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The Original Cast

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A podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright Patrick Flynn.

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A podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright Patrick Flynn.

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By sondheimboy - Sep 27 2019
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I listen to a lot of podcasts about musicals and I recently discovered this one. It is now in my top five favorites. The host knows what he’s talking about and he’s professional about it.

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By DisneyLover🤣🤣🤣 - Aug 10 2019
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This podcast is exactly what I need; period, exclamation mark But really, y’all talk about the kind of stuff that I want people to talk about, when you discuss musicals you don’t go off on personal tangents, you stick to the heart and meat of the story and how it has impacted everyone. So, I thank y’all for that.

iTunes Ratings

87 Ratings
Average Ratings
77
6
1
3
0

Great Show!

By sondheimboy - Sep 27 2019
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I listen to a lot of podcasts about musicals and I recently discovered this one. It is now in my top five favorites. The host knows what he’s talking about and he’s professional about it.

Perfect

By DisneyLover🤣🤣🤣 - Aug 10 2019
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This podcast is exactly what I need; period, exclamation mark But really, y’all talk about the kind of stuff that I want people to talk about, when you discuss musicals you don’t go off on personal tangents, you stick to the heart and meat of the story and how it has impacted everyone. So, I thank y’all for that.
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The Original Cast

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A podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright Patrick Flynn.

Rank #1: Liz Maestri / Les Misérables - Original London Cast Album (1985)

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Playwright Liz Maestri stops by to talk about the London cast recording of LES MISÉRABLES. Patrick and Liz discuss the difference between a “leading lady” and a “lady,” roles that are beneath Patti LuPone, and whether woodwinds belong in a marching band.

Featured recordings:

LES MISÉRABLES - Original London Cast Recording (1985)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - A Rock Opera (1970)

LES MISÉRABLES - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1987)

LES MISÉRABLES - The Complete Symphonic Recording (1990)

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Jul 20 2016

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Rank #2: Jennifer Osborn / Jesus Christ Superstar - Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's (1996)

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CultralDC's Operations Manager is here to talk about not only the '96 London revival cast album of Jesus Christ Superstar (released in the US in 2000) but also the 2018 NBC broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (which was live but was not a concert).

Topics include: pop-culture Catholicism, the 5 notes you want to hear, and how Michael Crawford is Jen's husband.

Featured recordings: Jesus Christ Superstar - Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's (1996) • Jesus Christ Superstar - A Rock Opera (1970)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Dec 05 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: Susanna Pretzer / Be More Chill - Original Cast Recording (2015)

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It's a Zeitler! Dramaturg Susanna Pretzer is here to talk about this Joe Iconis musical based on the YA novel but Patrick keeps bringing up HEATHERS and it's super annoying.

(A “Zeitler” is what Patrick calls episodes about shows he has never heard of.)

Featured recordings: BE MORE CHILL - Original Cast Recording (2015)HEATHERS - World Premiere Cast Recording (2014)

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Apr 12 2017

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Rank #4: Danielle Mohlman / Jesus Christ Superstar - A Rock Opera (1970)

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One of Patrick's favorite people: Danielle Mohlman, playwright and self-appointed co-producer of this podcast, stops in to talk about the definitive rock opera about Jesus of Nazareth.

Topics include: Was Jesus a jerk? Why was Mary Magdalene with Peter during his denial? And who was Paul Raven?

Featured recordings:

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - A Rock Opera (1970)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Original Broadway Cast (1972)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album (1974)

THE BOOK OF MORMON - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2011)

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Oct 11 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #5: Rachel Barlaam / Legally Blonde - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2007)

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Rachel is here for a show about exceeding your expectations that maybe doesn't exceed Patrick's expectations (or does it?).

Topics include: Challenging roles, Pippin, the joys of singing high, and the unattainable awesomeness of Jessica Vosk. Also Mean Girls.

Link to the Broadway Backstory podcast episode on Legally Blonde Patrick mentions.

Featured recordings: Legally Blonde - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2007)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado ; Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Feb 27 2019

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Rank #6: Jensen Clifford / The Book of Mormon - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2011)

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For a musical about the nature of religious belief and musical theatre storytelling, you'll be shocked to discover that Patrick and Jensen talk almost exclusively about the nature of religious belief and musical theatre storytelling.

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Featured recordings: THE BOOK OF MORMON - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (2011)FROZEN - An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack (2013)TURTLENECK & CHAIN - The Lonely Island (2011)

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Jan 04 2017

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Rank #7: Heather C. Jackson / She Loves Me - 2016 Broadway Cast Recording (2016)

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Costume designer Heather C. Jackson is here to talk about one of the best musicals ever. Not that anyone’s ranking. But if we did, this would be high on the list. But we’re not ranking. (Like, high high.)

Topics include: Romantic atmosphere, (The Queen) Judy Kuhn (long may she reign), and how someone tries to kill themselves 20 minutes from the end of Act I & we don’t learn their fate until the top of Act II. Also Patrick forgets names a lot in this episode. Like, a lot.

Featured recordings: She Loves Me - 2016 Broadway Cast Recording (2016)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  December's episode features Emma Jackson (Brigadoon 1990) and Farrell Parker (A Chorus Line 1975) talking about the holiday classic: White Christmas (1954).

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Jan 16 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: IT'S THE TONYS!!!!

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The Tony Awards are this Sunday! So we've got Don Mike Mendoza (Hot MikadoDo I Hear a Waltz?, It's the Tonys!) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, It's the Tonys!, It's the Tonys!!, It's the Tonys!!!) and the essence of Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, It's the Tonys!!, It's the Tonys!!!) here to talk about the TONYS!!!!

We go through the nominees, talk about this year in theatre, and predict our winners.

Topics include: Is it the right year for a musical version of Tootsie? Did the old guard keep Be More Chill out? Was Ben Brantley's King Kong review wonderful or a complete abdication of professional responsibility on the part of The New York Times? How old does Roddy think Cher and Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton are? And does Don Mike need any of this?

Featured recording: 2019 Tony Award Season - Broadway Records (2019)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  May's episode features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 05 2019

1hr 46mins

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Rank #10: Alexandra Silber / The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album (1991)

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Actor and author Alexandra Silber is currently appearing as Fraulein Sally Bowles in Olney Theatre Center's production of Cabaret. But she's here this week to talk about this beautiful Lucy Simon/Marsha Norman musical and so much more. Really, we get deep.__Topics include: living with grief, communing with nature, and the glory of Rebecca Luker.

Buy Alexandra's memoir White Hot Grief Parade and her novel After Anatevka. Both titles are also available on Audible read by Al herself!

Featured recordings: The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album (1991)

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  August's episode has Married super-cool duo Lee Liebeskind (Spring Awakening) and Megan Reichelt (The Scarlet Pimpernel) join Patrick and his super-cool ladywife Kelley to talk about The Muppet Movie (1979) the super-coolest movie of all time. Seriously, it's so good you guys.

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Sep 18 2019

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Rank #11: Michelle Polera / Avenue Q - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003) *Flashback*

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Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) opens this week at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

To kick things off, here's a re-issue of our episode with Tinker Bell herself: Michelle Polera.

ORIGINAL NOTES: Actress and Soul Cycle instructor Michelle Polera stops by to talk about that magical place 18 blocks east of 1st Avenue on the Lower East Side.

Topics include: puppet sex, puppet nudity, how Michelle is afraid of puppets, and schadenfreude.

Featured recording:

Avenue Q - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? June's episode features Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).

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Jun 20 2018

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Rank #12: Joshua Morgan / Into the Woods - Original Cast Recording (1987)

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Straight from Broadway's Imperial Theatre and Ain't Too Proud it's Joshua Morgan, Patrick's newest brother from another mother, here to talk about the Shakespeare of musical theatre and his classic work.

Topics include: Bombay Dreams, Sondheim Divas, 3rd weddings, the incomparable Joanna Gleason, and stage dooring John McMartin.

Featured recordings: Into the Woods - Original Cast Recording (1987) • Bombay Dreams - Original London Cast Recording (2002) • Pacific Overtures - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1976)

LIVE SHOW! Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm at the Flying V Awesome-a-Thon in Bethesda, MD! Our theme this time out is "Musicals Based on Comics!" Go to UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Apr 10 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #13: Lee Liebeskind / Spring Awakening - A Decca Broadway Cast Album (2006)

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Director/actor Lee Liebeskind talks about a show neither he nor Patrick have seen even though they both know people who did it on Broadway. Topics include: closing numbers, smoky vocals, and whether or not Patrick knows John Gallagher Jr well enough to call him “John.”

Featured recordings:

SPRING AWAKENING - A Decca Broadway Cast Album (2006)

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Aug 31 2016

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Rank #14: Emily Zickler / Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Original Cast (1979)

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Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Emily Zickler is here to talk about Sondheim's masterwork of Gothic horror. Topics include: a baritone with legs, Nellie toast, and how in the world does Cosette not recognize Thénardier or Eponine in the second half of Act I of LES MISÉRABLES? I mean she lived with them for nine years! NINE!

Featured recordings: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - Original Cast (1979)

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Sep 13 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #15: Elliot Dash / Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

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A big episode for a big show. Actor Elliot Dash is with us to talk about one of Patrick's 10 favorite musicals. And they go all over the place. Except for the plot, if you want a detailed plot synopsis, you'll need to go to Wikipedia.

Topics include: changing lyrics, bootleg CDs, and the state of race and race relations in America from 1902 to the present day.

Featured recordings:

Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

Ragtime - Songs from the Musical (1996)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).

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Sep 05 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #16: Bonnie Milligan / Thoroughly Modern Millie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002)

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Broadway's Belting Bonnie herself is here to talk about the show that put Sutton Foster on the map in a big way.

Topics include: Michigan one-light towns, Out of Town vs. Previews, stage door madness, and tap-dancing elevators.

Featured recordings: Thoroughly Modern Millie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002) • A Gilbert & Sullivan Gallery - The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (1993) • Head Over Heels - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  May's episode features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 12 2019

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Rank #17: Michael J. Bobbitt / Once on This Island - Original Cast Recording (1990) *Flashback*

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Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

So here's a reissue of the episode featuring Adventure Theatre MTC's Artistic Director: Michael J. Bobbitt.

ORIGINAL NOTES: Michael J. Bobbitt, artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC, stops by ostensibly to discuss the 1990 Flaherty & Ahrens musical Once on This Island but he and Patrick quickly diverge into discussions of stripped-down theatre, racial appropriation, and what constitutes "children's theatre." It gets real. Get into it.

Featured recording: Once on This Island - Original Cast Recording (1990)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? June's episode features Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).

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Jul 04 2018

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Rank #18: Harrison Smith / Parade - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1999)

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Actor Harrison Smith is here for one of the most important and difficult to listen to musicals ever.

Topics include: JRB, Prince, Uhry, Guettel, and the terrifying capacity of James Finley.

Featured recordings:

PARADE - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1999)

Have you checked out our new PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast THE ORIGINAL CAST AT THE MOVIES? February's episode features Natalie Ann Piegari and Amanda Zeitler talking about Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991).

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Mar 14 2018

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Rank #19: Kimberly Cooper Schmidt / The Light in the Piazza - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005)

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Kimberly Cooper Schmidt of the Broadwaysted and Broadway Baby podcasts joins Patrick to discuss this Tony Award-winning musical that launched the career of Kelli O'Hara and made Kimberly's father and sister fell asleep.

Topics include: Where the horse kicked her, overtures, and are we sure this isn't just Do I Hear a Waltz??

Featured recordings:

The Light in the Piazza -  Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005) 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett and James Finley discussing the Disney musical that launched a thousand hats: Newsies (1992).

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Sep 19 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #20: Alex Fossella / Waitress - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2016)

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Comedian and the Broadway Baby himself Alex Fossella is here for mainly a talk about Waitress. But we also talk about HamiltonRentSunday in the Park with GeorgeCarousel, and other random things that cross the transom of our mutual minds.

Topics include: problematic subplots, over-respect for source material, awkward sex scenes in musicals, and metaphors and the people who use them.

Featured recordings:  Waitress - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2016) • What's Inside: Songs from Waitress Sara Bareilles (2015) • Rent - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996) • Sunday in the Park with George - Original Cast Recording (1984)

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  June's episode features Eliza Berkon (Godspell 1973) and Sophie Schulman (Funny Girl) discussing the Spice Girls' feature film Spice World (1997) just in time for summer!

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Jul 10 2019

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