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The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway

The Sound of Music, with a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, starring Mary Martin as Maria and Theodore Bikel as Captain Georg von Trapp. The production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Vienna, and Australia followed, as did the phenomenally successful 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews. What are some of the differences between the stage and screen versions?

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Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, or Tsukiji fish market, is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. A major attraction for visitors to Tokyo, the market opens at 3 AM, with auctions beginning at around 5 AM. Tsukiji handles over 2000 metric tons of seafood per day and more than 400 different varieties—from tiny sardines to 300kg tuna. What were the "Rice Riots," and how did they lead to the establishment of the Tsukiji fish market?

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Sir Oswald Mosley

Mosley was a British politician and the founder of the British Union of Fascists, which gathered steam in the 1930s on an anti-communist and protectionist platform. After the outbreak of World War II, Mosley's plan for a negotiated peace was at first well-received. However, the tide turned after the invasion of Norway, and Mosley was interned along with other prominent British fascists. His first wife was the daughter of what influential British statesman and viceroy to India?

Last updated on Thursday, 16th November 2006

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