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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/5/20 What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Upcoming at iPlay America
    Meet and Greet with  the NJ Devils, Travis Zajac 1/5
2) Upcoming at Two River Theater
    Twelfth Night 1/11 - 2/2
3) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
     Tuesday Matinee: Omer Quartet 1/7, Rêves Extatiques: French Songs and Vocalises 1/11
     New York Philaharmonic Ensembles 1/12
4) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
     Atrium 360°: Kaki King
5) Upcoming Symphony Space
    Jungle Book 1/11
6) Upcoming at TADA! Youth Theater
    Open House 1/11
7) Upcoming at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
   Beethoven for Kids Event: Leave it to Ludwig 1/12
8) Emit Theatre Presents Isle Full of Noise - A PopUp Performance for Kids 1/12


PR Firm Roundup

9) News from DDPR
    Emojiland 1/9 - 3/8 The Duke at 42nd St.
10) News from Karen Greco PR
      10A) At the Wild Project
            Packing and Cracking 1/9, Gray Space - Rally  1/10,
            New York No Limit Film Series : Art of the Short Film 1/12
     10B) Boom 1/9 -2/23 59E59 Theatres
     10C) How to Load a Musket 1/11 - 1/26 59E59 Theatres
11) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
     Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Anthony Roth Costanzo 1/6
12) News from Pascal Nadon Communication
       MasterVoices Presents Rock Opera - Iron and Coal 1/10 & 1/11 Gerald W. Lynch Theater
13) News from Richard Hillman PR
      The Emperor's Nightengale returns 1/12 - 1/26 Theatre Row

1) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Meet and Greet with  the NJ Devils, Travis Zajac

January 5, Door Time: 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

NJ Devils Travis Zajac will be at The Event Center at iPlay America on January 5,

2020 for Q&A, Autograph Signing and Photo Opportunity.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit, www.iplayamerica.com/event/travis-zajac
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2) Upcoming at Two River Theater
21 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank, NJ 

 Twelfth Night 

January 11- February 2

Unexpected love triangles, separated twins, and mistaken identities propel this gender-bending tale. A play saturated in perilous excesses—of love, of grief, of ego, of drink, of mischief—Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays and, perhaps, his most perfect comedy.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://tworivertheater.org/whats-on/twelfthnight.

Related Free Event

Monday January 6, 6:30 PM
Orlando: A Biography

Written by Virginia Woolf, this novel follows Orlando, a poet, whose gender mysteriously changes from man to woman at the age of thirty. In connection with Twelfth Night we'll discuss gender, class, English literature and battles of wit.

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3) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

 Tuesday Matinee: Omer Quartet, 
Rêves Extatiques: French Songs and Vocalises 
     New York Philaharmonic Ensembles 

Tuesday January 7, 2:00 PM
Tuesday Matinee: Omer Quartet

Experience the energy and passion of some of today's most remarkable young classical performers. The 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions winners will perform works by Schubert, Beethoven and Gabriella Smith.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Saturday January 11, 6:00 PM FREE
Rêves Extatiques: French Songs and Vocalises 

Ekstasis Duo and friends perform French chamber music for strings, piano and voice. Works by Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Milhaud and Jean Françaix.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday January 12, 3:00 PM
New York Philaharmonic Ensembles 

Up close and personal.
An Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Works by Vivaldi, Popper, Bowen and Brahms.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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4) Upcoming at Lincoln Center

Atrium 360°: Kaki King

Thursday January 9, 7:30 PM

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” the Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist showcases signature performative and multimedia excerpts from her repertoire. 
David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. 
FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.
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5) Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Jungle Book

Saturday January 11, 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

This new theatrical production adapts Rudyard Kipling’s classic “Mowgli Stories” for modern family audiences.  Immersive sound and multimedia, looming shadow puppets and an impressive backdrop will transport the audience from the urban jungle to relive Mowgli's childhood in the jungles of India. With Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, and more, Kidoons and WYRD Productions’ Jungle Book brings beloved characters to life in a fresh way through eye-popping video, shadow play, and original music.

View a video preview HERE.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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6) Upcoming at TADA! Youth Theater
15 W. 28th St.
New York, NY

 2020 WINTER SEMESTER CLASSES & FREE OPEN HOUSE

Saturday January 11, 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Free Winter Semester Open House

Come and learn about TADA! Youth Theater Join TADA! for a sample class taught by TADA!’s Professional Teaching Artists and a Q&A with the TADA! Education Staff.

Winter Semester Open House, January 11, 2020 is free, but RSVPs are recommended based on age. Ages 4-5: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.; Ages 6-8: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ; Ages 9-12: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Winter Classes 12 session musical theater weekly classes begin January 27, 2020 through May 9, 2020.

All TADA! classes and camps are focused on original work and are team-taught by two professional Teaching Artists with extensive experience in musical theater and arts education.  Ensemble methods are taught to encourage active listening, empathy and working with others.  All students focus on daily musical theater training, expressing themselves through storytelling and developing characters within their show.  Winter session classes culminate in a quality performance where students perform their very own mini-musical for a live audience.
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7) Upcoming at 
Chamber Music Society 
of Lincoln Center

Leave it to Ludwig

Sunday January 12, 2:00 PM
Leave it to Ludwig
Alice Tully Hall

Leave it to Ludwig is a Meet the Music! event by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  They are musical journeys into the up-close and friendly world of chamber music for kids 6 & up and their families. These programs are hosted by the irrepressible Bruce Adolphe, the Chamber Music Society’s resident lecturer and director of family programs.

Leave it to Ludwig will explore some of Beethoven’s instrumental music and the powerful stories it creates about everyday human life, full of actions and emotions.  Beethoven himself (played by Adolphe) will appear to help a young pianist play his music the way it was meant to be played.  It’s fun and it’s funny!

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8) EMIT THEATRE PRESENTS
 ISLE FULL OF NOISES
AN INTERACTIVE TEMPEST
 THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF MONTHLY POP UP PERFORMANCES FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Emit Theatre is thrilled to present ISLE FULL OF NOISES: An Interactive Tempest, an interactive show for young audiences and families, adapted from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and directed by Gianna Cioffi. The show is the first in the Little Lights Series of monthly pop up performances hosted by The Shakespeare Forum. Isle Full of Noises performs Sunday, January 12 at 1pm at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 (215 E. 99th St., off the Q and 6 trains). Tickets are free with a $10 suggested donation and can be reserved online at www.islefullofnoises.brownpapertickets.com or walk ins are welcome at the door.


Emit Theatre is thrilled to present ISLE FULL OF NOISES: An Interactive Tempest, an interactive show for young audiences and families, adapted from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and directed by Gianna Cioffi. The show is the first in the Little Lights Series of monthly pop up performances hosted by The Shakespeare Forum. Isle Full of Noises performs Sunday, January 12 at 1pm at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 (215 E. 99th St., off the Q and 6 trains). Tickets are free with a $10 suggested donation and can be reserved online at www.islefullofnoises.brownpapertickets.com or walk ins are welcome at the door.

Prior to the show, audiences are invited to participate in a craft activity beginning at 12:30pm.

All of Emit Theatre’s productions are built to be engaging for multiple ages and abilities and allow audiences to experience plays in their own ways. Emit’s plays are “shush-free zones,” and all audience members are encouraged to become active participants in the story. Shows are recommended for ages 3-10.

Isle Full of Noises begins Emit Theater’s Little Lights Series of monthly pop up performances hosted by The Shakespeare Forum at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. The following performance will be La Canción en la Tormenta: The Coquí’s Quest, an interactive quest infused with Spanish language and traditional Puerto Rican music and mythology on Sunday, February 9 at 1pm. 

Isle Full of Noises begins Emit Theater’s Little Lights Series of monthly pop up performances hosted by The Shakespeare Forum at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. The following performance will be La Canción en la Tormenta: The Coquí’s Quest, an interactive quest infused with Spanish language and traditional Puerto Rican music and mythology on Sunday, February 9 at 1pm. 
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PR Firm Roundup

9) News from DDPR

Emojiland 
The Musical

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
AT THE DUKE ON 42ND STREET FOR 8 WEEKS ONLY!

The Emojiland kingdom is now complete! Arborhouse Productions & Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka) today announced that Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster) will take on the role of the Man In Business Suit Levitating emoji, along with Jacob Dickey (Aladdin Broadway as Aladdin) as Smiling Face with Sunglasses, (aka “Sunny”), Dwelvan David (Finding Neverland The Gershwins Porgy and Bess Tours) as Guardsman, Heather Makalani (Aladdin) as Kissy Face, Tanisha Moore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tour) as Woman Dancing and Jordan Fife Hunt (A Chorus Line First Revival Tour) as Man Dancing. They round out a star-studded cast that features George Abud (The Bands Visit) as Nerd Face, Emojiland Co-Writer Laura Schein as Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes (aka “Smize”), Emmy Winner & Grammy Nominee Felicia Boswell (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE, Shuffle Along, Motownas Police Officer, Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, YouTube’s “Breaking Down the Riffs”) as Construction Worker, Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) as Pile of Poo, Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea) as Princess and Josh Lamon (The Prom, Groundhog Day) as Prince. 


Emojiland begins its Off-Broadway run Thursday, January 9, 2020 through Sunday, March 8, 2020 at The Duke on 42nd Street in New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). The production garnered 12 nominations and 5 wins at the 2018 NYMF Awards and was a 2018 Richard Rodgers Award Finalist.


Not to be confused with, and very much unlike The Emoji MovieEmojiland is an electric ensemble piece about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesn’t want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for his own good; a face with sunglasses who can’t see past his own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland faces the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: Who are we? And who matters?

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10) News from Karen Greco 


10A) What's on at the wild project


January 9
PACKING AND CRACKING created by Rachel Karp and Joseph Amodei; directed by Rachel Karp
Produced by SFX Festival
Schedule: Thursday at 8 pm
Tickets: $10

Do we choose our politicians, or do our politicians choose us? PACKING AND CRACKING is an interactive mapmaking event about gerrymandering: the pervasive practice of politicians choosing their voters rather than the other way around. Through participatory drawing and map-drawing games, PACKING AND CRACKING uses critical cartography, historical accounts of the first gerrymanders, and interviews with people dealing with gerrymandering today to show how easy and disenfranchising gerrymandering can be and ask what, if anything, we should do about it.

January 10
GRAY SPACES – RALLY
Produced by SFX Festival
Schedule: Friday at 8 pm
Tickets: $10

Curated and hosted by Lisa Clair, GRAY SPACES – RALLY features works from Braulio Cruz (The Braille of the Soul); Kristin Worrall (The Recipe: The Transformation of Milk); Sauda Aziza Jackson / April Sweeney (I DIGRESS: The intimate insights of a childhood weirdo); and Joey Weiss / Kate Benson (PDF on painting).
 
January 12
New York No Limits Film Series: Art of the Short Film
Produced by New York No Limits
Schedule: Sunday at 7 pm
Tickets: $10
2020 premiere event!  NYNL's Art of the Short is an ongoing collection of screenings that presents the best short films from around the world. The mission of the Art of the Short series is to sustain diversity in film, create discussion among the audience, and inspire filmmakers to push forward to perfect their craft to their fullest potential. For more info. please visit www.NewYorkNoLimits.com.
 
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10B) Dora and Gemini Award-winning writer and performer Rick Miller’s 
BOOM 
makes NYC premiere at 59E59 Theaters
Miller tackles over 100 politicians, activists and musicians over 25 years in one mind-bending performance

Limited Engagement begins January 9
59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director), welcomes the NYC premiere of BOOM, written, directed, and performed by Rick Miller. Produced by Kidoons and WYRD Productions,  BOOM begins performances on Thursday, January 9 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 23Press Opening is Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00 pm. The performance schedule is Tuesday -  Friday at  7:00 pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm; Sunday at 2:00 pm. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison)

Dora and Gemini Award-winning writer and performer Rick Miller performs over 100 politicians, activists, and musicians in one explosive performance. A moving retrospective of 25 turbulent years that make up the “Boomer” generation, this visually hypnotic tour-de-force captures the music, culture, and politics that defined a generation.

Looking at the politics of the time through the history of rock and roll and its counter-culture, BOOM’s 28 songs cover a wide swarth of music genres, from blues to country and from folk to psychedelic rock.

While BOOM brings an arena concert-like spectacle to 59E59’s intimate Theater A stage, the story is told through a very personal lens: a relationship between Miller’s mother and an African American activist who escaped the Vietnam draft by fleeing to Canada. It’s their love story that serves as the thread that weaves through this complicated time in history.

Single tickets are $25 - $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org
 
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10C) HOW TO LOAD A MUSKET 
makes world premiere at 59E59 Theaters
A spectacular cast is locked and loaded for Talene Monahon’s compelling docu-drama about the quirky culture of historical reenactors 

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director), welcomes the world premiere of HOW TO LOAD A MUSKET, written by Talene Monahon and directed by Jaki Bradley. Produced by Less Than Rent TheatreHOW TO LOAD A MUSKET begins performances on Saturday, January 11 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 26Press Opening is Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 pm. The performance schedule is Tuesday -  Friday at  7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison).

Every year, across the country, thousands of historical reenactors stage the bloodiest, most divisive battles fought on American soil. Pursuing total authenticity, they fire muskets, chew hard-tack, and wear handmade period clothing in brutal weather. 

Playwright Talene Monahon, a self-described history buff who studied at Dartmouth, began infiltrating the reenactment community in 2015, spending time with Revolutionary War units in Massachusetts and New York before making her way down South to speak to the reenactors of the Civil War. Woven from these verbatim conversations, HOW TO LOAD A MUSKET explores this unique and all-consuming hobby and the people who practice it as they find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a national battle over how history is told.

Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org
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11) News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
presents

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Spring 2020 Season

Opening Night Cabaret

Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:30pm

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents an
Opening Night Cabaret to kick of the Spring 2020 Season on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:30pm.

Before he was an opera singer, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten and Glass Handel) was a Broadway baby moving from community theater to national tours, and eventually to the Great White Way. Now, Costanzo is looking back to go forward. For one night only, in the New York premiere of his cabaret, he revisits his childhood, drawing on the leading ladies, crooners, and icons that helped form him. And, in a twist, he finds just enough low to balance out his highs.  Developed with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret for Opera Philadelphia's Festival O19. Directed by John Jarboe. Musical arrangements by Heath Allen. Scenic design by Machine Dazzle.

6:30pm - Reception in Rotunda
7:30pm - Performance in the Peter B. Lewis Theater
9pm - Dinner at The Wright

TICKETS & VENUE
$500 Prime Seating and Artist Dinner (sold out), $250 Orchestra$150 Dress Circle$75 Side View
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
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12) New from Pascal Nadon Communications

MASTERVOICES PERFORMS NEW YORK PREMIERE OF 
IRON & COAL,
JEREMY SCHONFELD’S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ROCK-OPERA, AS PART OF
PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL, JANUARY 10 AND 11 AT GERALD W. LYNCH THEATER

MasterVoices, led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling, continues its 2019-20 season on January 10 and 11 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice with the New York premiere of Iron & CoalJeremy Schonfeld’s multimedia rock-opera about his family’s experience in the Holocaust and its aftermath. Along with MasterVoices, joining Schonfeld onstage will be distinguished theater artist Rinde Eckert, tenor Daniel Rowan, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and the New York-based contemporary music ensemble, Contemporaneous.
This powerful and personal work (a “gripping, forceful, and stirring opus,” The Washington Post) is based on the composer’s own personal story and that of his father, Gustav Schonfeld, a childhood survivor of Auschwitz and author of the 2009 memoir, “Absence of Closure.” Schonfeld, in true singer/songwriter tradition, leads the audience on a journey through past and present, from the death of his father to the birth of his son. The ghosts of a vanished world mix with the present, brought to life through animation, a rock band, a youth orchestra, and adult and youth choruses, to celebrate the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.

Click here for a trailer of Iron & Coal.
Friday, January 10, 2020, 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:00 pm
Composed, created and performed by Jeremy Schonfeld
Libretto by Jeremy Schonfeld based on the book “Absence of Closure” by Gustav Schonfeld
MasterVoices
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Contemporaneous
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Music direction and arrangements by David Bloom
Projection Design by S. Katy Tucker
Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman
Sound Design by Tyler Kieffer
Animation Design by Tom Seltzer
Choreography by Natalie Lomonte
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Jeremy Schonfeld SON
Rinde Eckert FATHER
Daniel Rowan YOUNG FATHER
Tickets: Priced from $30 to $75, may be purchased online at prototypefestival.org, by calling 212.352.3101, or in person at HERE Arts Center at 145 6th Avenue.
About Iron & Coal
The ghosts of a distant and vanished world, both of horror and the iron will to survive, mix with the present in Iron & Coal, initially produced as a 2011 concept album. It has now been brought to life onstage using animation, projections, a band, youth chorus, and youth orchestra to celebrate the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.
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13) News from Richard Hillman PR


PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE
PRESENTS
THE RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF
THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE
PERFORMANCES BEGIN JANUARY 12, 2020
FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH JANUARY 26, 2020
IN THEATRE 5 AT THEATRE ROW
(410 WEST 42ND STREET)
 By popular demand, a Lunar New Year Special: Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director), continuing their educational initiative to serve elementary grade students and families with children, launches its 43rd season with the return engagement of the acclaimed 2018 production of *The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua*.
Performances are set to begin Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at in Theatre 5 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).
The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua, directed by Chongren Fan, is a family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in 18th century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. Nominated by the Off-Broadway Alliance for “Best Family Show”, this TYA production emphasizes the importance of leadership guided by a moral compass, through the story about two rival teen brothers competing for the throne. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, folk songs and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale.
The Emperor’s Nightingale will play select public performances and student matinees.
Tickets for Public Performances are priced at $30 and $15 for ages 12 and under. Public Performances will play the following schedule: Saturdays, January 11, 18 and, 25 at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 12, 19, and 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for Public Performances may be purchased at www.telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200, or by visiting the box office.
Tickets for School Matinees are priced at $12. For every 10 tickets purchased, get a free ticket for one chaperone. School Matinees will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday through Friday: January 14, 15, 16, 17 & 21, 22, 23, 24 at 11:00 a.m. To bring your school to a performance, please email info@panasianrep.org or call (212) 868-4030.
For more information about Pan Asian Rep, visit www.panasianrep.org. For information about Theatre Row, visitwww.theatrerow.org
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