E.B. White's beloved classic story Charlotte's Web with music and lyrics by Broadway composer Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and a book adapted by national award-winning playwright, Joseph Robinette. E.B. White's classic tells the story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte the spider and their animal friends. The beautiful lessons of friendship and loyalty embedded in the story have made this tale one of the most famous classics of children's literature. Press night for Charlotte's Web is Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 8:00 PM at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA. (more...)

Kansas City Ballet to Take Flight with PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018

???????Concluding the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Season, Kansas City Ballet will present the Kansas City debut of the magical family adventure, Peter Pan. With world premiere choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney and a soaring score by Carmon DeLeone, performed live by Kansas City Symphony, Peter Pan runs May 11-20 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Photo Flash: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN At North Carolina Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018

North Carolina Theatre is proud to announce the addition of a new show to the 2017-18 season on stage at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This season will feature A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin during an extended run in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, May 4-20, 2018. (more...)

The Sun's on its Way Out at the Muny with the Complete Cast and Creative of ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

The Muny announced today its full cast, design and production teams for the theatre's centennial season production of Annie, July 18 -25.  (more...)

Carolee Carmello, Kara Lindsay, Ken Page and More Announced For 2018 Broadway At Music Circus Season in Sacramento
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Broadway Sacramento has confirmed casting for the six shows in the 68th Broadway At Music Circus season. The casts include a number of Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Broadway At Music Circus debuts-and audience favorites from previous Broadway At Music Circus productions. (more...)

James A. Rocco To Direct A New YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

Musical Theatre West will present a new and revised production of Yankee Doodle Dandy, directed and choreographed by James A. Rocco. (more...)

BWW Review: Everybody Rejoice! The Lyric Stage Company's THE WIZ Is a Whirlwind
by Nancy Grossman - May 24, 2018

Colorful and imaginative costumes, other-worldly lighting and sound effects, and a scenic design that combines magic with urban details, serve as the playground for the Lyric Stage Company's production of the 1975 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, THE WIZ, under the direction of Dawn M. Simmons. Helping her translate her vision of Oz, by way of New Orleans, are Music Director Allyssa Jones, fronting a vibrant eight-piece orchestra, and Jean Appolon, whose inventive choreography anthropomorphizes a tornado, a poppy field, and the eponymous Yellow Brick Road. (more...)

Da Capo Society To Host WIZARD OF OZ Costume Contest
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Sarasota Opera's Da Capo Society, the only young patrons group, ages 21 - 45, dedicated to a single arts organization in Sarasota, will host The Wizard of Oz themed costume contest Thursday, June 7th at 6pm to celebrate the launch of the new season of "Classic Movies at the Opera House." Launched in 2017, the "Classic Movies at the Opera House" series will occur twice monthly starting Thursday, June 7 and will include timeless films designed to be enjoyed on the big screen in the elegance of the Opera House. Each presentation will begin at 7:30pm. (more...)

Storyhouse Announce THE WIZARD OF OZ For 2018 Christmas Show
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

The classic musical The Wizard of Oz is announced as Storyhouse's 2018 Christmas show. (more...)

Boomerang Unveils New SCOOBY-DOO AND GUESS WHO? & YABBA-DABBA DINOSAURS! Series
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2018

As Boomerang streams into its second year, the premium video subscription service is revealing some of its new, 2018 offerings for kids, families and animation fans. Launched April 2017 with a renowned animation library of over 5,000 titles including the Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes franchises alongside original series, today the service unveiled multiple new and renewed original series, additional platform partners, and enhanced product features, including a fully translated Spanish experience premiering this Memorial Day Weekend, to expand its overall consumer experience. (more...)

TCM To Pay Tribute To Musicals In June Programming Special 'Mad About Musicals!'
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay homage to the glittering world of Hollywood musicals with Mad About Musicals!, a special month of programming celebrating timeless movie musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain and Cabaret. TCM is once again partnering with Ball State University and Canvas to offer a free online multimedia course tied to this programming special about the history of the musical genre and its evolution with cultural and technological shifts. Enrollment is open until June 17 and fans can sign up for the course at musicals.tcm.com. (more...)

Muny Announces Full Cast and Creative for JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

The Muny announced today its full cast, design and production teams for the theater's opening centennial season show, Jerome Robbin's Broadway. In its first production ever in the world since its original Broadway and national tour productions, Jerome Robbins' Broadway will run June 11 - 17. (more...)

Final Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ Melbourne ON Sale This Friday
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Final tickets for the acclaimed Melbourne season of The Wizard of Oz will go on sale on Friday 25 May at 4pm from ticketmaster.com.au. Two additional matinees have been added to the schedule in the July school holidays, on Thursday 5 and 12 July, due to huge demand. The Wizard of Oz plays in Melbourne until 29 July. (more...)

Nominees Announced For The 2017/18 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce the nominees for the 16th annual 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater, the highly anticipated award show proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines. (more...)

BWW Review: Encore Theatre District's BEYOND THERAPY is a Fine Production.
by Audrey Liebross - May 22, 2018

Encore Theatre District is providing a welcome addition to the Coachella Valley theatre scene. The cast of its current play, Durang's BEYOND THERAPY, is filled with talented performers who all do a fine job with their roles and who provide a great deal of laughs. Director Tiffanie Patscheck has the actors engage in some very funny visual business, much of it involving glasses of water and a yoga-obsessed therapist, which alone are worth seeing.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Gina Zenyuch Talks BLACKBIRD at The American Theatre of Actors in the Sargent Theater
by Marina Kennedy - May 22, 2018

David Harrower's play, 'Blackbird' will have its Off-Broadway premiere from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 24. 'Blackbird,' deals with sexual abuse.Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure of interviewing Gina Zenyuch who plays Una in the play. (more...)

Alliance Theatre To Perform On Atlanta Beltline
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Atlanta's Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre will preview scenes from its upcoming family production WINNIE-THE-POOH in the Historic Fourth Ward Park Amphitheatre on May 26 at 10:30 a.m. The performance is free and open to the public. (more...)

FST's Presents REEL MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces its first-ever cabaret-style children's show, Reel Music, a musical journey through the history and heart of the movies. Featuring songs from such hit movies as The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, Moana, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lego Movie, and Trolls, this blockbuster musical adventure will entertain fans of classic black and white films and brightly animated movies alike. (more...)

Roundabout Will Celebrate Student Theatre Arts Festival Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) will present the eighth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival, hosted by Roundabout actor (Too Heavy For Your Pocket) and 2018 Lucille Lortel nominee Brandon Gill. (more...)

Warner Bros. Animation Brings Back Iconic Characters in THUNDERCATS ROAR
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

It's time again to feel the magic and hear the roar! Production is currently underway on ThunderCats Roar, an all-new, animated sci-fi action comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Bursting with over-the-top action and razor-sharp comedy, ThunderCats Roar boasts fresh and vibrant character designs along with a dynamic storytelling tone that promises to reignite the passionate fanbase of these iconic characters and introduce the legacy of Thundera to a whole new generation. ThunderCats Roar will be coming to Cartoon Network in 2019. (more...)

Cast Announced For Long Wharf Theatre's Performance Of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

???????GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show Menopause The Musical to Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Drive) in New Haven, Conn., for a limited engagement Friday, June 15 through Sunday, July 1. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Long Wharf Theatre Box Office, www.longwharf.org, or by calling (203) 787-4282. Greater discounts for groups of 10+ available by calling (203) 772-8202. (more...)

Holly Tandy Will Star In THE WIZARD OF OZ at Blackpool Opera House
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Blackpool Winter Gardens announced that X- Factor sensation Holly Tandy will stepping into Dorothy's iconic ruby slippers in this year's unforgettable adventure, The Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Opera House alongside Radio Wave's Scott Gallagher as the Cowardly Lion from 07 Dec - 30 Dec. (more...)

Pilgrim Festival Singers Presents Magical Musicals South Shore Summer Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018

Pilgrim Festival Singers, a select vocal ensemble of Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region's principal community choral group, presents its South Shore four-concert summer series, Magical Musicals. Performances are held on Friday, June 15, 7:30 pm, at Pilgrim Church UCC, 404 Washington Street, Duxbury; Saturday, June 16, 7:30 pm, at First Congregational Church, 254 Main Street, Plympton; Saturday, June 23, 7:30 pm, at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate; and Sunday, June 24, 7:30 pm, at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth. The ensemble is conducted by Co-Artistic Director William B. Richter and accompanied by Co-Artistic Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly on piano. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Flies into Melbourne
by Victoria Beal - May 18, 2018

A great introduction to the theatre for young kids and first-time theatre goers, The Wizard of Oz is back with more glitz and glam than ever. (more...)

Selladoor Worldwide Announced Partnership With Europe's Leading Live Music Producers PIU Entertainment
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

Selladoor Worldwide and PIU Entertainment announced a joint venture to work closely together on producing live entertainment in the UK and Eastern Europe. The move sees Selladoor, known predominantly as a UK and international touring theatre company, move into co-presenting live entertainment and music and moving away from producing only theatre based entertainment. Whilst PIU will co-produce theatre work with Selladoor and build the international footprint of the theatre work created by both entities into the emerging Eastern Europe markets. (more...)

Exclusive: Get A First Look At Stratford's THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

The Stratford Festival's 66th season is off to an exhilarating start with Meredith Willson's Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Music Man. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at the production in the video below! (more...)

North Texas Performing Arts Seeks Professional Actors For Educational Daytime Show MADAGASCAR
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

North Texas Performing Arts celebrates the 11th anniversary of their Professional Daytime Children's Series with a production of 'Madagascar-A Musical Adventure - TYA.' The Daytime Children's Series is a series of productions with professional actors performing educational literacy-based shows for pre-school and elementary-aged children during the day. (more...)

BWW San Antonio: 25 High School Students Enter Final Rehearsal for Joci Awards Scholarship Competition on May 20
by Kathy Strain - May 17, 2018

With the school year wrapping up around San Antonio and surrounding areas, many students are looking forward to lazy days by the pool, sleeping late and just being free from the busy school year. However, there are a group of 25 students who have been working tirelessly to succeed and be the best they can as they prepare to participate in the Joci Awards Scholarship Competition on May 20, 2018 at the Empire Theatre in San Antonio. Final rehearsals take place on Saturday and Sunday for the amazingly talented student finalists from Donna, Seguin and San Antonio High Schools. (more...)

JAG Productions Presents Lanie Robertson's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

???????JAG Productions (Vermont's one and only award-winning, professional African-American Theatre company!), will present, the profound jazz musical, Lady Day  Emerson's Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson. The show will be run from May 24th-May 27th at the Engine Room in White River Junction, May 31st-June 3rd at The Grange Theater in Pomfret and June 7-10 at Main Street Landing's Black Box Theater in Burlington, VT. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill will be directed by JAG Productions' Founder & Producing Artistic Director, Jarvis Antonio Green. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz To Perform Songs From Wicked At Oz-stravaganza
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

It was confirmed this week that Stephen Schwartz, composer/lyricist of WICKED, has added music to his personal appearance at the annual OZ-Stravaganza! WIZARD OF OZ Festival in Chittenango, NY, on Saturday, June 2nd. His on-stage, free-to-the-public interview was announced earlier this month, but Mr. Schwartz has now offered to perform songs from the score of WICKED during that presentation. Schwartz, a three-time 'Oscar' and four-time 'Grammy' Award winner, will appear as the headliner of the 6:30 p.m. event at Chittenango High School, 150 Genesee Street. (Doors open at 6:15.) (more...)

BWW Interview: Camille Metoyer Moten: A Triumph!
by Christine Swerczek - May 16, 2018

Omaha, Nebraska is teeming with talent. And once in awhile you come across a person who is more than a performer in the spotlight; she is a light. Camille Metoyer Moten is a singer, actress, author, and inspirational human being. She will appear in her own show at the Omaha Community Playhouse on June 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm and on June 10 at 2:00 pm. (more...)

VACNJ's Art Center Summer Exhibitions Open on June 1
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

Friday, June 1, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will open its two summer exhibitions with a reception from 6:30-8:30 PM. The two shows,"Oh, what a world! What a world!" and Containment, will be on view throughout the summer and will close on Sunday, September 9, 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: Harlem Repertory Theater Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ: A JAZZ MUSICAL FOR ALL AGES
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

'The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, will not close June 16. It has been extended through November 24, 2018 due to continuing and steady audience interest. The production has played since October 8, 2016 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan, and has previously been extended five times. (more...)

Eisemann Center Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

The Eisemann Center and the City of Richardson announced the 2018-2019 Season of Eisemann Center Presents (ECP) at the Annual Season Preview Party on Thursday, May 10, 2019. The season includes our two full subscription series: Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations with a total of four concerts; and the Family Theatre Series with four productions and the accompanying immersive children's program Eisemann Extras. In addition we have 11 Music & Dance performances featuring a diverse mix of programming and artists; five Theatre & Comedy productions with 18 performances, including new works by returning artists Jaston Williams, Steve Solomon and Pat Hazell along with four Family & Broadway Specials productions with eight performances. (more...)

Society For The Performing Arts Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

???????Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), the largest nonprofit presenting organization of its kind in the Southwest, is thrilled to announce its highly-anticipated 2018-2019 season lineup. The season, which runs from Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 through Saturday, June 1, 2019, features an exciting assortment of music, dance and theatrical entertainment from the world's finest artists and arts companies. (more...)

Summer Casting Announced At Gettysburg Community Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT) the not-for-profit 501c3 community theatre located at 49 York Street in historic downtown Gettysburg, announces casting for their summer productions of Into The Woods, Children Of The Battlefield, and America The Beautiful. These productions continue the theatre's 10th Season of revivals of some of the theatre's favorite shows. GCT originally presented Into The Woods Jr an all youth version in 2010 and originally presented America The Beautiful and the World Premiere production of Children Of The Battlefield in 2013. (more...)

Shakespeare In The Squares Announces Full Casting For AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

Shakespeare in the Squares today announces full casting for its 2018 production of As You Like It, touring to London's squares and parks from 20 June to 13 July. Tatty Hennessy directs Jack Brett (Orlando), Comfort Fabian (Celia), Jodie Jacobs (Audrey/Adam), Sian Martin (Jaques), Katharine Moraz (Rosalind), Stanton Plummer Cambridge (Oliver/Corin), Julia Righton (Duchess Senior/ Duchess Frederick), Sydney K. Smith (Touchstone) Emmy Stonelake (Phoebe/Amiens) and Lamin Touray (Charles/Silvius). (more...)

Further Casting Announced For THE LIGHT PRINCESS In Concert At Cadogan Hall
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2018

Club 11 London & Alex Parker Theatre Company in partnership are excited to announce further casting for The Light Princess in Concert, featuring already announced Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser, at Cadogan Hall at 630pm, Sunday 1st July 2018, directed by Paul Foster and musical direction under Alex Parker. (more...)

Oh, What A Night! Muny Announces Full Cast For World Regional Premiere JERSEY BOYS
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018

The Muny announced today its full cast and design teams for the world regional premiere of Jersey Boys, July 9 - 16. This will be the first licensed production of Jersey Boys in the world. Jersey Boys is proudly sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. (more...)

Casting Announced for CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY at AT&T Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced today the lineup for Celebrity Autobiography performing at 8pm Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Moody Performance Hall in the downtown Dallas Arts District. Celebrity Autobiography is a presentation of the 2018 Off Broadway on Flora season. (more...)

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