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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. Mary Martin starred as Maria, and Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Japan, 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?



Comanche Moon

The Comanche were one of the first Native American Plains groups to adopt the horse as a significant part of their culture. By the mid-19th century, they were supplying horses to traders and settlers, but because many of the horses had been stolen, the Comanche were often drawn into battle. The group regularly attacked under the full moon, a condition which afforded them better visibility during nighttime raids and led to the term "Comanche Moon." How far south were the feared raids carried out?

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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. Which magazine named him the 20th century's worst Briton in 2006?

Last updated on Sunday, 16th November 2008

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